Jitterbug by Kedra Hart for Opus Oils 2008


As you know last month we were on the Scentsation Bus Tour of Los Angeles. It was a fabulous day and I can’t wait for next years installment. Our very last stop of the day was at Opus oils where Kedra Hart and her posse were there creating mayhem and glamoursphere. The shop is incredible, and perfectly showcases the magic that Kedra creates. Jitterbug is a sample I was given with my purchases on the Scentsation bus. I will come back with more stories about the bottles I bought very soon.

Jitterbug by Kedra Hart for Opus Oils 2008

Jitterbug Opus Oils FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Jasmine, lemon essence, honeysuckle, orange blossom, “beach found” ambergris, blond tobacco and sandalwood

Jitterbug opens with a burst of boozy, almost narcotic, flowers and tobacco. It’s warm and rich and decadent like plum pudding and cream, there is something so food-ish here and I can’t work out what it is. The initial rush leads you to believe that Jitterbug is going to be E NOR MOUS!! but after the opening burns of it settles quickly into a mid range fragrant waft, very pretty and decidedly wearable with a very definite nod to fragrance of the past, there is a depth and seduction at work here that feels like the nuanced magic of naturals and the ambergris is giving it a chiaroscuro effect, dappling the prettiness with a darker denseness that is both salty and vanilla sweet. Helooooo! Did I say sexy? This is sexy, Sexy, SEXY!! I feel like the most beautiful, sensual, siren wearing Jitterbug. This is the good stuff. Thank you Kendra, next year I will be in to buy a shit load of this.

Jitterbug Opus Oils Kim Sharma siliconeerPhoto Stolen siliconeer

Jitterbug is a beautifully blended Princess of a perfume, elegant and graceful yet still fun and a little naughty especially towards dry down. You will be fragrant and the sillage is excellent but you won’t be skunking people unless you apply massive amounts. Most workplaces friendly and an enthusiastic 2 thumbs up for dates!

Opus Oils Jitterbug Perfume Parlour opened August 2008 in Hollywood, CA, USA after Kendra Hart being a successful underground and above ground perfumer. Here’s a little (edited version) of what the site says:
Kedra Hart was one of the developers of The Apothecary at Barneys New York in Beverly Hils and founder of the natural perfume and aromatherapy line Precious Petals. She designs custom scents, teaches perfumery in LA and Paris and is blender and co-founder with Joshua Hart of Opus Oils Jitterbug Perfume Parlour.
“It’s hard to describe our Jitterbug Perfume Parlour when people ask,” says Joshua Hart, “I usually say it’s a cross between the movie “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and the book “Jitterbug Perfume”. Mix that with the TV show “Hart to Hart”, sprinkle it with “Moulin Rouge” and then add a dash of Flapper Speakeasy Culture. Yeah, I think that about says it all.”

jitterbug Opus Oils VickieLesterPhoto Stolen VickieLester

Do go and check the Opus Oils site, here a few of the ways you can buy Jitterbug and the prices. Had I done my homework I would now own a 100ml Body & Bath Oil of Jitterbug. DAMN!!! Oh well, there’s always next year
1 Dram Parfum (Airport travel size) Roll-on $40.00
1oz Eau de Parfum Oil Spray $65.00
3.3oz Bath & Body Oil $50.00

Have you tried any of the Opus Oils? How do you rate them?
Portia xx

10 thoughts on “Jitterbug by Kedra Hart for Opus Oils 2008

  1. Hi Portia,

    I have various Opus Oil samples and one 15 ml bottle of “Wild Child #13” perfume oil. “Wild Child” also has that food-ish aspect you were talking about but is centered around a retro 1960’s patchouli. I think it was Opus Oil’s entry in the Summer of Patchouli Love. I like all of Kedra Hart’s fragrances. If I buy another bottle soon I think it would be “Voodoo”.

    That brings to mind “Voodoo Love” by Bourbon French Perfumes, New Orleans. This perfume is old fashioned but still fun to wear and totally different from the Opus Oils “Voodoo”. It is reputed to be the perfume of the 19th century voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Maybe that story is true because the company has been in business since that time.



    • Hey Azar,
      I’ve never heard of this very old perfume crew, Bourbon French Perfumes. They sound intriguing. I love the idea that they’ve been making the same (or as close as product availability allows) fragrance since the 19th Century.
      Wild Child seems to be a fave. I currently have FB of Isis and Whiskey #3 and a few generous samples. When I get home to Sydney I will really wear them and review.
      Portia xxxx


  2. Kedra holds a supremely elevated and special place in my heart as a perfumer and a friend, ever since I got fed up hearing all the raves about Dirty Sexy Wilde and placed a sample order. As the saying goes… That. Was. It. *insert Beethoven’s Fifth chord*
    Since then, I’ve come to love and adore many in her line . DSW, Isis, Starf*cker (that one for Tiger Powers, also very, very special!), Eau Pear Tingle and several of Les Bohemes (the two-part story of which I consider two of my greatest reviews, evuh!), including my beloved Flapper, which got datura right!
    Best of all, I’ve had the supreme good fortune to collaborate with her in the Devilscent Project, for which she contributed that Most Fatale Phume, Babylon Noir. OMG. Where do I START??? Love Kedra, love Jitterbug, love Opus OIls, love ALL of it! 😉 xo


  3. I love body oils. I’m going to have to check out this line. I wish more perfumes had matching lotions, creams, powders, and oils. Even soaps. It always seems so decadent to be able to layer a fragrance like that.


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