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Aramis JHL Custom Collection Fragrance Review

Aramis JHL

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

Aramis JHL is basically Estee Lauder Cinnabar for Men. Apparently, this cologne was created for Estée Lauder’s husband (and I take it, these are his initials). I don’t see why he didn’t just start wearing Cinnabar, maybe he did, I don’t know. I’m sure there is a story behind this one, but I don’t know it. I’m such a helpful perfume blogger…

JHL opens with aldehydes. But, these aldhydes aren’t as “loud” as most used in Estee Lauder’s retro feminine fragrances. These add a sparkle to this spicy oriental. Eventually the citrus aldehydes fade, leaving a a spicy floral with evergreen – cinnamon, carnation and Christmas trees. To me, JHL is like spending a winter day with some cool old guy that collects cool old scotch.

JHL really is just Cinnabar marketed to men. Yes, it’s slightly different but really similar in composition. I actually find it more “muted” and smoother than modern Cinnabar. Saying that….ladies, this is one worth sampling if you like spicy orientals but dislike the brash aldehydic opening in Cinnabar.

Enid Boulting

Notes listed include aldehydes, orange, allspice, bergamot, lemon, carnation, fir, cinnamon, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, labdanum, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, musk, benzoin, and vanilla. Launched in 1982

Give JHL a try if you spicy oriental scents. Or if you like perfumes like Estee Lauder Cinnabar, YSL Opium, Chanel Coco EDT, DSH Perfumes Euphorisme d’Opium and/or Calvin Klein Obsession. I find JHL unisex.

JHL is labeled a cologne, but I think it wears more like an EDP. As a cologne, projection and longevity are above average.

The 3.4 oz cologne retails for $62 at Nordstrom. 

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONEstee Lauder Cinnabar marketed to men – spicy oriental. Good old-school stuff. 

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*Bottle purchased by me. Product pic from Nordstrom. Enid Boulting 1950 from npg.org.uk. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!

3 thoughts on “Aramis JHL Custom Collection Fragrance Review

  1. Victoria I loved reading this and was surprised to find out that JHL is Cinnabar for men. I want to try it because I wear Cinnabar this time of year and well, blending the two might be fun! Loved this post/review. But hey I live them all.

    1. Oh, I really hope you give it try! Being that you wear Cinnabar, I can see you enjoying JHL too. Cinnabar is one that I wear this time of year too, I love it. I actually like JHL very much too since it is “smooth” and has that evergreen/Christmas tree thing going on. I haven’t thought about layering them. I should do that!

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