Brand New Jo Malone Marmalade Colognes
Jo Malone presents a new collection of 5 colognes, the Marmalade Collection, with refreshing and optimistic compositions perfect for leisure and warmer days. The collection includes Blackberry & Bay Cologne, Elderflower Cordial Cologne, Orange Peel Cologne, Rose Blush Cologne, and Tangy Rhubarb Cologne.
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne is an Aromatic Fruity fragrance for women and men. This is a new fragrance. Blackberry & Bay Cologne was launched in 2021. The nose behind this fragrance is Fabrice Pellegrin. The top note is Blackberry; the middle note is Bay Leaf; the base note is Cedar. Overall, it is a burst of deep, tart blackberry juice, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods.
Jo Malone London Elderflower Cordial Cologne
Elderflower Cordial Cologne by Jo Malone London is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women and men. This is a new fragrance. Elderflower Cordial Cologne was launched in 2021. The top note is Gooseberry; the middle note is Black Elder; the base note is Dried Fruits.
Upon the first spray, I get a bright, fresh, tart (slightly bitter) opening, reminiscent of under-ripened berries. As it ages on the skin, the soft semi-sweet floral note (elderflower, I assume) begins to blossom, though it never fully veers into the heady floral territory. The dry down produces final notes of dried apricot and dried cranberries which intermingle well with the gorgeously feminine and delicate floral introduced in the mid. This is a lovely, pure, and gently sweet skin scent - nothing to write home about but delightful, nonetheless!
Jo Malone London Orange Peel Cologne
Jo Malone London Orange Peel Cologne is a Citrus Aromatic fragrance for women and men. This is a new fragrance. Orange Peel Cologne was launched in 2021. The top note is Orange Peel; the middle note is Bitter Orange; the base note is Cashmere Wood.
Orange Peel is an interesting mix of the modern, citric-based eau de Cologne style of single-note fragrances, and something more classical and herbaceous, like a fougere. The orange note fails in the same way most orange-based fragrances do - in that it's fleeting. Jo Malone clearly recognizes this and the fragrance is somewhere in between Hermes' and Atelier's approach to trying to make the orange note go further.
There's a use of clean, clear, synthetic woods like Atelier's Orange Sanguine which swiftly move in to create a base, while there's greenery and herbs imitating the original Eau d'Orange Verte. The 'orange' accord is as much bergamot and other citruses than it is orange, and it does use another typical 'trick' to give the sensation of orange lasting longer than a few minutes - namely, by packing in a big, saccharine, artificial sweetness which gives the sensation of something akin to a creamy ice lolly. The impression might be of pulpy, sweet orange to some.
Over time, the thick base comes to the fore, and this turns into a Mediterranean-inspired garden in the home counties: it's Italy via London's exurbia. The heart and base is a lovely scent that is dominated by lavender, while over time clean and green patchouli adds a slightly earthy edge. Pink pepper merges into the bergamot to give the fresh, slightly bitter aroma that will pass for orange peel, but mostly this becomes a lovely, lush, modern lavender scent.
Jo Malone Rose Blush Cologne
Jo Malone Rose Blush Cologne is a Floral fragrance for women and men. This is a new fragrance. Rose Blush Cologne was launched in 2021. The nose behind this fragrance is Nicolas Bonneville. The top note is Basil; the middle note is rose; the base note is Cedar.
Jo Malone Rose Blush is a very pretty, mostly rose and lychee confection. At first spray, it’s all about the fresh and sweet scent of pink roses mixed with the juicy tartness of lychee. There is a hint of green at the opening, but it doesn’t translate as basil to my nose. As the fragrance develops on my skin, the freshness and tartness of the lychee start to mellow out, but the scent itself doesn’t change too much from its opening.
At this point, the rose is joined by the scent of clean, white musk with lychee still present in the background. It fits perfectly in the line’s marmalade collection; there is that jammy sweetness to both the rose and the lychee. Beyond the composition itself, the most notable thing about this to me is that this scent is potent! For a cologne, this is has a strong projection and is quite long-lasting. I put a spray on each arm, and the rose-musk-lychee combo is still going strong seven hours later.
When I first got it though, I have to say I was disappointed. I don’t know if this comes in a JM box when purchased in-store, but I ordered mine from Nordstrom and it just came wrapped in packing paper shipped in a regular brown box. The bottle is cute, but it looks tiny and looks very different next to the other bottles in my wardrobe.
Jo Malone Tangy Rhubarb Cologne
Jo Malone London Tangy Rhubarb Cologne is a Citrus Aromatic fragrance for women and men. This is a new fragrance. Tangy Rhubarb Cologne was launched in 2021. The top note is Rhubarb; the middle note is Orange; the base note is Cedar.
This collection quietly launched and has been out for at least a few weeks now but there wasn't one review in sight so I blind-bought and I'm not disappointed. Having said that, you need to love the linear and light freshness of JM not to be disappointed. But that's exactly what I was hoping for here. The opening smells exactly like tart rhubarb in the best possible way. And while the rhubarb dissipates relatively quickly, it stays fresh and green on my skin. The marmalade collection is apparently meant to pair well with Blackberry & Bay which is my signature, and this one definitely does that. If you're looking for light, fresh, and tart, I'd recommend giving this a try (plus the bottles are adorable).