Its very hard to draw comparisons between Henry Jacques and other houses because they really are on a completely different level. Darcy @henryjacques was kind enough to send me sample blotters of many HJ scents and although they were all magnificent, this one really stood out to me. This is very much in the style of some of the powerhouse vintage masculine scents that I love, but done with ultra premium HJ materials and skill. The olibanum and ylang ylang work together amazingly with the other resinous notes and spices. The base has an incredibly beautiful patchouli and deep, creamy musk combination which lends a smooth, masculine aura to the fragrance. Although this is a bold and striking scent, it never comes off as heavy or harsh in any way. The way this fragrance is blended is absolutely masterful and wearable anytime. I can say with 100% certainty that this is one of the best perfumes Ive ever smelled. Highly recommended.
This stuff is so good. Starts out with a huge burst of lime and woods then settles into something I can only describe as a lemon-lime cookie oud. This is absolutely the best of the Gulf Collection IMO and one of my favorite Rojas overall.
Just got a bottle of this hard to find juice and WOW Im blown away. Being a huge Roucel fan to begin with, I was fairly certain Id love it. I get slight coffee, burnt sugar, caramel, and maple syrup balanced with lavender and woods. The lavender and woods keep it grounded and almost masculine even though it has so many gourmand notes. An absolute stunner and one of Roucels best in my opinion.
This stuff is just amazing. Initially Im reminded just a bit of Jubilation XXV but this is smokey and has more patchouli. The oud in here is not medicinal but woody with something very slightly skanky in the background. As time goes on the patchouli becomes more prominent and blends with the oud beautifully. This is so unlike the other Roja offerings I've smelled in the sense that it is more in your face and bold. Definitely not developed to please the masses like some of his other creations but my favorite from the line along with Amber Aoud. Fantastic stuff.