[productsample/affiliatelink] Poppy & Barley made its debut as part of the limited edition English Fields collection but has now arrived as a full size for the first time.

Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne

Poppies signify no particular scent to me so I think of this as a representation of the colours of poppies – those gorgeous yellows, pinks and reds that are so vibrant and pretty and are part of the early summer full of possibility and happiness. I had one single wild poppy in my garden this year – I watched and waited (and waited) for it to bloom (because I can see it from where my desk is) for what seemed like forever and eventually, there it was – sassy and red and full of glory for about three days! Then it was gone. I’ve kept the head to resow the seeds next spring.

Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne

So, to the cologne. It’s sweet, light and blossom-ish – there are rose and violets at the heart with fruit notes up top (blackcurrant but not too strong) – there’s a very airy feel to this that’s earthed with a smattering of blanket-like accents of barley. It’s unusual, but not strange if you understand. I think if you’re in the Jo Malone frame of mind, it’s fairly typical of the brand’s olfactory depictions of familiar landscapes – there’s almost nothing not to like unless you are distinctly averse to florals. Prices start at £48 HERE.

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