Jaipur Homme EdP by Annick Menardo for Boucheron 1998

Hello World Travelers Through Fragrance,

Today we are looking at a fragrance named for a city very dear to my heart. I have been lucky enough to be taken by my last partner, an Indian hotelier, to the fabled Pink City of India as a luxe tourist at the Rambagh Palace and as a local staying in run for Indians hotels where a months stay would be about equal to an night at Rambagh. In gratitude I recently sent him a bottle of today’s fragrance and he is loving it. My BFF Kath and I were also blessed to spend some time in the Rajasthani capital city just after Richard Gere had been and bought an enormous amount of stuff from my favourite ex-Raj antique store, the workers were absolutely fit to burst.

rambaghJaipur TajHotelsRambagh Palace Photo Stolen TajHotels

Jaipur Homme for Boucheron 1998

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lime, bergamot, cardamom, lemon
Heart: Carnation, cinnamon, jasmine, rose
Base: Tonka bean, patchouli, benzoin and cedar.

Boucheron’s site says: Jaïpur Homme takes inspiration from the marvelous gardens of the Maharajas and bears all of the precious codes of Maison Boucheron: the golden gadroons, the sapphire cabochon… An Oriental Spicy fragrance, with a fresh start and spicy notes softened by an intense woody signature, it was created for a modern man with a pioneer spirit.

You may already know that I am a Boucheron fan. You may also have guessed I am and Indiaphile. Imagine bringing the two together, it is one of the greatest frag ideas for me. The opening spritz is a great sensual gust of citrus and spice, very human smelling and as a prelude the patchouli says HI up front before fading back again behind the scenes. If this is Jaipur it is a Jaipur of the upper middle classes, very clean marble, the staff cooking in a far away kitchen, A/C cooled homes and beautifully carved wood on the furniture,  The flowers are muted and tastefully never give themselves up to my nose but rather stay huddled together hiding behind the cinnamon and the citrus remnants. The cinnamon stays front and centre throughout the heart and then the powdery woods and patchouli flood through quietly until they are all that’s left, with the merest hint of vanilla, and then gone.

I get about 2 hours of full on fragrance and another 3 or so of powdery, woodsy base. After the initial rush I think Jaipur would be a perfect masculine work scent, great after the gym, dinner, cinema etc only truly frag-phobic workplaces would disapprove of this lovely scent.

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FragranceNet starts at 50ml EdT $35
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Have you traveled to Rajasthan or any part of India? What were your experiences? Have you tried Jaipur Homme?

As we begin 2013 I would like to wish you and all those in your orbit and safe and prosperous 2013 filled with loads of the good stuff that you love. Thanks for your support, friendship, comments, love and fragrant advice. I feel part of a great big fragrant family that spans our beautiful globe.
Loads of love back at you,
Portia xx

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Jaipur Doco

16 comments on “Jaipur Homme EdP by Annick Menardo for Boucheron 1998

  1. wooddogs3 says:

    Lovely pictures, and the scents sound interesting. In an economy that sets a lot of lovely perfumes out of many people’s reach, it’s nice to hear about small, affordable luxuries that can bring an exotic touch to an average evening.

  2. kathwaples says:

    Oh, how I love Jaipur!

  3. tomatefarcie says:

    I haven’t tried Jaipur, I haven’t been to India; but I love Annick Menardo! I love Stella Cadente which you can pick up for a song as well as Yves Rocher Fleurs des Orangers which is geat on its own or great for layering

  4. I’ve never been to India and have always wanted to go. You luxury stay looks and sounds like the height of pampering. But I would do as you did and stay somewhere else as well.

    Great review, Portia! I love Annick Mernardo’s work and will remember to give this a sniff when I come across it again.

  5. Annick Menardo has been a very busy perfumer hasn’t he. What catalogue! Lolita Lempicka, Dior, Bulgari, Le Labo, Guerl;ain, Lancome
    OMG!! You must go to India before it becomes totally Westernised. It’s still quite affordable.
    I have quite a few of his frag babies in my library.
    Portia xx

  6. This is one of my favorites. However, when I wear it I find it nice. When my hubby wears it, it smells very exotic. I love it’s spiciness… I think I need to go put some on now 🙂

  7. Undina says:

    I’ve never been to India – maybe one day. And I haven’t tried Jaipur. I will if I come across it.

    All the best to you in 2013, Portia!

  8. mridula says:

    The notes sound so lovely and I like the idea of the flowers huddles behind the cinammon. Is there a jaipur femme. Interesting to think of india interpreted without sandalwood; and the jasmines, roses are truly background? What about the carnation? Does it stand apart? I ‘m in love with Neela vermeire’s interpretation of my home. very curious about this one.

    • Yes there is a Boucheron Jaipur Pour femme and Jaipur Bracelet. They are not real interpretations of Jaipur of memory but the bottles give a good reminder.
      You should try them all and come back to tell me what you think. Are you a Jaipuri native?
      Portia xx

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