It’s been a long time since I’ve been bothered about Valentine’s Day, although I guess it’s a good excuse for some Steak followed by chocolate pudding. I’ve stopped receiving stuffed teddies a long time ago, but if me and the Mr do gift each other, it’s usually something small but good quality, something that’s a nice treat that we may not have bought for ourselves.
Fragrance is something Mr C never buys for himself. He’s a practical man, he’s never going to be the sort to spend hours buying clothes or pampering type products for himself. Like a lot of men, he will just use a random cream that is lying around and he will use whatever scent he was gifted at Christmas that year….I think a lot of men essentially wear whatever scent their missus buys for them, provided it’s not one they despise (because some idiot in the office wears it; this happened when I bought him Marc Jacobs’ BANG once).
What I am saying is; this Valentine’s Day, you can do something for your other half, and for the public in general who want so smell nice things when your man walks past; there’s only so much Cool Water one can take.
It’s Jo Malone!
Not a conspiracy that I have 3 Jo Malone fragrances, I swear. It just worked out that way. Although all three here I think are a perfect fit for a man, they are totally wearable by ladies too and I for one most certainly wear them because I enjoy the cleaness of the scents. So I will divide these scents and so we can take a closer look;
A Citrus and Fresh Scent
Grapefruit Cologne is a Citrus based cologne, that I find quite fresh and a little spicy, almost bitter like the taste you get in your mouth when you accidentally bite orange peel because your mum cut the skin into a wedge and made you bite in to it to make fake teeth…(watch The Godfather Part 2 if you don’t know what I mean). With the zest is a woody base, something spicy and almost minty. It doesn’t smell like fresh grapefruit (in the way that Red Roses to me has this freshness, like squeezed petals in the hand), it’s more of a developed citrus, and the initial bitter seems to fade in to a warm and comforting scent once it has settled down on the skin.
I totally forgot but my wedding scent was Orange Blossom with a little spritz of Grapefruit to liven it up! So this scent is simple but a nice ‘blender’ cologne, if you want to add something zesty to enliven and refresh. It does not smell like cheap grapefruit-orange type scents that are one note, and you have to expect the minty-spicy-bitter with this scent, if you want something that just smells like a grapefruit then…well try this – it offers more depth and would suit someone younger or older.
It’d also make a nice spring and summer scent, and a clean every day, go to work scent too.
Top Note: Grapefruit
Heart Note: Rosemary
Base Note: Moss
A Woody and Smoky Scent
Incense and Cedrat is one of the Cologne Intense fragrances which come in the dark blue bottles and I adore them. Some of them are such interesting combinations (the newest Cologne Intense is called Orris and Sandalwood, and I was like…WHAT on earth would that smell like?!).
Incense and Cedrat is interesting. I don’t have anything else like it. The Cedrat is a Citron fruit that resembles a lemon (I believe). Incense is…well you know, but god knows they can smell of anything, from ashes to apples.
At first pump, for me there is almost a alcoholic, whiskey, smokey burning scent…whiskey and leather…it’s deep, quite strong and I have to let it settle for a moment before I can get closer for a smell. Then it is incense, oh yes it is. I pick that up much more than I do citrus, having said that, if it were pure incense it would probably be too powdery, too chalky.
The cedrat appears after slightly longer wear for me, like a layer slowly appearing although it’s never like a super sharp lemon, it’s more mellow than that. Can I almost pick out the streets of Hong Kong with is endless burning incense? Yes I can. Flashes of Asia pop in to my head and yet I wouldn’t say it is an Oriental scent, it reminds me more of spice markets, perhaps the odd temple.
This is the kind of scent that I wouldn’t found to rich when I was younger, but now I can really appreciate the richness and smoky depth of this. It’s unexpected in a way, because it’s unashamedly rich and almost buttery-smokey, it’s not like many other common scents on the market for men at all. I think a guy with a big beard would smell good with this. Don’t ask me why. I just think this would go with a big beard.
I think this can be worn everyday but just one spritz, also great for evenings out and special occasions.
Top Note: Cedrat
Heart Note: Vetyver
Base Note: Incense
The Marine Scent
Jo Malone doesn’t do the Oceanic note, who can blame them, but they did make Wood Sage and Sea Salt – the only scent that Mr C has gone on and on and on and on about as he wanted it as a gift after getting spritzed by a shop assistant.
Sea Salt and Wood Sage is so unique and elegant. It is one of my favourites and also Mr C’s. The fragrance is supposed to evoke the sense of nature, the sea side, by capturing the scent of salt, ambrette seed and grapefruit.
It wasn’t easy for me to pin point the elements because how often do you get sea salt as a note in fragrance any way? But yes, yes, yes it is there. I love salt. That helps. But it isn’t just like salt…for me the grapefruit and ambrette…the musky and floral scent is quite strong at first. I had to wait for the saltiness to appear. Once settled, the saltiness remains and an almost herbal edge which makes it a little feminine, I think.
It doesn’t smell like a day at the beach when it is SUNNY. This is not club tropicana. This smells like the English beach, a pretty one when it is slightly windy, when the sand is a bit gritty, not soft, on those days you were determined to go to the beach even though the water is a little too active to dip your toes in to. It smells very English to me but of course I haven’t been to that many international beaches so maybe it smells like them too (if anyone wants to send me to a few, I’m game).
If you are dead set on that bottle of Cool Water, perhaps check out this one instead as a fresher, modern, crisp take. Definitely fresh enough to wear every day, at work etc.
Top Note: Ambrette Seeds
Heart Note: Sea Salt
Base Note: Sage
The Colognes come in 30ml (£42) or 100ml (£85) sizes, but also as candles, body oils, body cremes etc. The body oil (£28) could be a great alternative if you aren’t sure about buying a full sized fragrance.
The Cologne Intense comes in 100ml only (£105). There are Jo Malone Counters in some Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, as well as the stand alone store in London and also online – THEY HAVE AN ENGRAVING SERVICE. 30ml, 100ml, Bath Oils, Candles can all be engraved for £15 which I think is such a lovely touch.