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Lime, Basil & Mandarin (1991)
by Jo Malone London

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Lime, Basil & Mandarin information

Year of Launch1991
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 245 votes)

People and companies

HouseJo Malone London
PerfumerJo Malone
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Lime, Basil & Mandarin

Lime, Basil & Mandarin is a shared / unisex perfume by Jo Malone London. The scent was launched in 1991 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jo Malone

Reviews of Lime, Basil & Mandarin

Easily one of the most popular scent in Jo Malone's collection. Lime, Basil & Mandarin is a delightful citrus-spicy-green fragrance which is at once simple in concept, yet it works so well...alone or mixed with other scents.

Fragrance notes are many in this one...
Top notes: lime, mandarin orange, bergamot
Middle notes: basil, lilac, iris, thyme
Base notes: patchouli, vetiver

This one is a lime-centered, refreshing aromatic experience that benefits greatly from the supporting notes. It has depth when you close your eyes and really concentrate on what is going on inside: Sure, the edible basil leaf is there, as is the dominant lime and some mandarin to add juiciness; but then there's the subtleties of thyme herb, with its phenolic spicy and leathery quality; the scintilla of powdery sweet iris; and of course the base with sweet mossy vetiver and patchouli.

Layering it with other Jo Malone scents can help to reinforce / inhibit aspects of LB&M, depending on what you'd like the final product to smell like. I personally did not try to do that, but I see how the sales rep at the Nordstrom that I was visiting encouraged it of Jo Malone scents in general.

Overall, Lime, Basil & Mandarin is a rather exhilarating, warm weather appropriate scent that both men and women can enjoy. Give it a try for sure!
05th October, 2018
Very interesting aromatic blend of lime, basil, and mandarin orange. Mostly it's the lime and basil though. It has very tart citrus (lime with a hint of bitter orange) and is green in character. It oddly reminds me of the aroma I'd expect to smell in a greenhouse. It reminds me a lot of what the Herbology professor in the Harry Potter series would probably smell like, and is unlike any citrus fragrance I've smelled before. Sillage is moderate leaning strong on my skin while longevity is surprisingly good with 4 hours of good projection and many more hours as a skin scent after that. The really nice thing with this fragrance is that the lime not persists well into the drydown, which is unique as far as the lime note is concerned. Basil & Neroli remains my favourite from the Jo Malone line, but this is also pretty good. Also, it kind of resembles Dior's Eau Sauvage but without the leather note, with lime instead of lemon, and with way better longevity/performance. It's a scent that you won't like as much right away but will grow on you for what it does.

4.5/5
19th July, 2018
I can see why this seems to be probably the most popular JM fragrancce , or if not , it's definitely up there...what's not to like? ...an aromatic/juicy/fresh perfect summer fragrance...the title pretty much gives away the story...exquisitely blended orange/lime - juice-pulp-zest-rind...it's there in all it's glory with a generous sprinkling of freshly chopped basil...for a citrus the life on my skin is very nice...at 6 hours I can still smell a pretty good close to the skin scent...good stuff...skip the ozony aquatics and try rockin' this instead...
29th May, 2018
Lime Basil & Mandarin is one of the most famous and popular perfumes by niche brand Jo Malone, known for its simple yet striking perfume creations that drew their inspiration from easy to wear, sent-bon perfume compositions like Guerlain’s Aqua Allegorria composition. Despite being based on two essential scent ingredients, the story doesn’t end there but evolves rapidly because Jo Malone perfumes give every scent its own spice and twist. Each of their limes is a special lime and each rose is a special rose and together they make fantastic, quality, characteristic perfumes.

Lime Basil & Mandarin opening is juicy, fresh with a sharp scent of lime that you can almost taste. Ideal for waking up in the mornings instead of a cup of coffee. A fresh blow to wake you up and shake up your senses. But as I said in the intro, each ingredient has a special addition, like a footnote. So in this case, lime has a mild floral subtone. After five minutes, juiciness is replaced by aromatic, mildly citrus chord boosted with pepper, spicy notes, and universal lovable tangerine is one step behind. Despite being categorized as eau de cologne, this perfume is surprisingly lasting and has a projection of its own. The aura of freshness, like grass and Mediterranean orchard after a spring rain, will follow you all day long but it won’t be heavy for another people's noses. That is why I believe this is an ideal perfume for everyday chores, but it is also ideal for men who want to smell fresh, but also sophisticated unlike most of the sports perfume that knows not how to get to the next level and be more refined.

Ladies, despite the fact that through history, mythology and tradition basil was connected with a male principle and some old Jewish tribes used is for strength and courage, while in Rome and India it was used against evil, allow me to rephrase one of the greatest thinkers of the XX century Bela Hamvas and say that there is no one who wouldn’t notice a lady drinking her afternoon tea shrouded with a cloud of basil. Be sure that by wearing this basil in Lime Basil & Mandarin, you will not only repel evil but if Santeria tradition is true, attract new love.
04th November, 2017
Lime Basil & Mandarin smells to me like mostly mandarin aldehydes, which smell like plasticky fake orange. It also throws in a bunch of fake candied lime and some ginger and champagne aldehydes, all built on a support structure of leafy greens. The end result is a sparkling candied concoction that smells like fake citrus encased in plastic and served as a fizzy soda. It should be just terrible, but somehow it all just works and it radiates sparkling joy in a way that makes it almost impossible to dislike. I'd usually never give a thumbs up to something this artificial and candied, but I just can't resist Lime Basil & Mandarin's happy vibe.
14th November, 2016
Stardate 20161014:

A great modern cologne. One of the few good fragrances from this house.

It lasts a long time (again unlike others from this house) and has great projection.

The basil polishes the traditional cologne accord and makes it a lot more sophisticated.

No need to vintage hunt with this one- current version is very good.
A bit pricey but with this one a spray or 2 will suffice so get a small decant.
14th October, 2016

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