My main scent
I love this scent, I wear it winter or summer. I am surprised and amused by some of the reviews about it, makes you realise how subjective everything really is. Since my pregnancy 3 years ago I am super sensitive to smells, I used to wear Pom Noir but now it makes me feel sick. It took hours of testing in the Jo Mallone shop before I was confident that this one did not make me feel sick or give me a headache but in fact made me feel calm and confident in an aromatherapy fashion. I can't stand fruity or floral... I say it's great!
It amazes me how, to my nose, this scent is all about cedar and pine. I know neither are in the note pyramid, which goes to show how subjective the sense of smell is. If you're out for a coniferous scent, it would serve you well to try this one. 154 is pretty linear, like most Jo Malones, but definitely worth a try, at least for layering.
Very different to many Jo Malone's. You done get slapped round the face by fresh fruit. What you do get is a little more restrained and grown up. It is however gone in almost no time at all and closely resembles Guy Laroche' Horizon, which is better, lasts all day and can be picked up on ebay for a fiver. Pass on this one. Get that one instead.
An orangey-citrus note with mild bergamot opens this one, and after about half an hour the drydown with a touch if herbs and vanilla sets it, yet is dominated by a gentle, fairly clean and restrained vetiver note. All in all this makes a scent that is not sweet, balanced and one of the more interesting Jo Malones. Not very impressive, but a nice and not too complicated product. Longevity on me is about three hours, which on my skin is not bad.
Despite the listed notes, 154 mostly smells leathery on me. It's got a sharp burst of lavender on top that mixes with something fruity to remind me of that "woody amber" aquatic smell, but it ends up as a semi-metallic quinoline-heavy piney leather with a healthy dose of basil and juniper berry. I think 154 is trying to smell like a modern men's designer scent on top and a classic masculine leathery woody chypre on the bottom, which sort of works, but ends up kind of unremarkable. As such, it's the kind of scent I want to like more than I actually do. Technically a thumbs up, but still kind of "meh".