Trouble by Jacques Cavalier for Boucheron 2004




Hiya Frag Heads,

From the man who brought us Kingdom, L’eau d’Issey, JPG Classique, Stella, Zanzibar and M7. The man who is now the head perfumer at Louis Vuitton. A fragrance that was panned by the critics, Luca Turin famously wrote it was a one star dismal oriental, a murky broth the colour of mud in which float shreds of past fragrances. Ouch! Harsh indeed. It may be all of that and a mess but I love it. Impossible to find nowadays I have stockpiled enough for this lifetime and the next.

Trouble by Boucheron 2004

Trouble by Jacques Cavalier

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Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top:  Dyer’s-broom, Lemon
Heart: Jasmine
Base: Musk, Sandalwood

Trouble has been sitting unloved lately. I wore it a lot for years and then it got put in a box and ignored. Searching for something else I rediscovered my Trouble cache and now have worn it for at least part of three days running. The notes seem so straight forward, I’m pretty sure they’ve left out dozens of ingredients, but they are also irrelevant. I don’t smell the parts but the whole scent. Trouble smells like itself only to me and interestingly the fragrances that it’s most often compared to (Allure, Cinema, Addict) are not perfumes that I like for myself at all.

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An oriental fragrance with loads of amber and vanilla all the way through, a crunchy biscuit base accord, creamy white flowers and some soft focus woods are how my nose smells Trouble. Let’s be honest here it’s about as much trouble as a cuddle from a loving mother.

Longevity is excellent and though pretty linear it does head even more amber/woodsy in the base. Probably too thick and bombastic for modern workplaces and definitely interferes with your palate at dinner but for smelling fabulous while doing the vacuuming and housework I can think of no better glam scent to life you far above the hum of domestic boredom.

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Further reading: I Scent You A Day
eBay sometimes has bottles pop up

Do you have an ignored or soundly trashed fragrance in your favourites list?
Portia xx

11 thoughts on “Trouble by Jacques Cavalier for Boucheron 2004

  1. Fun!
    I am actually waiting for a second hand 30 ml bottle of Trouble to arrive by mail…!
    I love how it is totally niche-incorrect (if that is a word). About ten years ago I sold my 100 ml bottle for just about the price I paid for this used 30 ml one LOLOL
    The lemon in Trouble is very present on me, which I love.
    Hooray for bombastic perfumes!


    • OMG Fanny,
      Niche-incorrect is the BEST. what a perfect description. Ha!
      Love it.
      Yeah, those bottles are getting pricey.
      Portia xx


    • HA! Hey Lindaloo,
      I love Amarige also. It rarely gets a spritz but there’s a bottle around my place for those times when nothing else will do.
      Portia xx


  2. Oh baby! Thanks for this review P! I received a mini of Trouble from my best friend and let me tell you I LOVE it!!! and yes, it smells to me like vintage Addict (before it was reformulated). Right now that mini is sitting in a younger family member’s bedroom (as she is a vanilla fiend and loves it too but we share everything) and I also decanted some for a great and generous fragrant friend who wanted to try some as she is a fan of Addict as well. I can’t wait to hear what she has to say about it 🙂


    • YAY CP! Another fan.
      Now I really wish I’d tried the original Addict.
      A lot of sharing goes on in our house too.
      Portia xx


    • Totally agree Bernadette but it doesn’t really smell like TROUBLE at all. Another one of those scents that should have been cavilled something else.
      Portia xx


  3. I loved Trouble! Wish I had hoarded it when it was cheaper. Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente has that root beer note and Cinema is somewhat similar but none of them are exact replacements. I have some vintage Dior Addict that’s close too.


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