About a year ago, I found a deal on Jose Eisenberg J'ose for Women. No, not Jai Ose by Guy Laroche; J'ose, by Jose Eisenberg. It seems there was an eponymous scent for men, and one for women. I got my women's J'ose from a California eBay vendor. Around $25, 100ml. $25 which got you a big slug of daytime-suitable comforting amber with a hint of gourmand (which I can generally only take a hint of), and a something I couldn't quite nail.
I liked it enough that I thought I might gift it. So I waited through a few more auctions of it, wondering if I could finagle a better deal, realized the price was pretty stable, and got a second bottle for $2 more.
Then I worried if I had gone off the deep end. I was early into perfume, I realized that even then, and wondered if perhaps I might regret this cheap scent purchase--which wasn't going to be so cheap if I didn't end up liking it.
Turns out I was right. And I was wrong. I have discovered many other scents I like; a couple of handfuls of ones I love. My fear of cheap and/or gourmand fatigue has not quite played out, though...I still rather like it, though I rarely reach for it. I pulled it out today because yesterday, during one of my regular internet search forays, I discovered notes for J'ose.
- Head notes: lemon, armoise, mine ("fresh and aromatic"
- Heart notes: lavender, coffee, mocha ("floral")
- Base notes: patchouli, cedar, musk, hay, amber ("woody amber")
Okay, now I get why there is what seemed to my early nose to be a hint of men's cologne. "Fresh and aromatic." I also get why I thought of it as gourmand-y; that which they call floral is total confection, isn't it? Of course, the "mocha" means sweetish vanilla is part of the concoction. And I absolutely recognize the source of comfort; hay and amber, hint of wood hanging out there.
This is not an expertly mixed concoction, with a carefully conducted drydown. It doesn't take long for all the players to start making noise, in relatively consistent proportion. But it does fine as "you smell good."
Unfortunately, it is nowhere to be found.
So, rather than being able to offer you a "psssssst...hey, bud..." and open up my trench coat to reveal a link to an online vendor, all I can do is offer you the Jose Eisenberg website, which still seems to let you put a (full price) bottle in your shopping cart.
Or, you can get Eisenberg comfort hose on eBay.