Jaipur Homme is 20+ years old, Boucheron wasn’t really on my radar at that time. It wasn’t till late 2000s that I smelled it. In the early 2000s, I was living with a man who came from halfway between Delhi & Jaipur. He took me to the Rambagh Palace for a few nights on our first holiday to India, and he knew every nook and cranny of the town, so I got a really fabulous look at it. After we had broken up and he’d returned to India, I found the Boucheron fragrance. It was so subtle compared to the reality of India but there were lovely reminders and the name itself conjures happy memories. Over the years, I’ve brought or sent him bottles of Jaipur and it’s been his signature scent.
Anyway, thought I hadn’t bought myself a bottle of Jaipur Homme in years, so I grabbed a super cheap EdT from FragNet recently and have been wearing it a bit. It’s still very nice.
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, Heliotrope, Cardamom, Lime, Lemon
Heart: Amber, Jasmine, Carnation, Nutmeg, Rose, Vanilla, Cinnamon
Base: Benzoin, Clove, Patchouli, Tonka bean, Cedarwood
If you know ground cardamom from your spice cupboard then you’ll instantly recognise it in the opening of Jaipur Homme. The citrus creates an initial sparkling, zingy opening, and the cardamom becomes apparent almost immediately. It stays after the citrus burns off, and the cool powdery fluff of heliotrope is then a tangible note that leads us into the heart.
I’m drinking chai as I write this post, and the heart of Jaipur Homme is a softer, more French perfumery armchair dream of it. Very softly animalic, vanilla-heavy amber with spices. Clove is more noticeable than anything else, but I definitely get the sweet milky tea reference. It’s not the MAIN heart accord, but it plays alongside everything else.
The dry down is sweet amber woods. I become nose blind to it after a couple of hours, but it stays on my clothes for days. When I pick up a top to wash it, I am hit gently with a beautiful spiced wood fragrance. It’s really lovely, so I know that’s what I’m wafting at the end of a day.
Don’t let the homme fool you. Jaipur Homme is unisex. It doesn’t even lean towards a modern traditional masculine. It could be brought out as a women’s fragrance today, and no one would have questioned it. Longevity is excellent, projection after about 30 minutes is moderate to low but oh so lovely.
Did you ever try Jaipur Homme?
Have not tried it but now I’m intrigued. I love chai tea and cardamom. I really try not to blind buy but….
The lack of interest and knowledge of this fragrance has me a bit worried MMKinPA. Maybe I’m completely wrong about how lovely this is.
Oh my! I recall getting manufacturers’ samples of this whenever I order from fragnet and never thought to even try them, not the least of which is I tend to not prioritize wearing or trying perfumes with the name “Homme” which is so silly of me because perfumes don’t have gender! I will look for one in my sample sea.
Re: cardamom – I had been adding the pre-ground version to my morning coffee for the past 18 months!
Yay for cardamom coffee Hajusuuri! I have a premixed chai that has them too. So delicious
I checked my pile of masculine mass-market samples, and this one wasn’t among them, but I remember seeing a bottle many years ago. This brand, though, wasn’t one of my favorite brands, so I wasn’t checking their perfumes even for my vSO (which I usually do), and definitely not for myself.
Regardless, it’s a nice story, and I’m glad that you have this perfume in your life to serve like a memory snapshot about other good times you had.
It seems to have flown completely under the perfumistas radar Undina. Maybe it’s not as good as I think it is
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