Originally Posted by thebeck
I don't think you can compare Jubilation with Black Tourmaline. Black Tormaline being "10" and Jubilation is a "2" at best.
I'm not comparing quality, but charater. Two very
I have not come to any conclusion regarding Jubilation's
quality. With more wear, I belive the relationship to Black Tourmaline
is much more tenuous than that with Dzongkha
, which I would consider a very close sibling. The question on my mind right now is whether Jubilation
is superior enough, or even just distinnct enough from Dzongkha
, or fill in the blank,) to warrant paying twice the price.
A few hours later, and a few more thoughts:
I've dabbed on a bit of Dzongkha now, and am convinced that at least for the first fifteen minutes or so they are reasonably distinct, though they do coverge some later on. The family resemblance is closer to my memory of Dzongkha than to the fragrance itself, but it is there.
Jubilation remains softer, sweeter, and more floral then Dzongkha (or Avignon, etc.), and lacks the older scent's slightly bitter and astringent edge. In this respect I find Dzongkha to be the more original and daring scent, while Jubilation is more conventionally "pretty" and approachable. Jubilation's drydown, with its iris, its soft, powdery musk, smooth woods, and lingering frankincense, is very nice, and for me represents the fragrance's best stage. Sweet and lovely as it is, it still does not outclass the incense-laden drydowns of Avignon, Black Tourmaline, L'Homme Sage, or even Amouage's own Dia.
With extended wear I've noticed that Jubilation has very little sillage or projection, particularly for a scent that advertizes itslef as an EdP. It is, for better or for worse, a skin scent. I'm not sure how many Basenoters will be willing to shell out $230 for 50 ml of a subtle skin scent. So while I'm not yet ready to weigh in altogether, I can say that Jubilation does not knock my socks off. I'm now tempted to run a side-by-side comparison with Avignon as well.
An aside: I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that while I may be indifferent to Jubilation
, Luca Turin praises it to the skies. He also seems to adore Amouage Gold
, which I detest (the cat peed in grandma's closet) and dismisses Reflection
, which I rather enjoy. I for one am not intimidated by such authorities, and am happy to form my own opinions.