Into the Woods: Jo Malone's Kohdo Wood Collection
Lotus Blossom & Water Lily and Dark Amber & Ginger Lily
The local Jo Malone counter suggested layering both of these fragrances to experience a smidgen of olfactory heaven. The Lotus Blossom is a watery fragrance with mandarin, ginger lily,bamboo, amber and aloeswood. Normally I shy away from ozonic fragrances. This one sparkles with ginger and has a slight incense drydown. The lily smells like a cross between a hyacinth and a banana.
The Dark Amber & Ginger Lily fragrance contains notes of cardamon, orchid and kyara wood. Cleopatra was a great fan of cardamon. It is said that she scented her palace with cardamon smoke during her hookups with Mark Antony. This fragrance has a strong cardamon note(green and sweet) along with a brief appearance of something that smells like pencil shavings(cedar-ish). The inital whiff of the fragrance is very masculine but it settles down in the drydown.
The Jo Malone website is sold out of both fragrances. You might have better luck at your local Saks counter.
Let us know what you think of either fragrance in the comments.
Credit: Jo Malone
Disclosure: I did not purchase this product. I tested it at the counter at my local Saks store.