Nice review. Haven't tried this one yet.
OK, so I know there has been a lot of talk about Slumberhouse in other threads, but I feel that Jeke deserves its own thread (with its own "title," I think there was another thread about Jeke as an autumn scent), especially in the "newer" concentrated version. I think last week I received the extrait version and, whatever version I received, in my view it is an amazing fragrance, upping the quality of something that was already great.
When I ordered this last week, I was surprised to see that the color of Jeke was different than my sample--instead of brown, it was a deep, rich, dark green. There is something about the color that makes the juice already an aesthetic experience--like wine, I could sit there and gaze at it for quite some time, but I didn't want to expose it to the light too much.
At any rate, I did a side-by-side with my sample, which I think was the previous, non-extrait iteration of Jeke.
The scent is practically the same in the opening. I get immediately smoke, tobacco, leather. I don't sense any roughness that has been spoken about in earlier iterations--on the contrary, this stuff is to my nose very smooth.
As for the difference from the earlier version, it was only after a couple hours had passed that I could really tell the difference. The newer version stays stronger and richer throughout. What I mean by richer is that there are so many perceptible facets and notes that weave in and out after hours have elapsed, that the complexity of the fragrance is intensified over a greater length of time. Around the four hour mark there was something like a dry "cocoa" note that I was getting, that I had not picked up earlier. I don't know if there is cocoa in the fragrance, but the effect was somehow there. Absolutely incredible. To my nose, it succeeds in somehow having a well-blended feel, and yet, one where a note will stand out more at one time than at another.
Immediately after I put it on this morning, my wife started swooning with delight. Projection is incredible. From 12 feet away my wife was saying, wow, your perfume is amazing. This stuff is certainly complex, but it is so smooth--I wouldn't call it predominantly "elegant" (like Guerlain), since it does have a certain rustic quality, but it is absolutely wearable anywhere, I find it very versatile. In the later stages, when the leather starts getting even smoother, I could even imagine dressing this up.
I also think that this iteration is every bit the equal of Sova in terms of quality. It seems to me still a bargain for the price Slumberhouse is asking, even with the newer prices.
If you already have the older Jeke, I wouldn't worry about getting a new bottle or anything like that since the differences are slight (from the most recent 2012 version which is more brown in color), but if / when you do finish the bottle and want to replenish, you are in for a treat in the upgrade.
Have others tried the extrait version? What are your impressions?
Sorry for the length of the post!
Nice review. Haven't tried this one yet.
I may or may not have the extrait, probably not. Either way, it amazes me how Josh just keeps on improving already amazing scents.
My juice in my sample was green-ish too. I liked wearing it and found it unique and engaging enough to differentiate it from other Slumberhouse scents which sort of give off the same vibe. The cocoa note is tricky - there are many times when I think cocoa ruins a scent, for me. But in this one it smells fantastic.
Nonetheless, when I get $ I think I'll be getting Sova instead of this one.
Thanks for making a thread just for this scent!
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Jeke is a great scent and lasts forever. I sprayed a little on my jacket a week ago and the scent is still there. The opening is very strong, so I let it settle a bit before going anywhere, but the dry down is amazing.
Disappointed I can't really wear this to work because of the great projection, but that's a small setback
Edit: not sure if I have the newer version. My sample is a green color and just received it last week
Can't wait to get my hands on Sova.
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Definitely have loved Jeke for a few years. I have about 4-5 sample vials of Jeke, all of which seem to be different colors. This has stymied me enough to set them aside, wondering what is up.
Any info, such as this post, that helps make sense of that is appreciated! I admit, I've yet to actually side-by-side try them out, but I should.
I think I'll be getting a sample of Jeke extrait in the mail by this weekend, so I'll post my thoughts once I wear it to tell you all the differences I get.
I suppose more folks would have had time to try the new extrait-strength Slumberhouses by now. Does anyone have more thoughts on how they measure up against the old esprit de parfum versions? Sova and Norne as well.
