At the Fragrance Guide, we learned that what people loved most about the Jo Malone lines of perfumes is how quintessentially British it is. It’s tough for companies to figure out what essences to put together in order to create a signature scent. With Jo Malone, on the other hand, all of her fragrances have simple scent profiles, that tend to concentrate on just a single main scent or cluster of two or three more of them, without overdoing it.
Over time, there’ve been over 125 or so perfumes from this brand. To help you guys out, we’ve reviewed some of the best ones available right now, so you can find your signature scent.
Best Jo Malone Fragrance
Jo Malone London Red Roses
This perfume is one of the earlier releases, launched way back in 2001. This EDP has a wonderful rose aroma to it, but with a difference. It supposed to be very unlike those super stuffy rose fragrances that you might recall your grandmother wearing, but Red Roses does draw inspiration from those times. Only in this EDP, you do get a pronounced rose accord from it, but it is also accompanied with some very subtle base and top notes.
Different take of the traditional old fashioned rose perfumes, unique supplement accords, versatile, good longevity
About those base notes, Red Roses includes a violet floral scent mixed up with some lemon citrus notes. So it doesn’t get all flowery like that can be a bit too cloying. We think that the addition of the citrus breaks up the floral foreground and makes this perfect for summer.
Some people who have used this felt that it was too mild and made up for that with a few sprays throughout the day. Remember, you can’t exactly do this with typical ‘all florals, all rose’ scents, but you can with Red Roses. The heart does, however, begin on these powerful rose notes, but they gradually fade away. At this point, we noticed mild notes of beeswax as well.
Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne
The whole freesia, pear with floral accords has been done before by many brands looking to create a fresh, summer garden scent profile. But no one has come close to perfecting it the way Jo Malone has. The secret lies in the simplicity of things, making this EDP a definitive, posh British scent. The top notes are distinctlymelon, English pears, while the heart notes are English roses and freesia. Amber, musk, patchouli, and rhubarb are evident once the base notes come into play.
Elegant sophisticated fruit-flower profile, sublime and light, good for very summer days
More freesia than there is pear, mild sillage
We feel that this is the scent that anyone who isn’t inclined to using fruits scents would like. And it is one of those pleasant, happy and sublime scents that does have its own level of complexity to it but that stays in the background. We think that this would be perfect for those who aren’t used to wearing perfumes a lot. We got more of a fresh, dewy bouquet of flowers smell but barely any pear.
The floral notes are airy, spicy and light and throughout the day transforms into this more pronounced delicate rose. The dry down does last you a while.
Jo Malone Frangipani Flower Cologne Limited Edition
The Limited Edition EDP from Jo Malone is intended to be a floral fragrance and emphasizes the sweet essences of the Frangipani flower. It’s new and had been released earlier in 2019, with top notes that comprise of solar notes and lemon. The floral notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang, and frangipani, while the dry down is filled with benzoin and sandalwood.
unisex, citrus opening, refreshing
strong zesty opening, mild sillage
This feels more like the Singapore Frangipani flowers as it doesn’t have that balmy suntan lotion like scent we’re used to. And that’s the beauty of this Jo Malone Limited Edition scent, it fresh, light and very different from the heavy frangipani scent, with a subtle creaminess too.
The lemon, jasmine gives it that zesty opening and makes it unique from the stereotype floral scents we’re used to. The jasmine is light but doesn’t last
Jo Malone Nettle & Wild Achillea Cologne
This is another limited edition fragrance from Jo Malone is meant to be a floral-green fragrance for men and women. Also launched in 2019, the perfume is a blend of white musk, nettle, bergamot, and yarrow.
light, green and floral
lemon sourness, mild sillage, yarrow notes are practically invisible
This fragrance is part of a limited edition and this is by far the best out of all of them. It reminds us of Givenchy’s Extravagance and is salty in a good herbal way, with prominent notes of achillea and nettle.
Less is definitely more when it comes to this scent, with just a handful of notes making this EDP an interesting one. It has that spring brightness without that typical burst of floral notes.
Jo Malone Willow& Amber Cologne Limited Edition
This Willow and Amber scent is part of that series we mentioned previously and is a woody, oriental offering.It features vetiver, white willow, pink pepper,amber, vanilla, and cashmere wood.This bright, invigorating mix of the pink pepper and bergamot is supposed to blossom into a translucent veil of muted, grassy and sweet vetiver and woods. You enjoy this transparent scented cover for hours before it comes to a stop on a soft, green-golden amber.
Simple oriental-woody profile, better for summer
moderate longevity, mild sillage
The cashmere wood, vetiver, and white willow are the most dominant notes here, but we like how the white willow softens the vetiver to give it that lemony vibe. As for the dry down, its this fresh, gentle woody note. As with all Jo Malone fragrances, this one also has a soft, mediumsillage with moderate longevity. You can use it to layer it with something like cedarwood or to enhance the freshness.
The lemon note is sweet, refreshing and youthful, but the amber is barely noticeable at first and requires time to appear. It is weak though and plays out better as a skin scent.
Jo Malone Lilly of the Valley EDP
Price: $ 76.50
Lily of the Valley is part of an older collection launched back in 2015. Each bottle in this series is an ode to a different era in British history. This one has been inspired by the Georgian era characterized by the tenderness of pastels, green landscapes, and fences covered in ivy. It starts out on pink grapefruit, green ivy, black currant. The delicate lily of the valley and narcissus from the heart, while it ends on a mix of beeswax, white musk, and amber.
excellent ivy and lily of the valley freshness
powdery, soapy dry down
This lily of the valley is tinged with the freshness of ivy leaves. It has a powdery finish that is really a bit too mild. It is a bit odd in the way it opens up, with this green, minty and ivy note. As it gradually gets softer, you begin to get the lily of the valley, grapefruit and finally, the dry down is beeswax, amber, musk and is honey-waxy throughout.
There is a citrusy opening, the LOTV profile lasts for a very long time before and the musk warms up the amber base.