Guerlain Jicky is a classic Guerlain scent that is unique, original and uncompromising -- a scent from history that is still compelling and modern. Originally created by Aime Guerlain in 1889, one story is it was named after a girl he was in love with. That may or may not be true, but his nephew, Jacques Guerlain had a nickname - Jicky. This certainly had some bearing on the name choice. It was one of the first perfumes to use synthetics. This is another of the Guerlain fragrances where I can find great reviews forever about it, and I will put in a good number below and link them, but this is a fragrance that has stood up to all of the changes in fragrance for 130 years. And we STILL are in love with it.
Some versions of Jicky have a much more skanky piece to them. This may surprise you, given how classic it is, but fragrance back in the day almost always had a smutty undertone to them. Soft and beautiful or lively and bracing on the top, but knickers on the drydown.
Notes of lavender, bergamot, lemon, mandarin, orris, rose, vetiver, patchouli, vanilla, amber and musk.
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Reviews of Guerlain Jicky
From March, Lee, Bryan and Patty at Perfume Posse, as we compared and contrasted YSL Body Kouros and Guerlain Jicky EDT - "Jicky, beloved by all people of taste, including me and Sean Connery (yes, I am shamelessly biased) was my gateway drug. It’s a great summer fragrance — it makes me think of sucking lemons through one of those old-fashioned sassafras candy straws (did anyone else do that?). It’s also the only Guerlain EDT worth owning, in my opinion. It’s sort of ginger-ale/champagne-ish, with a great citrus opening, only it’s citrus through the fun-house mirror, and it’s a little herby, and then! just when you thought you had a grip, the dirty bits sneak in on their teeny, quiet little feet and embrace you. And then it’s too late. You’re in love."
"It, quite simply, is another perfect version of a perfect perfume."
"I remember when I first tried this, which was after March went on-and-on-and-on-and-on-and-on about Zeeekkkkkeeeeee and how dirty it was. Spritzing my arm while extended away from me as far as it could go, I was thinking I’d be smelling Cat Butt in Heat. but instead I get this wonderful, beautiful sparkly citrus. WTF, right? It went a long way into the drydown utnil I caught Miss Tabby sitting on my shoulder smirking and twitching her tail."
"That is my problem with this edt. I miss the skank too much. I love the sweet/balmy/sunny blast at the beginning, but if something has lavender in it, then it better be foiled by something deep or dark. Here, it used to. The edt strips away the sexyness that is the parfum. That is not to say I do not like Jicky edt; I simply prefer the extrait…..well, who doesn’t?? This is still a gorgeous fragrance that I need to remember more often."
From Kafkaesque - "There are only two lavender fragrances in the world that I love, and it’s taken me a long, long time to reach even that point. So, it should tell you something when this lavender-phobe says that the note in Jicky is lovely. It’s refined, elegant, and consistently makes me think of silver light... Yet, Jicky feels as though everything has been carefully calibrated to be as seamless and as smooth as quicksilver. Again and again, I think of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” piano piece, and of the lightness of the moon in a twilight sky tinged with lavender purple and with whispers of darker shadows at the periphery. Tonka vanilla surrounds the silvery orb like a creamy halo, but the key is that light which symbolizes lavender purified to the point where it feels as clear as a musical note trembling in the air.
From I Make Scents - "The use of aroma chemicals such as coumarin and vanillin gives Jicky a special sweet vanilla character. The animalic overtone of civet is also there, like a creamy ganache. Jicky settles into this warm animalic powder with an aromatic backdrop of lavender and herbs for most of its duration."
From Temptalia - "Any and all of Guerlain’s classic fragrances are worthy of the life-changer moniker but Jicky is the one that speaks to me. Jicky is not straight-forward or easy to love. I have returned to this fragrance again and again, and each time I feel simultaneously puzzled, pleased, frustrated, and seduced. But I love Jicky in all its beautiful strangeness. Worn at the right moment, there is nothing like it."