Weird-Assed Amber – Review: Jacomo Art Collection #2

Hey Hey Olfactoria’s Travellers,

Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse

Last time I went looking for this lovely on the discounters they were everywhere and for next to nothing. My last bottle was from Birgit here at OT and I think I paid about $25 for my current bottle. I was getting a bit worried because there is quite a lot of air in the bottle so I thought I’d look for a replacement. Well, they are nowhere to be found. Both #8 & #9 are still around but #2 seems to have gone the way of the dodo except for the Jacomo Paris site and eBay. Well I better get in a review before it’s gone forever.

Art Collection #02 by Jacomo 2010

Art Collection by Jacomo #02 FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot
Heart: Lily, Tonka bean
Base: Vanilla, Suede, Amber, Patchouli

Before even spritzing I am in love with the bottle, it has heft, is cool, classy, designer and blackened glass so I don’t have to freak out about the light coming into my room so much.

Chewy is the word that jumps into my head whenever I spritz Art Collection #02. It’s a weird-assed amber that seems both salty and dry and many people compare it to Play-Do. I get the reference nowadays but when I was first wearing Art Collection #02 I thought they were all bonkers. The leather is not like the usual birch and iris offered to the modern leather enthusiast, here the leather is long worn, loved and super soft. The leather here smells like ladies driving gloves feel direct from the glovebox. It’s cool and pliable.

So if you had told me in my wearings of Art Collection #02 that it was also a patchouli fragrance I would have turned my nose up at you and disagreed but now that I read it in the notes I get patchouli as clear as day. An earthy, plastic and rubber patchouli. Interesting, now that I’ve found it I wonder how I could have missed it for all these years.

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Lasting power is excellent and as we head towards dry-down I find the fragrance sinking into my skin and becoming a sheer patina over my skin. It smells beautiful and very appealing, much more so than my natural scent, and I can imagine it being something you would want to lean in close to get a really good whiff of.

From the Jacomo site:
#02 the most tactile of our art trilogy, illustrated by Cécilia Carlstedt
A feminine perfume with a floral note fashioned by modelling clay, tender, vanilla-scented and powdery, making it both addictive and regressive, well-known but mysterious, a little childlike but also terribly seductive.

Further reading: NowSmellThis and EauMG
Jacomo Paris still has 50ml & 100ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $3/ml

What was your last great love that got the chop?
Portia xx


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18 Responses to Weird-Assed Amber – Review: Jacomo Art Collection #2

  1. Tara says:

    “Weird-assed amber” and “rubber patchouli” – love it.
    I bet Jin would disagree that this is better than you natural scent, Portia.

    My favourite leather, Cuir de Lancome, sadly got the chop.

  2. Sandra says:

    Hi Portia. This one sounds like a good autumn scent. A perfume I loved that got axed is your beloved Boucheron Trouble. That is one of the only ones I have truly mourned. Xo

  3. ringthing says:

    This sounds interesting, especially the leather glove part. Love that note in Cuir de Lacombe. Donna Karan Black Cashmere (the original), Gold, and Christian LaCroix Tumulte for men are my most mourned perfumes.

  4. poodle says:

    It’s not a great love but I’m pretty sad that Love,Chloe got the ax. The original Victoria from Victorias Secret is another I miss.

  5. Love the sound of this as I always gravitate strangely towards play-doh…….
    I have a strange thing for Jacomo as well: their Parfum Rare is the richest, most Cleopatra-esque spicy floral chypre I have ever smelled. A brilliant scent. And the hefty, black onyx bottle……there is something quite secretive about their scents that I love. And Silences of course….perfect.

    On the subject of vexing discontinuations though…whenever I like anything it is practically guaranteed to get the chop, cementing my feeling that I am a freak. Even when it’s something like Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers… as chips etc, the whole line of pear salad candy floss is still extant but my favourite, G, indispensable to me as a summer airy coconut perfume, has also said a thumb-nosed sayonara.

  6. Melissa Pham says:

    Thank you for sharing. I’d like to try it. Hope to hear more from you.

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