I have to say that I, for one, don't even know which iterations I've been trying. My Jeke, for instance, is a deep, dark green (not brown). I'm going to have to spritz it again to see if I can spot the "cocoa" note that gtsb mentioned.
I'm just bumping the thread so the OP can see my recent first impressions that I had on the fragrance. It's posted to my blog (which is in my signature), but for a brief overview:
I really like the scent, and it is definitely a bit different than the original version. It is a little softer, more well-rounded, and quite rooty and dirty. I'm going to wear it a few more times before giving it a few reviews, but I am definitely considering getting a larger amount at some point (not really in the near future, I don't think, since I am already getting Norne soon).
Thank you OctaVariuM, that was a great post!
I love Jeke from the first spray... and it just gets better after that. Thanks again for your thoughts--
I've tried all of Slumberhouse's frags. Jeke is tobacco, smoke, leather and spice...rich, opulent, but this is WAY too strong. The only way I could wear it would be to do a half spritz behind the knees. I enjoyed many of Slumberhouses offerings, but they were all really really strong. I just couldn't wear most. The first clue was the color, they looked like Indian Attar oils in the vials...
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Just received my extrait Pear + Olive today and I have to say it's absolutely fantastic. So cool how the bottle is the same as the old ones but with clear glass beads inside.
I can't stop smelling the back of my hand ...
(I used to think the colour was simply added but if it was, there wouldn't have to be such a wide range of colour variations across batches, would there?)
And thank you for posting your impressions of Jeke and Sova. My decants of both are running out fast and I intend to get FBs - the only question is which one first.
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Inspired by this thread I wore Jeke yesterday--the way I did it, one generous spray to the wrist, and then I dab behind my ears and on the other wrist. It really worked well that way--by the way my wife loves this on me, and I got many compliments at a party that I went to in the evening.
So did I! One spray of Jeke to the crook of my arm yesterday after I made that last post. Jeke really does make people talk, doesn't it? I never know how it's pronounced when they ask what it's called though - something almost like Jicky?
I can answer the question about the colors. As far as I know, they are all legitimate colors from the absolutes Josh uses. He uses unusually hard to find ingredients, so they tend to be colored very richly and, I assume, not diluted at all. I figure Pear and Olive looks pretty much like how pear or olive absolutes would look color wise. Same goes for all the dark greens in Norne. Stuff like lichen or moss is going to be naturally dark in color.
As for which fragrance to get first, I can only give you my opinion. Right now I'm still sort of undecided on Jeke as to whether it is FBW or not. However, I do own and very much enjoy Sova. It's probably my most cherished fragrance I have. If you don't have a sample of the newest extrait version of Sova, see if you can snag one from Josh. It's very nice and slightly different from the esprit.
I'm dying to know what Josh might be working on. I hope it's not too, er, what might be considered wearable! So far (after another wear yesterday) I've decided that the only Slumberhouse of my sample collection that I'm really, really not in love with is Pear and Olive. I find it similar to the sweet thread running through Sova -- but there's so much else going on in Sova to keep it interesting. P+O just never goes beyond "nice scent for a bubblebath" to me. I even tried layering it with some of my NK Incense -- and it swallowed the Incense whole, and remained limply sweet and fruity.
Congrats on your 1,000th post OctaVariuM! Slumberhouse is rapidly making its way past a great number of houses that I like but don't love.
Yes, it makes sense that the colours come from the absolutes. I do wonder what Josh has changed from batch to batch though - my Jeke and Sova samples are both different shades of green (though they look distinctly amber / brown on the Slumberhouse website - I don't have those and I can't help but wonder how different they smell).
