As a rule, leather smells good, but some leather has a chemical smell as if something harsh was used instead of traditional processing, and that's the kind of leather smell I get from Jovoy Private Label, off-gassing chemical leather, and this is mixed with woody notes similar to what I smell marketed as oud in 2016. In the base, the best of the composition comes out, a light, woody soapiness.
I bought a bottle on the strength of a sample.
The sample had a cleaner smell, more woody. The bottle may have been stored differently - it's definitely more boozy liquorice note that I didn't initially like as much, but which dies down after a while into something still sweet but more woody and dry.
The first thing that struck me about this scent is how strong and distinctive it is.
I fairly doused myself with it this morning (about 6 or more sprays) because nothing I wear projects and usually dies within an hour or two. This is an exception. I was reaching across the room with this thing. So maybe not so much next time.
It is a lovely fragrance, very masculine to me. Very dry and yet sweet at the same time.
One comment was that it smelled like cedar balls placed in a cupboard. I hope it was that rather than naptha mothballs, though I could kind of get what he was saying if it was the latter.
Sandalwood was another comment.
I wouldn't blind buy this but for me it's highly recommended.
13th October, 2015 (last edited: 16th October, 2015)
This is about as woody a fragrance can perhaps get. Jovoy Private Label opens up with an intense woody vibe upon application on the skin, with just a hint of peaty booziness. This vaguely boozy nuance is very fleeting. It soon bids goodbye as a very mild woody sweetness surrounds the central woody theme. It is deep and dark, but not brooding. Patchouli is the most prominent note, apart from cedar and sandalwood which are well-blended. Leather is listed as a note, but is very much in the background; so is the vetiver. It pretty much stays the same throughout from the heart to the base; towards the very end of its lifespan on the skin it is soft, sensuous, even alluring.
Picture yourself seating in a wooden chair in an old wooden room stacked with old books on an autumnal evening. You walk up to the shelves, picking out and placing back one book after another, as time stands still. Maybe you even sip the occasional dram of bourbon.
But nothing happens. And that, to me, is the issue with this fragrance. It is missing something. Perhaps some spices, or some moss, or woods, or an adjustment in the blend. There is a spark that is needed, and is absent. I respect it for what it is, but cannot appreciate it much. I almost feel I'm wearing it for the sake of wearing it.
Projection is moderate and longevity is good. If you're a collector, or a lover of patchouli or woody fragrances, this might be interesting. Otherwise if you look elsewhere, you are not missing out on a lot.
What a deep, rich fragrance. It opens up with a bitter blast of vetiver, some patchouli and green notes. This is a nice dry patchouli that doesn’t have that “hippy” smell that is often associated with it, but rather one that adds to the dirt/earthiness of the overall scent. As another reviewer said, I get a distinct oud note that is present throughout the duration, but is tamed down significantly by a buttery sandalwood that emerges as the fragrance begins to dry down. Over time the leather and papyrus notes come out to really give the fragrance an incredible “old leather-bound book” feel that pairs wonderfully with the now smoky vetiver and sandalwood. Excellent sillage and longevity.
Finally a good – even great – Jovoy. All the scents I have tried from this house until now were just "ok", all with a "good" quality and a shy personality. This instead takes a step forward and just makes its statement - with a lot to say. The opening is unique and much interesting and captivating: fruity and sweet, but also boozy and dark, pungent, balsamic, sticky and oily like warm thick asphalt. It made me suddendly think of the cover of the album "Crazy Love" by Mj Cole, where you see this champagne bottle with thick sticky dark asphalt pouring out of it. Quite the same initial feeling here. A sort of archaic, alchemic syrup, with a black, beautiful, liquid and almost rancid note that floats in the very deep of it. Vetiver and patcholi are there, liquified and rounded, rubbery, sticky, sensual, balsamic, moreover you get them more dry and earthy. It all slowly dries down becoming more smoky and leathery with a more bold waxy/rubbery vetiver note – always much dark and morbid without being cloying, meditative, really thick and beautiful. The drydown is surprisingly more "open" and aerial, silky and dusty, with a vanillin note and the balsamic accord which gets almost mentholated and refreshing. Close to some Liquides Imaginaires at some point. Really unique, but also safe to wear. Great persistence and projection.
24th April, 2014 (last edited: 25th April, 2014)