Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I rarely pay attention to Jo Malone London Launches mainly because they’re never what I want them to be and they perfumes themselves are too fleeting. We all have a brand (or brands) who’s aesthetic doesn’t really fit with ours. One of these brands for me is Jo Malone London. I think they’re perfectly fine but they don’t attract me. There are some exceptions in the brand but let’s just put it like this: I don’t own any of their perfumes. None have made me part with my money. Since Wood Sage & Sea Salt’s launch friends and readers have tried to encourage me to try it. I love “New Aquatics”. Here we are years later and I’m finally sampling it. You guys were right, I would really like Wood Sage & Sea Salt.
This perfume is one of those gloomy aquatics that has me living a Channel Islands fantasy of eating abalone seaside while wearing a guernsey while gazing over the rocky shore of Guernsey. Wearing this perfume turns me into a petite marinière or a moody writer living a provincial life after self-exile from the city. It really depends on my outlook that day. I mean, in both scenarios I’m contemplative and chilled to the bone by a cocktail of sea mist and wind¹. Wood Sage & Sea Salt opens with bright, tangy citrus like bergamot and grapefruit. It starts to smell tea-like, reminding me of Earl Grey tea. But, not a warm cup. It’s like iced Earl Grey tea. There’s also a faint dried apricot. The rest of the fragrance wears rather linear. It’s like a mineral ambrette/amber. I think it brings to mind “sea mist”. And not the “sea mist” of a mainstream mid-90’s aquatic. This one smells gray and somber. It’s airy but dry giving the feeling of driftwood and rocky cliffs. The dry-down is a salty amber and dry, weather-beaten woods.
While wearing this, I was reminded of Byredo (somewhere between Palermo and Mojave Ghost). It has that Byredo gauze-y style. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Wood Sage & Sea Salt smells “modern”. It’s abstract without losing focus. It’s pleasant and easy to wear. It’s not overly complex but it smells good.
Notes listed include ambrette, sea salt, sage, red algae and grapefruit. Launched in 2014. PERFUMER – Christine Nagel
Give Wood Sage & Sea Salt a try if you like Neo-Aquatics or sheer ambers. Or perfumes like Byredo Palermo, Byredo Mojave Ghost, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, Fueguia 1833 Ballerna de la Pampa, Prada Infusion d’Iris, L’Artisan Bois Farine, Hermes Santal Massoïa and/or Bvlgari Thé Rouge.
My issue with all Jo Malone London perfumes is that they don’t last on my skin. The scent of the body products linger on my skin longer than the perfumes. This one has average projection and below average longevity. I mean, they do call it a “cologne” but at its price, I expect more.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Earl Grey tea and sea mist. I really like this one but I’m trying to talk myself out of it. I should probably buy HEELEY Sel Marin instead. It’s weirder (and has been on my to-buy list for ages).
¹Why is this my mind romanticizing this? Because it’s summer?
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