Sunday, June 28, 2020
I'm going to assume that the people who give Jazz Club rave reviews have never smelled synthetic sandalwood oil by itself. Does Jazz Club smell good? Yes, it does. But is it the masterpiece of perfumery a lot of reviewers make it out to be? No way, not even close.
This overrated, boring fragrance, at the end of the day, smells like 98% percent Ebanol and Okumal, which are synthetic sandalwood oils, and 2% bourbon whiskey. Maison Margiela markets this as being a scent that is supposed to remind you of a smoke-filled jazz club, with the smells of whiskey and burning cigars. Does it succeed? Not really, and I've been to a lot of jazz clubs.
When I first spray this on, I get a blast of the bourbon note, which is good, and some warm woodiness, which I assume is from the sandalwood. I get no tobacco or smoke. After about 15 minutes, the whiskey note is gone, and I smell fake sandalwood for the remaining duration of the scent. This doesn't even remotely smell like any sort of night club, let alone a jazz club, nor does it make me think of one. All it reminds me of is how glad I am that I didn't throw away $130 for a full bottle of this.
Jazz Club is a pleasant fragrance, but it doesn't succeed in its goal. More importantly, the price this goes for is outrageous, because I swear this is almost all Ebanol and Okumal mixed with perfumer's alcohol. I'll bet the company spent more on the bottle than on the materials or the development of this scent.
If you really want to smell like a jazz club, get an old bottle of the original Michael For Men by Michael Kors, which kicks this frag's ass in every way. If you sample Jazz Club and like it, save your money and buy a bottle of Sarah Jessica Parker's very similar Stash at a fraction of the price. Stash is also a boring scent, but at least it doesn't cost much. Jazz Club is a waste of money.
MY RATING: 6.5/10