The company says:
Bright and lush, mysterious and provocative, Synthetic Jungle is a stylized landscape in technicolor greens. An ode to cult perfumes of the 1970s, Synthetic Jungle offers a modern vision of nature reimagined.
Flipo retained the opulent basil of the original composition, along with a recomposed bouquet of hyacinth, lily of the valley, natural jasmine, and Ylang Ylang oil.
To modernize and sharpen, she then added synthetic black currant and styralyl acetate, effectively putting the bouquet through a glossy, sparkling filter. Flipo simplified the Chypre and leather notes, resulting in a cleaner, more streamlined accord. Finally, she added patchouli.
Synthetic Jungle fragrance notes
- basil, lily of the valley
- jasmine, galbanum
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Latest Reviews of Synthetic Jungle
Bluebells carpet the forest floor, a distant flute is heard, much like that which is heard in Edgar Froese's "Epsilon in Malaysian Pale." I can almost taste it all, especially the black currant, I feel its tartness in the back of my throat, making my mouth water. Boxwood hedges form a maze, with peculiar climbing vines weaving in and out, with showy pitchers that upon closer inspection, look to be carnivorous, insects entranced by their honeydew, blissfully drowning in ecstasy. Crunchy wet umbellifers crushed and dirty, a mosaic of feathery, parsley-like leaves of varying shades of green, a garden gone feral.
It begs the question of natural vs synthetic and how it's all a matter of perception and experience. Does our insatiable need to identify what we smell rely primarily on a posteriori epistemology or are there other parts in motion? This fragrance feels like those "other parts" in motion. The real and the imaginary are not so easily delineated when beholding the alchemy of scent. Synthetic Jungle escorts the nose into a space of beauty and puzzlement where the idea of naturalism is rendered supernatural.
Beautiful, familiar, and if you like green-florals, a new take on a well-worn tune.
Warning - don't be heavy-handed - this is potent stuff.
In comparison to Diptyque's L'Ombre Dans Leau, I prefer the latter as it feels more realistic, lush, and watery. Nevertheless, Synthetic Jungle has impressive performance, especially for a green fragrance. Furthermore, the name suits the fragrance well, as you do get a synthetic interpretation of lily of the valley. Overall, it smells like "fresh crushed green peppers", as Wingie points out, but with some rough edges that make the entire composition feel a bit artificial or synthetic.
Being synthetic is not necessarily bad, but if you were hoping for a green fragrance like L'Ombre Dans Leau, you may be disappointed.
People who don’t normally go for green fragrances may like this, but if you love the old-school greens like No. 19, Silences, Vent Vert, Private Collection etc, I think you might be disappointed with Synthetic Jungle. It’s not a traditional green/galbanum accord at all. The last great green floral in this respect was Tom Ford Vert de Fleur - now sadly discontinued.
I love the green genre but Synthetic Jungle left me cold. It's a little too perfect, too re-touched for my taste.
I do enjoy the opening which features sap woven into the greens. It's earthy but does not aspire to realism. It's a bright, Instagram-filtered green that lacks the dark, moist shadows of French Lover or the organic, vegetal green compositions that I enjoy. More than synthetic, a word that can carry pejorative connotations, Synthetic Jungle makes me think of cinematography.
As for the florals, it is hyacinth and muguet forward to me though jasmine comes out in the dry down as the fragrance softens. There is nothing indolic that would sully its character.
While it has classic influences, it's not as sharp as classic vintage greens and it's sleeker in the drydown. I think it's a great effort as a contemporary green but ultimately, it feels a little soulless. I admit this is coming from a strong personal bias so this sits on the high end of neutral for me.