J'Adore inJoy fragrance notes

  • Head

    • fleur de sel
  • Heart

    • ylang ylang, jasmine sambac
  • Base

    • peach

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Imagine the sunkissed sensation of having spent the day in salt water,and finally salt drying on tanned skin such that it leaves it's fine dusky-white crystals scattered across your arms,at once heavy and warm and cool and refreshed. this is J'Adore In Joy. definitely the original J'Adore has better quality, especially the accords of flowers,which smells classy.the first j'adore is a classic,elegant french perfume.not for everybody.for some a bit too classic.this flanker is for every woman,especially for a warm,kind, compassionate woman who is full of integrity

It's a salty floral scent,with fresh fruitiness.there is also an array of soothing white florals,lending a girly, innocent character.tuberose and ylang ylang can be strong scents and in many perfumes they have been used as powerful attention grabbers. here tuberose and ylang ylang were much gentler.excellent base,too.but apart from the base,which you can find in most of the new Diors,the rest smells generic,and could be an EDP by almost any designer brand.this would make a pleasant daytime scent for the summer.perfume?Nice.for a Dior?not enough!
18th October 2021
You either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain, and that is pretty much the case here with J'Adore in Joy (2017). About 18 years have passed and the fruity floral genre has exploded then collapsed in onto itself (much like aquatics), because every two-bit perfumer in Dodge has made a copy of a copy of a copy of something that made it big. In this example, the iconic J'Adore (1999) composed by Calice Becker struck such an accord with the buying public that it pretty much became the gold standard for Dior's feminine perfume style through much of the 21st century, to the chagrin of those who missed the complex Roudnitska Diors of the mid 2oth century or the dark, dangerous seduction of the Poison (1985) years. All that was basically tossed out on its ass or relegated to limited distribution collections (like the olden Diors), while J'Adore and its eventual flankers reshaped everything Dior offered to ladies. François Demachy is a damned good perfumer in his own right, even if he did give men one of the most bizarre yet somehow successful pillars in Dior's history with Sauvage (2015), but here he goes tinkering with the J'Adore formula as he has done with every past line his fingers touch, delivering us the experience we get in J'Adore in Joy. If the original J'Adore was the hero in my opening analogy, J'Adore in Joy is definitely the villain. The fruity floral accord established with the original J'Adore's pear and jasmine has been so over done in the nearly 2 decades between the launch of it and this version, that François Demachy sought to distance the new flanker a few steps from it, but in so doing creates a weird alternate-dimension J'Adore that puts the salty aquatic accord favored by 90's masculines instead of the calone, and the venerable peach lactone in the place of said pear.

We get an "older yet newer" J'Adore that shows us what might have been if calone had never taken off in the 90's, and if J'Adore had been composed as more of a classic fruity floral like those seen in the 80's. Granted, this doesn't open with sharp aldehydes or green notes like many a popular chypre of the time did, but the sea salt and bergamot opening over jasmine sambac, tuberose, muguet, orange blossom, and ylang-ylang is indeed very 80's compared to the original. Things do sweeten up quite a bit more with a noticeable honey benzoin note, but there is no animalic funk in J'Adore in Joy like a true 80's specimen, no murky musk, no civet. Instead, we get something a tad powdery but still fruity, with a peach lactone over the aforementioned benzoin, returning Iso E Super, laundry musk, and amber. Sweeter, less fresh, and a bit fustier, J'Adore in Joy smells ironically more mature than its older sister, but also just feels a lot more tired right out of the gate, loosing all the bouncy charm of the giddy original. This is also less versatile and better in spring or fall, used on romantic encounters, or casual moments. I don't see J'Adore in Joy being very work safe or good in intense heat, as the sweetness could be cloying. Wear time is good but sillage is also much toned down from the original as well. The best comparison to something contemporary would be the latest Coco Madamoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense (2019), which likewise does little to help extend the charm of the original because it seeks to mute out the dynamic Y2K energy of it with more "mature" and "sensible" replacement accords, thus making it a tad stronger maybe but also more boring. François Demachy has also done with with eau de parfum iterations of many masculine pillars as well, and it all comes across to me like second guessing, but I also understand some people just being too shy to wear something so emotive as Sauvage, J'Adore, or even Fahrenheit (1988), so these kind of smoothed-over retreads from Demachy might be what the doctor ordered to bring the self-conscious buyer to the Dior counter, but I digress.

At the end of the day, J'Adore in Joy is just a tired fruity floral, with an intriguing salty kick and more floral depth in the heart, but none of the sparkle or pop of the namesake pillar that lead us to wear we are now. Likely this was a stop gap release anyway, since Dior also launched Joy (2018) the following year, which seems to be their latest commercial blasphemy in perfume form, although things like that at least show some daring and end up likable in the same "so bad it's good" way Sauvage turned out to be. There are just so many better fruity florals to explore in this over-saturated genre, and to see one of the few iconic standards of that genre have its packaging recycled into a b-lister flanker that has the personality of your sister's Bath & Bodyworks mister is a bit telling of Dior's profit desperation. They just can't let their successes breath a little and just absolutely have to put something onto the shelves year after year so they can claim they have the "newest" thing for all of 2 weeks before another house spits out their own flanker of a flanker of a flanker and round we go. At least François Demachy gets to experiment on Dior's nickel, which is all this turns out to be for me: a cute little experiment made under direct orders from the shareholders that will litter discounters in a few years if it hasn't already, then be discontinued in a few more then sell for $250 to obsessive collectors on eBay or that one person who sadly fell in love with it. The original J'Adore can be a love-or-hate perfume, but at least you feel something when you smell it. J'Adore in Joy on the other hand is so unremarkable it is easily passed up for something better. Still, if you are a hardcore fan of the line and have smelled all past J'Adore iterations, you still may want to check this out just so you don't find yourself losing out if it ends up clicking with you. Neutral
4th August 2019

A light fruity floral, grown up and good for summer. I can definitely smell a salty side.
24th August 2018
Run-of-the-mill fruity floral, with more citrus than most. The salt accord sounds like it would have been interesting, but it's just a marketing ploy to make it stand out. Not bad though.
6th April 2018