Jicky Eau de Parfum

Jicky (Eau de Parfum) by Guerlain
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Jicky (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women. The release year is unknown. The scent is spicy-animal. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Perfumer

Aimé Guerlain

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Mandarin, Rosemary, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesBasil, Orris root, Jasmine, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Vetiver
Base Notes Base NotesAmbergris, Benzoin, Spices, Leather, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Frankincense, Civet

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Scent

8.1 (470 Ratings)

Longevity

7.6 (313 Ratings)

Sillage

6.6 (291 Ratings)

Bottle

8.3 (278 Ratings)
Submitted by Feylamia, last update on 03.12.2018

Interesting Facts

Jicky is one of the first modern perfumes and the oldest one to be produced without interruption. Jicky´s revolutionary style back then when it was new, imitated - in contrast to previous perfumes - no natural fragrance. Instead, synthetic materials such as coumarin and vanillin (allegedly used for the first time) are used centrally and independently valid as fragrance building blocks.
For Marketing, Guerlain used a love story. “Jicky” is purported to be the name of a woman who Aimé Guerlain knew in England. On the other hand, it is said the name would go back to the nickname of his nephew Jacques Guerlain.

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Jicky (Eau de Parfum)

This is a variant of the perfume Jicky (Extrait) by Guerlain, which differs in concentration.
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Longevity 8.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
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Greatly helpful Review    24
Damn long ago, damn long ..
In 1889 the Jicky Extrait came on the market and in this time also the EdP might have originated. Awesome! A fragrance from the 19th century that is still produced today without interruption. At that time, in 1889, Kaiser Wilhelm II sat on the throne in Germany, Bismarck was Chancellor of the Reich and Charlie Chaplin was born. In May of that year, the Eiffel Tower, designed by Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) and named after him, was inaugurated at the Paris World Exhibition. A year in which a lot more happened, but would go beyond the scope here.

129 years have passed since then and I find the question of whether such an old perfume is still wearable today more than justified. Yes it is portable here too and today in 2018 and it is amazingly modern. No fog and muff of the imperial era, no old camel and also suitable for women and men in the "here and now". Jicky is a very individual fragrance that has nothing in common with today's mainstream fragrances. Nevertheless, or maybe just because of that, it is beautiful, at least for me.

The beginning is lemony violent, stabbing almost. Then it becomes green and herbaceous with a hint of lavender. I don't smell rosemary or basil, only lavender, which I actually don't like at all, at least not in a higher dosage.

It takes quite a while for Jicky to get smoother, softer. It never becomes lovely. Jasmine and Rose, which are listed, I can not recognize. I notice a hint of powder and vanilla, smoky, unsweet, beautiful, dark vanilla.

Later leather is added, soft, old and somehow spicy leather. Frankincense penetrates only weakly, almost discreetly to me and the woods are warm and soft and remind me strangely way of beaded parquet.

I don't see the cat that many have quoted and feared. I don't perceive any animal component, which is actually a pity. Is it the reformulation? I can't say it and it doesn't diminish my enthusiasm in any way.

I had tested Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue before Jicky and it was quite difficult for me to find access to these scents. With Jicky it was completely different, because of all things the oldest fragrance inspired me right away. There were no abandoned tests, no weighing, no plumbing. Jicky touched me from the first moment on and touched me deeply and in the end it reminds me a little of Shalimar.

Jicky is unusual, extraordinary and beautiful to kneel down. Aimé Guerlain has created a fragrance for eternity! At least I hope so, because it would be a tragedy if this perfume simply disappeared and was withheld from our descendants.

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Bottle 6.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 6.0/10 Scent 7.5/10
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Vintage Parfum De Toilete
This is for the vintage Parfum De Toilette

Jicky is mostly lavender, vanilla, spices with a almost gourmand gingerbread vibe to it. I must admit I am not a fan of lavender fragrances, but it is done right here with this particular fume & the notes added alongside it blends in so well it is very good.

That lovely civet kicks in & gives it that one, two PUNCH! I just love NATURAL civet in fragrances, it adds such a dirty, sexy vibe to the composition. This was created & marketed for women but it can EASILY pass for unisex or even a men's frag.

