Launched in 2011, Pomelo was the first fragrance in the Jo Loves range and was voted 2012 Beauty Hero by British Beauty Blogger. I have been wearing it for two days now and I can say that Pomelo took me by surprise. Who would have thought that a Grapefruit like citrus would go so well with Suede Leather base notes? But somehow it works beautifully: both sharp and smooth, spiky yet velvety. And on the question of longevity, this stuff just won’t quit.
The Pomelo is similar to a grapefruit with a much thicker white rind. The top note is citrussy to the point of being astringent, which I love in a fragrance. The top notes of Pomelo soar for a good while on their own until they are finally brought back down to earth by the velvetiness of the Suede notes which kick in for a long comfortable Second Act . A bit of Vetiver and noticeable Patchouli chimes in to keep things interesting along the way. By the time this has settled in for the day, you have a beautiful clean smelling, almost Linen type smell, with a shout of Citrus and a background of masculine Vetiver. It’s very smooth, and the Suede, to my nose, has the most dominant note in the base. This is velvety smooth with enough prickle from the Patchouli and Vetiver to stop it ever being a Plain Jane citrus.
Out of the range of eight Jo Loves fragrances, this is the best. It’s citrus and sharp, then velvet and smooth. It keeps you guessing and improves as the day goes on. Smelling equally good on a male or a female, this is worth adding to your scent wardrobe. If I had to buy only one Jo Loves fragrance, it would be this. A big bottle.