Hey, Hi there Perfume Posse, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies talking today about Jo Malone. So a load of my friends are Jo Malone converts. They love to layer and find the whole idea super fun. I often thought that if I was paying that kind of money for fragrance that I would want the perfumer doing his job and giving me a finished product. So then I was taken to the Jo Malone counter in our biggest department store in Sydney and told to try at least one, just to see how it went. I had clean skin so I put a spritz of a different one on each arm and then we walked around the beauty hall. By the time we got back to Jo Malone the scents had disappeared completely. Even the SA, who was extremely friendly and helpful, couldn’t pretend there was something because all that was left was me. Gone. POOF! The only Jo Malone I have tried since is Red Roses (a gift) which is so lovely and lasts really well on me, gorgeous. Then I was given a couple of bottles the other day by Michael Edwards, the fragrance guru, and thought I better give them a re-spin to see if I can in fact wear Jo Malone.
Jo Malone: Vanilla & Anise by Celine Barel 2009
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Sicilian bergamot accords, Tunisian neroli, wild fennel, star anise
Heart: Tuberose, violet vanilla orchid, jasmine, frangipani, cloves
Base: Amber, vetiver, Bourbon vanilla absolute, tonka
Sweet citrus and herbal spice Vanilla & Anise opens quite big and has a lovely balminess about it, extremely smooth and elegant flying low under the fizzy citrus. BOY, this is lovely. Like a Guerlain Aqua Allegoria fragrance, simple, sheer, wearable fragrance that is not strong but is potent. Quite good sillage for something that seems to have so much air between each note, and initially projection is very good too. Oooh I like this VERY much. The flowers are a bouquet for me, yes there are some amorphous white flowers and what could be a violet vanilla orchid but really I would be lying if I told you that I could definitively pinpoint particular pieces of the puzzle. Booziness curls through the whole open and heart but it takes me a while to realise that that’s what it is, a caramelled liqeuer with creamy overtones.
Photo Stolen DeviantArt
Then Vanilla & Anise sort of collapses on my skin and becomes a muddy, generic sweetish wood base that is very nice, no one will be offended, unless they were particularly looking to be WOWed. It is not bad, it is not good, Vanilla & Anise becomes a wash of nice. There is certainly a place for nice in a wardrobe of fragrance.
So my skin gives me about 1-2 hours of fragrance before it becomes a soft cloud of almost there for a while and I have become completely anosmic at around 3 hours. So 2 hours is quite good for a Jo Malone on my skin. A respritz at the 1 hour point more than doubles the lifespan and if I underlay with Halle body lotion they work beautifully together for about 5-7 hours.
As you can see I have been trying loads of ways to maintain Vanilla & Anise on my body because I REALLY like the first hour, a lot. Maybe I can do Jo Malone after all…..
Though the Taj Mahal at sunset has nothing to do with Vanilla & Anise by Jo Malone the colours in the photo below are evocative of the fragrance feeling as a whole. Beautiful.
Photo Stolen TempleTourist
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Which Jo Malone has captured your heart? Did it last? Did you try Vanilla & Anise?