Not bad--the texture makes it workable. I thought it would be an icy pink from the way it looks but upon putting it on, it's more pigmented. I would have liked the color more if it weren't so blue/purple, very '80's. I think I once had a Wet n'Wild that looked exactly like this.
Fragrances -Jo Malone - Colognes (various fragrances)
dolcevita 12/11/2003 1:56:00 PM
This set is an economical way to try many fragrances for an extended period of time. I hope Jo Malone creates more sets like these with different colognes in them (or with mini colognes of our choosing...now that would be great).
This is a very sharply spicy, synthetic-smelling lavender (not that synthetic is necessarily bad but that's what it smells like to me).
Somehow it reminds me of Eternity. It's fresh in the same sort of way with a synthetic note (not that synthetic is necessarily bad--it's what i smell though). On drydown I find it way too sharply spicy for my taste but I like very sweet fragrances.
It's a typical lemony cologne. For the price I'd rather get 4711 which I think is similar but with the added bonus of other pleasant notes I won't have to pay extra for. Jo Malone Verbenas turns powdery on me as most of her citrus colognes do.
It just doesn't move me to ever sniff it again.
I didn't like it at first because of a strangely cool mint-like top note, but when it dries down, it's quite nice. It has verbena, lime, labender and moss in it, and I find that its drydown's not as spicy as some of the others in the line (but it's still a little spicy). The drydown is definitely a mossy-woody-type smell to my nose, similar to some of the woody Aveda oil smells.
This is a great, fresh, wearable vetiver cologne, one I would buy for someone. A female friend wears this as a signature. On me, it's a darkly musty-spicy (?) sort of mess on drydown but vetiver often turns on me. However, Vetiver is among my favorites in this line and I feel it's definitely worth checking out if you're a woody fragrance lover.
Pungent indeed and quite musky. I could never wear a full spritz of this, but I feel this way about most rose soliflores, especially ones that smell this heavy. I can see diluting this with something else at a 99:1 ratio.
This is like the unsweet version of Honeysuckle and Jasmine. It's a little too powdery for my taste but otherwoise, it's a nice, understated type of floral. I have it in a mini size. I would buy for someone.
This is a great-smelling cologne and I wish I could wear it. It's very fresh with a unique twist, definitely something I'd buy for someone, but on me it's nothing but powder, and a bit sour.
It's beautiful in the bottle but on me it's powder. Most Jo Malone citrus colognes turn powdery on me.
It's pretty good for a tuberose cologne but it can't hold a candle to Santa Maria Novella Tuberosa which is much creamier with a green lift. Jo Malone Tuberose smells candyish in comparison. Still, it does remind me of the tuberose in Fracas and I love Fracas. I own Jo Malone Tuberose and wear it alone or layered with others in the line.
(edited to add) I went to an oil shop here in NY and smelled their "gardenia". Lo and behold it smelled *exactly* like this.
So far, this is the only Jo Malone I can successfully wear as most of the citrusy ones turn powdery and sour on me. This one seems to work, but I usually wear it on one body part and wear something else on another to make it more interesting for my own taste. I like Honeysuckle and Jasmine but sometimes I feel that the drydown is a little too overwhelmingly jasmine, so I have to be in that jasmine mood. If you don't like jasmine, you will not like this. If you don't want flowery, forget it. I love this because I like sweet perfumes.
Aromatics Elixir is the ice queen of bombshells in my mind; sophisticated, urbane, unfussy but totally chic. I'm sure I'll be in the minority on this but Aromatics Elixir is an unconventional perfume anyway--always has been off the beaten path and nowadays it's absolutely more a cult favorite than a pop fragrance, but it has its diehard fans of which I'm one. Aromatics Elixir is one of very few chypres I like, and I love this one enough to be an all-time favorite: I've read it being described as "thrillingly strict and chilly, like plunging through a ferny forest" which I can relate to if only in my mind! In my own words, Aromatics Elixir is rosy but unsweet, herbaceously aromatic and voluptuous but in a controlled, brainy sort of way. It also has a vintage-type smell for those of you who don't like to smell retro. This is one classic perfume I won't ever be without. There's only one strength in this and it's STRONG. One spritz is too much--go lightly. ;-)