Jules (1980) Eau de Toilette

Jules (Eau de Toilette) by Dior / Christian Dior
Bottle Design: Dior
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Jules (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Dior / Christian Dior for men and was released in 1980. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Jean Martel

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Tarragon, Cumin, Lavender
Heart Notes Heart NotesCyclamen, Basil, Jasmine, Carnation, Rose, Sandalwood, Cedar
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Oakmoss, Leather, Musk, Tonka bean, Suede

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Scent

8.2 (140 Ratings)

Longevity

8.1 (105 Ratings)

Sillage

7.8 (105 Ratings)

Bottle

7.0 (105 Ratings)
Submitted by Sani, last update on 07.09.2019
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Minigolf

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A universe in itself--or the end of relativity?
If I'm to express it powerfully, a blatant scent. Not only in terms of its shelf life and endurance, but also because of its comprehensive ingredient richness.
From the lightness of bergamot, the ethereality of lavender and the spiciness of Mediterranean herbs, to finely aromatic flowers and a creaminess of mosses and woods, underpinned with warm amber.
This can be compared to a "universe" in which there are stars, moons, planets, quasars, black holes and much more. And everything influences everything in many ways. And yet there seems to be a kind of harmony in which every "cosmic manifestation" has its justification.
It can be the same with scents. As complex and multi-layered as "Jules" is, each fragrance influences each other and yet everything forms a whole.
But there is hardly anything "relative" here. Once the fragrance has gripped someone, it's all over.
And if someone perceives the perfume as "unwearable" with his / her nose, then probably also without alternative. "Jules" is a divorce. I had sprayed it on on Saturday once and heard from my fellow men expressions of "impossible"... in between almost nothing... or "class scent".
Why would something like that happen? Love OR hate? And in between? I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know. But in this "scent universe" the law of relativity was probably disproved or even abolished........?
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jtd
Helpful Review    5
vintage?
What does “vintage” mean in perfumery? It doesn’t have the same meaning as wine, where the noun ‘vintage’ refers to a specific year. We use ‘vintage’ as an adjective to connote quality and a timeframe. The time implied is somewhere in the past. Anywhere in the past, as long as it isn’t still current. The intimation, aside from connoisseurship is, is that the better/best version of a perfume is no longer made. The current model is defective.

One force that presses the issue is restriction/reformulation. The chypre genre has become vintage by extinction due to the restricted use of oakmoss. Any given chypre becomes vintage the day after the fatal reformulation. The coumarin that allows for the the fougère genre is restricted.  Has the genre gone the way of the chypre?  Obsolescence as a result of die back?

So is the fougère necessarily vintage?

Fuck if I know, but have you ever smelled Dior Jules?  It's spectacular. It reminds me why I grew up loving the smell of Paco Rabanne pour Homme and easily fell in with Yves Saint Laurent Kouros as a young man. The fougère reaches out for you. It reminds you why the term inspiration carries multiple meanings. It is optimistic by nature.

Jules takes advantage of everything the genre offers. It is gregarious. It is broad. It is handsome. It hits the balance point between cleanliness and funk that makes you want to throw your arms around your fellow humans and smell them. It has the soapiness/muskiness balance that makes the genre so agile, but adds a bouquet garni and a smile.

So here's the question:  does Jules still exist?  I have a decant from a friend who bought it in Paris a few years ago. It's unavailable in the USA where I live. I believe it always has been. Is it "vintage"?  Has it gone the way of the chypre and the passenger pigeon?  

The chypre was bled to death over time. Is the same happening to the fougère?  
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Soulmates

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Sweat, Soap, Sage & Jasmine greenery
It is early summer. You didn`t shower for three days while working a lot and doing some sports. Then you dupe with an expensive soap, chew some sage leaves and sit down beneath a jasmine bush. Jules in its recent minimalistic form makes this feel, precisely.

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