Jo Malone Sugar & Spice Collection: Lemon Tart

8 Mar

The Lemon in this Jo Malone is not cleaning fluid to me, but it is also not exceptional (or edible), especially in the opening. The dry down is slightly more sweet and pleasant. I don’t really get anything light, fluffy or gourmand in this fragrance. I used to work in a bakery that made lemon tarts, and I have eaten many variations on the lemon tart theme from different places. This is NOT a true to life lemon tart. It IS a strong, linear, slightly artificial lemon scent.

If I were going to smell from a linear lemony citrus, I would choose the original Lemon Verbena by L’Occitane over this in a heartbeat. Lemon Verbena smells exactly like a true to life lemon ice. It is so fresh, uplifting, and well… edible.

I would like to say I expected more from Jo Malone since I am a loyal fan, but in the past few years, she has had a few more misses than hits. I am still looking forward to trying the rest of this collection. Maybe I’ll be surprised.

 

Update:
So now that I have been sitting in a cloud of “Lemon Tart” for some time, I am really beginning to want to eat one. Whether that is a testament to the power of this fragrance, or because I am writing this before breakfast is impossible to say. However, the reality is undeniable: now I seriously want a lemon tart. If you already want a lemon tart, smelling anything lemony is going to make you want one more.

Second Update:
I went out and ate a lemon tart. Then I returned to my home and re-applied Jo Malone’s Lemon Tart, which had long since disappeared from my skin (projection and longevity are both very low). On re-application, I once again experienced that strong, linear lemon from before. It’s been confirmed: JM’s Lemon Tart does not resemble a true to life lemon tart. It’s lemon alright, and it is rather tart, but the pastry aspect of the composition is totally lost on me. Fingers still crossed for the rest of this collection.

Third Update:
Revisited Lemon Tart after a week or so of not wearing, and was surprised by how distinct it is. It’s still that same linear lemon note, but in experiencing it again, I now see it as “Jo Malone Does Lemon”. The JM watermark is unquestionably present in the DNA of this simple fragrance, and for that, it deserves consideration. If you were sad that you missed out on the Lemon from the Tea Series and are enamored with all things JM, this one won’t disappoint.

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