Palais Jamais (1989)
    by Etro

    • Launched: 1989
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
    • Perfumer: Unknown - Let us know
    • Bottle Designer: Unknown - Let us know

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    gimpy's avatar
    United States United States

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    Dry Masterpiece

    Palais Jamais is easily one of the five greatest smelling fragrances I've ever smelled (probably tied with Timbuktu for overall favorite).

    Dry Herbal/tea Masculine Poetic Victorian

    If you have an affinity for these types of scents, you owe it to yourself to try this.

    Pros: Dry, masculine, poetic
    Cons: None"

    21st September, 2013

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    Calm restraint

    The top note exudes gentle freshness, with a mild citrus and bergamot combined. Then the yerba tea note, a mild green tea impression, is introduced and forms the core for a while, with a green sage note with a flowery component in the background. At the end smidgeon of a mild coffee aroma is transiently notable. This is an elegantly restrained composition that is never sweet, with very limited silage and projection on my skin, and a longevity of over four hours. The antithesis of a loud scent.

    30th August, 2013

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    smoked tea comfort

    the absinthe-coloured juice sits patiently in the myriad bottles waiting for the precisely correct time to be worn; it's a coolish, overcast summers day, a hint of menace in the clouds. this smokey, mossy tea - with a stout vetiver heart - elixir has its moment..... pj always imparts a contemplative, comforting impression when the right occasion appears. very nice

    20th July, 2013

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    There is some confusion as to notes, so I am going to wing this without a note pyramid. Very Green like an evening outdoors when the snow is just starting to melt, potent green grasses poking up through the mud, slightly astringent. I like it!

    26 January, 2013

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    United States United States

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    Palais Jamais should be a mess. Citrus, floral, smoky, herbal, vetiver. Was that rubber? Was it supposed to be leather? Palais Jamais somehow keeps its parts distinct and well behaved. From top to base, PJ maintains an ungainly balance. The elements don't come together---that would be the mess---they just follow their courses. The lighter elements recede, the heavier notes come forward, and PJ's drydown is suggestive of a sharp, dry, smoky tea. PJ manages to suggest dry, wet and burnt simultaneously. Great trick, actually. Always captivates me.

    There's something objective in tone about PJ. It doesn't come off as blended or harmonious. It doesn't become a skin scent. It stays put and asks you to approach it, to consider or admire it as you might a piece of abstract art. A successful if oddly modern attitude for such a staid design house like Etro.

    25 June, 2012 (Last Edited: 27 June, 2012)

    Darvant's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    Another Etro that being a component of this wonderful brand is a bit poetic, indolent, aristocratic, evocative, nostalgic and Victorian. Those are the qualities of fragrances as Vicolo dei Fiori and Patchouly, Shaal Nur and Royal Pavillon, Eliotrope and Sandalo. This one is a silent aromatic leathery scent of the morning. The opening is citrusy and floral with a starring tangerine, some aromatic greens and notable violet and jasmine than the fragrance becomes mossy and characterized by a sheer note of tobacco and the final boise' touch of vetiver. The combination of tobacco, moss, vetiver, musk and leather (also civet is listed) turns it very intimate and corporeal but not in an aggressive way. Apart from the usual dustiness of Etro (cardamom), the woodsy and tobacco  dry down is not aggressive o powerful but smoothed by a leathery note similar to suede. The note of tobacco is dominant but is cleverly combined with greens and citrus in the way the smell turns out light, fresh and a bit indolent. The smell is multifaceted, bitter-sweet, grassy-floral and very natural as a deep breath of cool air in the middle of the country early at morning. Coming from far shelters and angles, sheds and farm houses you can inhale the smell of fire and flowers, wood and moss, roasted meat and plants. I agree with Shamu1, this is a pleasant fragrance but is basically tranquil, evocative and nostalgic. It's dry and discreet and has nothing of muscular. Another great work from Etro Milano, grazie di esistere.

    24 October, 2011 (Last Edited: 22 November, 2011)

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