This is the last of the Jo Loves trio of new releases. As with the previous two, I only have a sealed blotter i.e a blotting strip in its own cellophane casing. I therefore cannot tell you about longevity or how this is on skin, but it’s worth reviewing anyway, since Jo Loves is a small brand and a new launch is a big deal. It’s not as if they will be releasing weekly flankers like so many other fragrance houses today.
A Shot of Muguet and Cedar is a simple affair, but its simplicity is its strength. It is a characteristic of Jo Loves scents that ingredients are never overcrowded. It is also worth knowing that Jo Malone’s first job was in a florist shop, and it shows. It always interests me when florists create scent. I feel they are perfectly placed to do so. Luggage and pen manufacturers, not so much.
A Shot of Muguet and Cedar is a light, almost retro, scent that took me back to the Avon catalogues of the 70s once again. This is no bad thing. It’s refreshing to have Lily of The Valley celebrated again and I never get tired of any new formulation containing it. However, if you, like me, are mad about Muguets, then in my opinion, nothing beats Andy Tauer’s Carillon Pour Un Ange, which is in another league, and for want of a better word “heartier” than the light whispery Jo Loves version of Lily of the Valley.
It was a clever touch to match it with Cedar. It brings it down a peg or two like the straight man in a comedy act. This Lily of The Valley is delightfully light and green, but it would float away without just a faint rasp of serious Cedar.
Out of all three of the samples I have been kindly sent, I vote No 42 The Flowershop as my favourite, although I wouldn’t turn any of them down. Jolly Good Show all round, and it brings a little of the perfect English Country Garden to a rather damp Autumn.