On July 15th Juliette Has a Gun, a niche perfume brand from France will officially launch Oil Fiction in their stores. Oil Fiction is the new perfume from the house. It’s a limited edition as only 999 bottles of this perfume were produced. It’s an oriental classified perfume with a high concentration of the perfume oils in the fragrance composition, placed at a level of almost 30%.
The limited edition mark of Oil Fiction is that the perfume has a completely new packaging comparing to the one used by Juliette Has a Gun so far. A 75 mls bottle is made of transparent glass and is square-shaped. Brands logo on the flacon is also changed. The outer packaging is an elegant looking, black lacquered wooden box with a golden plate on it.
Even though the perfume is bound to appear in stores in mid July, JHAG online store offers a pre-order, where 11 bottles are still available at the moment. You can also purchase samples of this limited edition scent. Juliette Has a Gun Oil Fiction features the notes of:
- bergamot, amber, ylang-ylang, iris (concrete and absolu), tuberose, labdanum, papyrus, saffron, Ambroxan, vanilla and sandal wood.
Oil Fiction unveils with a tart bergamot aroma. There’s some tangy quality to it but its brightness and juiciness both have been brought to the minimum, if not to the zero level. Within a couple of minutes the smell of bergamot loses approximately half of its power and is then joined by a weird, but not bad, dusty impression. To me it draws the picture of the old-styled saloon, with wooden walls, darkened lights, billards table and a bar, luckily no go-go dancers.
The opening effect lasts surprisingly long, it stayed around me for around 20 minutes and then Juliette Has a Gun slowly begins to change. The dimmed lights effect is still on, but the perfume gets warmer with every minute. Amber tones in this perfume are rather light but they have a good power of radiation. They effuse warm and embracing, kind of sexual aura. All these aspects are additionally highlighted with a note of ylang-ylang which adds some creaminess to the perfume.
My nose might be fooling me but there were a couple of aromas I noticed and they’re not listed in the notes. First thing I get is an alcoholic vibe next to the amber note. It’s not similar to the Ambre Russe from Parfum d’Empire as to me it’s more rum plus amber than vodka plus amber.
I also seem to get a waft of smokiness. It’s not exactly a tobacco or a pipe… Maybe a cigar?
Later on I get the oriental blend of flowers. Iris is barely present in this composition. I could smell the buttery thing which was probably iris but I was hoping for more of the note. Tuberose is also not a bomb, but it leaves the noticeable impression on the wearer. The thing worth mentioning is that those floral notes are still accompannied by the dusty and slightly alcoholic feeling. I believe its those notes that change the bouquet into something more eastern style, oriental.
Early drydown of Juliette Has a Gun Oil Fiction is probably the nicest part of the whole perfume. Fans of resins should be happy with a sane amount of labdanum which has an ashy, a little bit dense aroma. I suppose Kafka would like it! Papyrus dries the phase so that it’s a little bit like a paper, rough and rugged. Then saffron appears on my skin. Beautiful, red, spicy saffron. It’s not as magnificent as in L’Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant and it’s not as sweetened with vanilla as the L’Artisan Parfumeur scent but I like it, it’s good.
The later drydown and the dying phase of Oil Fiction are kind of bad. Sandalwood smells like an old pencil shavings here to me and it has the vibe like some cat peed on it! Bleh! Not to mention that the last moments of this JHAG perfume are overloaded with Ambroxan. This synthetic molecule imitates the aroma of natural amber, which is almost impossible to obtain nowadays. It’s commonly used in amber perfumes today and it’s featured in many scents, a couple more JHAG fragrances have it. Here it’s easy to notice its artificial.
All in all the perfume lasted 10 hours on me which is a good result. Or maybe it should last longer when the perfume has twenty-few per-cent of perfume oils. The sillage was initally good but around 5th hour it lost its edge and remained close to the skin for the rest of the time.
I like that Juliette Has a Gun decided to offer samples of this limited edition perfume. For 10€ you could buy a 15 mls sample. At least the site said so. When my sample arrived it turned out it’s not 15 but 10 mls, still not bad. When those 15/10 mls samples run out a couple of days later they had samples back but… they were 2,5 ml size for the same 10€! Looks like those who were fast got lucky! I got lucky as I got the sample with 10 mls! It looks very nice.
Oil Fiction is a mild oriental and it offers some interesting experience from the eastern world. I highly recommend it to those who want to have an oriental perfume but full-bodied orient is too much for them. It’s worth trying but in my opinion, the price is definitely too high. Well – limited editions have their own rights!