Jo Malone Rose Water & Vanilla Cologne


So here is the story:

I have followed Jo Malone for about a decade - pre-Lauder buyout. I would describe myself as interested by the concept of her brand but never tempted enough by any of the scents.

Last week whilst killing time in Gatwick North I popped into the shop. I am a HUGE fan of the Sweet Amber and Orange candle so sniffed that...and then spied three new additions to the Malone collection towards the back of the store.

Housed in black glass they immediately hinted at a deeper and more sensual offering - and that's exactly what they are.

Called the Cologne Intense range, I am told that they were originally aimed at the lucrative Middle Eastern market - but due to popularity have extended everywhere else and have now become a permanent fixture in store.

I am well out of the loop - they were launched in 2010.

There are 4 different scents in total - although Oud Bergamot (which I am EXTREMELY KEEN to try as a huge fan of both Oud and Bergamot and is meant to be quite similar to Tom Ford's Azure Lime) was completely sold out did not even have a tester on show - and they all seem lovely.

What I loved about all of them was the juxtaposition. There is a hint of freshness in the likes of Irish and White Musk but it also comes with a deliciously long-lasting base that brings you to a more exotic place - well more exotic than Gatwick, that's for sure :)

However, it was the Rose Water and Vanilla that blew me away.

I read the description and honestly thought - meh: notes I already have - this would be one of Malone's weak and slightly generic scents. But no. I absolutely frigging love it. I want to buy candles, body lotions, bath oils....I want to enveloped in this scent. I am 100% out of control.

It's creamy (thanks to the vanilla), with a sweetness of the rose that comes through immediately upon application...but what elevates it, and makes it unique is the warmth....it's just so comforting and even Malone's site describes it as "addictive". Plus, in its favour, it lasts ALL DAY...of course it evolves over time but I can still detect it's notes on the day's clothes far into the evening.

I have tried something like this before - Isabey's Fleur Nocturne - and was similarly bewitched by that one but it's super pricey and a little more pure floral than Malone's which manages to have a nice balance with slightly deeper notes.

I paid about £60ish for 100ml - they are normally £80. I know that's a lot for perfume but I URGE you to head to a shop and try them for yourself. This is important because:

a) I want to know what you think about the range; and
b) They smell TOTALLY different on different people. I have obviously been boring those near me with this perfume and sprayed on two friends - male and female - the notes came out totally different. In fact on the man friend it was deep incense and pretty sexy.

Here's the link if you want to find out more:

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Okay, I will shut up now :) 

35 comments:

  1. This sounds like my perfect perfume, and now we have a Jo Malone 'shop' in Fenwicks in Newcastle, I might have to get it!

    My mum and I went for one of their hand & arm massages for her birthday, and although the scents were so lovely at first, they wore off quick! but they do mix really well so I wonder how this would mix with one of the other scents too xxx

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  2. @Simone - i have heard that they are not in all stores but definitely have a look :) and have also heard it's good for layering! good idea ;)

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  3. OMG !! Rose water + Vanilla = Heaven :)
    I love the smell of both and I am going to search for this one !! I don't own any Jo Malone perfume..NOT YET :D But I think I shall not pass on this one Laura :) Thanks again and as usual your review about it is working xx

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  4. added to my list to check out :)

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  5. Oh Laura, you may have just described my perfect scent...I now have to investigate, I hope you're proud of yourself! x

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  6. P.S. I love the bottle too.. CLASSY !

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  7. hi Laura! I envy people that can describe a fragrance so well, like you did; fantastic! I could never:)lol.Definitely makes me want to try it! xxx♥, Karine.

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  8. haha i just love that you get so esxited about perfume :) i will try it as soon as i can, jo malone is hard to find in spain but i am visiting the UK pretty soon. a brand that intrigues me a lot as well is serge lutens, any recs? x

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  9. I have never heard anyone talk/write so passionately about perfume :)
    It's incredibly difficult, in my opinion anyway, to describe scents but you do it magnificently!

    Thank you for this post

    xoxo

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  10. I agree with karine!! It's 'wooo' or 'yuck' with me - quite literally - as I overwhelm my olfactory nerves with a million smells in one go!!! But I now 'neeeed' to get a whiff of this one, you enabler you!!!