I used to liked Jeke more, for its soft, worn, woody, smoky leather drydown, but later found that the cloves can get in the way ever so occasionally. On the other hand, my very first spritz of Sova came across as too sweet and too sticky, but I learnt to spray with a lighter hand, and I rapidly became fond of the burnt-caramel note even though my skin generally doesn't do well with syrupy Lutens-type sweetness. I don't actually even know what version of Sova I have, only that it is growing on me by leaps and bounds... there is something strangely addictive and even slightly narcotic about it.
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On the other hand, I suspect my liking for Jeke is slowly being tempered by repeated wearings. I did get a slightly dodgier-than-usual end with Jeke when I woke up today, after spraying yesterday - not quite sure how to describe it, maybe cloves gone a bit funky, but at any rate not quite the drydown I thought I was used to.
P+O is just too nice. I'll admit it did exceed my expectations - I avoid potentially sweet and fruity fragrances like the plague, so was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was a friendly, mellow sort of pear (and I much prefer it to all the shrill, horrible department store perfumes out there). I remember getting my hopes up after someone elsewhere online mentioned how it reminded them of blue cheese (!) but no such luck for me - P+O didn't go beyond pear, and probably isn't ever going to be a priority for me where the Slumberhouse line is concerned. (Though I can't imagine it eating your NK Incense alive - not that I've had the pleasure of trying Incense, but I swear I will get my hands on a sample some day, after all this talk about it!)
The one Slumberhouse I've tried so far that really doesn't work for me is Rume, but maybe I just don't feel comfortable smelling literally like cola and Christmas fruitcake, which is how it wears on me.
Sova, on the other hand, loves to go dancing, and when I dance, it's entirely for the aerobic benefits.
I liked Jeke and Norne...BUT they were overpowering. Each one had something about it that was too much. I love longevity/projection but Slumberhouse needed serious diluting. The others I didn't like except Pear and Olive...I liked that one.
For me it was Norne that didn't thrill me. That pine smell didn't wow me like the other scents did.
I just bought the extrait bottles of Sova, Pear & Olive and Jeke to go with my esprit bottles of Ore and Vikt, but would love a bottle of Sana. Josh gave me a sample of it with my bottle of Vikt, and I find that downright cruel, seeing as how Sana is discontinued and all.
I like how almost all the frags are dense, resinous and syrupy; they're the kind of winter scents I really enjoy (but they're still alright for summer).
Anyway, I'll have to give Jeke another try sometime, maybe over the weekend. I don't really get the leather thing, but I'm sure it is there and that I was just not looking for it.
Jeke is my favourite out of Jeke, Norne, Pear+Olive, and Sova.
Norne is horrid on me, Sova is alright but not something that I would reach for, and Pear+Olive is like something from the Fruits & Passions store with balsamic.
With that said, I do not like the opening of Jeke at all, but it dries down nicely and the base is something pleasant.
I apologise - I was remembering my Slumberhouses incorrectly. It's Baque that I really like, not Sana.
With my last order I received samples of Baque, Sana and Kote, and I like them in that order.
Kote has a bitter almond essence kind of smell with an astringent note that is a little like a cross between red wine and bleach. I know that sounds like it's awful, but it's really rather decent, but not compared to the rest of the line, and not my kind of scent.
There's a lot of talk about the balsamic tones that is Josh's signature, and nowhere is it more pronounced, in my opinion, than in Sana. It is this acidity that cuts through the sweetness, making it much more wearable and interesting than it otherwise might have been. It's the sharp greenery that is the star in this one, and it isn't my kinda scent. The fruit takes a while to come through, and it's quite subdued when it does.
Baque, on the other hand, blasts you with booze and fruit from the get go; not to the extent of Rume, but it's easy to assume the two scents sprung from the same prototype. Once it dries down it has a beautiful fruit and tobacco feel that is utterly beautiful.
So my apologies again, all, this is the discontinued juice I feel taunted with, with Josh having given me a sample atomiser.
Applied one spray out of the sample on my chest 15 minutes ago. All I smell so far is barbecue sauce.
I'm a fan and of the range it is my favourite by far although I will be spending more time retrying everything.