Exotic is a perfume by fashion brand Jimmy Choo that made its debut in 2013. Jimmy Choo is known for shoes, but not so much for perfumes, which mostly fall into the range of below-average designer creations, with a few exceptions like Jimmy Choo Man and Jimmy Choo Illicit, as well as the classic Jimmy Choo from 2011. Exotic is part of a line that started in 2011 and got numerous flankers in the meantime, very similar to Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. Bombastic bottles, characteristic for the entire collection, visually suggest an explosion of (dis) taste, an explosion that is noticeable in Exotic itself.

Exotic

Do you know that feeling when you sit in the bus in front of two chatty teenagers, who chew loudly, talk even louder and listen to tasteless music at the loudest? That’s exactly the image conjured in my mind the first time I sniffed Exotic. It opens with a penetrating note of raspberry, not quite synthetic, but so noisy and tasteless, like the chewing gums of the teenagers mentioned above who breathe down your neck. After a few minutes, the fruity note subsides only a little, and subtle patchouli enters the game. It can hardly say anything, not even a word. It’s a pity because it’s actually a note that uplifts the entire composition. I don’t know what kind of chewing gum one of the creators of this perfume, the famous Olivier Polge, was on, but in a country that is a major exporter of raspberries, we really don’t have to pay 100 euros to smell them.

If you’re seeking a perfume with a predominant note of red fruit or berry, you’ll find considerably better options in the same or similar price range in the designer perfume offers. I’d single out two. The first is Calvin Klein Euphoria for Women, which is inspired by the iconic Angel but is just a tad more wearable, and the second is Guerlain Insolence Eau de parfum, a true perfume masterpiece.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: grapefruit, black currant; middle notes: floral notes; base notes: raspberry, patchouli.

[Fragrance group] floral fruity.

The creators of the perfume are Olivier Polge, Veronique Nyberg, Domitille Bertier.