Stephen Jones opens with a blast of aldehydes, icy violets, and the listed "meteorite" note, which does come across as heavily mineral, like super-dry, heated lava rocks. As the semi-fizzy, soapy aldehydes calm down, a confident carnation/clove note joins the voilets. The heart and drydown also has a far-off dry woodiness. It's strange that a perfume of such freeze-dried austere overtures would be so comforting and enveloping, but it really is. It's perfect for me for daytime wear. Despite its noticable sillage, it doesn't overpower - instead, I find that it creates a polite future-world-space-floral aura around me. In that regard, I'd liken it to Mugler Cologne, but with MC's signature sweet steam note replaced with a light clove. Feminine/Masculine? Who cares? Stephen Jones wears well regardless.
Stephen Jones by Stephen Jones, 2008
Rated #3753 in Fragrances
Stephen Jones by Comme des Garcons - a somewhat cold and metallic scent, which augurs an astringent and detached, futuristic vibe, reminiscent of isolated indifference. Initially one is treated to an icy verdancy from violet leaf, akin to grass clippings with a nuance of greenness from cucumber. A cool, mineral accord, akin to iron shavings and weathered peebles, swirls about. And, magical aldehydes impart their soapiness and effervescence. Transitioning to the heart, an antiseptic clove infuses the fresh opening with its smoky spiciness and a faint, charred wood nuance. After a bit, a floral melange of sweetly spicy, vanillic carnation, sweet velvety rose, tutti-fruitti jasmine and powdery, cherry-vanilla heliotrope encase the scent, and segues to the awaiting base. Guiacwood, with its honeyed-rose sweetness as well as smoky and rubber nuances, commingles with black cumin with its pungent spiciness and hint of strawberry. An earthy vetiver, with its grassy and clumped dirt vibe, presents. And, a clean aldehyde sweeps in with its freshly-laundered linen aspect. A somewhat enigmatic drydown ensues. This unique and unisex composition has average projection and longevity, 6-7 hours.
An intriguing fragrance to say the least. I'm certain that anything with a marketing description of 'violets that have been hit by meteorites' would have anyone rushing out to get themselves a sample. This fragrance, while strange, is not so futuristic in my opinion. It's more like violets with an attitude, being ever so edgy, dark and violent. I also feel that Stephen Jones falls under a gothic category. Stephen Jones makes me fall in love with it the same way one would fall in love with Dior's Poison. That potent richness is strangely appealing, like something you'd expect to find, covered in dust, hidden away from the light in Count Dracula's basement. It has a lot of character, but it's also a dark, Wintery scent, which will appeal to those that like anything ever so slightly depressing during the colder months. The notes in this composition are not bright nor feminine. There is an obvious dark component added to each accord, with red rose, sharp violets, indolic jasmine, rich cloves and resinous amber keeping this fragrance from becoming a typical, tea party type scent. The lasting power is exceptionally good, as is the sillage which could possibly knock someone out cold. I've come to the conclusion that I really like this fragrance, however I'm a little afraid to wear it in case someone might mistake me for a vampire.
i really liked the floral-synthetic smell of this perfume on the paper, but it has instantenisoulsy turned sweet-soapy on my skin - exactli as mi-cuit has put it. i really wish i could get the medcinal-metallic-stoney effect, but this is not a perfume that does it for me. so thumbs up for the idea and thumbs down for what it really smells on me.
A challenging "clean-perfume"! Sounds impossible? Try and see. This composition made by CDG for Stephen Jones is litterally a BLAST of floral cleanness. Just try to think for a minute about a pushed to the (very) limit version of White Linen on steroids and add a considerable dose of incense, woody notes, violet, cloves. A breathtaking experience and one of the weirdest scents around. Absolutely compelling!
This is an odd one. The opening is actually exactly as described. I get a strong hit of violets with something soapy and metallic underneath, but this is almost instantaneously overwhelmed by a strong hit of cloves. The clove overdose reminds me of CdG's Carnation fragrance, which also plays this little trick sometimes, with the cloves completely washing out the buttery floral underneath. The clove dissipates on my skin around 15 minutes in, at which point I only get the smell of a high-end bar of soap. If i bring my wrist up to my nose, I can smell a slight tingle of spice. I'm a little off-put by the fact that the opening seems to be composed of two competing smells, the soap and the cloves, that don't really mesh at all and just seem to duke it out. I suppose it is a testament to the power of that soap accord that it can stand up to cloves. I get no metal at all after the initial whiff. Then, unfortunately, the high end soap morphs into baby wipes, and then back into soap. Then it fades completely.
I finally got a chance to sample this one. At first, I was blown away. What immediately came to mind was cold moon rocks. It does have that space fizziness enveloped around what I would perceive as moon rock. Or, I suppose a dry cold stone rock on earth would be the same. I was really digging it until it developed a little further. I started to warm just a little. Then I was reminded of Magma that has been cooled and blackened on the surface but still red and warm underneath. It was just past this point that it started to get cloying and annoying on me. I appreciate this for the imagination that went in to it but, I don't think it is wearable for me. A neutral rating for its spectacular beginning but not a thumbs up for its horrible dry down.
Quite an odd distinctive fragrance on my skin. Like hot stone ,hot metal and powdry violets -even a little medicinal. Unfortunately that combo never has done me any favors .Suffocatingly horrid.Very disappointed that it does this on my skin. The bottle is gorgeous though.
Way too much aldehyde and mineral-whatevers. Magma? You mean sulfuric acid steam and liquid rock? Ugh. This fragrance, top to bottom, sears my nose hairs.
Bold violets, soapy aldehydes, and a peculiar bitter note combine to make something magical and greater than its parts. I wish I could write more... but I'm at a loss to truly describe this. It's unique, it's haunting, and I highly recommend it.
Stephen Jones by Stephen Jones, 2008
By: Stephen Jones
|Notes||clove, carnation, rose, jasmine, heliotrope, gaiac wood, magma, black cumin, vetiver, amber|
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