Blue Agava & Cacao by Jo Malone is another agreeable, natural-smelling cologne. Strong opening of cacao and vanilla, which dominate the fragrance through its lifespan, with some spicy elements that help balance out the abovementioned sweeter elements, keeping it from being too cloyingly sweet. After reading about the floral notes, I can detect some slightly, but they're certainly not the main story.
As this is the third Jo Malone fragrance I've sampled/worn (after Wood Sage & Sea Salt, a cologne, and Velvet Rose & Oud, a "cologne intense"), my biggest criticism is not the fragrance itself but the intensity, as it seems to project only a foot, and longevity, which is limited to fewer than six hours after becoming a skin scent post-shower, and limits my interest in purchasing any at its price points.
Still, an enjoyable component of the line which strikes me as very natural. It simply could stand to be a bit denser.
7 out of 10
For the couple o f hours before it s gone, it is a beauty. It begins with a citrusy cacao blast and as the citrus tails off, the cacao remains for the full performance, joined by what on my wrist smells like a lighter version of the Fahrenhiet leather note. Brief but very enjoyable.
Initially the fruity start had a glimpse of lemon that quickly disappeared and gave way to the instant cocoa notes that remained dominant throughout. It never became cloying, possibly for the agave provided it with a certain freshness. In the base vanilla and especially cinnamon were prominent. Although, like other Malone's, designed for layering, it is not such a straightforward scent and shows some depth and development. Adequate silage and projection, and a surprising longevity of four hours. This is a decent fragrance in its own right.
Another Jo Malone fragrance that falls short of the mark. Initially you'll get a burst of the candied lime, but after that it's all down hill. It smells like a flat Selzer water with a lime in it. Labeled as unisex, but is very much on the feminine side. Throw in the high price and it's a no brainer.
I think a lot of Jo Malone's scents are misunderstood - they are rarely best worn alone, but layered with another, maybe 2 other of the scents. They are all designed to work together, and believe me, try the Blue Agava & Cacao with the Grapefruit, and you will get a completely different, beautiful fragrance.
Both these scents do not do much alone, but together are fantastic. I get so many compliments when wearing these, even strangers in shops stopping me and asking me what scent I am wearing. The only negative thing I can say about Jo Malone is for an expensive brand, the scents do not have the same staying power as other perfumes in the same price range.