La Liturgie des Heures by Jovoy

Year: 2011

Notes: cypress, frankincense, myrrh, cistus
So, just like L'Enfant Terrible, Jacques Flori has taken his inspiration from yet another classic fragrance.

This time around, La Liturgie des Heures is all about sacred resins and is along the same lines as Comme des Garçons' Avignon, but with a more skeletal and simplistic structure. However, on this occasion, La Liturgie des Heures smells darker and richer than the very fragrance it's loosely based on.

In a nutshell, it's all about the cistus and myrrh, accompanied by a frankincense accord that vividly showcases its citrus, peppery, coniferous and mineral properties. With a touch of cypress, the overall aroma is a rewarding interplay between the resinous vibrancy of the frankincense, and the deep, dusky and leathery attributes of the more ambery resins.

Unfortunately, its performance on the skin is extremely poor – lasting less than two hours and with low sillage. Based on its retail price and alleged Eau de Parfum concentration, one would have expected a far more robust affair. As a result, one has no choice but to deduct a star.

Another enticing and promising Jovoy release, another underwhelming outcome...