Jo Malone is often lauded as being the perfume brand for people who don’t like perfume. You can see why. With notes found in nature, the brand is typified by its perennial favourite Lime, Basil and Mandarin. Many perfume fans who can’t bear Aldehydes, Synthetics or Chypres, can stay in their comfort zone with Jo Malone. Quality is indisputable. Longevity is variable, but that could be true of any brand.
This review is about Jo Malone Orange Blossom. The beauty of this fragrance is that it does what it says on the tin. You wanted Orange Blossom? You’ve got it. It doesn’t mess around or try and get fancy with Vanilla and Blueberries or Musks, or add soapy Aldehydes you didn’t ask for. It’s honest.
Although Fragrantica states that this also contains Lilac, Lemon and Lotus, all I got was rather heady Orange Blossom, with a bright Citrus Orange kick. In my opinion this is Linear, that is, it’s a one note wonder: unchanging as it lasts throughout the hours. This is no bad thing, after all, the clue is in the title. It does not mislead, trick or change once you’ve got it on. Orange Blossom is a strong White Flower note which is often paired with Tuberose. Both are feminine, clean notes, but both have a headiness and richness bordering on the creamy, and some might say, cloying.
Orange Blossom Jo Malone, however, is light and clean, almost a nod to Eau de Colognes, but it is long lasting, clean smelling, and can be worn all year round. It’s also unisex, and would smell great on the right man, brave enough to shrug off the High Street Miasma and take a bit of nature into the office.
Jo Malone was bought by Estee Lauder in 1999. Jo herself remained at the helm until 2006 when she left to pursue her own interests Funnily enough, it turned out that she hadn’t quite finished with fragrance after all and her new range Jo Loves is available from her website, and still has the respect of critics (and beauty bloggers).
For an honest, clean, Citrussy Floral, you can’t go wrong with Orange Blossom Jo Malone. It’s a refreshing change from scents with 42 gazillion notes that confuse the poor brain. Sometimes, simplicity is in order, and it is very welcome.