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    Default Thoughts On Jo Malone Fragrances? Too expensive for what they are?

    I was in Selfridges on Oxford St today with intent to buy.

    I wandered over to the Jo Malone concession there and went through a lot of their fragrances. The only one which I even vaguely liked was their Cologne (which was the closest they get to a defined "male" fragrance).

    What struck me was how very ordinary most of their offerings were, female, male, unisex whatever.

    And very expensive for what they are.

    Thoughts anyone?

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    Default Re: Thoughts On Jo Malone Fragrances? Too expensive for what they are?

    Well, considering that almost all of the regular designer ones run atleast in the $70's now, Jo Malone might not be THAT expensive.

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    Pomegranate Noir is an outstanding and unique fragrance by Jo Malone, and IMO definitely well worth the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Pomegranate Noir is an outstanding and unique fragrance by Jo Malone, and IMO definitely well worth the money.
    This is the first time I disagree with any of your statements but I am sure its bound to happen right? I found PN to be disgustingle sweet and over the top. The pomengranate ruined the leather. It suffices to say, you must love pomengranate to own this. Back to the original question, I use to enjoy Vetiver years ago and love the grapefruit as well. The lime, basil, mandarine is also good. Generally speaking, if you love it, its not too expensive but for what it is, I think so. As with most lines, prices have become inflated. I remember back when I got the vetiver, I paid $80 in SAKS for the large bottle. I remember thinking that it was expensive at that price.

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    The thing about Jo Malone for me that they are very light in texture, like the bottles they come in. It's hard to offend with her fragrances, and some of them can be really tenacious for being cologne concentrations. Some of the fruit mixes strike me as smelling artificial somehow, whereas others are as fresh and clean as a spring morning. I love the fact that you can get a 30 mL for $50US. While expensive, I don't know if I'd say overpriced, HDS. The creams, by the way, produce more sillage than the cologne sprays themselves in my experience. They are really impressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    This is the first time I disagree with any of your statements but I am sure its bound to happen right? I found PN to be disgustingle sweet and over the top. The pomengranate ruined the leather. It suffices to say, you must love pomengranate to own this. Back to the original question, I use to enjoy Vetiver years ago and love the grapefruit as well. The lime, basil, mandarine is also good. Generally speaking, if you love it, its not too expensive but for what it is, I think so. As with most lines, prices have become inflated. I remember back when I got the vetiver, I paid $80 in SAKS for the large bottle. I remember thinking that it was expensive at that price.
    What! You disagree with me! I am very hurt Scentologist...

    I think PN is one of those love it/hate it fragrances. I happen to love it - the top notes, the drydown, the sillage, the longevity. But I think I also tend to love a lot of scents that fall into the love/hate category (Kouros, Jicky, A*Men, etc.) PN is one of the Jo Malone fragrances that I thought stood out from the others. I also own Amber & Lavender and Lime, Basil, & Mandarin. These were given to me as gifts. I like them, but probably would not have spent the money myself on them.
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    Their Amber & Lavender, and 154 is worth a try. If you like them, you can always go thru the eBay route to get them (assuming they are from reputable sellers). They pop up once in a while. Strangely enough, bid prices have kept in pace with retail prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    What! You disagree with me! I am very hurt Scentologist...

    I think PN is one of those love it/hate it fragrances. I happen to love it - the top notes, the drydown, the sillage, the longevity. But I think I also tend to love a lot of scents that fall into the love/hate category (Kouros, Jicky, A*Men, etc.) PN is one of the Jo Malone fragrances that I thought stood out from the others. I also own Amber & Lavender and Lime, Basil, & Mandarin. These were given to me as gifts. I like them, but probably would not have spent the money myself on them.
    I bought PN in the winter when there were fires in fireplaces and mistletoe and it was SO PERFECT for that gray time of year, cold, and crisp. I've tried wearing it in warmer weather and I just can't. I can't wait til winter rolls around again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nthny View Post
    I bought PN in the winter when there were fires in fireplaces and mistletoe and it was SO PERFECT for that gray time of year, cold, and crisp. I've tried wearing it in warmer weather and I just can't. I can't wait til winter rolls around again.
    Definitely Anthony. I don't think I would even attempt to wear it in warmer weather - but really like it during the colder months.
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    Default Re: Thoughts On Jo Malone Fragrances? Too expensive for what they are?

