Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense by Jo Malone of London

Presented in the black bottle Jo Malone of London reserves for its Cologne Intense scents, Orris and Sandalwood ($170 for 100 ml) is a captivating fragrance. If you think of most Jo Malone fragrances, you often think floral or fruity. This one is unique - and stunningly beautiful. I purchased mine the moment I smelled it at Neiman Marcus.

The copy on the Jo Malone Web site describes Orris and Sandalwood as, "The surprising duality of orris. Woody and floral. Powdery and deep. The scent of Tuscan hillsides with irises in bloom. Orris’ woody intensity wrapped in creamy sandalwood and sensual amber. Steeped in sunshine."

That's all true, but it doesn't completely describe it. Orris root (rhizoma iridis) is a term used for the roots of Iris germanica and Iris pallida. These are the irises that most of you visualize when thinking iris. Clumps of irises often grow around older homes. They are glorious in the spring. Fabienne Pavia, in her book L'univers des Parfums (1995, ed. Solar), states that in the manufacturing of perfumes using orris, the scent of the iris root differs from that of the flower. After preparation, the scent is reminiscent of the smell of violets. Hence the duality of irises and violets that grace this fragrance.

Sandalwood is the name of a class of woods from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades. You will find sandalwood in many perfumes - old and new. It's a wonderful dry base note.

It was our wish to create a fragrance with orris, because that is one of the most desirable raw materials in the world of perfumes. It was cultivated by monks for centuries, and even today each orris is dried during a period of three years, so that its scent can radiate with two unique nuances: woody-floral and intense-powdery. - a description from perfumer of the new Jo Malone edition, Pierre Negrin.

When you first spray on Orris & Sandalwood, you will smell a dry floral, without a hint of sweetness. Then, as the fragrance matures on the skin, it develops a dry, powdery, luscious scent that lasts on my skin for about seven hours. When I spray some on my arm, my nose seeks it out continuously.

I'm excited about this fragrance. If it intrigues you, you can find it anywhere Jo Malone of London is sold, for example, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and the Jo Malone Web site linked above.

Photos courtesy of Jo Malone, words4it.com, and homescentscandlecompany.com


Grlnxdor said...

I am a lover of lily scents, too. I was so disappointed when Chloe stopped making Love, Chloe. About a year ago I discovered Cartier Baiser Vole. I cherished the sample I had from a Nordstrom order. A few weeks before Christmas this year I was able to pick up a bottle at a Costco store--of all places--for $49.99.

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Grlnxdor! I also love lily scents. If I can find my bottle of Love, Chloe, you may have it. I have way too much perfume! Just send me an e-mail sometime so I know how to contact you.

You got an unreal price on the Cartier, which I bought at full price. My Costco never had it. I would have bought a second.

Mamavalveeta03 said...

It sounds beautiful, and I think I'm particularly drawn to it because my beloved late grandfather's middle name was "Orris." I'm going to have to get my hand on this.

Anonymous said...

This sounds intriguing but it is pricier than other Jo Malone fragrances in this size, isn't it?
Thanks for your great review. I will smell it when I next visit Nordstrom.

Grlnxdor said...

You are most generous,CG, but if I get another bottle of perfume my husband will have me committed! You see, I also scored a 3.3 oz bottle of My Buberry perfume at a different Costco. Yes, it was 49.99 also. I was almost shaking when I spotted it. I guess Costco does this every year around September.

Charlestongirl said...

Tanja, just finished watching the President. Yes, I think it is more expensive. Tomorrow, I will compare the prices. I think the Intense line may be pricier.

Evelyn said...

I think I will be in deep trouble if I walk by one of the Jo Malone boutiques here...it's amazing how hard it is to avoid them. ;-) It sounds beautiful!

Charlestongirl said...

MamaVal, how cool!

Anonymous said...

I tried this last weekend in a Jo Malone store. I got the violet in the opening as my skin must grab it. Really like this and the spill I spray was going strong hours later. I did spray my hand, but of course washing my hands made it get fainter each time. Thinking of buying at the end of the month.