Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Jubilation XXV Men description
Jubilation XXV is Amouage at its most detailed and devastating. This fragrance commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the line, and features not less than 25 separate notes in the composition. (for those curious, here is the list: frankincense, labdanum ciste, coriander, davana, blackberry, orange, guaiac wood, rose, honey, bay, orchid, cinnamon, clove, celery seed, opoponax, patchouli, myrrh, musk, moss, atlas cedarwood, ambergris, oud, immortelle).
Of these, the blackberry, frankincense, coriander, and guaiac wood feel the strongest in the blend. This Oriental fragrance is a desert whirlwind of spices, and somehow it holds together in a tightly managed, deceptive, sly, and sophisticated way. Every sniff will bring further nuances forward, to equally tempt or disarm you.
Amouage delights in throwing every expensive ingredient it has on hand into this fragrance, with joyful abandon. The orchestration of these notes is complex and artistic, without losing sight of how wonderful it should smell on the skin. Each note rises, announces itself, and then disappears only to rise again later in a circular dance of spices and citrus, seemingly without end. The lasting power of Amouage Jubilation XXV is formidable.
Amouage Jubilation XXV is a world-class symphony tuning up in the orchestra pit and then confidently playing Beethoven’s 9th with full force. There is nothing approaching a perfume pyramid of notes happening here – it is a fragrance that simply must be worn to understand. But take note, Spiceheads: this is no shy violet – this perfume has the sillage and volume to match its many ingredients, so spray accordingly. Because we all know that professional symphonies create fantastic music, but only when you’re ready and willing to hear what they choose to play.