Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud Limited Edition Cologne Intense
Jo Malone describes this as: 'Darkest Damask Rose. Rich and textural, wrapped with smoky oud wood. Spiked with clove, decadent with praline. Magnetic.'
Velvet Rose & Oud opens on my skin with creamy caramel notes; I don't get any nuttiness, so it isn't quite praline on my skin. This then settles into the rose heart, with the caramel settling down to a whisper of sweetness with almost a salty note to it. There is a dry oud in the base notes, but it's quite subtle and not too heavy. The woodiness comes forward as the fragrance fades over a few hours, but it's still floral and pretty, in a grown up kind of way.
The clove note stops it being too heady/sweet, and I'm sure I sniff a bit of orange blossom that lifts the fragrance from veering into heavy/heady territory too.
Velvet Rose & Oud is how I'd expect Nigella Lawson to smell; slightly foody, voluptuous, vampy but in a wholesome way. This is a Rose/Oud combination that works for day/office wear and I prefer this to Rosewater & Vanilla, which is just too sweet for me. It's not as intense as Dark Amber & Gingerlily, and I find it easier to wear than the Dark Amber & G, which turns a little oily on my skin. My skin holds fragrance well so I still have quite good scent from it after 6-7 hours, although it hasn't got a Tauer-esque nuclear half-life.
Rose & Oud is a popular combination for a good reason; they work well together. This is a very pretty and wearable interpretation, and I think it'll do well for Jo Malone. This is a limited edition in the Cologne Intense range, so it is £95 for 100ml.
For fragrance combining, this works well with Orange Blossom and I think it'd work well with Blue Agava & Cacao too. Grapefruit or Red Roses would be safe choices to combine with it too.
Disclosure: PR sample