I am glad this beautiful perfume comes along at a time in my Perfumista career, when I can really appreciate it.
Half indolic white floral, half oakmossy chypre, Jour Ensoleillé sounds scary and would have sent me running not too long ago.
But both my experiences with Laurie Erickson’s outstanding talent and fragrant explorations of the scary jasmine-tuberose party and the even scarier “chypre of old” section of my sample box, have prepared me for this.
Notes include orange blossom, neroli, tuberose, jasmine, beeswax absolute, labdanum absolute , myrrh, sandalwood, ambergris, vetiver, green leaves, oakmoss absolute.
Turns out there is really nothing here to be afraid of, on the contrary, Jour Ensolleilé is something to look forward to, if you haven’t tried it yet.
A well blended triptych of jasmine, orange blossom and tuberose is glued with beeswax onto a mossy, dark green base. It smells sweet and round, but underneath the happy and flirty florals, lies a watchful, earnest and intelligent greenness.
I almost see two women before me, a carefree girl and her stern mother. Young and lively, mature and thoughtful.
I see myself actually, torn between these two images of womanhood. On the one hand still feeling like a young girl, free, flirty, craving adventure and the thrill of the unknown.
On the other hand feeling like a matron, who is supposed to be serious and somber, has to put her children’s need before her own at all times and is just a bit disappointed with the way things are going. She knows better now and mourns the loss of innocence.
But that is not tragic any more, than the appearance of her first laugh lines is. It is just the way of life. Disappointment, the fact that not all dreams come true, is part of every life. But the memories of times of innocence is part of that life as well. Nothing can take those away.
Some perfumes can even breathe new life into them for a few precious hours.