This beauty last on my 5-6 hours, & projects nicely for the first couple of hours & the rest leaves alot to be desired.
I expected greater longevity from this one but it just is not happening. Tho the Parfum De Toilette is what EDP's are today, The notes here are more natural & less synthetic which is always good.

I'd certainly make this a signature scent doing the fall as it reeks, class, beauty & sophistication with the right amount of sex! A classic & underrated beauty for sure!
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
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Casual sophisticated comfort
Jicky is a comfort perfume for me, one you can always go to when you need to recover the joy of being under your own skin in an effortless still charming complex way. I love to wear it in spring daytime with a polished casual outfit, white shirt, jeans, leather sandals and minimal jewelry. Perfect for a active sunday morning, reading on a cafe's terrace under the sun. Try it out if you are not afraid of vintage unisex perfumes with a bit of leather and hidden dirt under a perfectly polite sweet lavender cream. Sillage and longevity are both moderate in the contemporary edp version.
Very helpful Review    9
Strong Enough for a Man...but made for a woman
*FIFTY SHADES OF GUERLAIN
*
#2) Jicky
(1889, Aimè Guerlain)
-golden forest brown-

Modern (c. 2012) extrait review

I have reviewed hundreds of fragrances and own in excess of a thousand; yet, no other scent has confounded me as much while managing to enrapture me so completely. Please bear with me as I attempt to translate something so utterly iconic and sublime as Jicky using only the written word...

I felt as if I was looking down the wrong end of the proverbial microscope, attempting to review and experience such a legendary and revered perfume as Jicky having only a decanted sample of the most recent extract version (read: "post-IFRA's most stringent guidelines and more than a decade after the LVMH takeover") with which to plumb the depths of Aimè Guerlain's late 19th century masterpiece. Yes, I know, that word gets bandied about a bit; yet if any scent ever deserved that appellation-it's Jicky, even this almost holographic representation is no less amazing and still has its Guerlain glimmer!

To put this perfume in an historical perspective, it was released right in the middle of the Belle Èpoque era (1871-1914) in Europe, corresponding to the Gilded Age in the US. The Eiffel Tower was unveiled (many scorned it calling it gauche and unsightly). Van Gogh painted "Starry Night". The Moulin Rouge was open for business and Gustav Mahler premiered his first symphony. Baudelaire, Gaugin, Matisse, Bernard, Toulouse-Lautrec and a very young Picasso frequented Paris nightlife and salons. Pierre-François had passed away twenty-five years earlier leaving the Guerlain legacy to his two sons: Aimè becoming a second generation Master Perfumer and Gabriel *father of Jacques* running and expanding the business. The Age of the Machine was dawning and as exciting as that was, folks were a little skeptical of anything "un-natural".

Guerlain was a pioneer and Jicky broke many a mold. It is touted as the first "emotive" perfume (not single note or place specific). This fragrance was not the first to use synthetics (Houbigant used coumarin in Fougère Royale 6 years earlier) but Aimè was the first perfumer daring enough to combine more than one synthetic (coumarin, ethyl-vanillin and linalool) into a blend of natural essences; thus its title of first "modern" perfume. Allegedly, it is also the first fragrance to be called "perfume", as opposed to eau de cologne I would imagine(?). He crafted Fleurs d'Italie (1884), Skine (1885) and Rococo (1887) beforehand and Excellence (1890), Belle-France (1892) and his dual swan songs of Capricime alongside his generational ode to cologne Eau de Cologne du Coq in 1894 afterwards; however Jicky is, in my humble opinion, his magnum opus.

Without intending to (or perhaps he DID) M. Guerlain conceived and created a very androgynous unisex perfume. Supposedly, this was released for women, but was later adopted by men, ultimately being favored by both genders. One myth states prostitutes wore it because it left a very masculine trace and trail (not the more feminine scents usually worn by courtesans) lingering on their (presumably married) clients.

Then, just as now, many people fear what they do not understand...and Jicky remains perplexing on many levels. It was not initially received well (many said it "smelled like feet!" in 1889) and I am sure the *still* visionary fusion of a classic fougère structure being adorned with sophisticated flowers dusted with a subtle mélange of oriental notes then drenched by an overdose of civet musk left many inquisitive sniffers with wrinkled noses; no doubt shaking their heads and reaching for their snuff tins.

