I can’t profess to be a fragrance expert, but with the nose training challenge I have started doing (smelling 2 new scents every morning and making notes), my sense of smell is definitely getting better. I know this because when I check my notes against the actual descriptions of the scent, I am getting more and more accurate! But I digress.
With my new found passion for scents, I have suddenly realised what I do like, and I do really, truly like Jo Malone’s Saffron Cologne Intense. This is my first ‘Intense’ cologne – you’ll notice this range comes in the dark bottles.
NOTE: It is Christmas next week. Probably to late for you to order online, but if you have a Jo Malone counter near you, go and have a look – because if you buy Chanel No. 5 every single year for your missus, she’s probably sick of it and wants you to get her something new
Anyway, – Saffron Cologne Intense.
How often do any of us smell Saffron. I was thinking about this, and when I think of Saffron, I think of those thin red shards of spice that you get wrapped in plastic in a jar from the Supermarket. And you get such a small amount for the money because Saffron is so expensive, so luxurious that most people never really get to dig their head into a pile of saffron and take a deep whiff…
So in this scent we have the top note of Incense (balsamic), the heart note of Saffron, which is spicy and has a leather characteristic and a base note of blond wood, which is creamy and woody.
I didn’t know if I would like this (would I smell like a Paella?), but I actually tested 5 intense scents at once and after wearing them for the day, I realised the one that lingered in my memory was Saffron. It’s a grown up spicy and warming scent which is unisex without being overly masculine or feminine – it smells genderless to me, which is quite unusual. I can spray this on Mr C and it smells manly and sexy, but without being too obvious or ‘leathery’ although I like the leather note, I don’t want a scent to smell like my handbag. If I smell it on myself, then I pick out it’s warmness, a touch of floral and the woody note.
It doesn’t, to me, smell too ‘Incensey’, it doesn’t smell like a hippie party, it’s more elegant than that. I am trying to think if it smells like a spice market and it doesn’t – I have another scent I need to review which totally smells like a spice market but I find Saffron more wearable than that – so is it really ‘intense’? Actually I don’t think so, I think it’s quite soft, which I personally like.
After this fragrance has dried down on the skin, it smells like something you’ve worn all day already. I feel like you have to come closer, come hither to smell this on someone – it’s quite a personal scent in that way, and at the price it’s at, I wouldn’t douse myself in it (like how the ladies who scramble all over the Boots fragrance testers do!) anyway. Plus it means only people I like or get close to get a whiff…that’s good. I like my personal space.
Overall, it’s very very comforting, and quite different to any of my other Jo Malone scents I own. Warm, spicy, sexy, comforting, unisex…I feel like I am growing up in my fragrance life, and I like it!
This costs (all Intense scents come in 100ml only). I want to find another scent to combine with this!