From Shoes to Perfumes : Jimmy Choo – The Fragrance

by Paris B on · 33 comments

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“I’d catch a grenade for you…” so says Bruno Mars.

Foolhardy really. Its suicidal – grenades blow you to smithereens! icon razz From Shoes to Perfumes : Jimmy Choo   The Fragrance

But I could not help that lyric popping into my head when I took a look at the bottle of the new Jimmy Choo fragrance.

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Do you not think it looks a little like a grenade? Granted, a beautifully cut glass pale pink grenade but one nonetheless? Or is it me just being peverse again? icon razz From Shoes to Perfumes : Jimmy Choo   The Fragrance

This is one of the new perfumes on the block and has been available locally since October 2011. I’ve spotted it at airport duty free stores since earlier this year and I believe its been available elsewhere earlier this year too. You won’t miss the bottle – its a pink grenade remember? – and it comes in a pink python print box to resemble Jimmy Choo python skin shoes.

Most of us Malaysians are proud of Jimmy Choo – the Malaysian born couture shoe designer who made good in London after the late Princess Diana cited him as one of her favourite shoe designers. But what most people may not realise is that the brand that carries his name is in fact, no longer helmed by him. He sold it off quite many years ago and the brand was pushed up and onto the Hollywood A-list and red carpets by Tamara Mellon. Incidentally, the brand’s been sold on again and just a few days ago, the news broke that Tamara Mellon is leaving Jimmy Choo. Ah the intrigues of the fashion corporate world. I can’t keep up icon razz From Shoes to Perfumes : Jimmy Choo   The Fragrance

What we know is that the brand continues making shoes and now, fragrances too!

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The Jimmy Choo fragrance comes in 2 types – Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette. Interestingly, both smell markedly different so its not just a case of one being lighter or more long lasting than the other. I found the Eau de Parfum too sweet for my liking, preferring the lighter crisper scent of the Eau de Toilette.

That said, both fragrances tend towards being a little sweet. The Eau de Parfum has a slightly warmer sexier sort of feel to it, but the muskier notes did not appeal to my senses. The Eau de Toilette sharper and sweeter and less floral.

As with many fragrances, I find that the Jimmy Choo fragrance (which incidentally does not smell of leather or sweaty feet – thank goodness!) would wear better in a cooler environment. Wear this in Fall or Winter and it’ll be lovely. Here where its hot all the time, wear this in a cool air-conditioned environment. Wear this while walking in the hot sun, and it loses its magic. You start to lose yours too once you catch sight of your bedraggled appearance in a window icon razz From Shoes to Perfumes : Jimmy Choo   The Fragrance

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The EdT and EdP bottles are different – one’s darker, one more pale and it also comes in a body wash and a body lotion so you can layer on your fragrances.

Tip: If you like a lighter less obtrusive scent, get perfumed body washes. They stay on your skin long enough to make you smell nice yet isn’t as strong as a perfume so people are left thinking you just naturally smell that good. Plus its cheaper too! icon wink From Shoes to Perfumes : Jimmy Choo   The Fragrance

I don’t know enough about perfumes to tell you about notes and nuances. So I’d suggest you check this one out for yourself at the local perfume counters…. and please tell me if it doesn’t make you want to “catch a grenade” icon wink From Shoes to Perfumes : Jimmy Choo   The Fragrance

Paris B

Jimmy Choo EdT retails from RM163/40ml and the EdP from RM187/40ml. It also comes in a body wash and body lotion. Prices unknown.

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peach_ November 18, 2011 at 9:00 am

A glamorous pink grenade! I love it! The video game geek in me associates it with too many of them not to at least try a whiff. :D

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ParisB November 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

LOL yes a very glamorous grenade :P I honestly don’t think its meant to be this “explosive” or maybe I’m just the only one who thinks so

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rinnah November 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

Off-topic but I wanted to say that your photography skillz are awesome! <3!

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ParisB November 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Thank you! :D Still learning :D

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Junni November 18, 2011 at 9:22 am

Jimmy Choo’s scent? Haha funny enough I just stumbled upon Wong Kar Wai’s Shu uemura’s xmas set – from films to makeup! xoxo :D

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ParisB November 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

LOL Yes I just got back from checking out the Wong Kar Wai Shu Uemura Christmas collection. Some interesting things there. I like how they cut away from all that “cute” in the past and went for something different and elegant :)

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Serene November 18, 2011 at 9:30 am

Can you suggest some perfumed body washes for me?i really wanna have the nice smell stick to my body..=) i search everywhere but can’t seem to find one that is nice..

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ParisB November 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Scents are very individual. What you could do is find a fragrance you like and see if you like the same scent in the body wash. Most fragrances come with a matching body wash and with the Christmas season coming up, there are lots of nice deals to be had ;) So if you want something that smells nice, head to the perfume counters – that’s where the nice scents are ;)

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Nikki November 18, 2011 at 9:34 am

The bottle is super gorgeous! i am so into fragrances and I’d love to take a whiff on this!!!! :)

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ParisB November 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Do take a whiff! If you like sweet floral scents, you may like this one :D

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mrsdjones November 18, 2011 at 10:07 am

Me like the bottle! Now I need to try it myself. Always informative as usual. Thanks for sharing Paris!

