Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Such a Little Wonder or Rhubarb Dreams: Jimmy by Bruno Fazzolari
Jimmy is a happy scent, it is probably the easiest entry point into Fazzolari's collection of scents, it is in fact incredibly easy going. The word that Jimmy brings to mind is delightful. The scent of Jimmy is spritely and bright. The beginning of Jimmy is a play of violets and tart black current, everything is dancing together, and honestly I am reminded of the dancing ballet hippos in Disney's Fantasia. I think it's because there is a rather jolly bounce to Jimmy.
The violets in Jimmy are happy, there is nothing melancholic about these violets, consider them rain drenched and suddenly in spring sunshine. The tart accent of black current gives them a fruit accent and they are sweetened with rose.
The violets eventually make room for a wonderful alchemy on Fazzolari's part, what enters is grapefruit, a grapefruit that plays equally beside the violet and rose. You smell all three of them at the same time and bizarrely it all reminds me of rhubarb, I can't explain it but that is exactly what happens.
What is interesting about all of this is right in the background is an excellent use of ambergris and moss, they add an earthiness that only enhances the rhubarb quality of the scent even more. It is sort of a briar patch effect, the way berries are enhanced by the earthy scent of the briars around them.
Jimmy is an excellent recreation of a spring day. I highly recommend to those that miss Spring in the Winter.
Try Jimmy if you like Jour d'Hermes, Sonoma Scent Studio's Yin and Ylang, or Le Temps d'une Fete by Nicolai Parfumeur.
First image from brunofazzolari.com
Second image Janet Little Jeffers