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    Default Jicky EdP - wow!

    I haven't been into this fragrance thing for very long, but I've quickly come to like Guerlain a lot, and I've bought several fragrances. The one I've really wanted to try is Jicky, but I haven't found samples, and the stores where I live never have it.

    Until today!

    I passed through Debenhams to see if they had anything new and interesting - and there were testers of Jicky EdT and Parfum (but not EdP). The EdT was very nice indeed, but with more lavender and less opening skank than I'd expected. The parfum was overpoweringly concentrated skank, and one spray seemed like far too much - maybe it would mellow given time, I guess.

    I asked what bottles they had in stock, and they only had EdP - one refillable 50ml bottle.

    I could only sample the EdT and Parfum, and they only had EdP in stock - but it was the only time I'd seen it for sale, and there was only one bottle. So, what to do?

    Well, obviously, I bought it! And now I'm home and I've tried it - wow!

    I get very little lavender in the immediate opening, which to me is mainly citrus and skank, but it's there quite nicely after a few minutes. In all, it's somewhere between the EdT and the Parfum (which I guess is not surprising).

    This is only a first wearing, and I've only had it on for about an hour - but my first impressions are that it's a fabulous fragrance, especially after it's settled down a little.

    Do my initial thoughts make sense to Jicky lovers?
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    Excellent choice! The Parfum is also terrific . . . I happily flip between both.

    Guerlain has over a century's worth of ideas to offer, plenty to explore. I wish I had just stuck with them from the start, actually

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    I didn't know there were three varieties of Jicky.
    I was probably the last guy before you to try it in the Liverpool Debenhams, and it has definately been in stock for at least a year.
    I like the frag but find the opening too much for a good hour.
    I would probably go for Heritage given the choice of one of their scents.

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    Yep, the parfum is sensational

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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by Oscroft View Post
    .............Do my initial thoughts make sense to Jicky lovers?
    It's one of those great fragrances that always seems to have something new and interesting to say, even if you encounter it daily.

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    I was probably the last guy before you to try it in the Liverpool Debenhams, and it has definately been in stock for at least a year.
    Hmm, interesting. I've checked their Guerlain testers counter regularly since early summer and have never seen Jicky there before - maybe they've had it in the drawer but have had no tester out?

    I would probably go for Heritage given the choice of one of their scents
    Yep, that's great too - probably my next Guerlain purchase
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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    It's one of those great fragrances that always seems to have something new and interesting to say, even if you encounter it daily.
    Exactly! If you can find it smell vintage EdP, also called Parfum de Toilette, I own that and the Parfum and love both equally, I never liked the EdT. Also wonderful and rare is the Eau de Cologne version, incredibly tenacious for an EdC.
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    [QUOTE=Oscroft;2733184]Hmm, interesting. I've checked their Guerlain testers counter regularly since early summer and have never seen Jicky there before - maybe they've had it in the drawer but have had no tester out



    I'm not sure, think it was just out with the others. They always had Habit Rouge, Vetiver Heritage and I think also Jicky and Mouchoir De Monsieur (which I slightly prefer). The only other place I could have tested it is John Lewis but I can't remember if they have a Guerlain counter (though they probably do)

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    I stick with the parfum, but the EdP is good too.
    As Mike says, if you can, sniff out the PdT. It's skankalicious

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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    The only other place I could have tested it is John Lewis but I can't remember if they have a Guerlain counter (though they probably do)
    Yep, they do - I got a bottle of Mouchoir de Monsieur there a little while ago.
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    There is nothing quite like it. Regarding the lavender, it is an oil rather than an absolute, so some find it rather quiet.

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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    I love it in any form and diluition. The EDT is probably the most powdery and least interesting but still head and shoulders above the average.


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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Your lucky! We don't have a store with a Guerlain counter so I can try the wickdly fabulous Jicky. I will have to buy a version online, but which is the best buy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by southerngardens View Post
    Your lucky! We don't have a store with a Guerlain counter so I can try the wickdly fabulous Jicky. I will have to buy a version online, but which is the best buy?
    If you don't want to go the vintage route and don't want to splurge big tickets, the current EDP is just perfect!


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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Great stuff. Actually, there are five variations of Jicky that I know about.

    Vintage EdC: powdery but still civetty (probably the real thing). Not as rich and smooth as higher concentrations, more citrus and benzoin. Longevity not bad considering it's a lighter concentration. Took me longer to appreciate

    EdT: Bright, delicious, crisp, big lavender, nice balance. Longevity is pretty short, about 5-6 hours on the outside.

    EdP: Beautiful, smooth, rich. I own a bottle.

    Vintage PdT: Was lucky enough to find a bottle randomly at a cut rate price at a store that was about to move. More potent, animalic, and sharper herbs and cedar than the EdP. Definitely my favorite I've tried.

    Pure Parfum: Was going to try it on the BN Vegas trip, but couldn't make it. The Guerlain counter in Beverly Hills doesn't carry it. Looking forward.

    I find (vintage) Davidoff Zino to be a denser century-later exploration of the Jicky theme, though others don't perceive the relation because Zino adds clary sage, rose, sandalwood, and patchouli. But Jicky is there in the background imo. Really like it.

    Ungaro II I find quite similar to Jicky but with the civet turned up to 11. Not for the faint of heart.

