Jovoy Les Jeux Sont Faits was created by Amelie Bourgeois and released in 2012. Inspired by the smoky gambling dens (les jexu Sont faits means "the best have been placed").
Notes of Petitgrain, angelica, dried fruits, rum, gin, tobacco leaf, cumin, sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, labdanum..
Jovoy is a French brand originally launched in 1923 that failed during the depression and the Second World War. Francois Henin re-created the house in 2006, as well as opening a large independent perfume store in Paris.
This is for a 1/2 ml sample of the fragrance.
Fragrantica - "this is not a fragrance, a mere perfume, it is an experience. i admittedly have gone over the deep end after wearing this again... it has all the complexity of blackstrap molasses. a thousand micronotes submerged in the darkest sugar/burnt caramel...when the stars align and one can sense the intense glory of lying in the gutter, shitfaced, looking at the heavens and being at one with a universe...this is poetry. dark, inscrutable, unsettling, on this side of nausea. the sweet sweet acrid prevomit."
Fragrantica - "I see some people have tagged Amber Absolute as a reminds me of, and yes I do get that too but its AA in the background with other things infused into it, as unlike AA this isn’t a sticky warm amber this is a darker, dry sandy amber. I think its the ashy burned tobacco and cumin that is giving this sandy feel to the fragrance, and they fit in very well. Booziness comes into play a touch for me but I don’t get as much of that as I do the herbal yet dry amber and tobacco, but maybe that will come with future wearings. Quality stuff."