JoaoMartinsJoaoMartins' Perfume Reviews

JoaoMartins 2 years ago 3
0.5
Scent
10
Longevity
10
Sillage
5
Bottle

The worst perfume I've ever smelled, by far
I usually don't write bad reviews on perfumes. When I have bad feedback I just write a statement here on Parfumo. But this one, oh my god. There aren't enough words to describe it.

I usually don't blind buy. I was unfortunate enough to blind buy this "perfume". I read so many good things about this one on a private Facebook group. I analysed the notes, the scent classification etc etc and everything sounded so good to be true. 20 bucks for a magnifique scent. I love oud, I love honey, so yes please.

No thanks, actually. I sprayed this Chernobyl water one time, and one time only. I almost vomited. No joke here. It made me nauseous immediately and I desperately run to a bathroom cleaning myself. The opening smelled like an old stinky basement full of bolor, humidity, mixed with rotten animal corpses. Absolutely dreadful. The only thing I can get from this "masterpiece" is putrid honey. Not a sweet and delicious creamy honey. Just a sharp and nauseous honey. The performance is abismal. It projects and stays on your skin even after you shower or in my case after I washed my hand 5 times.

Just thinking about this scent I almost become ill-disposed.
Unless you like to smell like pure faeces, don't buy this thing.
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JoaoMartins 2 years ago 5
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
9
Bottle

One of Duchaufour's best
Incredible price for what you get here. Woody and smoky, super green but with this backbone of a dirty patchouli and vetiver that blends this greenness and makes it a great classy and elegant scent. The incense completes it, filling the whole spectrum of aromes in this juice. It's an interesting perfume, complex and intriguing. There's some kind of black magic in there.
It's not a perfume for beginners. Almost everyone that I know doesn't like it if you give them to smell directly. For me it's not a big deal. I like it and I love to wear it and people don't seem to be bothered about it. It's an unique scent, made by the god hands of B. Duchaufur. It's not a crowdpleaser and it won't give you compliments, although, for some reason there's quite a magical experience when I wear this one.
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JoaoMartins 2 years ago 2
10
Scent
10
Longevity
10
Sillage
9
Bottle

Majestic!
This perfume means happy days to me: Christmas, New Years Eve and special night outs. It has this dual personality. It can be a beast for the most polarising night outs, but it can also be a super cozy and a lovely indoors almost gourmand scent. It will project; It will make you get noticed; It will make you feel that you are inside a delicious bubble of cocoa and vanilla; It will stay on you for 12h+; It has this super addictive smell when you smell it too close; It can be a little challenging to wear the first few minutes even if it doesn't have any hardcore ingredients on it. 2 to 3 sprays will be more than enough. 5/10 sprays you will be choking everyone including yourself (been there - don't wear it if you are planning to be inside a car).

It's not an everyday perfume. It's tricky and complex. It's a night time only perfume for sure and in the winter you can almost wear it as a scarf.

I like to imagine a color for every perfume that I love. This one for some reason smells like purple to me. I don't know why. There's nothing purple in this fragrance but that initial pungent strike makes think of purple!
The tobacco is not a prominent note for me. I get more the cocoa or even a pure delicious melted chocolate vibe and the unique in your face rounded vanilla. Not sharp, smooth af*. The tobacco is there for sure, but somehow it makes believe that there's some smooth patchouli (not listed) in there that makes it almost chocolaty. Absolutely delicious blend. I wouldn't change a thing in this fragrance.

Although this is one of the most well known niche fragrances, I can't recommend it enough. Absolute masterpiece.
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JoaoMartins 2 years ago 4
9
Scent
9
Longevity
8
Sillage
10
Bottle

No it's not similar to Le Male, whatsoever!
Some people have their Bleu de Chanel or Dior Sauvage as their "dumb reach" frag. For me, this is the one: Reflection Man, the white t-shirt perfume!

