Jo Malone • Vanilla Anise • Fragrances

rated 3.6(29 reviews)

Average Rating.3.6
Would buy this product again.62%

rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* alison_k on 9/30/2013 8:39:00 AM more reviews by alison_k

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Blue    

Sweet, creamy and warm, I don't smell and anise at first, just a hint of something floral. Vanilla is present but not the main note here. Anise comes through after a few minutes and turns the fragrance spicy. Then I start to smell jasmine and I am immediately turned off (I don't like jasmine scents).

It is a nice fragrance initially, and I would buy it if it remained the sweet vanilla floral, but the addition of the jasmine changes this fragrance into something nauseating to me.

From Fragrantica: 'Sicilian bergamot accords, along with Tunisian neroli, wild fennel and star anise. A heart blooms with tuberose, violet vanilla orchid, jasmine, frangipani and cloves, while a base incorporates ambergris, vetiver, Bourbon vanilla absolute and tonka. '

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rated 4 of 5 linz75 on 8/13/2013 12:51:00 AM more reviews by linz75

Age: 36-43   Skin: Sensitive, Medium   Hair: Black   Eyes: Brown    

I didn't think Jo Malone perfume would have a good staying power because similar kind of light perfume such as Diptyque, actually very unsatisfying.. yes they have unusual scent, very particular although not that easy to find something that I really like from their wide range. But Jo Malone has better range scent and the most important that with that price, the smell stays quite long.
I love Vanilla Anise, a musky vanilla scent, not so vanilla-ish actually but that's the way I like it since I don't think vanilla smell is better to put in the room than in people.
I also tried a few scent and really like a lot of them.

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rated 5 of 5 ferrery on 8/9/2013 1:27:00 PM more reviews by ferrery

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm   Hair: Black, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

fell in love with this perfume as soon as i tested it at the jo malone counter at holt renfrew (canada). unique and smells pleasant and clean. have received compliments from guys saying i smell nice. lasting power is quite decent!

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* tessture on 6/28/2013 4:44:00 PM more reviews by tessture

Age: 44-55   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

Lightly spiced vanilla with anise overtones. Very pretty, with a watery bergamot feeling first on. Quite sheer, though, for all its complicated build. Nice, but not a personality match for me

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* greenreed on 6/4/2013 9:29:00 PM more reviews by greenreed

Age: 36-43   Skin: Other   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

I am sampling and might purchase. I want to see how it is over a few days.

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* shazzar on 4/4/2013 9:38:00 PM more reviews by shazzar

Age: 36-43   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

The first Jo Malone fragrance I have encountered that I would actually consider purchasing. Surprisingly non-sweet and fresh.

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rated 2 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Nowheregirl on 1/29/2013 10:49:00 AM more reviews by Nowheregirl

Age: 44-55   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Red, Straight, Coarse   Eyes: Blue    

I really want to like Jo Malone fragrances but I just can't. The combinations are unusual, and for the most part they just don't work with my body chemistry. Case in point: Vanilla Anise. Two of my favorite things, vanilla and licorice, in one fragrance. But when I spray it, all I get is straight-up Sambuca. No creamy warmth of sweet vanilla to temper the overpowering anise. And this particular scent is so strong it's cloying. I was disappointed.

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* MaryEllen on 10/5/2012 3:18:00 AM more reviews by MaryEllen

Age: 44-55   Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Brown, Medium   Eyes: Blue    

I was somewhat surprised that I really like this. It's a very comforting scent on me, opening with true notes of non-foody vanilla and star anise/fennel, which lasted quite a long time. The ultimate drydown was a subtle floral (and I usually hate florals) with a hint of anise and amber. It wears close to the body, which I prefer, and has great staying power (on me). This isn't a gourmand or sexy scent--just pleasant and comforting. I can imagine it being a go-to for fall/winter, especially on casual days. I will repurchase.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* myolderbrother on 3/12/2012 2:18:00 PM more reviews by myolderbrother

Age: 36-43   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

My HG! Will buy forever! I've searched high & low for a fragrance that would knock my socks off & was sadly starting to think that there would be many I liked but none that I positively loved... but, alas, I was wrong! This is soft & intimate enough that I can usually smell it, but it doesn't enter the room before I do. This is a scent than seems to be a natural extension of me & that lingers in the minds of those fortunate enough to hug me! I'm sure I'll wear bigger scents for big events, but for everyday life, this is the winner! I absolutely adore Jo's Orange Blossom, but it has no longevity. I know Jo's sales force encourages purchasing many scents to create a more custom blend, but this gorgeous vanilla anise floral is perfect just as it is! Beautiful :)

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rated 5 of 5 GalileosDaughter on 3/10/2012 4:11:00 PM more reviews by GalileosDaughter

Age: 36-43   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm   Hair: Brunette, Wavy   Eyes: Brown    

This is a fun, light, "interesting" vanilla. Not foody or creamy or boozy, just sweet vanilla tempered with anise, with a little orange blossom. The orange blossom gives it a little "lift," but the fragrance is not a floral by any means. The anise is not prominent to me, and it's not like a licorice anise, but more like star anise. It is sheer but wafts beautifully. Alone it's great, but layers well with Orange Blossom.

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