Sometimes when a perfume doesn’t have any impression on me, I store it away and pull it out 6-12 months later to see if my tastes have changed. Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling was exiled to this chartreuse hat box. Here I am 2 years later trying it again to see it had grown on me.
Juniper Sling opens with a crisp citrus. I can’t shake the ambroxan from the start. It seems to overtake the fragrance. When I ignore the ambroxan (I have to make a conscious effort to do this), I get this delightful cardamom and juniper gin and tonic on ice. There’s a hint of bitter citrus and sour cherry juice. It’s all cool and refreshing. And then it dries down to a sheer ambroxan which is like a “clean amber”. Juniper Sling gives me no emotions. I just can’t connect with it.
I really wish that I could say that Juniper Sling had grown on me. I mean, it did to some extent…I noticed more of the spices. However, I still find Juniper Sling disappointing. It reminds me too much of “mall” fragrances like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Women, Burberry Beat and Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume. But, really it reminds me way too much of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue which is an excellent perfume but it already exists (but without the cardamom). I always knock off the imaginary points that I assign a fragrance when it’s something more luxurious (AKA expensive) that reminds me of a more mainstream, designer fragrance that already exists. Of course there are exceptions to my rules, but I’m disappointed with Juniper Sling. It was such a good idea but I feel it fell flat.
My other issue is that the marketing and packaging of this fragrance is gorgeous and deco inspired. It’s supposed to bring to mind glamour and flappers but it doesn’t (well, the packaging does). This scent just makes me think of a mall in Anywhere, Middle America circa 1997. This is another fail in my book.
Notes listed include cinnamon, orange brandy, angelica, juniper berry, cardamom, leather, black pepper, orris wood, brown sugar, black cherry, vetiver, and ambroxan. Launch date 2011. PERFUMER – Olivier Cresp
Give Juniper Sling a try if you like fresh fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Women, Burberry Beat EDT, Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume, CK One and/or Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace. Juniper Sling is unisex and a good choice for warm climates or those looking for a daily, inoffensive fragrance. I’m disappointed by Juniper Sling but I imagine it’s a very popular fragrance for them because it’s approachable and the packaging is pretty.
Projection is average and longevity is below average. I get about 3-4 hours wear from this fragrance.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Ambroxan citrus. I’m sure this is a very popular perfume for the line since it is so approachable. I tried to love it, but I can’t. It does nothing for me.
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