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Jubilation XXV

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For me, Bertrand Duchaufour’s signature his incense accord. I re-ignited my perfume addiction when I discovered in New York his Timbuktu and Dzonghka incense fragrances from L’Artisan Parfumeurs, spiritual, meditative incense fragrances that seem to float in cool mountain air and are like no other incense fragrances I know. The incense story in Jubilation XXV is very different from all these.
Duchaufour is known for also using cassis, or blackcurrent as a top note and Jubilation XXV has this distinctly tart fruitiness right out of the bottle. It’s wonderfully interesting as it forms a slightly sour-bitter accord with coriander, cinnamon, clove, and a perfectly zesty orange citrus.
This initial accord is soon joined by frankincense. The magical resin immediately gives the fruit accord some weight, pulling it back from sweetness and focusing on the spice. These are all very distinct notes, but they are singing in five-part harmony voiced by angels! Into the heart with rose and more resin from guaiacwood, honey, orchid, everything in balance with the frankincense front and centre but never stealing the show. As Jubilation XXV develops, more resinous notes are added to the  mix – moss, cedarwood , and oud -  but they are tamed by musk, sweet myrhh, patchouli, and salty hints of ambergris. The unique maple syrup/curry accord of immortelle flower reveals a hint of leather in the deep dry-down.
Jubilation XXV is a vibrant symphony of rich notes and complex accords, it is divinely sumptuous, and a harmonious perfection. It is also a bright, colourful, and happy incense fragrance, with a unique personality – it comes and goes, it plays hide and seek, but at all times it is well-behaved and never intrusive. The incense seems to come alive on your skin and reads your moods, receding into the background when not needed, stepping forward when required to soothe your soul.
Jubilation XXV is the penultimate incense fragrance.
Notes: Frankincense, labdanum ciste, coriander, davana, blackberry, orange, gaicwood, rose, honey, bay, orchid, cinnamon, clove, celery seed, opoponox, patchouli, myrrh, musk, moss, atlas cedarwood, ambergris, oud, immortelle
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Bertrand Duchaufour

Price: $8.00