Do you love the idea of being dragged through a spice market in India? Then boy do I have a fragrance for you!

Boucheron Jaipur Homme is a very spicy perfume. Not spicy in the way Tabasco is spicy mind you. Tabasco to my nose always smells mostly of vinegar. Yes, I have smelled a bottle of Tabasco. As an aside, there is a flanker in the Mugler A*Men line called Taste of Fragrance that is supposed to smell of hot pepper paste. I’ve never smelled it but I would love to get my nose on it!

Anyway, back to Jaipur Homme Eau de Parfum. This fragrance is very well named. Now I’ve never been to India so I don’t know what the country actually smells like but to me the scent of this fragrance evokes the idea of India. Oriental richness, very busy and lots of spices.

Jaipur is the tenth most populous city in India and has over three million people living there. It is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. The dominant color scheme of the city is pink, hence it’s been nicknamed the Pink City. I got all this information from Wikipedia.

The presentation of this fragrance however does not include pink, it?s all blues and yellows. So in that sense it doesn’t pay hommage to the city it was named for. But it has nice packaging all the same.

The notes in Boucheron Jaipur Homme

What I mostly get is cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Other notes in this fragrance are bergamot, violet, amber, vanilla and tonka bean. I don’t know if any of these notes are normally associated with India. Really I know very little about India, all I know is from the trivia printed on the placemats at my local Indian restaurant. They have a big IT industry and apparently Indian Railways is the largest employer in the world.

Boucheron Jaipur Homme was composed by Annick Menardo and released in 1998. No idea if it was released in India but one can hope. Curious to know what they would think of it.

Besides this eau de parfum that I’m reviewing there is also an eau de toilette available. I remember smelling that at a fragrance store once. To me they seem mostly the same with the eau de parfum being a little bit richer. Performance is very good, it projects well and lasts a long time.

Final thoughts on Boucheron Jaipur Homme

This is a very mature fragrance, I can’t imagine teenagers rocking it at their school ball. It doesn’t fit in with current mainstream fragrance trends. It doesn’t contain an oud note (I would expect a 2020 version of Jaipur Homme to have that note if they were ever to make one), it is not a blue fragrance and it is not bubblegum sweet. The spiciness makes it stand apart from the rest. However you can still easily get Jaipur Homme at your local retailer of mainstream fragrances like Douglas, Ici Paris XL or Sephora.

There is a little bit sweetness there from the tonka bean and the vanilla in addition to the spices. The combination of spices and sweetness make Jaipur Homme smell warm, like a hot afternoon on a spice market in India.

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