Fragrance Files: Jo Malone Orange Blossom

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I don't like to think I'm a finicky person (though I probably am) but my bloodhound nose makes me very particular about perfume. (It's a known fact amongst my family that I can sniff out what we're having for dinner as I walk down the hall to our apartment.)

It's impossible for me to go into a department store or Sephora without smelling just about every fragrance on sight, but as much as I love perfume in general, I own very few bottles of it. This goes back to how picky I am--if there is even the slightest note or touch of a scent I don't love, I absolutely will not buy it.

This Jo Malone fragrance really stuck out to me, not only because the smell is incredibly unique, but this might be the first perfume I've found that I cannot fault. As the name suggests, it's a very citrusy-floraly scent, but it's not at all flat. The first "note" (not a perfume expert, so I'm just going off my nose--terminology will not be precise) is definitely jasmine. At first whiff, you almost don't smell any sort of fruit at all. Now there might not be anything terribly original about jasmine in perfume, but it's the tartness of that floral scent that I love and have never really smelled before. It's unmistakably jasmine, but the intensity is so high that it almost smells peppery or spicy while remaining floral. I know that sounds ridiculous, but if you get a good whiff at this fragrance, you can really smell how the sharpness of the jasmine creates almost a woodsy scent. The orange in the perfume is definitely noticeable, but it's not really something to jump out at you.

As the perfume lingers on your skin, the jasmine part tends to settle down a little bit and the orange smell comes out more, but it still remains more of a background note. Throughout the day, the fragrance mellows down a little without sacrificing any lasting power.

My description of this scent might make it sound less than appealing, but it really is the most gorgeous fragrance for the warmer season. It seems that jasmine perfume tends to be more for older ladies, but the sharpness of the floral notes and the soft citrus smell give this more edge. It doesn't feel "old" at all, but it also doesn't have the juvenile scent so many perfumes (Aquolina Pink Sugar!) can have.

Not a lot of people wear Jo Malone fragrances (at least here in the States), which is kind of a shame because they're so great but it also makes this scent feel more special. I really enjoy the smell of DKNY's Be Delicious and all, but the fact that everyone and their mother owns it makes it slightly less fun to spray if you know what I mean. (Ex: I love my Longchamp but sometimes seeing three other people on the subway carrying it makes me wish for a different accessory.)

It's really not a big deal to own what some other people do, I just think it's more fun to have something that's a little more unique. Let me know if you agree--particularly if you also belong to the Longchamp club as that's the best example I can think of.

This was the first "Fragrance Files" post so please tell me what you think! I really love this perfume, and if you stop and give it a sample spray at a department store, I think you might too!

And, of course, if you have a particular fragrance you can't get enough of, I'd love to hear what it is!

Hope you're all well! Happy Thursday!

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