Jo Malone's new, limited-edition Sakura Cherry Blossom Cologne ($55 or $105) celebrates one of nature's most dramatic but delicate displays - particularly in Washington, D.C. Sakura Cherry Blossom, developed by perfumer Christine Nagel, was inspired by those few precious days each year when the profusion of blooms paints pastel pink clouds onto spring's bright blue skies - or spring's unexpected snowfall.
Called "an exquisite interpretation of the airiness of blossoms fluttering on boughs, Sakura Cherry Blossom Cologne is layered with chiffon-sheer notes of rose, accented with the sweetness of bergamot. The diaphanous, powdery fragrance that lightly comes to rest on a creamy base of musk and woods." The top notes are cardamon, bergamot, and mandarin. The middle notes are cherry blossom, rose, and mimosa. The base notes are musk and rosewood.
The description and notes hint that this is a sweet fruity floral, and it is. Unfortunately, after wearing it for a few days, I think it may be too sweet. When a fruity floral fragrance is too sweet for me, it's really sweet. It's a pretty fragrance; I don't want you to think the scent isn't attractive. It's just a tad cloying to my nose. Fortunately, it's short-lived, so if you want a sweet smell for a few hours, you may love it.
I wish I could gush. I really wanted to adore Sakura Cherry Blossom. It's not love; it's more of a flirtation. I've been wearing it every day since I got it, but I'll move on soon.
Saskura Cherry Blossom is available at Neiman Marcus now, and it will be available soon at all Jo Malone counters.
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