Jade (2008)Eau de Parfum

Jade (Eau de Parfum) by Olivier Durbano
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Jade (Eau de Parfum) is a perfume by Olivier Durbano for women and men and was released in 2008. The scent is spicy-green. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Olivier Durbano

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGreen tea, Cardamom, Mint, Star anise
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Jasmine, Chinese cassia
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Maté, Moss, Musk, Patchouli, Everlasting flower, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (30 Ratings)

Longevity

8.1 (25 Ratings)

Sillage

6.9 (22 Ratings)

Bottle

6.8 (25 Ratings)
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 04.12.2019.
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7
Scent
10
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
DemonHead

18 Reviews
DemonHead
DemonHead
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A snapshot of China
In ancient Chinese Dynasties, Jade was revered as the imperial gem... favoured by the high-ranking members of the imperial family as an ornamental stone. Varieties of the stone can be found in hues from white, through pink to black, but the highly prized emerald green jade commonly appears in history, used in elaborate ceremonial pieces, and hand-fashioned by skilled artisans into objets d'art.
On a school trip to China in the late 80's, I returned home with several jade souvenirs... mostly trinkets really, but it is the very nature of the stone that seems to embody the country's vast history. In a bygone era, when nomads travelled the Silk Road, it was considered more valuable than gold. It is little wonder then, that jeweller/perfumer Olivier Durbano has chosen this esteemed cabochon for inclusion in his seven "stone poems".

This being said, when Jade is first applied, I do not immediately garner a sense of noble opulence as perhaps I had expected. Instead, I get a strong sense of the China that might have existed in the early 1900's - when her glory days were over, and she was a country controlled by many European nations. After several wars, and with control over most of her lucrative sea-ports lost to the Europeans, this invited foreign trade and residence. China was influenced by external powers, and the wishes of the Chinese themselves often ignored. This cohabitation meant a swing in Chinese culture was at hand, much to the resentment of the Chinese. So, how is this translated into perfume? I hear you ask... well, Jade is a clever marriage between European convention and Far Eastern tradition.

As one might well imagine, judging the vivid green colour of the juice; opening notes are initially rather medicinal... a sharp stab of lush wet mint, followed by the biting aroma of bitter green tea leaves. Whilst these accords share a starring role and have remarkable tenacity, one can also distinguish a scattering of star anise and a curl of aromatic cassia. The experience is rather like a visit to a traditional Chinese herbalist whose walls are lined with antique wooden apothecary drawers; the contents of which are collected and bundled together in rice-paper packages, and carefully tied with string. One can also identify some delicate florals and dusty iris germinating at the heart, though these are as fine as Chinese silk and transparent as hand-made paper lanterns. They merely cast light on the understated vetiver/patchouli base that lies at the floor of the perfume, and whose accords soar and fall sharply like rugged Chinese mountains.

People familiar with Durbano's previous offerings might wonder if he has captured the spirit of jade (the stone) with the same measure of excellence as he has with his other stone poems. His approach to this scent marks a shift in style: for starters, the resinous frankincense/incense accords which were at the heart of all 3 previous perfumes (ones that I felt lend the earthy/mineralic qualities to his work); are now absent. This being said, I don't feel this diminishes his interpretation of jade. After all, the Chinese use jade less in its raw mineral form, and more as a polished and finished piece. If one could experience the taste of a smooth green jade cabochon, it would taste just like this perfume smells. There are nuances of the Far East, and shades of traditional European perfumery that make Jade an enchanting scent with a wonderful vintage twist.
10
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Lola82

362 Reviews
Lola82
Lola82
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Ride the Jade Dragon
Green tea oakmoss cassia holly mint jasmine and i can pick up menthol intoxicates the cerebral senses into a
vision of a pagoda a top the highest
plain of heaven inside are the purest
and the most flawless Jades beautiful
golden Buddhist statues side by side
a long carpet of baltik tapistry rolls
in a long distance and suddenly startled by fearful Wrathful Faces with bulging eyes of a Bodhisattva continue
walking your smelling incense so you
turn your head and discover a ball of
incense next to you and it generates into a Dragon in the dragon claws a cloudy ball he summoms you to listion
as the dragon reveals esoteric knowledge in the cloudy ball that no mortal can decipher only a chosen few
can share his secrets.

This comes to show you that this is a one of a kind scent there will be imatators but nothing can live up
to it's name

Jade by Olivier Durbano.

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