WHAT I SMELL: Junky opens with this tangy herbal then quickly sour rather hempish opening. It’s like marijuana sticks and buds mixed with a bit of lemon sour. It’s pungent, yet intriguing because it’s different. After a couple of minutes a flattened quality comes in, but yet it’s tinged with light bits of candied flavored Pixy Stix. So far Junky is rather woody, but soon enough, the pretty iris comes into play. Again its unusual but very pretty. There’s also this contingency of oak moss and incense that snakes its way underneath the floral. As it progresses, Junky becomes more tart and much drier. After around the 30 minute mark, the tartness starts to subside and the fragrance becomes slightly sweeter. No, wait…after another 15 minutes the sweetness dissipates and the lightly musk like vetiver graciously surrenders a peaceful and calming presence.
From the Twisted Lily website:
William Burroughs was the most experimental and avant-garde figure of the Beat Generation, the one who went furthest in developing the complexity of the novel. In his your he escaped through reading Oscar Wilde, and he went on to lead a bohemian lifestyle, delighting in extreme experiences. His first novel, Junky, describes the harsh reality of addiction. Jardins D’Ecrivains presents its new fragrance, which points to the analogous experience of olfactory addition.
Perfume has the power to take us to a higher plane and really influences our behavior. Perfume reveals something intimate to others but also to the person wearing it. This is a complex, unique fragrance.
There are three key phases in its development; the top notes include the subtlest hint of fresh hemp. The mysterious middle notes bring in the creamy scents of gardenia, iris and violet, which then mingle with the dry-wood base notes of cashmeran, cedar and cade, softened by the frankincense and sweet myrrh resins and the aroma of Javanese vetiver.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A head rush; you sniff it in and the tartness collects at the top of your nose and surges through your brain in a rush only to then leave your brain and head very happy and relaxed.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE JUNKY: unique, journeyed, different
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JUNKY: CaFleureBon, Chemist in a Bottle, Now Smell This
BOTTOM LINE: I really like Junky. It’s as unique and as much of a wild ride that I have been on for some time with a fragrance. But the great thing about it is that it’s not a weird and strange being at all. It’s rather pretty, very unisex and in the end, easy to wear.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Oriental Woody
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $110 for 100ml EdP
Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary
May 1, 2014 at 6:32 am
Lovely! This sounds like a fragrance that is bound to take the wearer for a ride. Unusual pretty? I’ve got to try this! I also love the concept of being addicted to fragrance. I can just picture someone coming up to me and asking me what I’m wearing, and then replying, “I’m a Junky. A perfume junkie!”
May 1, 2014 at 11:47 am
There are so many ways that you can work that word “junkie” relating to the obsessive compulsive nature of this perfumista crew. I was a bit worried that the fragrance might be a bit too gimmicky…but it’s not. And like you…My name is Steve and I’m a Perfume Junkie!
May 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm
Great review! I had a feeling this would be one to try – unique and wearable. My name is Julie, and I’m a Perfume Junky, too! 😉
May 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm
Ms. Julie – welcome to the Junky club 🙂
May 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm
I lemminged this with Lucas’ review and yours doubled its weight. I was at Bendel’s 2 weeks ago and it wasn’t available yet. I’m hoping to try it at Sniffa!
May 1, 2014 at 8:38 pm
I know they have it at Twisted Lily…but of course that’s in Brooklyn…maybe there’ll be a sample in your goody bag 🙂
May 2, 2014 at 3:14 am
Super review. I’ve not tried this one but I’m rather fond of their Oscar Wilde Tribute. I’m dying to try to Colette interpretation as her novels littered my teenage reading pile. Have you had a sniff?
May 2, 2014 at 6:12 am
I really like the Oscar Wilde as well. It was surprisingly uplifting and fresh. As for Gigi, I have not tried it, but I have heard mixed things about it…and it’s supposedly full of white musk which is not my favorite.
May 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm
Mmmm, I do like the sound of this. Head rush, yeah!
We are all perfume junky here… Maybe we should form Perfumeholic Anonymous… But wait a minute, I’m not planning to “recover” from my addiction. x
May 5, 2014 at 5:54 pm
I’m with you…I’m proud of being a perfumaholic!!! LOL
May 5, 2014 at 9:28 am
Like unique perfumes…there is always a place for one more. And I’m in a phase of uncomplicated things. You hardly get both together- unique and uncomplicated.
May 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm
This is different, unique and very wearable. This does stand out from the crowd for sure.