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    Default Wait...what? A challenging Jo Malone?

    So, I've tried probably a dozen Jo Malones, and own a couple of 1oz bottles.
    I feel many of the typical comments ring true with regard to them, I think; they're soft, natural smelling, arguably over-priced, fairly short-lived, clean and pleasant.

    Words I wouldn't use to describe them, however, include challenging and complex, unless you refer to the challenge of having to smell like a chocolate orange from wearing their new Sugar and Spice range.
    I bought Black Vetyver Cafe because it was so damned nice, and I thought it was as close to complex as the range got.

    WRONG!

    Pomegranate Noir came along and opened my eyes. It is the one Malone frag that I can't say for certainty whether I like it or not. It wavers between smoky/dry and juicy/semi-sweet. I mean there's fruit, spice, wood, musk, florals and a whole bunch more in there. I've tried it twice and can't get a good read on it.

    I'd love to hear from you guys about any experiences with Jo Malone fragrances that you find complex, or even just the Malones you find to be standouts amongst the range. PN has definitely thrown me for a loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timdoeswell View Post
    I'd love to hear from you guys about any experiences with Jo Malone fragrances that you find complex, or even just the Malones you find to be standouts amongst the range.
    Haven't personally come across any I've tried that IMO fit the description above.

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    Joe Malone Lime And Basil...Hated it. If I found it good I would say why lol

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    Rose Water & Vanilla has great longevity and projection. In that way it's a stand out.
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    Pomegranate Noir is the only one I have purchased. Worthy. But I bought it at Christmas in a box with some name like Library collection... It had the bottle od PN and three 10ml bottles of monochords to layer with it. One of them was Gaiac. Holy cow! The best gaiac I have smelled so far but damn, only 10ml. I wrote to them and told them it ahould be released anf begged for more. Never heard back.

    Jo Malone is incredible. So sad the scents are so weak. They should make a line of parfums or extraits. That would cut into their profit margins though so I suspect it will never happen. So therefore I will not be buying more.
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    Pom Noir is my fav from the line, it seems to have fairly good longevity too. I also like Amber & Lavendar and Blue Agave & Cacao.

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    Was given a large sample of 154 by a sales associate last year. Didn't care for it really at all. I keep coming back to it, but it has a sour pseudo-leather-ish note that just comes off as a dirty smell to me.

    Other Jo Malones I have tried have been pleasant, but not "wow".

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    Default Re: Wait...what? A challenging Jo Malone?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post

    Jo Malones I have tried have been pleasant, but not "wow".
    That pretty much sums it up for me too. I find many are pleasant, but no WOW factor.

    Let's not forget they are colognes, so they won't last or project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    Let's not forget they are colognes, so they won't last or project.
    Oh, Pomegranate Noir does, all right, both, all over the place and forever. (I find it "challenging" in the horrific way, though. The fruit rings terribly fake to me. I would describe it as the potpourri in a devil's bathroom. No shade on others' liking for it, of course.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    Let's not forget they are colognes, so they won't last or project.
    Oh most certainly colognes are generally going to be weaker, but there are some colognes (Tabac, Shaving Shop, etc) that last a good 6-7 hours on me, though admittedly I layer them with the matching aftershaves.
    There are some lovely scents in the Malone line, and if they even lasted a good 4 hours they'd be worth a purchase. At $90 an oz here in Australia, I find it hard to justify the pricetag if I only get a couple of hours from them.
    They would be good decanted into a travel sprayer and kept in the briefcase, though.

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    The only one I would call complex is amber lavender and it last longer than the others. The one that has numbers " I think 154" is not bad but not great either. The others are too sweet for me.

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    I have Blue Agave & Cacao, Vanilla & Anise, and Earl Grey & Cucumber. The dry down of Blue Agave & Cacao reminds me of DHI. I have yet to layer it with Vanilla & Anise, but I think it would make a very interesting final product. I can't say I find any of the offerings from Jo Malone complex, but they're good for what they are. I prefer some over others and their priced well enough to be affordable.

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    A woman at work wears one of the Cologne Intense fragrances (I think one of the Ouds but I'm not sure), and it projects like mad. I asked her if she was wearing Bulgari Omnia.

    I found Sweet Lime & Cedar very challenging; it made me smell like a curry. Otherwise, like others, I find their fragrances pleasant but not very interesting.

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    That Oud Bergamot is pleasant, but it came off rather light to my nose. Good to hear it projects.

    I own Amber & Lavender which is quite dry, hardly any amber or lavender.

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    I'm with the OP. I've tried them all, find a couple to be okay/nice, but really not worthy of purchase. But Pomegranate Noir does strike me as the most unique and interesting. It's not what I thought it would be at all from the note breakdown, and the cedar, rhubarb, and clove all interact in a fascinating way on my skin. It's got a lovely peppery, medicinal quality to it that really compliments the pomegranate itself. With that said, it's perhaps not quite as subtle as I'd ideally like it (it kind of reminds me of a Bond scent in that everything is loud and quite upfront), but I'd definitely say give it a spin as it does indeed have more character than some of the others.

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    Seems to be a nice fragrance, would there be samples available online ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fraghead93 View Post
    Seems to be a nice fragrance, would there be samples available online ?
    Depending on where you're at, of course, there are JM stations set up in a lot of mall stores these days, and they're usually pretty generous with the samples. Shouldn't be too hard to get a hold of some. Their Wild Fig and Cassis, Intense Amber & Patchouli, Intense Oud and Bergamot, Dark Amber and Ginger Lily are all sniff-worthy, too (although none is doing anything particularly revolutionary).

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    deadidol has my take on Pomegranate Noir, which is but for some small considerations a hell of a frgrance, not shy by any means and definitely interesting.

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    I find some of the very pleasant but so fleeting that they're not worth the money. I realise they're EDCs but some lasted only 10 minutes on me.

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    I have a FB of Intense Oud & Bergamot, and it is very nice layered with Cambodian Oud oil.
    Well, it's cheaper than therapy... edit: No it's not...

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    Default Re: Wait...what? A challenging Jo Malone?

    I like Wild Fig & Cassis Cologne and Lime and Mandarin but as others have pointed out, they're overpriced and don't last long.

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    The only Joe Malone that I truly like (from those that I've smelled so far) is Lime Basil and Mandarin. All the others seem ho-hum.

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    I just love their oud Iriss. Incredible.

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    i thought their pure mint leaf was the cleanest take on spearmint i have tried.....if you ike cdg green or heelys menthe fraiche you will probably like jo malone pure mint leaf
    14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it

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    Default Re: Wait...what? A challenging Jo Malone?

    Jo Malone Frags are (Malone SA's self admittedly) simplistic, and they are now recommending that buyers intentionally add complexity and variability by buying several and combining them for a personalized approach.

    But yes, for a simple, fun, not complex frag, Pom Noir and Vetyver Cafe have merits.

    But the lack of complexity and minimalism was one of the hallmarks for commercial fragrances that I rebelled against when I started to formulate my line of niche fragrances. I guess my hallmarks are indeed complexity and longevity, purposely, because I rarely saw it in so many fragrances.
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