Friday, February 17, 2012

Jour Ensoleillé by Sonoma Scent Studio

My last couple of weeks have been turbulent. Some, pretty fundamental, things that I've been taking for granted proved to be, well, not to be. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Change is an inevitable part of life and it's only when old beliefs are lost that you get room for new ones hat are better suited for you - but it still feels disorienting and confusing. One part of me wanted to clench my wrists and scream like a teenager not getting her way and another wanted to cuddle up with kids and husband under a blanket in the sofa, trying to forget all about the outside world.

But, in the midst of all this I had a very nice surprise. A while ago, lovely Nathalie of anotherPerfumeBlog sent me some samples from Sonoma Scent Studios (Champagne de Bois and Incense Pure) and I liked them so much I  decided to order more. And, yes, now my parcel showed up in the mail! Great, I thought, lets do an all-weekend-Sonoma-marathon. As I'd just read Birgits review of Jour Ensoleillé I figuered, well, that one sounds like a good one to start with, lets go!

Right away, at first sniff of JE there are several, very easily recognizable, notes. There is orange blossom, flanked by it's pals indolic jasmine and waxy tuberose. My very first thought was, this is one of those simple, cheery little things, perfect for simple-minded, cheery people, good for them (=I hate them) (yes, this is a horrible thing to say, but you must to consider the drama-queen state of mind I was in at the time). On next inhale I thought, hey, there is more! And there IS more, that bright and happy side is flanked by another side, dark, cool and just plain beautiful. I can't pick out the exact notes for it myself but according to the list of official notes there are beeswax, labdanum, myrrh, sandalwood, ambergris, vetiver, green leaves and oakmoss.

For these last few days, JE has proved to be my perfect scent. It's happy side has cheered me up and helped me keep focus on that silver lining that is supposed to come with the clouds. The dark side has simultaneously calmed me while mirroring and acknowledging my confusion, like it's saying, it's ok, it's just the way things are right now, they're not perfect but we're all ok.

And that all-weekend-marathon never happened cause after trying on JE, it was all I wanted to wear for several days - and that's very unusual for me as I like to change scents as often as it's practically possible. In other words, a very good mark.

Notes: orange blossom, neroli, tuberose, jasmine, beeswax absolute, labdanum absolute , myrrh, sandalwood, ambergris, vetiver, green leaves, oakmoss absolute.

Picture from Sonoma Scent Studios website


  1. I like most of Laurie's creations so I can't be objective. But what struck me with this perfume when I tested it: I was sooo proud of myself when I realized I recognized orange blossom without reading a list of notes! (before that I think I could tell only rose, iris, tuberose and lily-of-the-valley).

    I hope everything will get better soon. If it's not life- or health-related (yours or your loved ones), everything else doesn't really matter on a big scale. Friendship, money, career - all these things are important and might be very upsetting but I'm a true believer that those things will pass.

  2. Undina, you are so right, as usual! It's nothing life or health related, just that things weren't as I expected them to be, which caused a bit of shock, but if the truth is to be told I'm feeling better already :)

    With, JE, I'm so happy finally finding a scent featuring tuberose that I can love with all of my heart. And for this weekend I am doing the SSS marathon (wearing Nostalgie right now) and OMG, these are some great scents!!!

  3. I'm thrilled that you love Jour Ensoleille, Sigrun, since I love it too. :-) And I'm very glad to know that you're feeling better.

    Speaking of sunny days, does it ever get hot in Sweden (like in the 80 and 90 degree farenheit range)? I was there near the end of June and always had to have a jacket or fleece with me. I was surprised to find people swimming and sunbating when we went to Sandhamn -- it seemed way too chilly!

  4. So glad that you are enjoying SSS! This is a lovely review.

  5. I'm glad this perfume came at the perfect time for you!

  6. Suzanne, the weather is not one of Swedens strong points. We usually do get a few hot days (even weeks if we're lucky) in July and August but there are summers when one wears fleece every single day. Nothing wrong with the spirit in people though, if we want a day at the beach, there-will-be-a-day-at-the-beach (imagine it said through chattering teeth)


  7. Nathalie, yes, thank you. I absolutely love them :)

  8. Yes, loving the SSS and this one especially too! Good to spread the word.

  9. Lucy, I also enjoyed your recent blog post on SSS a lot :)
    I feel that they really stand out among indie perfumers, as the perfumes are so lovely and concentrated and still not that expensive - they not just smell great, they're extremely good value for money!