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As I’ve shared earlier on wht, I’m a relative newbie to the world of perfume. In the past, I was the type to find a fragrance I liked that worked with my skin chemistry and stick with it for years (and years). Then one day, I stepped into a Jo Malone boutique and discovered the joy of exploring scents from every end of the fragrance spectrum (floral, spicy, citrus, woody, etc.) and the fun in playing ‘beauty chemist’ by mixing and layering her incredible scents.
From that first visit, I’ve continued to grow my collection of gorgeous Jo Malone scents and have vastly expanded the range of ‘flavors” I wear. So I was thrilled to bits to discover a bottle of cologne in the very latest Jo Malone scent, English Pear & Freesia for our review, tucked into Jo Malone’s generous Raffle for the Rescues Donation package. After the requisite dance-off between Stef and I to see who got to test the newest scent from this beloved brand, I emerged victorious; and I’m here to tell you it was worth it!
Packaged in signature square glass bottles (30 ml, $55.00 – 100 ml, $100.00) and elegant boxes that are the very definition of packaging inspiration, a bottle of cologne from Jo Malone will spend years in a place of honor on your vanity (and makes a very impressive and beloved gift). Not only are my Jo perfumes and oils prominently displayed in my bedroom and bathroom, I saved each and every box and bag and recycle them when I’m giving a “special” gift. If you’re a sucker for packaging, you’ll adore this line. And happily, you’ll find the exquisite packaging is a true indicator of the quality of the product inside.
The latest scent to have me obsessively sniffing myself to catch an intoxicating whiff is English Pear & Freesia, a pure Jo combination that was inspired by “a walk in an orchard and captures the luscious scent of just-ripe pears, cooled by the autumn air, ready to twist free from the tree.”
This scent perfectly captures the mood of fall, it has a crisp freshness that pops out at first (like that first tart bite of an apple) followed by a warm, more woodsy second layer that lingers on the body like the warm, oozy feeling of the sun on your skin on a bright fall day. It contains an artful mixture of notes including pear, rhubarb, quince, white freesias, wild rose, patchouli, amber and white musk that combine to form a unique, clean, feminine fragrance I adore.
I love it for the bright, clean, fruity pop of invigorating scent that I sense when I spritz it on every morning – and I love it even more for the warm and woozy, musky fragrance that comes to the surface and lingers through out the day. I’ve been wearing my English Pear & Freesia non-stop since it first graced my vanity top and know I’ll be wearing it all winter long.
This new Jo Malone fragrance combines the “freshness of sweet pears, wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, on a subtle background of scrambling wild roses and skin-warming amber, patchouli and woods.”
It’s not surprising this delightful fragrance has such a poetic description; it was inspired by the John Keats poem To Autumn – beauty inspired by great poetry? Just one more reason to adore Jo Malone.
we heartsters – have you fallen in love with the World of Jo Malone? What are your must have scents and favorite combinations?
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