Jo malone orris and sandalwood
Jo malone orris and sandalwood

“Hi, my name’s Elle, and I am a self confessed Jo Malone fangirl… “

No, this isn’t some sort of AA/Fangirl anonymous post but it is a post about a brand that I absolutely rave about on a preeeetty regular basis and that’s not about to change any time soon. So, let’s talk about Jo Malone shall we? Oh you’d love to, you say? Well that’s fab to hear…

Owner of – far too many [insert guilty/”sorry bank account but they’re just too pretty” emoji here] – a lot of Jo Malone perfumes/products, I can genuinely say that I’ve never been disappointed by a product, so I do tend to be a little wary when they release a new fragrance because surely there will be one that I’m not much of a fan of soon?

Well, today is not that day, and I’m here to bore you all to death rave about the latest launch from the dreamy brand which comes in the form of the Orris and Sandalwood Cologne Intense*.

Jo malone orris and sandalwood
Jo malone orris and sandalwood
Jo malone orris and sandalwood
Jo malone orris and sandalwood

Once you get past the packaging of dreams – that black and silver though – and have a little sniff (technical terms, obvs), you are immediately hit with the most stunning sweet but sensual scent. I personally immediately picked up on a parma violet-like scent (which sounds awful but I promise it’s just my severe lack of descriptive skills). I know quite a few others have said the same but I do have friends that just don’t get that at all so in short, if you’re by a Jo Malone store/stockist, you really should go in and try for yourself.

To give you a better idea of the scent – because nobody would buy a perfume ever again if they were going by my “parma violet-like” adjectives – here are the notes (anyway else feel fancy and like they actually know what they’re talking about when they discuss notes? No? Just me then…)

Top Note: Violet
A delicate floral note that brings a smooth, powdery softness to the fragrance.

Heart Note: Orris
This powdery floral blends beautifully with white musk, elegantly enveloping the base with soft warmth.

Base Note: Sandalwood
Creamy, warm and sensual, it strengthens and extends the longevity of the fragrance.

I have to say, despite not having much knowledge of fragrance, reading about the notes really did make sense. Orris and Sandalwood is one of those strange – but absolutely amazing – contradictions of being floraly sweet, but it really does have the warmest, muskiest most sensual base that not only makes it perfect for both day and night, but also all year round. I do think it’s especially gorgeous for this time of year though with it’s sweet warmness being the perfect antidote for these dreary, rainy, cold days (oh god, don’t get me started on the weather [insert cry face/”please lord just give me some sun” emoji here]).
Jo malone orris and sandalwood
Jo malone orris and sandalwood
Jo malone orris and sandalwood
Overall – ha, check me out concluding my blog posts like we were taught to in Year 4 – I absolutely adore this stunning fragrance. By itself, it’s a gorgeous, warm, musky and actually pretty sexy scent, but it also layers so perfectly – particularly with Mimosa and Cardamom which is another huge fave of mine – as well giving it even more depth. Also, because it’s a cologne intense, the scent really does linger on your skin all day which I love.
In short, go and sniff it in store and you will fall in love. And if you don’t… we can’t be friends! LOL JK, we totally can but I’ll always resent you for dissing my scent ๐Ÿ˜‰
I would love to know if you’ve purchased Orris and Sandalwood? Or even if you’ve managed to smell it yet? I know a lot of you mentioned that you went to try it out after my Details post so I’d love to hear your thoughts!
As always, thanks so much for reading!


  1. Hilary says:

    I have wanted to try Jo Malone fragrances for the longest time, the hardest part being which one to choose. Their description of this perfume sounds fantastic, and I can definitely see this being a great night time scent. Man that packaging is dreamy!

    Hilary | The Beauty Collective

  2. Jordan says:

    Ahhhh this sounds so gorgeous! I love this collection in general from Jo Malone they do so many gorgeous scents. Definitely going to give it a sniff when I'm in store! xx

  3. Meg Siobhan says:

    That packaging is so simple, but so pretty! I'll have to get around to having an ol' sniff of this soon as it sounds interesting!

