As a result of losing my sense of smell last year, I’m attracted to smells that stimulate my trigeminal nerve as well as my olfactory one, and, from a perfume point of view, that means spicy fragrances are my friend, so when I heard about Jo Malone London Mimosa and Cardamom fragrance being launched recently, I was intrigued.
The last fragrance I really took to from Jo Malone London was the fruity-herbal Blackberry and Bay – all their releases from 2014 were released when I couldn’t smell, so are a bit “lost” to me right now, but I fully intend to at least properly smell Wood Sage and Sea Salt if it kills me this year. Mimosa and Cardamom is a slight departure for the brand, being slightly less lady-like and inoffensive than some of their releases in recent years – the “English Desserts” collection in particular turned my stomach somewhat I’m afraid, and it’s all the better for it.
It starts with a puff of musky saffron and spicy cardamom before the tickly scent of mimosa kicks in. Later, once the spices have dissipated slightly, it’s a milky tonka and sandalwood, with just a hint of flowers in the background. It makes an excellent house-scent, being warm, welcoming, and … strangely lovable, without being over-sweet.
As a layering fragrance, it works astonishingly well over the Cologne Intense in Tuberose Angelica from the brand too, the clean bubblegum scent of Tuberose adds a depth and narcotic sexiness to the spicy green cardamom of Mimosa & Cardamom.
So nice to see – and smell! – a new direction from Jo Malone London. As we turn into autumn, this is a perfectly-timed release from the brand, too, the spicy warmth makes a great addition to knitwear and tweedy jackets. The candle version in particular is great for lighting on cooler autumn evenings.
The Fine Print: PR Sample