Jolie Laide is a natural perfume line that find its inspiration in French New Wave cinema. From the names, you can tell which ones are inspired by which film.
Back in my undergraduate days, I hosted La Nouvelle Vague showings. The viewers that didn’t fall asleep would often be hyper-focused (probably because of reefer but whatever). I found the hyper-focused viewers to be more entertaining than the films themselves. This may have been because I had watched them too many times, but really it was because… Continue reading
I complain about this more than I should, but the perfume world is filled with really bad gardenia soliflores. This has to do with a few things, but I attribute most of it to laziness. Apparently, there is no such thing as a gardenia essential oil. So this means that gardenia in perfumery is either a synthetic aromachemical, some weird homemade tincture thing or it’s an accord created by the perfumer. I say “laziness” because gardenia takes work. Big houses rely on aromachemicals, that unfortunately… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Jolie Laide Jules et Jim is one of those perfumes that smells antique. It’s not that it smells like a vintage or “antique” perfume, it’s that it reminds me of antiques.
Jules et Jim is all about the oakmoss. And to me, this oakmoss gives it this dark, antique feel. It smells old which isn’t a jab. I’m not saying it smells “off” but I’m saying that it smells like antiques. Jules et Jim opens with dried lavender buds. There’s a balsamic quality to… Continue reading | 2 Comments