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Joint
by Roccobarocco

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Joint information

GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 16 votes)

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HouseRoccobarocco
Parent CompanyHescanas

About Joint

Joint is a masculine fragrance by Roccobarocco.

Reviews of Joint

RoccoBarocco is an odd designer whose original name was Antonio Muscariello and became known for his haute couture then later his ready-to-wear lines in Italy, but never made much of a splash outside his home country except in watches and fragrance. A few low-key underdog hits like the eponymous RoccoBarocco (1989), RoccoBarocco Pour Homme (1990), and the follow-up Joint Pour Femme (1991) round out the bulk of knowledge most folks have about the brand. This masculine variant simply labelled Joint (1993) seemed to smell older in style than the debut masculine, and sank without a trace, being almost immediately forgotten before the house moved onto fresher, more synthetic and contemporary fare like Silver Jeans Homme (1995), with it's cheeky Zippo lighter package. Most people who remember RoccoBarocco scents will recall those Zippo bottles for both sexes all over discount perfume shops in local malls. I didn't put two and two together myself in regards of "where I've seen this name before" until I did a little research for this review about the designer and discovered these Zippo bottles all over again. This finding just makes Joint come even further from left field with it's Victorian-era construction stretched over then-modern bones, not just late to the party like many of it's late 1980's floral powerhouse peers, but almost doomed to failure as its release year of 1993 was well into the "fresh" phase of aquatics and apologetic perfumery which even had a slight influence on Joint's design. Joint is a very odd scent just in name alone, as usually the feminine carries the name by itself, while the masculine version has "for him", "pour homme", "per uomo", and the like, but Joint does it backwards and assigns the "pour X" designation to the feminine counterpart. The men's version of Joint would show up in a relatively nondescript rose-red glass bottle, with script writing on the front and a faux-rosewood plastic cap, so in case you were wondering; yes, this is a masculine rose chypre. Male lovers of rose need to show some caution however, as this is not a direct leathery jammy rose like Azzaro Acteur (1989) nor a lavender-infused fresh rose like Ungaro Pour L'Homme I (1991), but rather is an animalic chypre take on the floral chypres of the mid 70's to late 80's, with 90's fresh elements tacked on.

Joint draws most immediate comparisons to the atomic-powered Bogart Furyo (1987), which was a rose and incense chypre with double the animalics of most and a fat nag champa note that turned the dials to 11. Joint prefers the quietly wilting flowers approach used by the fougère Zino Davidoff (1986), but doesn't have the lavender backbone of that scent and no tonka or ambergris in the base like Ungaro. What Joint really does, is combine the "green rose" aesthetic of feminine classics like Chanel No. 19 (1971) and Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose (1973), dialing back the green just a bit and supplanting it with vanilla, incense, and civet that would make it more palatable for a man at the cost of the rose itself. A stiff myrrh note to punctuates the opening, alongside aldehydes, bergamot, basil, artemisia, lemon, and just a touch of galbanum. Here, Joint smells most like Ungaro pour L'Homme. The middle phase of rose is where the scent's main character derives, and it nestles between a bunch of things like carnation, geranium, jasmine, honey, and orris, again like Ungaro, keeping the rose tethered down so it doesn't make Joint smell too sweet, which is where comparisons end. The base of Joint is a real contrast to the top and heart, drawing complaints of making the scent smell like it's "falling apart", since the base dominates the middle with it's prominent civet and vanilla, letting only wisps of the myrrh from the top through on skin. Vetiver, oakmoss, labdanum, leather, tonka, amber, and patchouli are here, but you'll have to win in a fist fight with that civet and vanilla to notice them, so all they end up doing is drying out the vanilla note. Joint is no Monsieur Lavin (1964), but it's civet is still formidable. I get the "Furyo Light" comparisons and the "smells like Zino" comments from others but that's the "every soapy fougère made after Drakkar Noir (1982) is a clone" argument all over again and I roll my eyes faster than being possessed by Satan himself. Fall through spring are the best times for Joint, and unlike Ungaro, the sweet muskiness precludes any summer time use, even if you'll have trouble finding appropriate context for a scent so challenging anyway. Performance is moderate all around.

