Jules (1980)
    by Christian Dior




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    Contains notes of Black Pepper and Russian Leather. This hard to find woody scent by Dior was launched in 1980

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    What does “vintage” mean in perfumery? It doesn’t have the same meaning as wine, where the noun ‘vintage’ refers to a specific year. We use ‘vintage’ as an adjective to connote quality and a timeframe. The time implied is somewhere in the past. Anywhere in the past, as long as it isn’t still current. The intimation, aside from connoisseurship is, is that the better/best version of a perfume is no longer made. The current model is defective.

    One force that presses the issue is restriction/reformulation. The chypre genre has become vintage by extinction due to the restricted use of oakmoss. Any given chypre becomes vintage the day after the fatal reformulation. The coumarin that allows for the the fougère genre is restricted.  Has the genre gone the way of the chypre?  Obsolescence as a result of die back?

    So is the fougère necessarily vintage?

    Fuck if I know, but have you ever smelled Dior Jules?  It's spectacular. It reminds me why I grew up loving the smell of Paco Rabanne pour Homme and easily fell in with Yves Saint Laurent Kouros as a young man. The fougère reaches out for you. It reminds you why the term inspiration carries multiple meanings. It is optimistic by nature.

    Jules takes advantage of everything the genre offers. It is gregarious. It is broad. It is handsome. It hits the balance point between cleanliness and funk that makes you want to throw your arms around your fellow humans and smell them. It has the soapiness/muskiness balance that makes the genre so agile, but adds a bouquet garni and a smile.

    So here's the question:  does Jules still exist?  I have a decant from a friend who bought it in Paris a few years ago. It's unavailable in the USA where I live. I believe it always has been. Is it "vintage"?  Has it gone the way of the chypre and the passenger pigeon?  

    The chypre was bled to death over time. Is the same happening to the fougère?  

    19 June, 2014

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    Genre: Fougère

    Dior’s Jules belongs to a fragrance group that I like to think of as BFFFs: Big, Fat, F#%&ing Fougères. These include scents like Kouros, Havana, Lauder for Men, and Pascal Morabito’s Or Black. They’re all titanic, spicy, animalic scents that somehow manage to be at once savage and sophisticated, and I love them!

    To my mind, Jules occupies the middle ground among these giants. It does not flirt as dangerously with the reek of wild animals as Kouros does; it does not strive for Havana’s spicy exoticism; nor does it breathe the same dark, threatening smoke as Lauder for Men and Or Black. Jules is also a bit sweeter and brighter in its drydown than the rest of them.

    For all these reasons, Jules doesn’t compel me quite as much as the others. On the other hand, I can see how this same relative “neutrality” could make Jules the most appealing of the lot for many wearers. In any case, its quality is unassailable, and if you share my taste for monster fougères, you ought to give Jules a try!

    19 June, 2014

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    I just received a brand new bottle of Jules from the Dior store in Paris with the bottle nicely etched with my name. A friend picked this up for me during her trip to Paris. In short, Jules is the same reckless, rascal that it always has been. I have two older smaller vintage bottles. If there has been any reformulation, it certainly isn't for the worse. In fact, in addition to all the leather, smokiness and resin that have always given Jules' green elements their sweaty animalic swagger, in the fresh new bottle, there is even more of the sweet/sour, dirty/clean dichotomy that makes this fragrance a one of a kind. I have the sense that this fragrance gets its animalism not from civet or musk, but from herbal elements like costus, sage, galbanum and various woods. Maybe there's a bit of castoreum that enhances the leather and smoke, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were none of the big three in this (civet, musk, castoreum). Given the atrocious reformulations of many of the other Dior classics, you'd better get this one while you can. Maybe there's nothing in the Jules formula that is on the pencil headed IFRA bureaucrats' naughty list.

    31st December, 2012

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    Jules is a classic pillar of the historical olfactory panorama which i recently had the opportunity to test again after many years, having digged a vintage bottle in the background of an old tobacco and luxury items store in Roma. I remember to have tested it for the first time when i bought one of my first fragrances, Polo RL. Really evocative about an old, restrained and neutral archetype of elegance. Brown-dark (or better shadowy), aromatic green, spicy and woody/leathery this is a fantastic green fougere with hints of neutral/opaque leathery "animalism" and a cool watery/green brightness (or better brown leathery sharpness) durable till the end of the trip. The sweetness is minimal in the general toilette cool neutral luxurious soapiness (produced by a dry combination of carnation, moss, galbanum and aromatic herbs) with its noticeable leathery oakmoss, the starring cedarwood and its subtle peppery and sour touch of dirtiness. The olfactory final impression is fantastic to me, Jules smells of old european style, severe balance, smells about cozy woody/leathery parisian boutiques and about leathery items. The juice is assetive, luxurious in a green/ soapy/leathery neutral way with a retro' vibe. The dirty/sour touch of animalic vibe is a spark in the aromatic background. Jules is an elegant and busy parisian gentleman full of charm and with a touch of mystery. Wonderful flacon.

    03 November, 2012

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    Back in the 80s I wore Jules and always thought that it was the perfect fragrance for all year round. It seems like a much lighter version of Kouros but sweeter. I couldn't find it anymore until I traveled to Paris and got it there. It's been reformulated but it's the same juice and last longer. A treasure indeed.

    31st October, 2012

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    I really like this fragrance. I'm a woman, and tried it on myself. Yes, it's big, masculine and rough, but oh, so great-smelling.
    The classic leather chypre ambiance of this one is so balanced, alive and sexy it was instantly satisfying. Everything about it is just right. It might be too 'big' for me to wear, like putting on guy's boots, but I'd be drooling if I smelled this on a man, as it has such a big, sensual 'guy ambiance' about it. In spite of my hyperbole, it still has that slight chypre reserve and dryness, which adds to it's power. It could make up for any number of flaws in an actual man.
    I haven't researched this fragrance, but it is so classic, hitting all the dry, leather chypres notes just right that it seems familiar. Perhaps there have been many clones, or perhaps it is inherently 'right' in itself.

    05 August, 2012

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