Found the remnants of a sample buried deep in a drawer, so I dutifully smeared on the green, viscous liquid which would stain any clothes I'm sure. For whatever reasons, I wasn't as impressed with this on first wearings as I am now. I'm still not convinced this is a 'perfume', but as a wearable smell (scentscape?) which instantly conjures and evokes memories of other places and times it's top notch. Quite smoky, but not as forbidding as some others by Lobb. Definitely not for everyone, and a good example of something that could wear the user, rather than the other way around.
Jeke is the second try from Slumberhouse, my first being Norne, which I loved and bought, and I aimed for Jeke strictly based on the notes breakdown---I've not heard much of its reputation.
Jeke is a masculine, winter beast. I get the whole mix of notes, including, in order of prominence: tobacco, benzoin, vanilla, clove, and patchouli. Such a sensuous mix that connotes a warm feeling in cold weather. Whereas Norne is the dirtier option, Jeke is the slightly sweeter cousin that offers a slightly warmer experience (I'll have to compare them more thoroughly at some point).
I cannot say enough about its performance, as it's an all day beast in terms of longevity and a major projector for hours after application. The actual juice of Jeke, like Norne, is dark enough to stain clothing, though I didn't need to apply much in sampling.
At $160 for 30ml extrait, it falls into the category of roughly needing to love it in order to buy it, performance notwithstanding, and to that I'd consider buying it after one wearing, even.
Like Norne, it's a little rough around the edges and not perfectly polished to my liking, nor is it versatile as it would probably be reserved for cold weather nights alone, so it's not a top scorer by my abstract standards, but still very impressive!
8 out of 10
I've been looking for a good tobacco, smoke scent, and this one would have been it, except it is too strong. Even a smear on my one arm projected up my arm, up my nose, into the deepest recesses of my brain, and began screaming at me If you buy it, just get a ml sample...it will last you 100 years.
Jeke Is like walking into the Christmas store that opens every fall in the mall. Yule logs give off their smoke amongst Christmas trees, cinnamon, vanilla, and peppermint candles....all at 140 decibels. Yeah, I know that's a unit of sound, but perhaps we should be saying 140 "jekes" or 130 "nornes", as the thing I gather from slumberhouse is their products have no subtlety at all....only volume. If the room fragrance designers at Glade or Renuzit got fired, they would work here. There is some interesting things going on, but it has no business being on my person.
One of my favorites from Slumberhouse. Linear, strong, a little smokey/meaty*/leather, a little hay/honey, a bunch of spice and black tea. My mind's eye sees something like a 5 O'Clock Gingembre or a Tea for Two reduced to a much more concentrated juice, losing some ginger, and voila, Jeke!
I'm 50+, for reference, and have the square bottle shown above. Two sprays to the sternum.
edit 2/23/16: meaty, as in candied ham, sans pineapple, with a congested clove grid ala hellraiser.
08th February, 2015 (last edited: 23rd February, 2016)