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    Yes, the EDP is far richer than the EDT, which is rather weak.

    The EDP of Jicky is wonderful and great when you don't want quite as much civet as in Mouchoir de Monsieur.
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    The EdP is pretty hard to come by in the US. And most of the uk online stores won't ship the Jicky EdP 50 ml refills to the US (e.g. Debenhams). Anyone know of a source for US customers?

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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by cloud atlas View Post
    The EdP is pretty hard to come by in the US. And most of the uk online stores won't ship the Jicky EdP 50 ml refills to the US (e.g. Debenhams). Anyone know of a source for US customers?
    Got mine at Perfume.com. They had it advertised as the PdT so I ordered it. I knew it was probably the EdP but it was worth the risk. And it was the EdP. Terrific juice.

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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBars View Post
    Got mine at Perfume.com. They had it advertised as the PdT so I ordered it. I knew it was probably the EdP but it was worth the risk. And it was the EdP. Terrific juice.

    Thanks for the lead, but unfortunately, only showing pure perfume or EDT, no EDP.

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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    It is indeed amazing! Love the dry down most especially.

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    Puts hand up. I own the pdt(have a spare) and the parfum. Never into the fancy gold cases, though I do have a few. Mine are all the refill glass bottles.

    For some reason I always avoid the edt versions if possible in Guerlain, yes I love MdM and cannot imagine it in edp.

    Okay, I love lavender but it never hangs round on my skin. Jicky pdt and parfum on me at least are all about the civet and woods.
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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by Oscroft View Post
    Do my initial thoughts make sense to Jicky lovers?
    I think the parfum is less skanky than the EdP. It's richer and feels more plush and herbal, but with the civet less prominent. Both are fantastic.

    Quote Originally Posted by southerngardens View Post
    Your lucky! We don't have a store with a Guerlain counter so I can try the wickdly fabulous Jicky. I will have to buy a version online, but which is the best buy?
    I agree with alfarom. You can't go wrong with the EdP. It's the best bang for the buck.
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    The EdP is great. I too love the old PdT. It is decadent, broodingly improper (sexy) and refined in a Mouchoir de Monsieur way at the same time. I love splashing the EdP on me and complement it with a few spritzes of the Extrait. I find the current EdP to be darker, less 'floral' in feel compared to the Extrait. Contrary to the past, I perceive the current Extrait to be skankier than the EdP.

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    Ah yes and I really like the vintage EdT, too. It has a citric creaminess combined with the skank that makes it rather special.

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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    After spending nearly 24 hours with it, I like this EdP even more. The lavender is indeed fleeting, but it's soft and subtle, and it's a really nice phase in the development - and it's a surprisingly complex development.

    If I should see any of the vintage PdT, I'll snap it up!

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    I find (vintage) Davidoff Zino to be a denser century-later exploration of the Jicky theme, though others don't perceive the relation because Zino adds clary sage, rose, sandalwood, and patchouli. But Jicky is there in the background imo. Really like it.
    I've been thinking about Zino for a while, and that's swayed me - I've just ordered a bottle. It's the current version, which I know is not as well regarded as the vintage, but it's a start.

    Ungaro II I find quite similar to Jicky but with the civet turned up to 11. Not for the faint of heart
    It's now on my "To test" list - though I don't know if I'll get the chance.
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    Just saw a bottle on 50ml EDP go for £40 inc P & P on ebay. I was going to bid, but I am having an abstinance phase lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    Just saw a bottle on 50ml EDP go for £40 inc P & P on ebay. I was going to bid, but I am having an abstinance phase lol

    Know the feeling, I passed up a very cheap bottle of heritage..

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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBars View Post
    Ungaro II I find quite similar to Jicky but with the civet turned up to 11. Not for the faint of heart.
    I had this but swapped it away. I liked the opening, and the civet overdose is cool. There was just something harsh in the drydown that I found very unpleasant. I don't know if it was me, or maybe they just didn't have the time and budget to smooth out and balance the base accords. Jicky makes a much smoother, more graceful exit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubegon View Post
    I had this but swapped it away. I liked the opening, and the civet overdose is cool. There was just something harsh in the drydown that I found very unpleasant. I don't know if it was me, or maybe they just didn't have the time and budget to smooth out and balance the base accords. Jicky makes a much smoother, more graceful exit.
    Agreed!

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    Hijacking the thread, since by chance the october blind sniff included Ungaro II. Our sniffers liked it, and interestingly, though they were all women, they zoomed in right away. Some liked it enough to purchase it for their significant others. I must have a later formulation and be slightly anosmic to the civet reconstruction because I find it mostly clean. While I found it pleasant, I agree with rubegon and Larimar that Jicky is superior, richer, smoother. But Ungaro II is cheaper, even at ebay's vintage prices.

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    Default Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Hijacking the thread, since by chance the october blind sniff included Ungaro II. Our sniffers liked it, and interestingly, though they were all women, they zoomed in right away. Some liked it enough to purchase it for their significant others. I must have a later formulation and be slightly anosmic to the civet reconstruction because I find it mostly clean. While I found it pleasant, I agree with rubegon and Larimar that Jicky is superior, richer, smoother. But Ungaro II is cheaper, even at ebay's vintage prices.
    There's no question Ungaro II is rougher and sharper than Jicky, as is surely intended. But I do not think it was ever reformulated.

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