Sunday, December 13, 2015

My favourite winter scents

...and they're all from Jo Malone.  Not intentional, Jo Malone just nails winter scents in my opinion.

These are the four I am using right now, interchanging daily with my mood.

Warning: Scent reviews are not my forte given that I have a poor sense of smell.  As I can smell all of these perfumes I can only deduce they are quite strong.  I have added some thoughts from the internet on each though to try and cover the full spectrum of notes in the scent (i.e. the ones I can't smell!)

First up is from the Cologne Intense range and is Dark Amber and Ginger Lily.  These only come in 100ml bottle sizes and I own not only the scent but the body oil and candle of this fragrance.

This is a very unisex fragrance with top notes of cardamon, ginger and pink pepper, the middle notes are jasmine, orchid, water lily and rose; while the base notes encompass leather, sandalwood, kyara incense, patchouli, black amber.  I find it a very warming and comforting scent.  It works will with Vanilla and Anise as well to freshen it up a bit.  This is a strictly winter scent for me but it's not a heavy scent and the silage isn't amazing on it.  It's better layered and will the body oil you get the best lasting effect.

Pomegranate Noir is a fragrance I used to hate because all I could pick up was a strong clove note in it and it reminded me of disinfectant.  Now I get a sweeter, warmer raspberry and pomegranate tone and that's why I am literally on the last dregs of this.  Top notes are raspberry, pomegranate, plum, rhuburb and watermelon; middle notes are lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, rose, pink pepper, clove, olibanum, opoponax and guaiac wood; base notes are virginia cedar, patchouli, musk and amber.  This scent is stronger than the Dark Amber and Ginger Lily and again works well with Vanilla and Anise.  One of my best friends says this always reminds her of Xmas and I agree, this is a very December appropriate scent.

Blue Agava and Cacao is a scent I instantly fell in love with for its chocolaty undertones.  It's quite a sexy fragrance but is quite powerful so I go in with small doses.  The top notes are exotic Birgaradia citrus, lime oil, grapefruit, cardamom, and red berry.  The heart is composed of blue Agava flower, sea salt, orchid, geranium and white lily.  The opulent base unites cocoa, vetiver, cinnamon, musk and vanilla.  My nose picks up mainly the base notes, again making this too much for spring and summer but perfect for cooler winter evenings.  It makes me want to sit in front of a fire all cosy with a box of chocolates and a Baileys.

Sorry to be a bitch but my all time favourite from Jo Malone is limited edition and no longer available.  This is my third (and last) bottle.

Ginger Biscuit captures the scent of just-baked cookies spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and dipped in caramel. There are also some buttery toasted hazelnuts, tonka bean and vanilla.  It's a real gourmand fragrance, spicy but cosy, warming without being cloying.  I wish Jo Malone would bring it back-I'd buy all the bottles!

UPDATE!!!  Jo Malone brought back Ginger Biscuit!  But it can only be purchased in the 100ml size from the flagship Jo Malone store on Regent Street in London

What are your favourite winter fragrances?

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