Guerlain Jicky

Guerlain Jicky


120 reviews

65% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$


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on 8/25/2016 10:40:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I expected something very heavy and perfume-y from a fragrance that has been around since the 1800s, so I found it very surprising at first sniff. Opens with a bright burst of pepper and citrus that felt very modern. Within 10 minutes it settles down to about 20% lemon 80% lavender. Vanilla drydown, and completely gone within 3 hours.

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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

This review is for the vintage extrait/pure parfum.

Top Notes: Spices.

Heart Notes: Lemon, Lavender.

Base Notes: Woods, Vanilla.

This review is for the vintage extrait.

Jicky extrait is a quality unisex fragrance that definitely leans toward the masculine end of the spectrum in my opinion. The lavender note in the extrait is very strong with the vanilla and lemon notes following closely alongside. I did not detect any wood or spices in the extrait, but I only tested it once.

Jicky is strongly reminiscent of the classic "barber shop" smell. Projection, sillage, and longevity on my skin were all outstanding. It is a high quality fragrance, but it was a bit too masculine for my taste, and it had too much of the barber-shop vibe. I am sorry it did not work for me given its obvious high quality, and its very good performance. Alas, if only all fragrances performed this well.....

Fragrance: 7/10

Projection: 10/10

Sillage: 10/10

Longevity: 10/10

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on 9/22/2015 2:39:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This review is for Jicky EdP, a decant from Surrender to chance or APC. I get a citric opening that morphes almost immediately into an animalic dry down that melds easily into my skin. I prefer to dab, not spray. I am not familiar with Jicky in general, and when buying Guerlain I generally prefer vintage extrait.

This could easily be worn unisex (at least by women who like men's fragrances). It is somewhat traditional, but it is relatively light in feel. It is a bit powdery and campohoreous to my nose. it's subjective whether one finds Guerlain throat parching or moistly pollinated. . . I am a big fan of Chamade, which I find to be moistly pollinated with a heavenly far dry down), but I am not oddly not very tolearnt fond of powder in modern fragrances. . . I find SL Fumerie Turque and Amouage lyric way too dry. . .

I am sometimes wary of certain citrus (some turn into candy or furniture polish on me, e.g. Eau de Sud ; and of certain indolic notes ( Baghari, shocking and Narcisse Noir are difficult) ; and certain green leathers (bandit and Azuree), but no problems with this.

Note: I have been wearing vintage 1947 Le Galion Special for Gentlemen which is a cross between Jicky and Shalimar and is more like a light citric oriental Amber than an aromatic fougere. Reviews on Fragrantica and Basenotes compare it to Mouchoir de Monsieur which I have not tried yet.

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on 9/17/2014 7:10:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

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.). Fougre 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, Aim 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 fougre 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 Aim 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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on 10/17/2013 11:04:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is for Jicky edp. I knew Jicky in edt and liked it though the staying power is very weak, so I thought the edp would be better... Well, no, or maybe a little better; I can barely smell it on my jacket after an hour. I must add here that I spray like 10 times ! At that rate my 50 ml bottle will be gone in no time. I'm quite disappointed because I love this very aromatic smell of dirty lavender. I won't buy it again since it's too light and fleeting; the pdt of the 90s was probably quite a beast compared to the actual version.

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on 10/16/2013 2:27:00 AM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I used to find Jicky alarmingly animalic with its dangerously vivid civet note prowling in the sunny lavender. Now, having become more familiar with it, I enjoy it but I can completely understand why some find it disgusting. The civet note is extremely challenging to modern noses and I would definitely recommend trying Jicky first before buying it no matter how much you love lavender.

That said, I find Jicky an absolute delight. A free and fresh lavender accord is orbited by sexy-dirty civet with a light touch of leather and a cuddly soft cushion of tonka and vanilla. The effect is marvelous: comfortable and cozy on one hand, daring on the other. Interestingly, it maintains a wonderful cohesiveness-- the fragrance is one velvety smooth breath.

As a lavender lover, Jicky is one of my favorites. The lavender accord is simply unbeatable: pure, breezy, and as open as the sky. Accented with bergamot and herbs it is one of the best around. I love the way such a clean and fresh lavender is mixed with outrageously dirty animalic notes. I can't think of another perfume that treats lavender in such a knowingly sexual way. Delightful!

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on 8/22/2013 10:25:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I think that this smells better on a paper test strip than it does on my skin, which doesn't happen for me often. On a paper test strip, Jicky has a dark, animalistic quality that I love (sort of like leather and dirty musk). On my skin, however, the citrus notes are loud and screeching for about a half hour, reminding me of really harsh cleaning fluid (I actually like the smell of lemon pledge and pine-sol, but this is more sharp and sour than either of those). The floral notes come in after a few minutes, and those turn too sweet and powdery for my tastes. The leather and musky dirtiness that I like on paper does come out after about 15 minutes, but those notes are cloaked in the sickly sweet floral and powdery qualities on my skin, making the whole thing smell a little too dirty, overpowering, and slightly sickening.
I find Jicky interesting and I do like it on paper and have loved it on other people.. it just doesn't work for me, personally. I think that it's a difficult fragrance to wear, and I find it to be very heavy and aggressive.

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on 8/12/2012 8:07:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This fragrance can come off as a bit masculine during the first few spritzes because of the strong lavender and other base notes. This is probably the strongest true lavender based perfume on the market. After the first hour, however, this does calm down and the other notes start to shine. The vanilla and amber creates a warm and creamy dry down. The jasmine, rosemary, and citruses also appear after a little while and make this a very enticing and feminine skin scent. I really do like it, I found a very large refill bottle pretty cheap and I'm sure it will last a very long time. I love how old this fragrance is. It was made in 1889. I love thinking about the women from that era wearing this, so neat!

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

So I finally got my hands on the ever popular Jicky and, sadly, it just wasn't for me. It was too masculine like an old man's aftershave or something. However, the dry down was nice and soft. Like vanilla but not so sweet. My husband hated it. I don't think I'll ever wear it again unless I want to repell my husband lol. I should add that it has pretty decent lasting power. Anyways, I'm glad I had a chance to try this and I can see why people like it, but it's just not for me.

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on 3/6/2012 5:28:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

For me it is lavender, powder, citrus, musk with some slight sweetening at dry-down. I have a few masculine leaning fragrances in my collection, so Jicky's slight musky edge is actually welcome. This isn't your usual bombshell fragrance, more like the sexiness that comes when a women is confident with or without the lipstick. I find myself reaching for Jicky at the end of the day, it calms and comforts me.

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