Notes: Chinese Lychee, Plum, Bergamot, Orange Blossom, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Jasmine, Musk, Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Heliotrope. (courtesy of ImaginationPerfumery.com, but may not be totally accurate)
Pros: Unusual oriental, and although the name and notes might suggest fresh and watery, this is nothing of the sort...On my skin, I get notes of almond, chocolate, cognac and tobacco...
Cons: It's becoming hard-to-find, I wish it would be re-launched...
Development: Though it begins with a darker gourmand note (think chocolate) the fragrance meanders towards toasted almonds and sandalwood. I know there are fruit and floral notes in this one, but like Roma they merely accentuate those basenotes...
Longevity: Lasts a good 6 hrs on my skin.
Sillage: Can you smell me? You can? Ok, then I guess the sillage is pretty good!
Reminds me of: Villoresi Tobacco room spray, Boss #6, MOR Nougat, Art of Shaving Sandalwood
Bottleworthy? Hell, yeah! Get it now before it totally disappears!
Where can I buy it? $39.90 for a 2.5 oz edp spray tester at Perfumebay.com
The Bottom Line: Rarely do I come across fragrances that so suit me that I feel as if I simply can't live without them. Joop! Le Bain is one of those scents, a fragrance whose image and name couldn't be more dissimilar from the actual composition and effect this fragrance has on the wearer. With lower notes that suggest pipe tobacco, a glass of cognac, toasted almond cookies and sandalwood incense, Joop! Le Bain is nearly gourmand in my humble opinion. The fruit and floral notes (jasmine, neroli, plum) merely accentuate the darker notes and by no means play any major role in the body of this composition. Hands down the best scent to be released from Joop, this is a little-known masterpeice that would equally suit a man or woman.
Rating (out of 10): 10
What other scents' images and bottles just don't match the actual juice, in your opinion?