[sample/affiliate] This seems to me to be a perfect transition from the heavy blanket of winter into lighter days of spring. Although we have a way to go before we see winter off, come the new year I never feel quite so much for the deeper fragrances that seemed so right for December.
It is a ‘warm’ fragrance despite the opening of grapefruit tea giving it a fresher feel than you might expect. There’s a cardamom note that personally I don’t find strong because it blends so well into the creaminess of the vanilla. I think I have to adjust my stance on vanilla when it comes to fragrance – I’ve always said I don’t like it and after years of writing things like, ‘despite the presence of vanilla…’ and ‘surprised to find I like the vanilla aspect…’ I think I do. What I really don’t like is vanilla’s synthetic counterpart, ethyl maltol, that smells of sickly cake. Although I do love a cake. I could meet myself backwards trying to work out why I don’t like the smell of something but I do like the taste and still have no real conclusion so I won’t.
After a time, there’s a smoky edge to this cologne that settles to an earthy impression. The grapefruit stays present throughout which is why I suggest that it’s part winter, part spring – it’s very recognisable as a Jo Malone fragrance so if you like the brand vibe you will probably be immediately at home with this. It’s familiar. The cologne intense is £78 for 50ml and £122 for 100ml HERE, non affiliate HERE.
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