Ok, I'm super biased towards this house, I love almost every release - I even like Figment. I got to know Reflection back in the days where I would frantically save my 10ml (vintage reformulation) only for special day time occasions. The powderyness of this juice, with that magnificent jasmine and neroli with some kind of citrus attached to it, makes its opening incredible and unique. So easy to wear, so classy and elegant. So lightly floral that almost creates an invisible bouquet around you. So bright and happy.
The close smell is addictive thanks to that smooth sandalwood and clean patchouli. There's nothing dirty about this perfume. White! White is the word to describe it. It goes with anything, with any situation. It's signature scent worthy and it's a confidence booster. It's almost perfect. Why isn't it perfect? Because I've tried the vintage reformulation and the smell was a 10. Maybe it is a 10 nonetheless, I'm just being influenced by the fact that I don't have that original juice anymore. I currently have a 100ml magnetic cap made in London. I love it and I will buy another bottle as soon as this one starts to meet its maker. (Jk, I would never throw away an empty bottle as beautiful as this one)

No, I won't bash on about the projection nor the sillage about the recent formulation. It's sufficient to me. It lasts a work day and it's fine for me.

What about Le Male? What is up with that story that this is an upscaling version of Le Male? I have a bottle of Le Male with several years practically full. I never wear it because I can't stand that smell on others, let alone on me. The lavender is too strong, the vanilla too artificial and the whole blend just seems outdated. Seriously, I can't find any resemblance between the two. I have the 212 CH Sexy and that one yes, it's similar to Le Male. It's like comparing, let's say, Oud Wood with Epic Man - just because it uses "Oud" doesn't mean they are similar.
If you are in doubt, because you don't like Le Male very much, grab yourself a decant of Reflection and experience it.
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JoaoMartins 2 years ago 5
10
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
10
Bottle

You have to experience it first. You have to!
I'm not a fan of reviews per se, where you read the notes, the longevity, the ranking system and the reviewer's personal opinions etc. I prefer stories that explain you how a fragrance makes a person feel/experience. So here's my Jubilation XXV story.

I remember exactly how I felt the first time I smelled this one. Got a 10ml (vintage) decant of it from eBay because where I live there's not a single niche store in a radius of 200km. One evening at home I sprayed only one shot in my wrist. I closed my eyes and somehow it transported me to a farm. There I was wearing a waxed country coat and a pair of wellies. I didn't like it very much at the time to be honest. Smelled very mature, very complex and I wasn't very interested in comprehending that smell that was really reminding me of being near an horse stable. My 10ml decant sat down in the shelf for almost a year.

Fast forward to June 2018: I visited NYC for the first time and grabbed a lot of decants with me. One day I decided to wear Jubilation again, because why not? Nobody is going to judge me for smelling like I'm wearing a waxed coat in NYC. It was raining! Oh my my my, that smell got into my soul. My nose kept getting sniffs of it blended with those odours from that incredible city. I was there trying out the most high end Xerjoffs, Rojas, MFK, Nicolai in every god damn niche store that I found, but that smell... that smell kept on coming all over those magnificent scents. I was in love. The next days I ran out of that precious 10ml decant. That fruitiness, that complex smell, with a resinous and woody base and pungent blackberry opening just stuck inside me. I kept on dreaming about it. When I thought of New York I could smell Jubilation XXV all over the place. I kept imagining it and smelling my empty decant and trying to deconstruct its blend into ingredients in my mind.

Back home I kept on using Timbuktu, which for me, somehow, reminds me a little bit of Jubi. Not the same thing. Not the same feeling. It wasn't enough for me, although it was created by the same hands of that gorgeous Amouage. I had to get a bottle of it, and so I did. Ok it's not the vintage non magnetic cap. it's from Oman and it's the magnetic cap. But who cares? I love this perfume. It warms me, it calms me down and it transports me every time and I think that's the best thing that a perfume can do for you: transport you to another place! There's no price for that!
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