You don't often see Jungle next to the other Kenzo bottles at your local Sephora/department store. I wonder why that is? I imagine it isn't the perennial seller that Amour or Flower might be, but it definitely deserves a spot...maybe L'Eau Par Kenzo could scooch down a bit and make room.
Joking aside, Jungle is one of the better scents from Kenzo, and quite a departure from their typical style. Imagine a rich, buttery plum pudding spiced with cardamom and garnished with a slice of orange. Quite a festive description, but it's hard not to associate Jungle with yuletide thoughts. Why am I reviewing this in July? I have no idea.
Jungle opens with a fruity, spiced accord of creamy, dark florals. If that didn't catch your attention, the bucket of clove about to be rammed up your nose might. Subtlety isn't the idea here - Jungle is a wild, untamed beast (pardon the pun). The obvious association here would be Serge Lutens' Arabie with it's mulled cider aspects, but Jungle manages to be darker and creamier, with more emphasis on plums and dates than apricots and cherries. Just in case you're curious, Jungle came out 4 years before Arabie.
I admit, Jungle may not be my first pick for hot & steamy nights...but chilly-night-scents to wear while hiding from the slush and snow always have their place. A small warning though - this is a Ropion work, so those sensitive to power-synthetics may find the drydown a bit much.
Perfumer: Dominique Ropion
Notes: Mandarin, Cardamom, Caraway, Clove, Heliotrope, Ylang-Ylang, Mango Juice, Licorice, Vanilla, Patchouli, Casmerin