I typically dislike reviewing fragrance since it’s such a personal product. One woman’s holy grail makes another woman run from the offensive scent.
I consider myself a very scent-oriented person. I grew up with a stay-at-home mother who filled the house everyday with wonderful scents! In the morning it was the scent of freshly washed clothes and in the afternoon it was the scent of her culinary delights. I still remember coming home from school and I would immediately know each and every day what she was making for dinner based upon the what I smelled when I walked through the door.
As an adult, I’m drawn to fresh, clean scents. I love to throw open all of the windows in my home and air out any unpleasantness. I prefer Lysol to clean the air as opposed to an air freshener to mask it. I love the smell of laundry detergent and Downey! When I fold clothes, I frequently hold them up to my face to breath in the freshness!
For fragrance, I’m typically drawn to scents that fall into either one or many of the following categories: clean, fresh, fruity, floral. I don’t care for the smell of sugar or baked goods, “green” scents such as grass, musk or powdery scents. As a result, I have a VERY difficult time finding fall/winter appropriate fragrances. I do have two fragrances that probably fall into the cooler weather category of fragrances: St. John and Chloe.
I recently set out to find a new fall/winter scent and decided the Bond No 9 counter at my local Saks would be a good place to start. They were having an event that day and with any two Bond No 9 purchases, they were gifting a free refill and the creator was there to sign the bottle personally. While I have a couple of BN9 fragrances that I like and I discovered a few more that I liked, they all fell into the clean/fresh/fruity/floral category. Nothing met my needs.
From there I navigated over to the Kilian counter. I found absolutely nothing from this line that I liked, but the kind SA sent me home with a pile of samples with the following instruction: “Our fragrances are so complex you really must wear them away from the confusion of the store to appreciate them.” She is right – these are very complex and hard for me to identify. Can’t say I’m a fan of these!
I eventually ended up at the Jo Malone counter, a line which carries many of my favorites. The SA was extremely helpful and eventually guided me to English Pear & Freesia. The name alone evokes a sunny spring day and a beautiful meadow filled with fragrant freesias! How can this be my fall/winter fragrance?? She encouraged me to give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised! The Jo Malone site gives the following description for this scent: English Pear & Freesia, a scent that is inspired by a walk in an orchard and captures the luscious scent of just-ripe pears, cooled by the autumn air, ready to twist free from the tree. Experience the surprising, sensuous freshness of sweet pears, wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, on a subtle background of scrambling wild roses and skin-warming amber, patchouli and woods.
Aha! The amber, patchouli and woods (all elements that I typically dislike) were just enough to warm up the pear and freesias to make it perfectly seasonal, but still remain within the categories that I’m drawn to. Having worn this a few times now, I do have to admit that this is one strong fragrance. It’s better lightly spritzed or spritzed in the air as you walk through. It has a nice, soft dry-down and when applied lightly, leaves me feeling fresh and clean, with a warm subtle scent of the season.
If you are unfamiliar with Jo Malone fragrances, I highly suggest you give them a try. All of their scents are unisex, but some are clearly more fitting for a male than a female. They are also designed to layer with other scents within the Jo Malone line. For example, the English Pear and Freesia is said to pair well with Pomegranate Noir, Nectarine Blossom & Honey and Vetyver. I own Nectarine Blossom and Honey and my husband owns Vetyver. The next time I’m feeling sassy and adventurous, I will attempt to layer this with our respective Jo Malone fragrances.
30ml bottles of all Jo Malone fragrances retail for $55USD. 100ml bottles retail for $110USD.
Written by Patty Newell