L'Enfant Terrible (2011)

L'Enfant Terrible by Jovoy
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L'Enfant Terrible is a popular perfume by Jovoy for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Jacques Flori

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCoriander, Herbaceous notes, Cumin, Nutmeg
Heart Notes Heart NotesDate, Orange tree wood, Sandalwood, Cedar
Base Notes Base NotesMusk

Ratings

Scent

7.5 (115 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (86 Ratings)

Sillage

6.1 (89 Ratings)

Bottle

7.8 (92 Ratings)
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Awful... good!
I had a girlfriend once - I guess that's how a lot of conversations start. I even talk to myself sometimes. I then remember my company on time. 5 years, 10 years 3 years... never mind. They all stand for something positive, something special or enriching. All of them have filled gaps in me with their preferences and have aroused interest in the unknown.

For example, my first girlfriend got expensive perfumes from her wealthy parents all the time... She was incredibly sick of it, because we both felt outside the mainstream, lived punk rock, wanted to finance our lifestyle ourselves, even if it was cheap, so we had no sense for costly tand. It was a protest. We were ungrateful. That was 20 years ago. I'm not ashamed of it. We were terrible kids.

Despite all rejection of the established, Gucci Envy, Kenzo Amour or Flower, Le Feu d'Issey, Cacharel Noa etc. were always at free disposal in the bathroom. We had the reputation of being the smelling WG of the neighbourhood... It was the same with the Féminité du Bois of Shiseido. While I was able to make friends with the other floral classics, Pierre Bourdon's woody-warm Zen scent made me lose my mind. Already the bottle was a potential hand caress and something touched me very deeply. Until today only very few people and also only few perfume creations manage that
It was not until much later that I learned that Serge Lutens continued this fragrance - together with Bourdon and Sheldrake - under the same name within his brand. I don't care about the backgrounds and which of the two versions is better, either. Shiseido is difficult to judge because it has been set.

And this is where Jovoys L'Enfant Terrible comes in. They simply steal the Féminité substance and build a silky smooth harmony plaster of the highest quality out of it! Basically, this is what I remember as the original version: the sun on the wood of our shared flats, the mild honey from the Croatia trip, the spicy sweetness of the homemade caramel waffles and just this depth of warm resin, semolina porridge with cinnamon, peach and a pinch of star dust (haha)
L'Enfant Terrible brings back all that I find valuable in my love in retrospect. In the best sense - and therefore I forgive the Jovoy/Jaques Flori the lack of courage to create something of their own or at least something that goes beyond the original Féminité version. Some may find this regrettable and boring.

For me, L'Enfant Terrible actually becomes the "Terrible Child". The imaginary brat who wants to go his own way and who thinks he is unbelievably unique. L'Enfant Terrible becomes the recapitulation of every generation of parents, who are either incredibly annoyed by the capers of their fledgling offspring or can rejoice with them over any juvenile rediscovery - depending on perspective. With this fragrance this can be endured quite well.
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Closely related...
Okay, Jovoy does "Feminité du bois" with a more emphasis on cumin and nutmeg in the headnotes. Since I love "Feminité du bois", I also enjoy this foresty, earthy fragrance with cedar and sandalwood. "L'Enfant terrible" uses stronger concentrations of spices (as I said: strong on cumin) and cedarwood than the reformulated "Feminité du bois" - the spices are used to soften the sombreness of the wood and to add warmth and earthiness. Not a very imaginative formula, of course, since too closely related to "Feminite´du bois", but nevertheless a gorgeous, award-winning perfume I'd love to add to my collection. (Those who can't stand cumin will not be amused...).
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They Got Part Of The Name Right...
L'Enfant Terrible (Bad Child) opens with a slightly waxy glaze under an all-out peppery cumin dirty spice barrage. As the fragrance enters its early heart phase the cumin remains in all its glory sans wax, now joined by a slightly sweet sugary supporting accord with a noticeable cedarwood undertone. During the late dry-down the slightly sweetened dirty spice finally vacates as relatively dry sandalwood-laced musk from the base finishes things off. Projection is below average and longevity is dead center average at 8 hours on skin.

L'Enfant Terrible is definitely not my kind of release. As soon as one applies it on skin the peppery cumin comes out in full force and resembles undesirable body odor to the extreme. It appears this is what the nose Jacques Flori was intentionally going for, but I confess I see no reason to want to smell like I haven't showered in a week (or maybe that should be a month with this one). To make things even worse, there is this sweet sugary undertone to the cumin in the heart that makes it even less desirable (if that's possible). This has got to be the date note listed in the official fragrance note list (as I remember dates being quite sweet) but whatever it is I don't like it when combined with the cumin. Finally, the relatively dry sandalwood and slightly animalic musk late dry-down is easily the most desirable part of the overall development and at least finishes things on slightly positive footing, but even this is just a bit off-kilter and off-putting. The bottom line is L'Enfant Terrible aims to shock the wearer and it succeeds in ways one can't possibly imagine. Unfortunately, I was shocked in all the wrong ways and find it quite easy to recommend skipping right past this "poor" 1.5 star out of 5 rated offering from Jovoy at its $180 a 100ml bottle price tag (or any other price tag for that matter). Well, at least they got part of the fragrance *name* right... Terrible!
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