I have a thing for a distinctive and highly unique scent. Jo Malone fragrances are specifically tailored for that desire. Rare and uncommon combinations are what make the line so sought after. It’s like walking past a person and then coming back to ask them what perfume they’re wearing – it’s usually something mixed with something else and then factor in a ton of other outside forces – that’s what they’re wearing. Jo Malone has cultivated just that – and bottled it – and then wrapped it up in a pretty little box for you.
I purchase all my Jo Malone fragrances at Nordstrom – just because of ease and the sales consultant at my favourite location is eccentric and entertaining and a pleasure to deal with. I had left a month or so ago with a sample given to me by someone working a different counter and I’ve been lusting after it ever since. Only downfall was that it was unlabelled and in the generic Nordstrom vial. First world problem. I know. Anyway – I was pretty confident I knew which scent it was so I took it to her last night and that b*tch waved her hands for a couple seconds and plucked the right bottle out of at least 25 others. I give praise where praise is due – and I bow down.
Vanilla & Anise
After smelling and then inhaling and then purchasing English Pear & Cucumber and Wood Sage & Sea Salt I really didn’t think there was another unification of scents that I couldn’t live without. I was gladly mistaken. This combination is amazing – especially if you’re into warmer medleys.
Top – Star Anise/Middle – Purple Vanilla Orchid/Base – Vanilla Bourbon
It’s a sophisticated cologne as most Jo Malone concoctions are but the warmer base adds a nice musky coziness to it. It’s meant to be subtle but I can smell it on myself all day – I don’t axe-shower in it either – so it says a lot of it’s staying power – although you should keep in mind it’s a cologne and not a parfum so it may not linger as long as you’d like. I do a spritz in the morning and one in the afternoon and for me, that’s all I need to sustain it. It’s light and fresh but as the anise keeps it from getting too cloyingly sweet. Some people say it’s a little spicy but I can’t smell that at all – the warm vanilla bourbon and the anise/orchid is what I pick out when it’s on my skin. I was told, unfortunately, that this one will be discontinued soon (why oh why) but I still chose the smaller bottle because they last me forever. And I’m speaking in terms of years. I’m so pleased to have stumbled upon this specific synthesis of smells. It’s like I was conjuring up this idea of what I wanted in a perfume and still couldn’t quite place my finger on it. Until it was placed in my hands and slowly wafted into my nostrils – all thanks to the knowledgeable consultants werking the beauty and fragrance department.
You can indulge here.