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  11. Ps, absolutely delighted you are back with us blogging, although my visa groans!! I discovered buynowbloglater on the Sunday we all rediscovered you, and it could not have come on a better day :)
    Also you recommended chanel lippy in 'chance' to me on twitter and it's love 

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  12. I really want to try some Jo Malone, I first saw her perfumes at Saks in Saudi and have been, like you say, intrigued but I have never purchased! I think I'd like some of her scents although I'm not really "in to" perfumes, I usually stick to Chanel.

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  13. Im going to check this out when I go to gatwick in a couple of weeks! xx

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  14. I have yet to try any of the Jo Malone colognes, I have to pop into a place that carries them and give them a whiff! Rose water vanilla seems right up my alley :)


    simplyyoursamb.blogspot.com

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  15. Ah...I love anything rose so may just well be a sucker for this. The vanilla isn't too sickly sweet is it?

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  16. Laura, you are like a connoisseur of scents! Always love your recommendations :) x

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  17. sounds gorgeous! I love Orange Blossom, which also smells different on different people. I'm buying that in 3 weeks' time along with a Vintage Gardenia candle. Thanks to you, I shall also be giving this a sniff/dousing myself ;)

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  18. I need to try me some Jo Malone cologne!

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  19. I love Jo Malone and have purchased perfumes like blue agava and cacao and grapefruit..I will try this tho I m not keen on rosey smells..JM are always complicated and distinctive smells and may well like it

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  20. wow my mom has the Rose Water & Vanilla
    Cologne, I never saw anyone talk about this line ,you explain the scents in a way I feel like smelling it :) loved this post xoxo love the smell on me the scent of rose is a little strong but on my mom is just perfect . now I need to go and smell that Oud & Bergamot Cologne bc of this post !!! :) have a great day hon ..

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  21. Oh God, I just recently bought 2 Malone scents from the Tea collection they had and have 2 from the regular line as well...must.resist.save.money...

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  22. Wow, you describe scent like nobody's business! Must.have.a.sniff...that's all I'm saying! And since this is my first comment I leave you in years, I say 'Welcome back'!!! xoxo

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  23. I like some of her scents, especially these but my main problem with the brand is the fact that her perfumes are mainly Colognes, whereas I like to wear Eau de Parfum for extra intensity and lasting power through the day especially since scents wear off quickly on me (not a fan of lugging huge bottles around either). For this reason, I always thought the range was overrpriced and could always find better value elsewhere :)

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  24. Love the photo on the beach! I bought my first Jo Malone fragrance at the weekend, Dark Amber and Ginger Lily. I love it although I can't quite believe I spent so much on a perfume...

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  25. This looks amazing - really want to try this!

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  26. Sounds amazing. I'm a big fan of anything with rose in it. It kind of sounds like it would be too sweet for me though. Probably one that's best to try out first!

    Sorcha x
    Bonfire Brunette

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  27. What a great combo of scents, I have to hunt this one down for a whiff!

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  28. our taste on fragrance is almost same, (i was introduced to tom ford and Matthew Williamson and Michael kors by you and absolutely in love with all of them) so i have ordered it straight away on ebay! cant wait to receive it! xxx

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  29. laura stop doing this to us! you keep making me spend more money :) *adds to mental shopping list* must sniff this out when i get a chance - sounds pretty special!

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  30. I love all of the new Jo Malone scents but I wish they would come in the 30ml bottles as I like to carry them in my handbag and the large ones are not so travel friendly.
    Have you tried the Dark Amber & Ginger Lily, it's amazing!

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  31. Hey Laura,

    my comment is not specifically about this post but is intended to be a general comment. I was a dedicated follower of your old blog and YT and now am a happy follower of your new blog. I think your insight and opinions are spot on and I am happy you're blogging again!!

    Your fan,

    Marie

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  32. My phone twitter application was broken for months, and I can't believe it took me this long to see that you had a new blog. Well I'm glad you're blogging again and about something that you're passionate and knowledgeable/wise in. I really value your opinion, and love your style.Your blog is great, and you're looking better than ever! =)

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  33. It will last all day, you only need spray in the morning and it develps throughout the day.it reminds me of toasting marshmallows round a bonfire.i bought it yesterday and cant put it down. I bought the red roses lotion to layer but its not very appropriate, too strong i think.

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  34. I reckon it would go nice with pomegranate noir lotion...

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  35. Sounds interesting! Added this to my list for the check out. :)

    pheromone cologne

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