WHAT I SMELL: Le Joker takes an immediate dive off the perfumed platform with an explosive charge of pepper and spice which quickly sours into a menacing bite. Before you can absorb the surprise of the perfume hitting the skin, a rush of leather enters the mix along with a moistened earthy black dirt accord that evens out the biting edge that came on so quickly. Here, the perfume reminds me of a well worn leather jacket encased in many years and memories of sweat, cigarettes and the sights and smells of the city. As Le Joker continues to develop, as weird as it sounds, the perfume reminds me of textured flannel sheets that carry a few nights of warmed wear; which I find rather comforting. In the end, Le Joker’s rough and tumble attributes merge into a salty woody amber accord. There is no doubt, Le Joker takes the wearer on one wild ride.
From the Art de Parfum website:
Le Joker aims to awaken different emotions in different people; inviting the wearer to be more daring, more evocative, and not afraid to make a statement or challenge the status quo.
This idea has been expertly shaped by Art de Parfum’s French perfumiers in this stand out perfume with its unusual, unexpected pairings, and intriguing ingredients which play with contrasts; light and shadow, moody, mysterious, dangerous.
Le Joker is a fascinating woody fragrance, intertwining fruity spicy notes with powdery notes of make up, smoky cigarette facets and salty ambergris.
The overall character of the scent plays with contradictions yet creates a magnificent whole. Playful yet dark, the use of sparkling Timur pepper, which is still rare in perfumery, shines in this creation revealing spicy and tropical accents. The Timur offers a sparkling lemony effect on the top with nuances of passion fruit.
Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Timur Pepper, Elemi
Heart Notes: Star Anise, Nutmeg
Base Notes: Atlas Cedarwood, Cypriol, Patchouli
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The infamous ‘Joker” fits the perfume’s narrative to a T. However, to me, the perfume tells the story of the New York City subway of the 1970s: dirty and dangerous while at the same time exciting and exhilarating.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE LE JOKER: complicated, menacing, intriguing
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LE JOKER: The Plum Girl, I Scent you a Day
BOTTOM LINE: Le Joker is not a perfume that is meant to be worn at the office. It is however, a perfume that evokes the wildly chaotic planet we currently live in and is perfect for wearing when you just want to take on the world.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Woody Spicy
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $150 for 50 ml parfum extrait
*Sample provided by Art de Parfum. Opinion my own.
August 9, 2020 at 6:31 pm
Sounds interesting, but not my type of fragrance. Hope all is well with you!!
August 10, 2020 at 9:21 am
Hola Ricky! Yes, I could see this not being for you…although it’s an interesting ride of a perfume. All is well with me in these crazy times, I hope it is the same for you! xoxoxo
August 11, 2020 at 4:21 am
I don’t know… Somehow it bothers me that the brand itself describes their own perfume as “fascinating” and “magnificent.” Can you imaging a book author telling the audience or in a preface to his book something along the line that he had written a powerful story with a grasping plot? 😉
August 11, 2020 at 10:36 am
LOL. You have to believe in your work 🙂