By Nishita P.
Spring is finally here! I love spring! The smell of fresh crisp air, flowers blooming, and all the wonderful smell is what I can think about during the season. The product I am reviewing, is the one which takes me to the season I love the most. Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia is a blend of fresh crispy-smelling pear, which, by the way smells absolutely juicy, heart note of Freesia, base note of Patchouli and also background of Wild Rose, Amber and woods. Please read on to know more about one of my favorite cologne.
The essence of autumn. The sensuous freshness of just-ripe Pears is wrapped in a bouquet of white Freesias, and mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods. Luscious and golden. Inspired by a walk in an orchard secluded within a walled garden, English Pear and Freesia is an evocative fragrance of delicate contrasts: the crisp skin of the Pear against the succulent juiciness beneath and the clarity of the season’s first mists, meeting and melding with the warmth of golden, dappled sunshine. It wraps the freshness of sweet Pears in a bouquet of white Freesias with a subtle background of scrambling wild roses and skin-warming amber, patchouli and woods.
- Top: King William Pear.
- Middle: Freesia.
- Base: patchouli.
My Experience with Jo Malone London English Pear and Freesia Cologne:
I don’t know what it is, but since a couple of years, I have been gravitating towards crisp, woody/musky and warm-smelling perfumes. Now, when I say crisp/fresh, I clearly do not mean the citrus-y or aqua smells (sorry, no offense to anyone, but I have not been a fan of those). I like something which smells real and natural. Taking a walk in a lush green space on a sunny day and you could smell nothing but the bark of the tree, fresh flowers and the ripe fruits. Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia is the cologne which gives me this feeling.
It is fresh and yet warm in its own way. Jo Malone has colognes which are of such unimaginable notes or combination of notes. This one has always been the winner for me. I can use it no matter what season it is. Once I spray on the cologne, I immediately get the feeling like I sprayed freshly made pear juice on to the skin, but it’s not very sweet or fruity.
The dry down is woody or musky. The scent is not sharp or inoffensive. Since this is a cologne, the matter or amount of concentration of oils in the fragrance is much less compared to the pure perfume or toilette version. I knew about this before I purchased and hence did not have much expectation on the staying power. The sillage is alright. It is a bit disappointing when it comes to the lingering and long lasting part. On warmer/extremely hot days, it tends to fade away faster. I feel the need to re-spray every 3-4 hours. A big tip – I spray few squirts on my hair. Hair is an excellent carrier of fragrance.
The packaging is pretty simple. It’s in a glass bottle. As you can see, I have the 3.4 oz. bottle. It is not travel friendly. If you can risk taking it in the check-in, well and good, but the whole flight, I worry if the bottle is going to break. On the other hand, the 1 oz. bottle is pretty light and travel friendly. One can even keep it in their hand bag for reapplication.
Pros of Jo Malone London English Pear and Freesia Cologne:
- All season wear.
- Decent sillage.
- Unique combination.
- Smell is pleasant and not off putting.
- Big bottle is good value for money.
Cons of Jo Malone London English Pear and Freesia Cologne:
- Longevity – needs re-spray every couple of hours.
Would I Repurchase/Recommend Jo Malone London English Pear and Freesia Cologne?
Yes, it is a beautiful scent. It hasn’t lasted that long on me, but this may last longer on other people. I would still continue to buy this once I finish.
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