by corinne iaia

September 04, 2017

Jo Malone's English Oak Colognes

Jo Malone's seasonal launches are, to me, one of the telltale signs that one has come to an end and another is beginning. The beginning of this September is no different, with two new woody launches making their way to vanities everywhere. The fragrances in question are the two new available English Oak Colognes; both being undeniably sexy in nature thanks to their masculinity, which was peppered ever-so-perfectly with floral and fruit notes. I can already see both of these becoming favorites from the famed perfume house, and I'm sure they'd work equally well year-round as they would for fall.

The first scent is English Oak & Redcurrant, and is also the fruitier of the two options. The scent offers a crisp, juicy opening of redcurrant that isn't unlike the brand's Blackberry & Bay scent; but then, it surprises you with rose, white must and a roasted oak note that leans a bit masculine and offsets the feminine notes in just the right way. The brand suggests pairing this with fruity fragrances, such as the aforementioned scent for a truly fresh scent.
The sister scent is the English Oak & Hazlenut Cologne; it offers an overall earthier, greener take on the roasted oak note, and also weaves in warm cedarwood notes as well as a top note of fresh hazlenut. This one is warmer and cozier, and can be mixed with its brighter counterpart, or layered with Wood Sage & Sea Salt for a crisp update that boasts leafy, oceanic notes.
Both of these scents are perfect for autumn, and I love that they have a very unisex feel to them. I liken wearing these scents to the warm, comforted feeling you'd get wearing a man's sweater...woody, rich, and embracing.

Have you tried these new classics yet?

*pr samples included.
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