Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Episode Eight: It's Time for a Fragrance Review! (or Wood Sage & Sea Salt by Jo Malone)

I want to put this out there - I do not love all Jo Malone products. As a company, I am actually not that fond of Jo Malone (here after abbreviated as JM) but I think there is a good selection of interested scents for both personal and home use, so they are worth talking about.

Today I want to talk about the newest addition to the line of permanent colognes. Because I am tired, let's go.

Wood Sage & Sea Salt

Wood Sage & Sea Salt (here after abbreviated as WSS) is classified by JM as a woody scent, and I agree with this classification. All of the expected notes are very easily distinguished. The top is lightly woodsy with a definite salty tang. Drying down leaves a warm, sweet wood and the clear scent of sage. From Jo Malone's website: Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful.
This is a fresh for those who like woods, and a woody scent for those who like fresh. The combination manages to be both uplifting and grounded. When you take into consideration that all JM scents are designed to be worn layered for a custom combination, you can see how WSS would make an excellent anchor to a scent such as English Pear & Freesia or Nectarine Blossom & Honey - scents that are too light and airy for regular wear alone. WSS itself, however, is deep enough to be worn alone. It joins Pomegranate Noir and White Jasmine & Mint as the JM colognes I own that can fit into that category.
Promotional image from jomalone.com

Wood Sage & Sea Salt comes in two standard sizes, 30mL for $60 US and 100mL for $120 US. This is one of the few JM scent I recommend buying in the larger size, but that is up to you. WSS also comes in home fragrances including 200g Home candle, 250mL Body & Hand Wash and the lovely 175mL Body Crème. If you prefer to shop offline, JM products are available in Jo Malone Boutiques, select Neiman Marcus and select Nordstroms.

Pros: Universally pleasing scent, light sillage.
Cons: As colognes, JM scents do not last a long time without layering. WSS is no exception. It has very short longevity, only about 2-3 hours on my skin.

Rating: ♦♦♦♦ - if you are new to Jo Malone, this is an excellent choice especially if buying "scent" unseen. For seasoned JM fans, this is a good addition to add depth to lighter fruit and floral scents. Buy it here.
 Hope you all enjoyed today's review, and let me know if you'd like to see more Jo Malone posts! I own quite a few colognes and candles, and I would love to do more reviews, or create a post with my top Fragrance Combining™ choices! Pleasant journeys~

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