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ParisB November 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Thanks Mrsdjones :) Fragrances are definitely one we need to check out for ourselves. We just can’t tell what’ll suit us and our body chemistry

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Cas November 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

I saw this the other day somewhere but didn’t have time to sniff it. Lol I’m bad at describing scents too but I do love the bottle, very pretty. You should check out the latest coach perfume too, it’s not too bad.

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ParisB November 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Ah I haven’t sniffed the Coach fragrance but I remember seeing it :) I’m terrible at describing scents, only what they remind me of. The bottle is quite unique right? A break from the clean lines of the norm.

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Hanny Daforcena November 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Hmmm you can catch grenades, but only in them new-fangled first person shooter games heeeheee but I couldn’t. The bottle really does look like a grenade, heehee!

I thought Jimmy Choo himself tried to buy back his former company? Oh well. Business is business after all.

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ParisB November 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hmm you lost me after the first 5 words LOL! :D Yes Jimmy Choo tried to buy back the company when it went back on sale recently but it wasn’t a successful attempt.

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Reena November 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm

It’s def fit for the fall and the winter… I don’t think people would like to smell something so warm in a hot and sweaty climate. :) lol Am waaay behind on the Jimmy Choo empire! lol… At least I learned something new today! :)

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ParisB November 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I don’t usually pay attention to corporate news too but some news are too big to ignore like the gasps of shock that followed the news of Tamara Mellon leaving Jimmy Choo :D Now that its rainy and cool here, its a good time to whip out this fragrance :)

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LeGeeque November 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I get a little wary when designers move from designing couture and shoes to fragrances. I’m dead curious about this too. Will finish my beer and check it out in a bit and comment again? :)

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ParisB November 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Ah well, its just using the brand name – the perfumes are created by perfumiers who are the ones who know what they’re doing ;) Sniff it and see what you think? ;)

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gio November 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

The bottle looks really pretty! Not sure I’d like the scent though as I’m not really into sweet florals..

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Paris B November 21, 2011 at 9:09 am

Yep I can see it will it be for everyone. I prefer a lighter floral as opposed to a heavy one myself

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Connie De Alwis November 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

I like the look of the box! The bottle does look like a grenade. Just sang that song last night :p

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Paris B November 21, 2011 at 9:13 am

Haha maybe you can provide entertainment next time ;)

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Juan November 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

I heard it on the radio when Jimmy Choo was urging Malaysians to help him buy back the company. But what amazed me was why did he sell it out in the first place, and at a much lower value than it should be. When he urged fellow Malaysians to help him buy back the company I was even more amazed as he didn’t even start the business for Malaysians to enjoy… Instead, it was to be enjoyed mostly by affluent mat sallehs. How are we supposed to be empathic to his plea?

Hehe… Off topic also. well, at least they maintained his name.

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Paris B November 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

Lol! I don’t remember him asking us to support but I did remember him trying to get investors in. But you’re right. I’m proud of his success but its hard to support a brand when I can’t afford what he’s selling! Probably when the offer was made it was too good to pass up. Hundreds of millions if I’m not mistaken. I can’t see that sort of money in my lifetime :P

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Amex November 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

After the sale, he still kept his bespoke shoe business, though I think most of us know even less about that. I know we’re all about “Malaysia Boleh” and all, but wasn’t the brand success of the Jimmy Choo label after the sale? Think he made about 10 mil from the sale (the hundreds of millions was after the company got sold a couple more times). Oh well, not that it would affect me much since none of the money came to me :).

Heh, I do have to agree that the perfume bottle looks like a grenade though.

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Paris B November 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

I knew about the bespoke line but I don’t think he advertises it much. Strange eh? I mean its a personal touch and all. You’d think he’d capitalize on that unless there’s a clause in his contract that prohibits him from marketing ;)

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juan November 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm

yup, he came out in FlyFM urging Malaysians to back him up to buy back the company. there were details of the situation which made me wonder what kind of a successful man that didn’t have any reliable financial advisor.

i agree that i’m proud of his achievement but i am not even sure if he ever made it known that he’s malaysian when he became so successful. i think zang toi was more proud of being Malaysian and even made it a point to hire a Malaysian model in the states then. i can go on and on about this but i would sound like a sore bitch ;P

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luigee November 26, 2011 at 4:12 am

does it smell like cherry blossoms, Paris B? Thanks!

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Paris B November 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Hmm… I don’t know what cherry blossoms smell like but I’m going to say no :)

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sophie November 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

Which is the eau de parfum bottle? The lighter one or the darker one? :)

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Paris B November 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

The darker bottle :)

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