Created by perfumer Christine Nagel, the cologne promises to be the essence of charm with peonies in voluptuous bloom, exquisitely fragile, and flirtatious with the juicy bite of red apple and the opulence of jasmine, rose, and gillyflower. The flowers will mingle with the sensuality of soft, blush suede for a luxurious and seductive dry-down.
The top notes are red apple, fresh almond, and bergamot. The heart notes are peony, jasmine sambac, rose, and gillyflower. The latter could be any one of several flowers: carnation, dianthus, stock, or wallflower. The base notes are suede, patchouli (unfortunately), and amberwood. I'm really hoping the patchouli is undetectable because it could ruin this fragrance for me. When I heard florals with a touch of leather, I swooned. When I saw the gratuitous addition of patchouli among the notes, my first thought was, "How un-Jo!"
The Peony & Blush Suede Collection will include 30 ml and 100 ml colognes, a 250 ml Body & Hand Wash, a 175 ml Body Crème, and a 200 g Home Candle.
As you might expect, thoughts of layering are already being suggested. The fragrance can be worn alone, or combined with other Jo Malone scents. Suggested pairings are English Pear & Freesia or Orange Blossom.
I think the demand for Peony & Blush Suede is going to be enormous. If you would like to reserve one, call Sydelle St. Jules at Neiman Marcus at (202) 966-9700. Ask for the Jo Malone counter.
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