Sephora’s Josephine Baker ~ new perfume

Sephora's Josephine Baker fragrance

Sephora in France will follow their Sex Pistols fragrance with a new one for Josephine Baker — it's apparently a series celebrating icons in music.

The Josephine Baker fragrance was developed by perfumer Cecile Matton, and the notes for the gourmand fragrance include grapefruit, champagne accord, cardamon, jasmine, curry jungle essence, black pepper, labdanum, sandalwood and lorenox.

Josephine Baker will be available in 50 ml, concentration unknown, for 40€. (via

Update: the Josephine Baker fragrance was made by Etat Libre d'Orange.

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  1. LaMaroc says:

    What no banana? lol This sounds very interesting and worth trying. I wonder if this or the Sex Pistols one will even make it to the states.

    • platinum14 says:

      Yeah??? That should have been a given!

    • Robin says:

      Kind of doubt they will be sold here, but who knows.

    • lemonprint says:

      I agree! I hate to use the word but that does seem… stupid.

      Josephine Baker = Bananas. No?

    • Philippe says:

      I had not seen you had said the same thing as I. :D

  2. Thalia says:

    What on earth is “curry jungle essence”? IME curry smells strongly of cumin, which I like in my food but not so much on my person …

    • CynthiaW says:

      That’s what I want to know – curry jungle essence? Maybe Robin is sneaking Le Prix Eau Faux entries in on us…

    • Robin says:

      Beats me!

    • boojum says:

      Maybe they missed a comma, and it’s “curry, jungle essence”… not that I know what jungle essence would be, either.

  3. mals86 says:

    Tried googling lorenox and got nothin’. Anybody know what it is?

    I’m a little surprised to see “gourmand” attached to those notes, which seem more “spicy” than the usual sweet&foody vanilla-y gourmands I’m accustomed to.

    • Robin says:

      Nope, no idea. Some captive molecule, possibly, or possibly just something that isn’t spelled correctly!

  4. sunshine808 says:

    Lorenox? Must be in the same family as styrax, lol!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Or a relative of The Lorax.

      The Lorax speaks for the trees, The Lorenox speaks for gourmands.

      • Robin says:


      • Julia says:

        I totally went to the Lorax after trying unsuccessfully to wrap my head around curry jungle essence. I think I will stick with the perfume Jacques Guerlain created for the lady herself, Sous le Vent. Everybody (Guerlain included) seems to forget that she was Freda Josephione McDonalld from St. Louis, not a Carribbean jungle queen

  5. maggiecat says:

    Can a scent w/out vanilla listed in the notes call itself “gourmand”?

    • Robin says:

      Gosh, why not?

      • Julia says:

        It sounds like a curry gourmand. PdN Maharanih is a curry scent on me (heavy on the cumin) and because that is a food that makes it gourmand, no? A savoury gourmand rather than a sweet one?

  6. DannyAngel says:

    now this is a celebrity scent i’d buy, it sounds so interesting! and josephine baker is amazing, apparently during world war 2 she relayed messages to the allies in her sheet music! how cool is that?

    • Robin says:

      I’d love to try this and the Sex Pistols one…wish they’d sell them in the US.

  7. Joe says:

    I wouldn’t mind smelling it, but I can’t help the fact I think that the packaging looks awful and cheap. Even 40€ isn’t quite “cheap”!

    • Robin says:

      It’s hard to tell…the images for this one & the Sex Pistols don’t seem very crisp.

      • Joe says:

        It’s the whole look, including typography. Reminds me of the cheap Star Trek scents for some reason.

  8. claresparkle says:

    I would think a Josephine Baker scent would have smoke, tobacco, and a liquor scent as well. Nightclubby kind of.

  9. JAntoinette says:

    This will be fairly painless for me to sample, I live two cobble-stoned streets from a Sephora français. I will report back after I can beg a sample, if anyone is dying to know what it smells like.

  10. Pimpinett says:

    Pretty sure I heard that Byredo Bal d’Afrique was inspired by Josephine Baker too, wasn’t it? I rather liked that one. This sounds interesting as well, I really like cumin in fragrance.

    • Robin says:

      Yes, it was. And it seems to me there is another JB-inspired fragrance, but at the moment can’t think of it.

      • Joe says:

        Sous le Vent, I think? And Etat Libre is supposed to do one soon too?

  11. Philippe says:

    This fragrance doesn’t list banana. What a shame :P

  12. redscorpio says:

    I think it funny the Sex Pistols are considered a music icon! They are using the term “music” loosely there I think. At least Josephine Baker was talented!

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