Jitterbug (2003)
by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz


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Year of Launch2003
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About Jitterbug

Jitterbug is a feminine perfume by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz. The scent was launched in 2003

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An old-fashioned floral chypre.

One might have encountered this in the 1930s or 1940s. It is warm, slightly spicy and richly endowed with amber, musk and benzoin.

The rose and jasmine are flawlessly balanced. The clove, patchouli and frankincense never intrude or take over, functioning as a rich supportive base for the plummy florals and blackberry.

One of Dawn's finest creations and a welcome addition to the world of perfumery.

17th February, 2016
Vintage inspired

This one is definitely vintage inspired, as in preformulated Jicky type vintage. I couldn't believe how similar it was to Jicky on opening.

It has the same sweet, creamy vanilla opening. Jitterbug does not have the powder element (AMEN!!). Between the spice, citrus, and warm, woody and smooth base, it's complex.

It's sweet without being too so, it's got a floral note but the rose and jasmine counter each other and don't dominate the blend.

It's a grown up fun, carefree, playful scent that's got a bit of sassy sexiness thrown in for good measure.

17th May, 2013
I find Jitterbug a muddy, muddly mess. And its so-called 'vintage' properties translate, to my nose, as 'off'. Maybe it *is*off? A sort of caramelised topote and then a fudgy middle that offers no distinguishable notes or progression. Its only redeeming part is its pleasant drydown, which evokes whispers of -- dare I say it -- Tabac Blond. Otherwise, it's a thumbs down from me.
09th October, 2009
Jitterbug has a cute name and I'm learning the dance so I wanted to like the fragrance. Well, it does smell vintage, but there are many other old or old-fashioned scents out there that are better and have more character. Jitterbug smells mostly warm and powdery to me, with a metallic sharpness. I can't pick out any notes and the blend is not glorious enough to capture my interest despite of that. It also seems to have rather poor throw and staying power, which is somewhat surprising as it "feels" like a rich and heavy oriental. I recommend going for the real thing and grabbing a cheap bottle of Tabu instead for a similar but more captivating effect.
09th June, 2008

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