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Kenzo Jungle L’Éléphant

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The Kenzo website describes Jungle L’Éléphant as “a journey into an imaginary and resolutely modern world”.  I think the character of the juice, the Kenzo Jungle L’Éléphant EdP, reflects the world of the gold elephants – this isn’t a frag for those who like delicate, ethereal, wispy, pale, this frag is all heat, dust, colour, strength.
At first, it’s a spice bomb - humungous, stupendous and spectacularly spicy, fireworks up the nose, mandarin mixed with a big dose of cardamom, cumin and clove, then hints of dried fruit. At first, I think Serge Lutens Feminite de Bois, but then it shifts toward the middle notes and comes into its own - wafts of green mango float by, hints of black licorice, then  almondy lavender-tinted heliotrope and bright gumdrop ylang-ylang – are you getting the colours? There’s just a hint of floral here in the heart, and meanwhile, the spices are still working their magic.  Mixed with the heart notes, they now have a fuzzy, powdery, almost cashmere-y warmth to them, making Jungle start to feel opulent and extremely sexy.

When the base notes, patchouli, vanilla and amber develop, I start to get a delicious gourmand accord– bits of cardamom, and clove, even cinnamon, give Jungle an Indian rice pudding sensation – smooth, creamy, softly spicy, nutty, and not too sweet. Towards the end of the dry-down a woody edge appears on the spices, and the big beast wraps me in its scented warmth, making me feel like the Queen of the Jungle. 

Kenzo Jungle L’Éléphant is an absolutely unique fragrance. It’s a spicy Oriental in the perfume charts, and it IS all about spice – the spices bring florals, fruits, woods, and vanilla and amber into perfect balance, creating a frag that is potent, vibrant, full of life and exotic warmth. 

Dominique Ropion is the master of big, gorgeous frags – Carnal Flower, Une Fleur de Cassie, Portrait of a Lady, Lalique Le Parfum to name a few – and his hand is definitely on Kenzo Jungle L’Éléphant.  

Notes: Mandarin, Cardamom, Cumin, Clove, Ylang-Ylang, Licorice, Mango, Heliotrope, Patchouli, Vanilla, Amber, Cashmeran
Type: Edp
Parfumeur : Dominique Ropion

Price: $5.00