Recently Jouer sent me their Perfume Oil–and basically, it is genius. It involves a rollerball perfume (a concept we all know and [most of us] love–for its portability, convenience, unobtrusiveness, and value). But instead of an eau de toilette variety as is typically the norm for rollerball editions, this involves a perfume oil. The concept is genius, and leaves me thinking, “Why haven’t they all been in oil form?”
“Why have I wasted my money on rollerball perfumes watered down with alcohol?”
Although I won’t go into specifics here about the nature of perfumes and how they “open up” in the presence of a certain amount of alcohol, the things you need to know are:
- Perfume oils last longer on the skin, because they live in a lipophilic environment which basically means it can sit among the skin cells and hang out–instead of evaporating like an alcohol-based eau de toilette/parfum
- Perfume oils are less obtrusive, since they don’t immediately overpower the vicinity with violent accords of perfume notes, made volatile by, again, our friend alcohol.
- In my (humble) opinion, perfumes smell more complex and rich when they involve less alcohol (for example, a perfume smells more rich and complex than a eau de parfum, and even more so than an eau de toilette.
Jouer’s concoction involves scents of gardenia, jasmine, and honeysuckle. The packaging is inconscpicuously elegant.
This is an overpoweringly floral scent, so if you’re not a fan of floral, I would steer clear. This is, however, a great scent to layer over a spicier, more evening scent, if you’re feeling like you want to make a sexier scent a little more “daytime.”