Monday, April 29, 2013

Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom Cologne

Ah, something wonderful and springy, just in time for the season to really get in gear.

I recently had the pleasure of stopping by a Jo Malone London counter. I sampled many scents, and I am now possessed of an unfortunately long wishlist. What I came away with was their limited edition Spring scent, Osmanthus Blossom Cologne. The Osmanthus is a kind of flowering plant with many different species, most growing small, white, four-petals flowers. The company describes the scent as "Delicately exotic. This white flower captures the duality of apricot counterpoised with supple leather. Luminous petitgrain and luscious peach and orange flower ripple over voluptuous cashmere wood."

A little overblown? Perhaps. But, I think delicately exotic is an appropriate descriptor. Distinctly floral without being overwhelming, it dries down to a subtle, warm, but still fresh, scent. I don't really detect the leather, and quite frankly, I don't even know what petitgrain is. What I do know is that this smells quite nice. It makes for a lovely spring fragrance on its own, and should pair nicely with many others from the Jo Malone line to carry it into late summer and fall.

Having come into a number of samples with my purchase, I've discovered it pairs stunningly with the Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne, and is also quite nice with English Freesia and Pear. I liked the idea of it with Red Roses, but that scent is so full-bodied that it somewhat overwhelmed the delicate combinations of the first.

Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom Cologne is available for a limited time online and at all Jo Malone counter. It comes in 30ml ($60) and 100ml ($110) sizes.

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