Because February is a month for love and romance, I thought that this Kenzo Jungle Elephant perfume review might be fitting. A couple of years ago, I took a risk and ordered this distinctive scent blind, after I read some favorable reviews about it. When I received it in the mail, opened the box and spritzed some on, I was shocked by (1) how heavy and powerful it was and (2) how much of that strong scent was in its gorgeous but hefty bottle. Initially, I thought I had made a foolish and expensive mistake.
But two years have passed, and I’ve grown to love everything about the scent and strength of Kenzo Jungle Elephant, with its exotic and spicy notes of cinnamon, cloves, mandarin, vanilla, and patchouli. If you’re adventurous, you might love this velvety and warm scent, but be warned…this is not the all-American-girl-next-door fragrance. Some reviewers say this oriental scent reminds them of Christmas, of exotic gingerbread, of Asian spice markets. If I could see this scent, it would be a dark and rich red velvet. To me, it’s a cold-weather perfume, almost overwhelming for the hot and humid springs and summers where I reside.
And let me just say that Kenzo Jungle Elephant perfume has monster sillage and longevity…yeah, like off the charts. For that reason, this is a scent that should not be worn in closed spaces, such as an office. This perfume needs room to breathe, for sure, and is so powerful that I finally learned to spray some in the space in front of me and then walk through it. Those vivid scent particles that fall on me will last all day, and it’s incredibly delightful to occasionally catch a whiff of my own mysterious perfume far into the day.
Don’t get me wrong…Jungle Elephant perfume may have drama, but it’s still refined, with lovely notes of mandarin zest, jasmine and vanilla. This is a complicated perfume that took me years to learn and love. Two years ago, I would not have, but now I’m awarding this gorgeous and sensual scent 5 stars out of 5.
The heavy glass bottle and its cap are just as striking as the perfume they contain, with the bottle measuring over 4 inches wide and about 3 inches tall.
The metal cap is almost like a piece of artwork….
…and it’s heavy, weighing almost 5 ounces.
If you’re wondering about the origins of this perfume and its name, Kenzo is a French couture house started in 1970 by a Japanese designer, Kenzo Takada, who first opened a “Jungle Jap” boutique in Paris, with jungle-themed decor.
Decades later, in 1996, the Kenzo house had the fortune of two incredible perfumers Dominique Ropion (who also designed Lancome’s La Vie est Belle, among others) and Jean-Louis Sieuzac collaborating to create the Jungle Elephant perfume reviewed here. As Ropion was quoted in Vogue in 2015 about Kenzo Jungle Elephant, “It was inspired by techno music. They wanted a perfume so powerful you could smell it when you walked into the building. And their offices were on the fifth floor.”
Kenzo Jungle Elephant perfume obviously is not for everyone. But if you’re looking for a plush, sensual, powerful, long-lasting, and yet still refined perfume with spicy, vanilla, and citrusy floral notes, then this scent just might be for you.
As of this writing, Kenzo’s link for the purchase of its Jungle Elephant sends you to Sephora, which doesn’t even carry it. But just as I did two years ago, you can purchase a 3.4 ounce bottle from Amazon. The cost at Amazon is less than $60.00 U.S. dollars. Considering how just one spritz of Jungle Elephant perfume will last you all day and into the night, that’s a bargain, assuming that you love the perfume as much as I do. I expect my bottle to last me for years to come.
Please note that throughout this post I’ve referred to this perfume as “Jungle Elephant,” but it is also known by its French name “Jungle L’Elephant.” Please also note that all opinions are my own, and I received no samples, payments, or financial incentives from Amazon, Kenzo, their affiliates or any other person or entity for comments or links in this article.
Kenzo Jungle Elephant perfume: I’m awarding five stars out of five for this unforgettable fragrance.