Jo Malone iris and white musk intense


5 reviews

60% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$$


on 9/12/2014 7:38:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Grey

My very first Jo Malone purchase! I thought the day would never come that I find a JM that I actually like enough to buy. The counter is so enticing with its clean design and multiple fragrances, and for years I would occasionally look at the bottles, I kept sniffing various of their offerings. I found some of them unremarkable, some "quite nice" but none stood out as being remotely interesting for me to consider a purchase. I have always had a soft spot for white musk fragrances, from Clair de Musc to the different creations by Narciso Rodriguez. Iris and White Musk is a rich, warm fragrance and the musk note reminds me quite a bit of the Original Kiehl's No. 1 musk. There is some resemblance to Clair de Musc, but I find it less pronounced. I also have Prada's Infusion d'Iris, but I find it quite different from Iris and White Musk, and quite frankly, the Iris note is not very strong here. Iris and White Musk Intense Cologne is soft and warm without being overpowering or animalic, yet it has decent staying power. It will be a great fragrance for fall and winter. So I could finally take home one of those nice bottles. $155 for 3.4 oz spray bottle.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 3/15/2014 12:26:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I only tried this in store and am writing this review as the naysayer.

It is not that interesting and not worth the money. It lacks balance and is not as soft or as rounded as I expected. I can certainly pick out the musk and iris, but it's as if they were forced to inhabit the same bottle rather than coming together. Some might like that clarity though.

It's not a carroty iris, but powdery and rather dry. Totally suitable for a man.

Clair de musc is better and so is prada infusion d'iris for less

on 5/8/2013 2:30:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Similar to Clair de Musc but without animallic notes.
Long lasting with close to skin sillage.

on 11/15/2012 10:41:00 AM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

My review won't be as interesting as the previous; she says it much better than I can but yes, this is truly a departure from the 'usual' JM fragrances that I've sampled. It is a beautiful fall/winter scent. What I really love is that it doesn't scent the room - it stays close to you and lasts for hours. And unlike some of her scents that you can spritz a few times, this is to be used sparingly. Highly recommend!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 2/12/2011 11:18:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

What the....??? This is a Jo Malone fragrance???? This is amazing! I am perplexed by my fascination with Jo Malone fragrances despite not liking hardly any of them. Nevetheless I have three bottles. Something about the packaging, the purity of the scents, their inattention to seduction, the liquid scented embodiment of Victoria magazine where nothing bad can ever happen to you. Then there is Iris and White Musk. Why did I buy it? Who knows. I wanted a white soapy scent and iris and/or white musk in the name usually get one there. Given the price, I assume the perfumer (Giacobatti?) may have swayed me. I expected a soft lathery soapy musk with the drift of strangeness I associate with iris. What I got was as far removed from Jo Malone as a pair of crotchless panties. The OTHER side of proper.This is my lost love Kiehls musk (pre-L'oreal, before they washed it down and made it antiseptic), in all its human warmth, clean only in the opening, drying down to lets be blunt, musk with its share of skank. It is old style Kiehls tinted a shade deeper, even, edging towards.....yes. Yes, its true. Koublai Khan. I do not get soap or shrill or sweet or fresh. No fruits, no greenery. Just awesome, amazing, true musk that just manages to cut off before it edges over into something disturbing. I liked MKK in the far drydown, this is probably similar to that, without the hilariously horrifying introduction. It lasts forever, but stays relatively close to the skin. I had remarkably positive interaction with people while wearing old Kiehls so I am curious to see if this scent reproduces that effect. It is amazing to me that this is Jo Malone. It is not what I expected nor particularly what I wanted but sometimes you get what you need, right? I dont know if this is for Jo Malone fans but then again, I am a Jo Malone fan despite it being totally contrary to my usual aesthetic. A total shock and delight. Bottle is gorgeous by the way.

18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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