Perfume Review: Armani Prive Eau de Jade
Eau de Jade is a part of the Privé Haute Couture Fragrance Collection, which presently also includes Ambre Soie, Bois d’Encens and Pierre de Lune. Eau de Jade was designed “to evoke the clarity and purity that reflects true Armani style.” I agree with the part of description , found on Giorgio Armani Beauty, that describes Eau de Jade as “reminiscent of classic colognes from the 17th century”, but I must respectfully disagree with the part that portrays Eau de Jade as having a “modern twist”.
Eau de Jade is a pleasant, refreshing, very slightly sweet traditional cologne, nothing more, nothing less. It starts as a bracing citrus (bergamot and lemon), develops into a sweeter citrus (bergamot, lemon, orange blossom), and dries down to a rather commonplace vanilla-citrus blend. I find all Armani Privé scents to be rather overpriced, but Eau de Jade is the one least deserving the high price tag. If one is on a market for classic colognes, there are wonderful, reasonably priced Guerlain’s Eaux (Imperial, Eau de Guerlain, Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat and Eau de Coq). If it is the contemporary take on the cologne one is looking for, Christian Dior’s collection of colognes (Bois d’Argent, Cologne Blanche, and Eau Noire) is an excellent example of the classic cologne with a “modern twist”. The three Dior scents are not exactly cheap, but they do come in huge bottles; in fact, when calculated per ounce, the price appears to be more than realistic.
Eau de Jade is available at Saks and at Giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com , $185.00 for 1,7oz.