When it comes to fragrances, unlike with skincare, I welcome samples with open arms. For me, I’m usually quite quick to decide and know if a scent works for me the minute I smell it. But often, scents develop on your skin as the day goes on, and sometimes, you may end up loving a scent you may not have thought suited you the first time. A little sample vial or spray helps me decide.
As much as I enjoy using Jo Malone scents, finding one to really fit my style has eluded me. This was borne out during the event we had, when I was asked which my favourite scents were and I couldn’t quite pinpoint which. I’ve played with their new scents, their old scents and their limited edition scents. But there’s always something missing. That certain je ne sais quoi.
Well, until now!
Recently, I was clearing out my stuff, when I decided to reorganize my little fragrance collection, so I had them within easy reach. I discovered I had a little perfume sample stash I’d forgotten about, and had a bit of fun playing around with the different perfumes, trying new scents. I then dug out my old set of Jo Malone sampler set of colognes that I bought quite a few years ago and discovered that one of them sat so well with me, I started using it almost daily!
This particular scent was the Jo Malone Amber and Lavender Cologne. I don’t hear of this one very often, which is why I’d forgotten I actually owned it.
Jo Malone describes the scent as a masculine scent, which might explain why it sits well with me LOL! I tend to favour scents like this, with my sole floral exception being Dior J’Adore EdT or EdP that I love and wear often.
The primary reason why I love the Amber and Lavender Cologne, is because it smells so fresh and crisp and refreshing. Some have even described the scent as “soapy” which I sometimes agree. But a nice sort of soapy 😀
It’s almost as if I’d just had a shower and donned a crisp new shirt or dress. That’s excellent, when you live in this tropical heat and may not always be smelling at your best as the day progresses 😛 I also find that it lasts on me very well. I spray it in the morning, and by evening, I can still smell whiffs of shower-fresh fragrance. It makes me feel happy and uplifted and confident. But I also feel like this is a scent you grow into. It’s not one you’d pick, as a young girl, fresh and clear-eyed as you step into the realm of adulthood. It’s likely one you’d pick when you’ve had a few years of experience tucked under your belt, and you feel more confident in stepping forward and taking charge.
It’s the perfume for a woman who’s bold, confident and doesn’t think that wearing a masculine scent makes her anything less of a woman 🙂
I don’t particularly note the warm notes of amber, nor the lavender notes. That said, I do not have a very sensitive note for fragrance. I believe in testing fragrances for yourself because you will never know how a scent works for you until you actually wear it. So, don’t bother reading reviews although they can be helpful to give you an indication of what it smells like. As with everything beauty related, you will only know how it looks, smells or wears when you try it 🙂
Has a perfume sample yielded a new favourite fragrance for you recently?
I’m going to use up this sample size and then decide if I want to get the full bottle. Because it is a little strong, I don’t use very much. Has a perfume sample made you fall in love with a perfume recently? Share, so I can go sample it too 😉