Junky by Anais Biguine for Jardins D’Ecrivains 2014


Post by Val the Cookie Queen


Some perfume names give us a preconceived idea of the vibe of the fragrance in question. I was keen to get my nose on this from the minute I heard of it. I was born at the end of the fifties which threw me into the Punk Generation at exactly the right time. Had I been born earlier I like to think that I would have been part of the Beat Generation. This group consisted of a groups of American post World War II writers who came to the fore in the 1950s. The main elements of this “Beat” culture included experimentation with drugs, an interest in religion, alternative sexualities, a rejection of materialism and some unrestrained portrayals of the human condition. The best known writers and examples of the Beat Literature are probably William Burroughs (who wrote Junky), Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac.

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It was Kerouac who coined the phrase “Beat Generation”. Thanks to the punk era into which I was thrown – I was turned onto the Beat Generation literature. Junky, Naked Lunch and On the Road being my top three reads.

Junky by Anais Biguine for Jardins D’Ecrivains 2014

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Fragrantica Gives these featured accords:
Top: Hemp, Palisander Rosewood, Galbanum
Heart: Iris, Violet, Gardenia
Base: Cashmeran, cedar, vetiver, incense, juniper, moss and myrtle (From Jardins D’Ecrivains box: Cashmeran, Cedar, Javanese vetiver, Sweet myrrhe, Frankincense, Cade, Moss)

So Jardins D’Ecrivains taking on Junky as a literary influence for a perfume was really quite formidable and perhaps a little abstract.

Green, green, green. Thick and ferocious. Straight to the amygdala, located deep within the brain. The hemp, combined with galbanum is legally intoxicating. Sticky and skunky and did I mention green?. I wish this moment would last forever but that might be too much to bear. It slides effortlessly into the beautifully smooth middle notes. This is very pleasurable and comfortable. Heady but controlled. Three beautiful floral notes intertwined one with another. And then the comedown. In this case, it is soft and sweet and lasts some hours. Quite dry, but a narcotic sweet feel nonetheless. It harks back to the opening green notes. A clever twist. It´s funny what a name can do. I was wondering if Jardins D’Ecrivains had called this Peter Pan, would it have made my experience any different? I think not. It would have just have been a wasted Peter Pan!

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Jardins D’Ecrivains succeeded with the Junky vibe. I was impressed with the journey that Junky takes you on. From the instant hit, to the agreeable middle, and a peaceful descent. Unlike the real thing.

Absolutely worth checking out. You could read the book too.

With thanks to First in Fragrance who rushed me a generous sample upon request.

First in Fragrance has €93/100ml and samples

“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.” William S. Burroughs


25 thoughts on “Junky by Anais Biguine for Jardins D’Ecrivains 2014

  1. so well written!

    now to go put on some early 10,000 Maniacs (‘Hey Jack Kerouac, and do my best impression of wasted peter pan. 😉 – thanks for the muse.


  2. Great review, Val.

    I read Junky (and On the Road) in my student years. What an interesting inspiriation for a fragrance. Sounds like they interpreted it well. Love your use of “comedown” instead of “drydown”. Brilliant.


  3. I was intrigued by JdE’s Junky and finally got a decant which I wore twice this past week. I feel entirely the opposite of you, which is a case of the pure subjectivity of fragrance. I like the scent. If it were not named for Burroughs, I’d like it more. It feels nothing to me like Burroughs or his writing. I met him once and spent a few hours in his company. He was about the drollest driest human I’ve ever met. His clothes were always black, gray, and white. This green floral scent just doesn’t work for me as any kind of interpretation of either Junky or Burroughs. It’s interesting to see how it does for you.


    • I totally get what you are saying. However, I saw the fragrance more as an interpretation of the idea of “Junky”. Hence the cannabis note etc. You could hardly have the dry cloying übersweet gray, tinged with death feel of a real addiction and I don’t think that was the idea behind it.
      I feel Burroughs woukd have been quite amused by the idea of anyone dreaming up a fragrance in his honour. He was cool in that bizarre way that those on society’s fringe sometimes are. Thanks for your great, though provoking comment. Bussis. xxx


  4. Hi Val. Loved this review! Makes me want to try Junky. Lately I have forced myself out of my rut of usually trying similar styles of perfumes and have ended up finding a love – Cuir Fetiche – and a couple of FBW likes.