Many call this perfume "schizophrenic". I disagree wholeheartedly. There must be a "schism" (break) for that to be true and Jicky is anything but fractured or confused. The reaction of modern people has been a bit insane; as I have gotten the STRANGEST range of comments while wearing Jicky for the last few days (trying to wrap both my nose and brain around it). Everything from "you smell awe-some!" to (Sherapop's aforementioned) "spice cake" accord to my partner's declaration that one of the most majestic fragrances ever created reeked of "offal...with burnt hair on top"! Moral of the story: TRY BEFORE YOU BUY...because Jicky doesn't come cheap! *see links below*

An immediate vaporous warmth surrounded me as a lemon-dominated blend of citruses add lift to gradually unfurling herbal accords and the aroma of savory spices. Its true fougère nature is apparent as velvet lavender opens in the heart giving this a classic appeal with rustic undertones. The inviting charm of the opening draws you, like a bouncing and bright will-o-the-wisp, guiding you into a half-lit forest dense with fertile soil, cool greens and heady blooms wafting through humid air tinged with muskiness. A beguiling creature appears from the underbrush, each and every movement graceful while gliding between the trunks. It continues prancing and laughing with a blend of innocent joy and mature wisdom though each and every gesture belies an intimate sensuality and deep connection to the Earth.

This being radiates a masculine strength and rural ruggedness; yet, its obvious gentleness and feminine grace enchants, even as it confounds. Aimè Guerlain used varying degrees of green (orris, linalool and vetiver) to blend seemingly incongruous notes ultimately bridging the gap between "his" (fougère) and "hers" (floriental) with perfumed tendrils who pull the scent together as it expands and evolves.

An exotic balminess remains languorously for hours on skin. Coumarin's sweet breath lingers over vanilla glazed and spice-impregnated wood. Jicky purrs quietly as it caresses you one last time, emitting a (for want of a better term) "fresh funk" that haunts the memory with its beauty, almost as much as its oddness, before fading away into the wee hours a cold frosty night.

Projection on modern Jicky extrait varies greatly, depending on whether it's dabbed or sprayed, and on where it's applied. The longevity (especially on clothing, detectable even days later) is superlative. Sillage is soft, yet it can reappear-stretching and baring its claws a bit-when skin warms. It wore best for me on a drizzly and chill autumn day. Jicky is the perfect scent for such occasions as it has a definite ambience and moody complexity.

Silage: moderate then soft
Longevity: above average
Overall: 5/5
*TIMELESS AND ETERNAL*
Jicky is like the groovy great grandmother perfume surrounded now by her various fresh, oriental and fruity floral progeny. She is still amazing, warm and full of life. Unfortunately, she is not what she once was. Though very much alive she tires quickly and doesn't do quite as much as she used to do. Her very matronly aura commands respect though she is anything but formal, quick to hug with a joke and a smile. Always comfortable with herself and who and what she was, perhaps it is best we choose to remember her how she was in her heyday, full of sass and a total knockout while still being grateful we have her around today. She's still that lady (and always will be) who remembers (though she may claim that she doesn't) sylvan moonlight soirées and dancing barefoot in clothes that smelled of earth, love, smoke and flowers wandering home at dawn; now smiling and humming as she taps her nimble feet and gazes with ancient eyes at a full golden midsummer moon.

Love her or hate her, then or now, Jicky deserves the title of Legend
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    9
Review for the Eau de Parfum...
Reviewing something like Jicky isn't an easy task... but I'll try and give it a go.

Simply put, if you don't know much about fragrance, Jicky is basically the ancestor of practically every modern perfume we have today. Although it was not the first perfume to use synthetic notes (as opposed to those inspired by nature), it was different in that it was based on an abstract concept. Emotion (this was a perfume inspired by a person, and memories associated with them). All perfumes before either related to a place or a natural ingredient (a bouquet of flowers,a single flower, eau de cologne etc.). Fougère Royale by Houbigant was released 6 years before Jicky and used a synthetic note: Coumarin (an Almond and Hay-like note derived from Tonka Beans). However this was just a single synthetic note. Here, Aimé Guerlain used not just Coumarin, but also Linalool (a Minty, spicy-fresh type note), and Ethyl-Vanillin (a Vanilla derivative). The result? The foundation for all modern perfume. The world's first truly abstract (i.e. "Modern") perfume.