    When Jo Malone first came out, she was one of the first niche lines that was doing unisex scents, in addition to a wonderful range of products in the same scent. You can enjoy many of her fragrances in colognes, candles, creams, lotions, soaps and room sprays. At the beginning (before she was bought out by the Lauder group) Ms. Malone herself created, mixed, bottled and labeled all of her perfumes personally. She used top notch quality ingredients. They were made for the luxury market and priced appropriately.

    Fast forward to today - her prices are not luxury anymore. With a crop of new niche perfumes being released every month or so at the $150 - $200 price point, Jo Malone is no longer expensive IMO.

    Now the scents: I have tried many, I've owned Nutmeg & Ginger, Blue Agava & Cacao, Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Lime Basil & Mandarin, French Lime Blossom and Pomegranate Noir. The PN I think is perhaps the most complex and strongest of the bunch - but it had a medicinal/eucalyptus vibe that reminded me too much of Vicks Vapo Rub and I sold it. Same for the Blue Agava & Cacao - it always reminded me of salty dark chocolate...it grossed me out a little. The Nectarine Blossom is incredibly good - it smells like you're biting into a nectarine and I find it's 3D fruitiness very refreshing. It lasts when I over apply it (10 sprays).
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    I'd agree with Mike. The new ones sound cool!
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    In my pairing down of the wardrobe from 85 to 50 in the past 3 months, 154 and PN fell victim to the chopping block. The only one I own now is Amber and Lavender. It is not going anywhere. It will make the final cut when I eventually get to 30 frags in my collection later this year. I love the fact this line comes in 1 oz bottles and also like the minimalist design.

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    I love all the JM frags I've tried, but have never paid retail, so this is a bit of a moot point for me.

    I do know that I've got to get rid of the Nutmeg & Ginger I have, though -- my other half can't stand it. (Says it smells like gasoline on me.) Pity, as I like it.
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    The thing with JM that makes them more expensive than their sticker price is that most of them have no longevity, and you need to use half a bottle a day! I love Vetyver Cafe for example, but there's no point putting it on unless the function I'm going to is in the next 10 minutes.

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    When I smelled White Jasmine & Mint the other day, I found it to be quite lovely. Soft, light and clean ... a perfect summer scent. To me, Malone is all about simplicity and clarity, her scents are direct, but never weighty. They certainly work well with ideas of modern femininity, existing for the paired down aesthetic of current beauty trends. I'm certainly excited to try her new Dark Amber & Ginger Lily, it sounds like it could be very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    In my pairing down of the wardrobe from 85 to 50 in the past 3 months, 154 and PN fell victim to the chopping block. The only one I own now is Amber and Lavender. It is not going anywhere. It will make the final cut when I eventually get to 30 frags in my collection later this year. I love the fact this line comes in 1 oz bottles and also like the minimalist design.
    Yes, the 1oz bottle sizes definitely makes them more affordable. And when you have a lot of fragrances (as some of us do), you don't have to be saddled down with a 3.4 oz bottle that may take you a long, long time to use up.
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    I love the 1oz bottles also, along with Lime Basil Mandarin. Found mine on eBay for 30 bucks, with box. It lasts all day and the dry down goes into the evening; remarkable for a cologne. My skin eats up citrus and light scents, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tvlampboy View Post
    I love all the JM frags I've tried, but have never paid retail, so this is a bit of a moot point for me. I DO know that I've got to get rid of the Nutmeg & Ginger I have, though -- my other half can't stand it. (Says it smells like gasoline on me.) Pity, as I like it.

    Gasoline? Did it smell anything like DK Men Fuel??

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    I think Vetyver Cafe is pretty unique. But it lasts about as long on me as the stuff from the false bottle of Hugo Boss Soul I got from eBay recently...

    Funny thing is, a couple of months ago a met a former colleague a party who was unmistakably wearing this frag, except it was real strong on her which made me wonder if she perhaps refreshed every other minute. Turned out to be a DUPE!

    She send me some of it a couple of days later (it's an oil) and I was quite shocked at how good it was.

