Sunday, 26 April 2015

Jangala Review

According to the accompanying press, Jangala is intended to ‘evoke the lush vegetation of a tropical forest after rainfall’. Having made several excursions through the Peruvian Amazon, I was somewhat disappointed Jangala failed to capture the cloying, dank loaminess that, at least in my mind, characterises the environment. If I were to attempt to replicate such a scent, I would possibly be looking in the direction of oakmoss, patchouli, earthy pyrazines and cepes absolute for some funky soil impressions, as well geosmin, petrichor and ozonic notes for that rainstorm effect. At the same time however, I recognise that most people (myself included) have no desire to walk around smelling like a pile of decomposing plant matter. It is perhaps just as well then, that Pierre Guillaume did not attempt a Headspace reconstruction. 
Instead, Jangala starts off camphorous and verdant with eucalyptus providing a cool, herbal spin on the ozonic coconut theme of Entre Ciel et Mer and Paris Seychelles. As some ambery sweetness and cardamom begins to emerge, the fruitier green notes assume a remarkable likeness to stewed cooking apple. There’s a a very dry, woodsy note that occasionally emerges too, but it is fleeting and for the very great part remains unobtrusive. 
A surprise gourmand. 

Nose: Pierre Guillaume
House: Pierre Guillaume La Collection Croisière
Release date: 2015
Notes (per Fragrantica): Eucalyptus, cardamom, ginger flower, palisander rosewood, sandalwood, coconut, vetiver. 

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