Joint by RoccoBarocco is a nice albeit forgotten Johnny-come-lately in the floral revival scene, a fragrance outdated before it hit shelves, and like Jacomo Anthracite Pour Homme (1991) is just too light and subdued to be a powerhouse like it's predecessors, being another rare example of an 80's aesthetic executed with 90's asceticism to "fit in". Joint is a humorously fitting name itself, as rose incense could be used to cover up pot smoke (among other things). Maybe that's where they were going with this, but wearing Joint won't make you feel like a stoner, just rather a Victorian dandy. Folks who enjoy Penhaligon's Hammam Bouquet (1872) but find it's civet and sandalwood too skanky in modern company will appreciate RoccoBarocco's tamer "modernesque" take, but will still feel really ridiculously fancy when wearing it like most things from this genre, including the equally ridiculous 70's dimestore dandy juice Monsieur Jõvan (1977). GFF Uomo by Gianfranco Férre (1997) would also present this idea without the animalics. I recommend formal use or weekends at home for Joint because the light rosy dalliance, myrrh and civet really make this feel even more like top hat and cane territory than any of the heavier 80's entries in the category, and as a less rarefied alternative to the mega-unicorn Ungaro pour L'Homme. I'd recommend Joint to lovers of rose or old civet bombs but it's obscurity combined with it's scarcity have made it nearly grow a unicorn horn of it's own, and it may eventually be just as cost-prohibitive than the Ungaro if not already by the time you read this, being a sort of Carven Homme (1999) to Gucci Envy for Men (1997) in regards to Ungaro. In conclusion, this is a beautiful but enjoyably quirky civeted rose and fresh incense chypre for men, from a nearly unknown designer and totally unknown perfumer, that would have been a hit in the 80's but saw release in the 90's! What could possibly go wrong? Answer: everything. Now excuse me while I bogart this joint. Thumbs up.
20th July, 2018 (last edited: 25th January, 2021)
Joint is a lost and looked-over gem of a fragrance on par with Anthracite or (to a lesser extent) Ungaro III. The late 80's and early 90's saw a tremendous shift which left many worthy releases without the inertia they deserved, and the oddly-named Joint is one of them. Many have compared it to Bogart's Furyo, and I can agree to an extent, but it lacks the deep and resinous incense and amber to match up. That same dried out basil and coriander theme still exists here, but this one focuses more on the spicy side. This is red bell pepper wearing an Arrow collar shirt and wearing a retro musk. It might not suit today's kids but it is sexy. I can't for the life of me figure out how the base can at once be so old and so nonexistent - It's like the base dissolves into the mid to keep the peppery spice rolling along. Overall it's like wearing Furyo without the Head Shop smell, or like Giorgio's Red For Men devoid of any sweetness (the civet is really something). Eau Cendree and the early Jil Sanders spring to mind. Joint is a rather strange scent in that it is like wearing a raging storm which only roils an inch off your body: nearly nonexistent from afar, but irresistibly good up close.



09th February, 2017
I've owned once a JPH's bottle years ago but in that time of my life I was in the Dior Fahrenheit's new hunter mood. I remember it was basically a dark woody scent with herbal, spicy and fruity nuances. There was a certain level of dustiness and animalism in it. On my skin it used to smell warm, dusty/woody and spicy. Joint is a masculine fragrance, with a spicy patchouli, a plain tobacco-presence and a nocturnal mysterious temperament.
27th February, 2012 (last edited: 24th April, 2019)
To me this is a GREAT Scent.....Its like Kouros and a little bit of Body Kouros got mixed together accidently and then they toned down the animalic notes in Kouros a little bit...a very good scent!
30th July, 2009
Stylish creation smelling like a crossover of half Chevignon Brand and the classic 4711. Very aromatic, loads of Mediterranean herbs, chypre, sandal-and cedarwood,lavender and lemon notes. A groundbreaking revival of old school luxuriant scnts, exhaling a definitive, yet sophistcatedly subtle and classy masculinity.
28th January, 2006
Rich,dark, warm, smooth and spicy. Quite pleasant.
23rd November, 2004

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