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    The story I heard was that Amber and Lavender was her concoction for her husband (much as JHL was for Estee Lauder's husband). I have two sample sprayers of that and I get decent longevity and find it an excellent choice for work. When I kill the samples, I buy (nearly a law to me (my Rose 31 is getting low too!)).
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    Jo Malone's 154, Black Vetyver Cafe and Pomagranate Noir are all very good but for different reasons. 154 for freshness, Vetyver Cafe for gourmand sexiness and PNoir for incensey warm energy. I've only tried these and liked them. Some of the other citrus scents are a little boring to me.

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    Hmm, looks like I'm out of step on this one chaps!

    Out of the many I had a smell of I felt they were unexceptional and yes, lightweight. Not all scents have to be bashing you over the head, I know that - indeed quite a few of my favourite frags like say, Coriolan are very light.

    I was just unimpressed by the offerings. At £1.00 per ml for the 30ml size, I think that is ridiculous - there are far better fragrances you can buy in that range. The price for the 100ml size is lower, yes, but even then they are putting themselves in the same kind of price range as Penhaligons or Annick Goutal or Serge Lutens which frankly they are not in the same league as in my opinion.

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    if black vetyver cafe lasted longer, i'd buy it. but it doesn't. nothing else from the jm stable really interests me.
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    That sounds like a great idea! Where can I find this dupe? This is a deliberate copy, but not a fake? If it smells nice and complex like the real one, and it lasts longer, then by all means I'd wear it. Is it available on line?

    Quote Originally Posted by Domingo View Post
    I think Vetyver Cafe is pretty unique. But it lasts about as long on me as the stuff from the false bottle of Hugo Boss Soul I got from eBay recently...

    Funny thing is, a couple of months ago a met a former colleague a party who was unmistakably wearing this frag, except it was real strong on her which made me wonder if she perhaps refreshed every other minute. Turned out to be a DUPE!

    She send me some of it a couple of days later (it's an oil) and I was quite shocked at how good it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR View Post
    That sounds like a great idea! Where can I find this dupe? This is a deliberate copy, but not a fake? If it smells nice and complex like the real one, and it lasts longer, then by all means I'd wear it. Is it available on line?
    I'll shoot her a mail about it, will let you know when I hear back from her.
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    I think Herbwoman sells adjusted copies of Jo Malone on ebay. From some of the reviews, they may even be better than the original. But don't take my word on it, I haven't tried them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Pomegranate Noir is an outstanding and unique fragrance by Jo Malone, and IMO definitely well worth the money.
    I have Black Vetyver Café and I like it for the first half-hour or so, but then it mostly goes away on my skin. This is also true for at least one other I've tried, 154.

    Some other niche houses seem to have longevity problems on my skin, even if I really like the scents I wear from them. I wish many of L'Artisan's offerings lasted longer, and the same with Diptyque. They are lovely, but just don't stick around on me.
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    It's really funny I'm wearing my first Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe and I am really impressed. I am also still getting it almost eight hours after I applied it. So I'm one of the lucky ones that these scents don't disappear on in a flash.
    I am finding this combo of vetiver and coffee to be divine and it has immediately jumped up my personal list.
    I'm going to have to try a couple other Jo Malone's to see if the longevity issues crop up there.
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    [QUOTE=bront82;1200841To me, Malone is all about simplicity and clarity, her scents are direct, but never weighty. I'm certainly excited to try her new Dark Amber & Ginger Lily, it sounds like it could be very nice.[/QUOTE]
    I just bought a bottle of this limited edition for a male friend - it is really lovely, almost like a L'Artisan.
    My favorite by far is the lavender amber, as good as any of the lavender scents by Dorsay.
    The prices aren't so high, as they offer small bottles.
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    Hi guys

    I was given many, many Jo Malone's as gifts by a person who loves the line. Unfortunately, there was not a single one that impressed me one way or the other, except that Amber & Lavender made me a bit ill if I sprayed it too heavily. By extension, it is not surprising that I don't really like any Diptych (except Phylosikos) and hardly any L'Artisan (except Dzing and Premier Figure Extreme).

    I keep wanting to like all these niche scents, but all I can really think about when I smell most of them is soap or candles. Maybe it's my nose. However, I do know that I don't much like the modern minimalist trend, and tend to prefer "complete" compositions. I have always wondered if the minimalist angle is really just a marketing strategy to pass incomplete or simplistic scents, and more of them (layer, layer, layer!).

    Interesting side note about the JM Nectarine--to my nose it smelled like a less sophisticated version of Shisheido Energizing fragrance, which I used to own and love.

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