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I suffer from sensitive skin, with the one thing guaranteed to cause an eczema flare-up being perfume. For this reason I suspect I have owned less than twenty bottles of perfume in my life, and the majority of those would fall under the classification of 'unwanted (and unworn) gifts'.
This Jo Malone cologne was certainly not unwanted, however, and the fragrance is one which doesn't irritate my skin so I am happy to wear it for as long as this comfortable state continues.
Costing around £34 for a small 30ml bottle, the cologne is certainly not cheap. The bottle is very classically designed, a basic but stylish looking recepticle featuring a silvered lid and understated label on the front of the bottle. I fear it won't appeal to younger perfume wearers, although I personally believe the fragrance would be perfectly suited to a woman of any age.
Mine is a splash bottle, although I believe you can buy the same cologne featuring a spray beneath the lid. I'd prefer the spray type as I have very narrow fingers and always end up with perfume dripping down my wrist when trying to dispense the liquid onto my fingertips.
I adore all the different notes to this perfume, they have been beautifully blended to create a light and feminine fragrance in which you can actually differentiate between the different aromas used. Initially the cologne has a sweet floral smell; the pear scent comes though as being reminiscent of pear, as opposed to leaving you smelling literally of the fruit. It is a sweet and fruity fragrance, not overpowering in the slightest and somewhat overwhelmed by the freesia which makes itself known a few minutes later.
Freesia is a delightful addition to a perfume such as this, it has a robust yet delicate aroma which envelopes you in a rich floral fragrance. It does detract from the sweetness of the perfume slightly, but this is balanced nicely by the other scents which provide just enough of a sweet fragrance to enhance the otherwise fairly spicy bouquet.
These spices come to the fore once the pear and freesia fragrances have worn off, the lingering scent of this perfume is absolutely beautiful. It is smooth and extremely warm, remaining on my skin for a few hours after application. I wouldn't say this cologne is particularly long lasting, although it has such a pleasant initial smell that re-application is no chore at all.
Jo Malone do create some wonderful fragrances; this is new for Autumn 2010 and personally I believe it has just the right scent for this time of year, being neither too light (summer) nor too heavy (winter). I am, however, certainly not a slave to fashion so shall continue to wear it whatever the season!
I completely recommend this perfume to anyone who is looking for something a little different to the usual Dior, JPG and various celebrity perfumes which are so popular at the moment. To err on the side of caution, I'd say this is quite possibly more suited to the older lady - although as I mentioned at the beginning of my review there may well be some younger women who would enjoy this particular fragrance.