October 1st, 2018
Fall is upon us again, and in many ways, it is my favorite season of the year. I love the cooler climate combining with a certain richness in the air to emit a beguiling fragrance. Last year, Jo Malone London took us deep into the English forest; and this time around we are taking a walk through the woodlands as evening falls… twining between trees and shrubs, honeysuckle flourishes. Its red tinted blooms and fruits emitting a sweet, heady scent that changes throughout the day.
In order to fully capture the beautiful progression of the honeysuckle, Jo Malone London worked with Master Perfumer Anne Flipo, to study the composition using headspace technology. The result is an enticing floral chypre that feels like a familiar embrace at first whiff, and quickly turns addictive. Davana on the top shifts according to individuals’ skin, and on me, it has a sweet almost-candy-like quality. It lifts the honeysuckle, but the fragrance settles down quickly to a warm mossy tone. Jo Malone London Honeysuckle and Davana is evocative of an English country estate that has been warmed by sun, radiant with the last rays of the day, verdant earth and lush florals.
For a cologne, Jo Malone London Honeysuckle and Davana has impressive sillage and longevity, lasting well through the day whereas most other colognes typically fade out after the 4-hour mark on me. I typically find Jo Malone London fragrances to be rather one-note which makes layering fun and almost a must for me. But this new Honeysuckle and Davana is so well balanced and alluringly complex that I find it most elegant to wear on its own. Interestingly, Jo Malone London recommends pairing it with Oud & Bergamot for the gents, and Peony & Blush Suede for the ladies. Personally, I like adding a dash of Grapefruit or English Pear & Freesia for a zestier pickup.
This post featured a product that was generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.