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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Golconda - Jar Parfums - Review

Wet dewy bouquet of fresh cut carnations or a stick of Big Red chewing gum? Well maybe a little of both. Or might it just be … Clove Jell-O? When I was in grade school my girlfriend Marcia and I loved to cook and bake as a diversion over the long summer vacation. Usually the fare was a white Jiffy cake or Jell-O. We sometimes would experiment to find new ways of improving on these two standards, one of which was adding clove to orange Jell-O. A lot of clove. The taste was ummm … interesting. But the smell … divine. My first whiff of Jar Golconda brought back that smell from my Grandmother’s kitchen some 40 years ago.

For me Golconda whiffs and wafts both directions, at times smelling dead-on like a bouquet of fresh cut carnations. Wet and fresh, as your nose is buried deep for that first sniff. Other times I do get a spicy clove/cinnamon scent that smells more gourmand then soliflore. I think this is what others have referred to as the Big Red chewing gum note. But even at that, being a gourmand lover; it is nice, spicy and enjoyable.

If you are a carnation lover, no make that a devoted carnation fragrance lover, this extravagantly priced, boutique fragrance just might be your Holy Grail. If you merely enjoy carnation scents, you will probably find this cost prohibitive to satisfy your needs. Being that it brings back such wonderful memories for me and that I adore carnations, this would be my ultimate carnation scent. I would love to own it. But alas, the price will keep me from buying this one, sad to say, unless a windfall comes my way. Until then, I have one more wearing from my sample to enjoy for another day.

Available from the Jar Boutique in Paris or the JAR boutique at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC. The price? You know the saying - If you have to ask ...

9 comments:

Cait Shortell said...

Great review and I love the story about your cooking experiments.

Victoria said...

Thanks Cait! I just sent off for a DSH dupe of this, so apparently it made an impression. I hope the dupe will satisfy me for awhile.
:O)

Ayala Sender said...

Fascinating review and olfactory tale! Carnations have such a personlity. Like a flamenco dancer. I like cloves a lot in all ther (in)carnations. I tried a couple of JAR perfumes and they are quite unusual. But I didn't feel the urge to purchase one yet. I will definitley try them when I am in NYC in a few weeks.

Victoria said...

Oh Ayala, I would love to go with you!

Flora said...

If I had the means to buy this one I would - before I tried it I did not even know I liked carnation that much. :-)

Victoria said...

Well Flora, I have a sample of the DSH dupe coming soon, I'll report back on how it is.
:O)

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Anonymous said...

Interesting review. I tried Golconda for the first time recently and had a very different impression. What hit me immediately was jasmine -- wet and heavily indolic -- orange blossom, and rose, and then some spices (clove and cardamom, maybe nutmeg). It smelled a bit like sex, in fact. A humid, nighttime scent. Very compelling. Would love to have a bottle of this.

Victoria said...

Yeah me too - maybe one day/
;O)