Those who are familiar with JAR know that this brand is to perfumery just like a 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic is to cars. A completely out of the world experience that's far beyond pure luxury and pleasure as we know them. JAR fragrances have the ability to drive you, within a single wearing, from heaven to hell and back. An experience that will redefine the sense of smell and the usual evaluating paramenters with no turning back.
Jarling makes no exception. What may sound as an average heliotrope soliflore, upon application delivers an extremely caleidoscopic blast of mimosa, almond, marzipan and star anise paired to challenging bitter undertones that bring to mind of cyanide and what I will call "vintage antibiotic syrup for children" (Baktrim anyone?). While all of the above sound disencouraging, Jarling is immediately ready to evolve into one of the most delicate almondy-mimosa-lilac centered fragrance ever created.Plush, sophisticated and, considering the price tag, extremely exclusive. By all means, a JAR.
Lovers of Apres L'Ondeč, take note. This is the final frontier.
Downside: Not as tenacious as one would expect from a JAR.
I will agree with the reviewer below comparing Jarling with En Passant, to me this is a sweet gourmandy Lilac. When I smell it and close my eyes, I see pastel candies with a dusting of sugar. A personal favorite! Another thumbs up from me.
I love the top notes - five spice powder! It's a lovely anisic accord built, I suspect, around some star anise. It's not intense and licorice stick-like, but powdery, spicy, and lightly sweet. Soon it becomes partnered with a marzipan almond note and a dollop of heliotrope, and as the spice fades out interest continues in the form of a warm civet note.
Sadly, what could have been a fascinating evolution is ephemeral on me, giving up the ghost after a couple hours.
Neutral only in light of the enormous price and low tenacity. If this had greater longevity and more oomph it would get a lot more love from me - it's both pretty and novel.
Jar doesn't provide notes but I think there is almond, heliotrope, anise, vanilla and musk ( maybe violet ) in this. Well, it's along those lines. If you love Frederic Malle's L'eau D'Hiver ....... Lea by by Lea St. Barth - you will probably like this. You get the picture !
Quite a big anise and almond start. Almond -vanilla, heliotrope-musk drydown.
Soft long lasting but low sillage as parfum extrait. Quality is evident but probably one of the less unusual and captivating JAR scents.
This is like En Passant moved to Soho in London. I worked there, in an office I hasten to add!, some years ago, and initially was shocked to find that on my short walk round the block to grab a coffee, I would pass, um what's the polite term for them? - ladies of the night? - except this was at noon on a Monday, and they would be hanging out of their doorways, with a lot hanging out, right across from a children's school! - and playground. If you know London well, you know where this juxtaposition occurs. I'm not making it up. Kids running around playing, with these women advertising their wares right next door in broad daylight. Wow. So, Jarling take the lilac caught on the run theme, and repositions it to this sort of environment. It's quite decadent, with the neon-flashing lights of some other big white florals - lily, jasmine, tuberose; quite sweet, with that heliotrope and vanilla; and there's something very naughty lurking in there - like PVC covered in talcum powder. I really like it.