Juliette Has A Gun – Not A Perfume

Posted on October 15th, by What Men Should Smell Like in A - F, Woods. 5 comments

Juliette Has A Gun - Not A Perfume

Juliette Has A Gun is a French house that has been making perfumes since the mid 2000s. The name is taken from Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Here we see Juliette armed and empowered with her gun and perfume titles such as Lady Vengence, Mad Madame and Citizen Queen. These earlier perfumes, some of which were authored by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian are as headstrong as the woman they represent. It was a change of pace when the brand launched Not a Perfume in 2010. Not a Perfume came as a surprise for a couple of reasons. The first was that it seemed a complete contrast to what the brand had done so far. It was not a perfume because unlike a perfume, a complex blend of many molecules, this was a singular molecule, known by its chemical name as Cetalox or Ambrox (the name varies depending on the chemical’s producer). Another peculiarity was that Juliette Has A Gun had chosen to showcase the same molecule avant-garde perfumer, Geza Schoen had used in 2008 to create Molecule 02, the perfumer’s second single molecule perfume in his series Escentric Molecules. The only difference between Juliette and Geza’s perfumes was the packaging and potentially the ratio of Ambroxan or Cetalox to alcohol.

Olfactory impressions:

Not A Perfume or I can say Cetalox is a wonderful raw material. It was first discovered in 1950 and it is used in a number of modern perfumes as a fixative or base note. A few grams in a perfume formula can bring a fresh ambery tone that is long lasting. It is one of the closest synthetic molecules to white or grey ambergris, having a refined powdery scent with subtle animalic overtones. It is easy to see why this complex smell has sparked the interest of more than one perfume brand that are keen on sharing its magic with the world.

Suggested wearing:

If there is no difference between Escentric Molecules Molecule 02 and Juliette Has A Gun’s Not a Perfume, the choice comes down to preference of packaging. I love Juliette Has A Gun’s bottles; the ceramic-like body and heavy metal cap have a nice weight to them and the branding looks slightly more baroque in comparison to Escentric Molecule’s sci-fi take on perfume. In terms of smell, who wouldn’t like Ambroxan or Cetalox? Chances are that hidden under layers of other notes, your current perfume already smells of it. The question then is; is it all you want to smell of?


Escentric Molecules Molecule 02, Escentric Molecules Escentric 02

Bottle designer: Romano Ricci, Sophie Loir (Sylvie de France)

Release date: 2010

Typology (via Fragrances of the World): Classical woods

5 responses to “Juliette Has A Gun – Not A Perfume”

  1. Arjun says:

    Hi, I just saw this review. I have a bottle of Molecule 01 from Escentric Molecules, and I absolutely love it. It is the perfect non-perfume for me and it gets me a lot of compliments. I was not sure I would wear it much when I bought it, but it has become my favourite for when I need a comforting skin scent that doesn’t tell a story. I was on the tram the other day and this tradie came up to me and told me I smelt so nice he wanted to pump me (whatever that meant!). He asked me if I’d a pheromone spray on or something! It is the strangest reaction I have ever had for a fragrance. I have tried Molecule 02 and Not a Perfume, but I prefer Molecule 01 to both these scents.

    • What Men Should Smell Like says:

      Lol, sounds like a scent adventure and a half Arjun….oh the fun of Melbourne trams : ) Molecule 01 is also a great smell. I too love Iso E Super on the rocks.

  2. yes, it’s been a while since I posted from my own collection…. I’m still have a fair bit to catch up too!

  3. karyesyntii says:

    Thanks! Sent from my Android phone

  4. laniersmith says:

    Boy you are on a roll today. My little black perfume notebook is filling up just from your posts today.

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