So what does this 125 year old creation smell like? Well, it doesn't smell simple. It's complex, and not old either. Jicky is essentially a Lavender-Vanilla combination, but not just that. It's also dirty and warm, due to use of Civet (an animalic, Musky note), which gives it a very intimate and a very human, almost sexual feel in the background. For me I get 4 main notes: bitter Bergamot, sweet Lavender, a dry and almost nutty, sweet Hay note (from the Coumarin/Tonka Bean), and warm, dirty civet (animal musk). It's such a strange mix but really fascinating to wear. I basically get sweet Hay and dry Lavender, with a hint of bitter-sharp Lemon and Bergamot, before settling down to a deep, sensual Vanilla and warm Musk combination which stays until the end.

Even after all these years... Jicky is still a very hard one to describe. But it's certainly a direct ancestor of all Lavender-Vanilla combinations since (including Pour un Homme de Caron and even Jean-Paul Gaultier's Le Male). It's also the direct predecessor of Shalimar (Jacques Guerlain later added a huge dose of Vanilla to Jicky and created Shalimar).

The other question: is it for men or for women? Originally it was a unisex/masculine scent. But very few men wore something as complex as Jicky, and afterwards was embraced by women (not at first, because of the skanky, animal-like Musk note). But time has proven that Jicky is truly androgynous, as it belongs to the fougère family of fragrances directed towards men (the herbs & lavender "barbershop" feel), but at the same time was dirty and sensual and sweet with a Vanilla and Amber base, and was later adopted by modern, independent women. The list of people who wore this includes Sean Connery and Roger Moore, but also Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Kennedy. It really doesn't have a gender. Even the name "Jicky" was either a nickname for an English girl whom Aimé Guerlain loved (called Jacqueline) or his nephew, Jacques Guerlain (who would later create Shalimar).

Basically, there is no other way to say this but that Jicky is a work of art and the DNA ancestor of all modern perfume. Without this, there wouldn't be a Shalimar, or a Chanel No. 5, or any other "abstract" type of perfume which uses rich, sensual ingredients and which is not inspired purely by nature.

My advice? Try it, not just because of the history and significance... but also because you may be surprised and challenged. It's not for everyone, and it's a little strange to many people, but if you approach it with an open mind, you may really grow to like or even fall in love with it. Jicky is as French as the Eiffel Tower, and like an impressionist painting... is to be appreciated as art and with respect in order to understand where modern perfume-making came from.
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Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 6.0/10
Helpful Review    6
Is spice cake naughty?
I was very late to the Guerlain JICKY party, having acquired my bottle only a couple of years ago. I had never sniffed it anywhere, so upon delivery of the package, which I had ordered from an online emporium, I experienced my very first spritz of this legendary nineteenth-century creation--or so I thought. Naturally I was shocked at the disparity between the qualities of this reformulation, whose naughtiness is exhausted by the letters BHT appearing prominently as the fourth named ingredient on the box, and the reputation which preceded "JICKY".

Spice cake is the take-away, basically, to my nose. Okay, so it's spice cake being served in a barber shop, but it's spice cake all the same! I have nothing against spice cake, mind you, but clearly there is no civet cat or reasonable facsimile within a thousand miles of this reformulation.

To be more precise: Batch OT01 of the eau de toilette, which comes in the 3.1 ounce refill bottle--perfect for inserting into my now empty gold MITSOUKO case--is a kind of light refreshment, quite suitable as a rejuvenating cologne. To me this composition is unisex leaning slightly toward the masculine side. All that I need to go along with it are a hot towel and some cream cheese icing.
Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 2.0/10
Very helpful Review    5
The Fecal Civet Used Is Just Plain "Icky"...
I apologize to all the fans of this classic fragrance, but this one is a definite scrubber for me. I may be overly sensitive to the fecal aspects of the scent, but immediately they came out in full force and I could not get past them. One of the worst scents I have ever smelled. I wanted to like it, but c'est la vie, I guess. My recommendation for anyone considering buying this scent is to definitely sample it first before buying. It has a huge following, but sampling it will protect you in case you mirror the negative experience I had with the civet. Two huge thumbs down from me folks, sorry. 1 to 1.5 stars out of 5.
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Tricky Jicky
I love Jicky, but I'll buck a few trends among the cognoscenti.

