Beauty Chemistry: The Perfect First-Impression Fragrance

Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Cologne
Jo Malone Saffron Cologne Intense

Dear Handsome Stranger,

You were the tall, rugged, and benevolent newcomer to the bar at Paul’s Baby Grand who realized I was being literally overlooked by the bartender. You offered to order my tequila soda. I knew you weren’t batting for my team, but I told you that you smelled great anyway. You said it was actually two colognes layered over one another, and I said, "I knew it," because there was something very classically clean and masculine about the way you smelled, but it had an unexpectedly warm base. You told me it was Jo Malone Amber and Lavender over Jo Malone Saffron Cologne Intense, and you liked it precisely because it was clean and warm. I said it was certainly not your mother’s lavender; it was so much greener. You said that was because of the mint, bergamot, and clove. I asked if I was also smelling pepper and vanilla, and you said, "Yes," that was what you loved about Malone’s Saffron. I never got your name, but I did cop your scent. Oh, and thanks for the drink.

—Mackenzie Wagoner

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • B

    This is one of the best posts ever.

    Try Fig and Vanilla mixed - not at all sweet!

  • Andrea

    Try the Amber and Lavender with Grapefruit - another classic, clean combo. (oh and the Bergamont Oud is AMAZING!!)

  • Carina428

    Nooooo! My Saffron secret revealed!

  • Mandy

    I'm so jealous of everyone who can appreciate perfumes -- I'm extremely sensitive to many scents. It might not be something people normally are aware of, so I just wanted to draw some attention to how perfumes can cause people like me to experience nausea and dizziness ... please be careful about how much you put on. The combination here sounds heavenly (in theory), though!

  • Beth

    I've been obsessed with Jo Malone Saffron since it came out, and will have to try layering it with the amber and lavender!

  • ReidPlease

    What I love the most about Jo Malone scents is the layering - vanilla & anise cologne works really well with the ginger & nutmeg bath oil!

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I love mixing Jo Malone!


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