RETRO - Jovan Island Gardenia Cologne

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RETRO - Jovan Island Gardenia Cologne 

Year Introduced:  1982 - Feminine

Notes:  Top notes of gardenia, rose, ylang-ylang, green notes, green apple, peach, mandarin and a hint of coconut; middle notes of tuberose, mimosa, lily of the valley, orange flower, jasmine, marigold and rosewood; and base notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver, patchouli, musk and vanilla.


Island Gardenia was inspired by the beauty of nature. It is a simple fragrance that is delicate and wild at the same time and captures the scent of a dew-drenched gardenia warmed by the sun.

An excerpt from a review on Basenotes:

It's soft, sweet, & not terribly natural-smelling, but it's a pleasantly beachy, sunny scent. It has that vibe of post-beach skin, complete with hot sand & traces of coconut oil. And at the risk of repeating a cliche, it does indeed transport me to a tropical island with blue seas, sunshine & swaying palm trees. It becomes steadily sweeter, & although it appears to sit close to the skin, it gives off nice little wafts when I move. 

Island Gardenia is part of the Jovan Florals Collection along with Tropical Iris, Black Orchid, Night Blooming Jasmine and Oriental Lotus.

A magazine advertisement read: 

Why is everyone so fascinated with Ellen? We’ve picked apart her features. And she isn’t beautiful. Her nose is too long and her bottom teeth are crooked. Her hair is just regular brown – you’ll never call it chestnut or auburn. And she certainly isn’t glamorous. So when this guy said “You smell great, Ellen” we almost died. Why is everyone so fascinated with Ellen? Jovan Floral Fragrances – wear them and create your own intrigue.

Island Gardenia is still available for purchase although it has been reformulated.

We are decanting from an unopened original cologne version of this fragrance.



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