Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Guerlain Jicky Extrait

There sure are stories that surround this legendary scent. Googling Jicky and you stumble upon troves of information. There is no sense in my adding heavy handed words to this ancient and terrific Guerlain.

There are numerous releases of this fragrance and that is completely understandable since it was unleashed in 1889. It's pretty incredible for any product to still be in production, desired and viable after 121 years. Reformulations are inevitable, yet Guerlain has managed to keep the integrity of Jicky intact. That is also commendable.

The extrait rendition I am wearing is full bodied and very smooth. It possesses none of the discord associated with the EDT in some of the reviews I have perused. What amused me about some of the EDT reviews is that despite what was considered "discord" in the transitions, the reviewers still liked it. Some even preferred it over the parfum rendition and "discord" be damned.

I find Jicky so smooth and wearable that I don't even feel like analyzing it. A very lighthearted citrus with floral and woody components infused with civet that transforms into a very comfortable oriental. The civet is obvious throughout but never brutish and is intelligently tempered with a tonka and vanilla duo. That's as much dissecting as I feel the need to because Jicky is like the tom boy you knew way back when who also had the rockin bod and could turn on the sensual side when she got bored with being butch. Versatile, sexy and comfortable all at the same time.

Yes.......Jicky is the shiznit.....and if you don't know, you had better find out. Two thumbs up and a pinky from Aromi for Guerlain's Jicky Extrait.

9 comments:

  1. Jicky holds a special place in my heart for one excellent reason. For my 14th birthday, my mother took me to Paris. We went...everywhere, including the Guerlain store on the Champs Elysées. A whole new world was opened up to me there - the world of proper perfume. After over an hour of sniffing some of the most amazing scents ever created, I finally chose just one - a bottle of Jicky extrait.

    I'm still amazed that a 14 year old could choose something so...audacious, but I loved it then, and I love it now! Thank yo for reminding me - and a Happy New Year to you!

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  2. Hi tarleisio ! That's pretty awesome that you would choose Jicky extrait at 14 years old !!!

    You were a Perfumista before you ever sniffed a thing !

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  3. Well, I had been brainwashed since birth by my perfumoholic mother, who wore Fidji, Jolie Madame, Narcisse Noir, Shalimar and Mitsouko, So you can say all the conditions for becoming a perfumista were in place from the start. But I came home from Paris ruined for life, and with Jicky - and perhaps even more surprising - Miss Dior, another lifelong love that sadly died the most horrible reformulated death - and Dior didn't even bother with a funeral!

    So even today, I love...fougères, and chypres, but the stellar ones are getting harder to find. Which is why I'm glad I found your blog!

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  4. Ah.....so the apple really does fall directly beneath the tree......lol......

    For this hobby, that's pretty awesome to have a pedigree like that. It enables understanding the slew of scents ( current and otherwise) much easier I'm sure.

    On another note, thanks for the kind words about our blog. We all review here because we love the hobby. It's never been about money since we don't have advertising. It's simply for fun. I enjoy myself immensely blogging with this bunch. They continually remind me of just how much I don't know about perfumery......lol.....

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  5. LOL Or...about just how much our choices say about us! For instance, did you know that Jicky was one of Colette's favorite perfumes? Or that once upon a time in polite Parisian society (I use that term advisedly! ;-) ), one was considered either..."a Caron duchess or a Guerlain courtesan!" I can't decide. I love a few Carons, I love not a few Guerlains. There go my chances in polite Parisian society...

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  6. I initially wrote Jicky off as being sort of bland on me, but that's the beauty of reading other people's reviews: it affords one the reminder to revisit scents. Now, need to dig out the sample vial and see if my tastes have changed.

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  7. Hi Carrie. Fragrance is a funny thing. One person's treasure is another's junkpile.

    I have revisited frags I didn't like at all initially. Some I warmed to quite a bit and others will never quite cut it for me.

    Jicky definitely is worth another try !

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  8. A friend sent me a sample of Jicky (don't know if it's extrait, EDT or what) because I was mad to try it... on me it smells like a sister of Mouchoir de Monsieur (as a reviewer on another site put it in much more expressive words than mine) and I find both of those scents comforting at times and annoying at others. Probably because of the slight "dirty" that they both evoke. So with me, Jicky, so far, is an on-and-off love affair. But I've only had a little "taste" of the stuff so who knows?

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  9. I agree with your comment that Jicky is so smooth & wearable you don't feel like analyzing it. It just "is". I find Jicky as beautiful and ethereal as Apres l'Ondee, but Jicky has a warmer darker more sultry beauty. There is no more masterful blending than Guerlain (in my unbiased opinion lol)

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