Review: Jo Malone Geranium and Verbena Cologne
I am such a sucker for limited edition Jo Malones. They are, on the whole, fragrances to which it is hard to object, at worst - and at best they are absolutely wonderful. That said, I have not been utterly wowed by the most recent limited edition offerings, so was a little warier than usual of the new Rock the Ages collection. I was swayed by the pretty packaging, however, and wound up ordering a pair of them. Today I am reviewing Geranium and Verbena Cologne. Like most of the permanent line, this one is pretty true to its name. The top notes are utterly lemon verbena and utterly geranium leaf - quite soapy at times and not the most innovative combination, but very pleasant. It really reminds me of a kitchen garden on a sunny day. The drydown is a bit more interesting, but in a way I'm not entirely sure I feel good about. There is a dry, almost sharp vetiver note that emerges that really turns this from a unisex fragrance to something more masculine. It's not overwhelming, so you might be able to ignore it if you want, but when I give my wrist a good, close whiff, it does make me recoil slightly. I'm torn on this note because I think it does give an otherwise unremarkable perfume an interesting twist, but at the same time, may make that perfume unwearable for me.