    Meg | A Little Twist Ofโ€ฆ

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ooh I discovered Jo Malone through you. It was the cardamom and mimosa scent and let me say it was divine! Will go sniff this one and pray the birthday goddesses get me one or both! Thanks x


  5. MarinaSays says:

    Oh, I do feel you on this one. I've been OBSESSED with Jo Malone since first smelling it at Norstrom in fall 2014! Little did I know everyone would be raving about it for the next two years hehe

  6. May Cho says:

    Gosh, the perfume sounds heavenly, Ellie, and I'm loving the chic packaging too. I completely feel you on the notes part, hahaha

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin'

  7. Rubi Ani says:

    I've never tried a Jo Malone perfume. I'm not really into perfume, whenever I go shopping I'm more likely to swatch a lipstick than sniff out a nice perfume.
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

  8. Jodie V says:

    How dreamy does this sound? I felt a bit like that heart eyes emoji reading all about this! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  9. This sounds amazing! I've never heard of this brand but I love anything with sandalwood!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  10. I really want to try one of their fragrances!!! Great review, honey <3

  11. lovely photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Alice says:

    Jo Malone products are also so dreamy, but I personally find their scents a tad strong and hence never actually owned anything. Not giving up on it though; maybe one day they'll release something light enough for my liking! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    xo, Alice || a l i c e / T Y P E N U

    • Oh really, they have some beautiful softer fragrances, I'd recommend the Regent street store as they can really talk you through the products and find something more suited!


  13. Josie says:

    I've only ever smelt Red Roses from Jo Malone as it's one of my mum's favourites but this sounds so nice – I love the smell of parma violets!

    Just having a massive catch up with your blog, I was so sorry to read you've been diagnosed with fibro. I hope at least you'll be able to get some help to manage it now you have a diagnosis! Just a text/email away if you ever need to rant about that sick chick lyf ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  14. crafty-zone says:

    The packaging of these perfumes reminds me the ones from Tom Ford, which means that it looks very classy and simple ๐Ÿ™‚ What's more, I'd really like to try this frangnance out, your description of it sounds really introguing ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Alina Bostan says:

    I haven't been to a Jo Malone store in a long time but I really want to go and try out this scent, because it sounds amazing. I would actually love the parma violet notes cuz I'm weird like that haha. Your Jo Malone collection is just amazing btw x

    Beauty with charm

  16. I can imagine how good the mix of all these notes would smell! I'd love to sniff it when I am the store. Also the black bottle looks different and elegant! x

    Ela BellaWorld

  17. LBG says:

    The warm sweetness sounds tempting! An amazing combination of notes! I will have to smell this. Another fantastic post!

  18. Rosy Flynn says:

    I have to be honest – I was sold at 'parma violet'
    I was actually thinking about the fact that I'd like a violet smelling scent the other evening (and yeah I do just lie and daydream about scents)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  19. What I like about Jo Malone fragrances is that most of them are unisex, so easy to share and very handy for travelling

  20. Jo Malone is a great brand.
    It's nice that it can be use by female or male or both.

    Your choice of scent is nice.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  21. crafty-zone says:

    Hope you had great day, my dear Elle ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. - Karen says:

    Sandalwood is by far one of my favourite fragrances (if not my fave) so this sounds absolutely dreamy – totally agree with you about the packaging too!

    Style Sunriseโ˜€


  23. Jen Dang says:

    I recently hopped on the Jo Malone train. I love love love Wood Sage & Sea Salt!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

  24. This sounds amazing! My favourite is the Blue Agava & Cacao scent but this sounds heavenly. I'm definitely in need of a sniff!

    Gemma x

  25. Beautiful photos! I bet it smells amazing, I need to go give it a sniff XD xx

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