Am I really going to start this blogpost with the generic: "I was lucky enough to be invited to..." opener? Yes, yes...I really am!
So here we go. I was lucky enough to be invited to a dinner at The Ivy for a preview of the new Jo Malone fragrance - Tuberose Angelica. And when I say lucky I mean several courses of delicious food including an outstanding honeycomb ice cream and many red wines lucky.
(Chris Wyatt/Fragrance Director of Jo Malone and me in Zara as usual)
Since then I have been earnestly testing out the actual fragrance and trying to prepare an articulate statement about it. My initial impression was that it was "very nice" and "very lovely" so it's taken some time to come up with some better adjectives.
But I can't intellectualise it too much - I will leave that to the fragrance geniuses that loiter around fragantica.com etc... - all I will say is that if you love tuberose and white florals in general, you will go nuts for this.
It bursts open, showering the wearer in a blunt freshness and dries down very gently to reveal a soft take on amber and sandalwood.
Overall, this one is subtle - it's neither too nauseatingly floral nor too dark in the undertones. It has a really nice balance to it that I have become slighlty addicted to over the last few weeks. I say this specifically because that initial burst of freshness is the perfect antidote to hot, humid weather. Just like Marc Jacobs Daisy, Michael Kors, Burberry London or even good ole' Jennifer Anniston (all comparable scents in a way) I feel like this is a perfume that makes you feel clean.
Like all things Jo Malone this is designed to harmonise with other scents. The recommended layering option of choice is English Pear and Freesia. The cynic is me rolls her eyes at this suggestion - "let's just buy twice as much, shall we?" and the eager consumer within me laps it up in the hope of securing an alluring, bespoke fragrance.
We'll see whether I conform to their layering guidelines. Right now I am wearing it either solo or boosted with Michael Kors for a white floral slap in the face to anyone who comes in sniffing distance.
I'll move quickly past the price details - the 100ml bottle costs about $145/AED 685 - and as far as I know is available at Jo Malone boutiques.
Now tell me what has been your favourite Jo Malone fragrance that you have ever tested/bought? Is it Pomegranate Noir, Lime Basil & Mandarin or perhaps the more recent Peony and Blush Suede - a perfume that I really want to try after hearing Amelia Liana's rave about it! Let me know - I am open to being enabled :)
See you all very soon!