Friday, May 24, 2013

The Jo Loves Series No 2: Orange Tulle

*This post contains PR samples.
 As I mentioned in my first installment of the "Jo Loves Series," some time ago I was contacted by Jo Loves, Jo Malone's new fragrance venture launched in the autumn of 2011. I was sent samples of the full array of perfumes that Jo has created under the moniker Jo Loves thus far, and have been enjoying the fact that there is something a bit more sassy and raw about these scents. From the edgy bottle to the fragrances that are at once straightforward and unexpectedly complex one can tell immediately that such a nose as Jo Malone's is behind the incredible new releases.

Though I'd initially intended to review only one of the samples that I'd been sent, I was inspired by each and every one of them. Somehow all of these perfumes have spoken to me even though I cannot necessarily picture myself wearing all of them. If you're interested in my first installment of this series, feel free to read up about the spicy/citrus that I dubbed a "vacation in a bottle," Pomelo (here). In contrast this week's Jo Loves fragrance is Orange Tulle, is a sweet yet edgy homage to orange that I can unquestionably see myself wearing during the warmest months of the year.

Jo Loves Orange Tulle opens on an impeccably clean, soapy note that will make this fragrance a hit for anyone who loves fresh and crisp perfumes. Like many orange fragrances, Orange Tulle celebrates different aspects of all that the orange has to offer. Coupled with the initial blast of orange flower is a refreshing kick of mandarin, that is alive in this perfume as though one is zesting the citrus itself to add to some sweet desert. Though mint leaves are listed at the heart of this perfume, all I detect on my skin is neroli which sings to me like a sweet song. The fragrances closes with petitgrain and, as many do, a warm musk that clings to the skin for hours. If you're familiar with Emma Hardie's Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm (review here) and adore the scent as I do, I should point out that Orange Tulle is essentially the cleansing balm's more complex perfume twin.

Of her creation, Jo Malone says the following: "Orange Tulle is fun and flirty. It’s a fragrance which captures movement and breathes life as it’s soft floral notes dance up and down drawing you in and teasing. Orange Tulle captures an element of innocence and youthfulness regardless of age. It makes me feel 16 again! It’s a very feminine scent with a wonderful fragile element to it almost like a bride on her wedding day. I love to wear Orange Tulle to afternoon tea with my girlfriends when for just a few hours I want to feel completely frivolous."

Where Pomelo is a vacation in a bottle, Orange Tulle is a fragrance that one should wear while enjoying all the spring and summer months have to offer. This perfume is a celebration of the orange in all its incarnations from orange flower and mandarin to neroli and petitgrain, it's a sweet yet zesty take on orange that could only have been created by such a nose as Jo Malone's. Though the notes are different (orange as opposed to nectarine), the sweet levity and frivolity of this fragrance reminds me of the Jo Malone perfume Nectarine Blossom & Honey, though I prefer Orange Tulle as its zesty kick makes it a bit more sassy and multi-dimensional. Long story short? I adore it!

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*This post contains items that were provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference my policies in the event that you have any questions.