Jo Malone Amber & Lavender

25 Feb

This fragrance is very direct, fresh, and simple. It does not smell like an old man to me at all, but it does have a clean, classic barbershop feel to it.

Amber and Lavender is an attractive man with dark hair right out of the shower, with the present year, time of day, Season, location, all a fuzzy blur around him, almost like the steam from his shower. The timelessly sexy man in the towel is the only thing which remains in sharp focus. It’s a reassuring feeling, as none of that other stuff really matters.

The Amber is very light and dry in this fragrance, and is a mere transparent shadow behind the boldness of the lavender, which is not a true to life lavender, so much as a truly fresh and spicy masculine aftershave. Once the sharpness of the lavender mellows out, the fragrance becomes a spicy, soapy-clean lavender powder.

If my fragrance collection were a box of oil pastels, I could see this rich periwinkle one being very useful from time to time. It has great sillage and longevity.

I think Amber and Lavender is a quintessential example of Jo Malone’s scent-combining concept. Her fragrances are intended to be used as individual elements meant to be layered with others from her line (or anything at all, really) in order for their ultimate potential to be realized.

Want to add a classy lavender masculine element to a fragrance you already have (perhaps the fragrance of your bare skin?), but without all of the potential clutter that comes with it? If so, this is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

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