Thread: Jo Malone anyone?
We don't hear much about this English perfumer on here, but as I have just received her new catalogue I thought I'd see if any of you use her products and, if so, which are
Enclosed was a sample of the new White Jasmine and Mint. It is very refreshing, elegant
and slightly eccentric (in an English Country Garden kind of way.) I am tempted by the Pomegranate Noir or the French Lime Blossom, but they are very expensive!!
Help me resist....
I really like Jo Malone. Amber & Lavender and Wild Fig & Cassis are in my permanent rotation. The body products are excellent and a little goes a long way. I love the fact the bath oil can also be worn alone as a fragrance. I do not do well with "mint" in my frags so I'm not a huge fan of the new Jasmine & Mint.
This is a great time of year to discover this line as there are usually gifts packs of frags available which makes it a relatively economical way to explore the layering concept suggested by this line. Have fun!
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I got their little promotional, too, and I found the Jasmine/Mint too sharp for my liking. Used to be a fan of Orange Blossom, but got bored. Liked Wild Fig & Cassis, but found Thymes' Fig Leaf & Cassis superior at a lesser cost. I own a decant of Pomegranate Noir. That's got a lot of character (DH calls it "furniture polish)--like a strong potpourri.
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I used to own Pomegranate Noir (traded it, because I couldn't get past the medicinal note) and I own Blue Agava & Caco, Nectarine & Honey Blossom (my favorite) and Ginger & Nutmeg.
I want to try the new one too (I love jasmine and mint) but the reviews I've read don't sound all that promising. But I will still be trying it soon...
Yes, you're right - Jo Malone does get ignored a lot here on Basenotes. Not sure if it's just one of those lines that noone particularly posts about or if it's unisex categorization (it's for men, it's for women - therefore noone's claiming it on the boards) is hindering here at Basenotes. Or some other reason?
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Maybe it's just me, but Jo Malone has terrible staying power for me.
I like Orange Blossom as well, a very fresh orange experience.
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I'm not really sure why but I LOVE Blue Agave and Cacoa.
Sorry, but Jo Malone doesn't really work for me
I once owned Black Vetyver Cafe, but I swapped it away. I've tried several others, but none of the newer ones. They have terrible lasting power for me, as well.
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What I like about JM scents is their elegant streamlined simplicity. Yet they are far from boring: the pairings of ingredients are always interesting.
Black Vetyver Cafe and Nutmeg & Ginger are on my wishlist.
Would like to try Pomegranate Noir, 154, Vetyver, Wild Fig & Cassis and Blue Agava & Cacao.
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The first one and the only one I completely fell for is Vintage Gardenia. Right after that is Black Vetyver Cafe, though I rarely wear it along. I usually add it with the gardenia to add spice and warmth to it.
I also like Orange Blossom, Grapefruit and Amber & Lavender colognes. I find the last two very masculine though. I like them but would prefer to smell them on a man than on myself...
I don't think the line's image is geared towards attracting men, unisex frags or not, they come across as light and playful, plus the layering idea seems to turn guys off (we prefer taking apart and putting together cars ). There's so much more interesting macho stuff going on ... like Spiritueuse Double Vanille
Proof of point: nothing sells better on ebay than Jo Malone, at retail or even higher prices, but yesterday I captured a big bottle of Malone's 154 placed in the men's fragrance category for half price. This is the one most highly recommended over on the Männer forum, together with pomegranate, relatively complex and decently lasting for a JM, they say. I look forward to trying it.
I've tried them (most of them) and found them 'nice, but not enough to buy'...that was my overall reaction. And I agree, the cost is too high. If I'm going to pay a high price for a fragrance, it needs to blow my socks off.
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I introduced the line to a former paramour and she preferred Orange Blossom and Tuberose. I highly recommend testing these two. JM's Tuberose is a distant second to MPG Tubereuse IMO but it inspires desire nonetheless.
Pomegranate Noir is a boozy, raspberry/plum/patchouli-infused, woody scent that reminds me of CdG Sequoia.
154 is a variation on a classic masculine template (herbs and woods) that never becomes powdery or soapy. Clean, woody, herbaceous and satisfying. Jo Malone designed it for her husband but works for women as well.
Blue Agava & Cacao is one of the most interesting. Light, sweet, mix of chocolate, caradamon, and tequila. Odd and interesting, yet recommended.
Wild Fig & Cassis reminds me of a slightly more earthy Philosykos. The fig is very prominent and masterfully blended with hyacinth, cassis, and cedar.
Longevity is not much of an issue with me. I usually observe about 6-8 hours. Sillage is low to moderate. After the first 2-4 hours, JM scents tend to wear very close to the skin.
I actually smelled the new one when I went to try the Gucci. I thought it smelled very pretty. I didn't try any on though. I'm gonna try it when I give the Gucci a 2nd test run. When I smelled it, I was surprised to learn the it was called Jasmine & Mint, because I didn't detect the mint at all. I am still new at identifying my notes though. I was thinking that it would smell like someone wearing flowers and chewing a fresh stick of doublemint gum. I actually liked it. I usually don't go for florals, but I'm starting to like them.
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I found JM just last night when I googled "Grapefruit cologne". Hopped over to ebay and I purchased a mixed sampler where I got to choose the scents. I chose Grapefruit, Orange Blossom and Amber & lavender. I'm mainly interested in the Grapefruit though and hope it satisfies my citrus craving.
JM are known for having short longevity, but they're usually very vibrant and alive. My favourites are Pomegranate Noir which is an EDC but is extremely intense and it's something everyone should try. I get alot of compliments from it (once it calms down a bit - once I went to the pharmacy right after putting it on, and the cashier chastized the janitor for putting way to much cleaning solvent in his bucket ... I'm pretty sure it was just me she was smelling). Black Vetyver Cafe is also really great and I've been looking to swap for it for awhile. The others are more fruity and feminine, but still special.
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Love, love, love JM Nectarine Blossom!!! Layered with Vintage Gardenia... I am in a heaven on earth! But, only I am in that heaven. Sillage is fleeting and longevity is not in JM's vocabulary. But for a fresh spritz and a total personal "fraga-foo-foo"... JM is my go-to juice on any day when I feel like I need a clear note, a clear expectation... and no frickin' surprises.
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My Wife has quite a wardrobe, but one of the scents I continue to enjoy every time she wears it is JM - Nectarine Blossom & Honey/lasts all day and can be worn any place any time.
I too love Jo Malone, but can't afford much of her line. My fave is Nectarine & Honey. Tantalizingly soft and wonderful. My next purchase will be the new Jasmine & Mint. Have a decant of that one and it's spicy yet clean. Also own Vintage Gardenia...yum! I'm just a simple girl!
I personally find the scent combinations quirky and uninteresting. I owned lime and ??? (can't even remember which scent as they all seem to just blur after awhile) many years ago and gave it away. Obviously, I'm not a fan; I think that if you're looking for light cologne type scents you could find some at the local drugstore that would suit the purpose as well as JM, if not better.
Pomegranate Noir is my signature fragrance. Even though it's EDC it lasts forever and only two sprays suffice. It's for cooler weather though. Every single time I wear this, I get barraged with compliments. A truly beautiful fragrance...
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