1) I prefer the EDT to the extrait.

2) The first time I smelled it (before I ever heard the Shalimar/Guerlain creme brûlée mythology) I thought Jicky smelled like lavender creme brûlée. Didn't make me like it any less.

So there.
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    8
Hopeless in love!
It all started more than a year and a half ago with Agua Lavanda Puig. First it was just a small bottle of the cologne, then the big jug o' splash, and then the hunt for the larger sized green glass cologne bottle (found @ La Tienda).

And by then it was too late...

Lavender. I was hooked. Then somebody threw in some vanilla. Vanilla! Sweet syrupy kid's stuff! I remember wearing Coty's Raw Vanilla back in '96 when I didn't know any better...

Caron Pour un Homme. Fantastic stuff! Delicious! Classy! Understated.

And then there came Jicky. Not delicious. Classy? Try dirty. Not understated. More like a muffled and muted scream. But even more fantastic!

I'm done-for. Ruined. I search the shops and the net for something similar, but it's futile. My fragrant hobby is dead.

All I need is Jicky. All I want is Jicky...
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Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
Helpful Review    6
Not at all repulsive; beautiful in fact
I expected something strange, so strange that I was prepared to be completely turned off. Jicky was so far from being repulsive, that it was actually quite humourous. In fact, Jicky for me is pure love.

This is a beautiful, smooth yet crisp lemon and herb blend. On my skin Jicky becomes rather spicy and bold, almost foody with a strange cinnamon and vanilla concoction that smells very much like cinnamon doughnuts.

Every now and then there's that distinguishable calamine lotion smell which is present in many Guerlain classics, which I adore by the way. It's strange, but in some ways I find Jicky more elegant than Shalimar and L'Heure Bleue.

I would recommend this fragrance for both sexes. I would not be able to keep my hands off a man wearing this. On my skin Jicky appears to be sweeter, more gourmand and oriental, however on a man's skin I do believe the leather and the lemon would create something very pleasing to a female nose.

Jicky is so complex that I am continuously amazed by this composition through the duration of the wearing, which is very long-lasting by the way. I am not astounded to realise that Jicky has been alive and kicking since 1889. It's one fragrance that deserves to last the next 500 years. I am yet to try the EDP, pure parfum and vintage versions of Jicky, however for the EDT alone, I am suitably impressed.
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Scent 7.0/10
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A Midwinter's Tale
The perfect winter perfume the top notes
first applied to my skin is an warm scent of Lavender then dries down to an
dusty note of Rosemary, sparkling and invigorating Bergamot and zesty Lemon.
i Dissagree with the placement of Basil
in this perfume when first to my skin
there was a scent of Basil right on top
with Lavender and Rosemary so Basil should be a top note the drydown turns sweet with the note of Amber with it's dry and powdery nuances of Vanilla.
and to add warmth to an cold and Winter's day is the note of exotic spices and the fiery spirit of Sandalwood. and i can also detect the scent of Frankincense& Myrrh the holiest of Raisens.

Guerlain's Jicky conjoures an image of when smelling A winter's morning pure
white snow laying untouched on the ground in the virgin forest snow covered
the fresh and leafy green pines to an unreconisizible hue of white and icicles
walking though the forrest with her Bright Scarlet Cloak and with her weaver's basket collecting pine leaves
neddles and holly for the christmas decorations tomorrow while during this
she heard a plantive and melencholic tune of a lone pan pipe so she placed the basket where she work on the ground and followed the
sound until finily she found who was playing the haunting tune it was an old wood satyr his head made of oak
his hair was made out of branches leafless eyes so dark and hollow they appeard black he has hooves for hands
and an deers body from the other end
she slowly came up to him and said
why are you playing such an sad song
it'll be christmas tomorrow the satyr just stared and did'nt answer and walked away continued playing his sad tune.

Jicky despite it's sparkling
opening it has also a cold clinical
and refindess that is rare in perfumes
today.

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Lillibet 10 months ago
Mine is the modern 'bee bottle' EdP. Herbal open, powder & a gentle growl beneath. The dry down smells amazing right up close to my skin.+2
Bottle 8.0
Sillage 6.0
Longevity 6.0
Scent 8.0

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