Monday, April 27, 2009

Revlon Enjoli


The most vivid memory I have of Revlon Enjoli is through its mention in an article by Jhumpa Lahiri in "Remembrance of Things Psssst: Confessions of a Fragrance Fanatic" in the December 2000 issue of Allure magazine. In it, she'd written that her mother's personal favorite perfume which she'd travel with (a whole bottle in her purse - just like a perfumista) was Nina (the original circa 1987) by Nina Rocci, but that she's always taken boxes of Revlon Enjoli back home to India to give as gifts. The article had left such a strong impression on me, I sought out Enjoli to smell. Of course I wasn't expecting it to be a prestige perfume, since I was already familiar with many drugstore perfumes by Revlon: Charlie and Jontue being the most familiar to me. Enjoli seems to be hard-to-find now, as I had to go through extensive search to get my little bottle. It seems easier to find online.

Revlon Enjoli (1978) is supposedly jasmine-based, but to me, it doesn't smell of jasmine flowers per se. Example of jasmine-smelling fragrances would be (for those of you who remember) Tatiana by Diane von Furstenburg, or one of those Healing Garden scents simply called Jasmine. Enjoli is a somewhat complex (for a low-end perfume) composition with heavy florals with a rich, heavy ambery base, all leaning towards Green. It smells like Revlon Intimate and Jontue together: the tuberose-based white floralcy borrowed from Jontue, and the somewhat spicy, ambery-woody, almost Chypre (mossy) aspect from Intimate. Overall, it's a good scent, but I can't tolerate the very heavily floral and musky dry down stage. However, if you're in the mood for a retro-classic Floral Oriental-Woody (described as Floral but to me, it's on the heavy side, though not very sweet) with focus on musky woody-ambery notes (almost leathery or animalic in a way, just less so (more aftershave-y) than many high end perfumes in the same category), Enjoli is an inexpensive yet lovely way to experience American style "exoticism" (sounds like Anjali, a Sanskrit word meaning "divine offering").

Notes on www.revlon.com:
Revlon Enjoli - The essence of having it all. A modern blend of exotic florals and musk notes.
Top Notes: Hyacinth, Tuberose, Galbanum
Mid Notes: Jasmine, Tuberose, Rose, Lily of the Valley
Dry Down: Sandalwood, Amber, Oakmoss, Musk

This article is today's featured review @ The Examiner as part of an on-going series, New York's Great Recession: NY Fragrance Examiner: Drugstore Beauties: Revlon Enjoli, divine offering in American Sanskrit