    • Hi Maya 🙂
      Sometimes we have to force ourselves out of our comfort zone to progress or to find something new. Otherwise we stay put. And I really must find some Cuir Fetiche. I t is on my list of things I really want to test run!! Hugs Val xxxxx


  5. Val, it’s a very well-written and persuading review and, I think, I might like the scent based on the notes and your description. But I refuse to participate in romanticizing/populating/etc. anything related to drugs use. Nine out of ten people who see the perfume bottle will have no idea it was a literature reference. So yes, I’d like it more had it been called Peter Pan.


    • Hello Undina! Fair enough. You are right of course regarding the romanticization (sp?)
      of drug use. It goes back hundreds of years and I don´t see it disappearing anytime soon. And believe me, it´s the last thing I want to do. However, drugs and mind altering substances inspire creativity, Van Gogh being a prime example, plus The Doors, The Velevets, Oasis, Mozart, …….. But for the record – you know what I dislike ? The idea of Peety from O’Driu, not to mention their soon to be released “Wet Dreams”, ALL of the Blood Concept line (very disturbing) and Sécrétions Magnifiques from ELdO.
      Oh week, I need to go and make some very undrug inspired cookies ……… although 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by and making me think! Lots of love Val xxxxxxxx


  6. I don’t really like the name at all. There’s the drug reference thing but also if something is junky to me it’s old, broken, worthless, etc. Not really a name I’d give a perfume. Based on your review the perfume sounds interesting. Probably not quite my cup of tea but it might be fun to sniff.
    Hugs to you.


    • Hahahaha. I din´t think of Junky in that context. Well, the perfume is definitely not that bad! If it comes your way, give it a go, why not. And a tip – it is to my nose, very masculine and smells fab on a bloke. I made my husband try it. Hugs and bussis back!!


  7. What a trip! Thanks for the ride CQ, a great review. 

    Some of the notes sound wonderful, and I am tempted – galbanum, violet, iris, vetiver, incense… and I love that cashmeran is roll called amongst them, a cashmeran heavy base does have a sort of hazy feel to it.

    But hempy skunky notes have been wafting around in perfumery for quite a few years now and I haven’t found them quite so enticing as I find boozy and tobacco notes. Although loving those notes, as a non drinker and smoker I haven’t been remotely tempted to take up either of those far more damaging drugs, so it’s interesting that some see this as a dangerous concept. Where are the scents available? Are Jardins so niche that it would only be seen in the context of the whole line with it’s whole schtick of literature references?

    So far it seems to have prompted a few people to pick up books, which is all to the good to explore and revisit a fringe but influential moment in writing.

    We all have our little perfume addiction here at APJ: of course if anyone struggles, my beloved Sister Ignatia and her successors have much to offer.

    “Tread carefully with anything you cannot set down as readily as you have taken it up…”


    • “Fringe but influential” – bang on.
      I do believe we all have addictions of one kind or another, whether we admit it or not. Forsooth.


  8. I read the book years ago, and recall it being quite off-putting, a bit like spending too much time with an actual drug addict. Your review makes the perfume sound much more appealing than its name suggests.


  9. Hello Laurels 🙂

    Hahahaha!! it is not an Agatha Christie. The book is rather uncomfortable. The perfume is not. Hugs. xxx


  10. FAB review! Thanks to your lovely, generous self, I have a sample of Junky (Which Shall Be Reviewed), and right out of the sample vial, it was love at first sniff. Considering that hemp accord, I also had the idea to compare it to another favorite hempfest, Geza Schoen’s Kinski (which my sister and I for obvious reasons call Kinky), and I’m thrilled to say they’re nothing alike. Junky is – hemp notwithstanding – much more the elegantier/dandy – that William Burroughs also was – and a lot less louche than Kinski. I shall wear the contents of that sample vial to the Very Last Drop. And then be on the prowl for a decant, ASAP!
    Of course, Val, that’s all your fault… 😉


  11. I know this post is years ago,
    The opening of Junky reminds me of Lolita Lempicka by Lolita Lempicka but Junky is less sweet and more intriguing.


    • Hey,
      Glad to have you comment anytime. TBH I have completely forgotten Junky, though my memory is that I loved it. well, I adore LL too so it’s not a big leap.
      Portia x


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