Brit for the Holidays: Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin review


     As this crazy, weird and downright frustrating year comes to an end (finally!), I want to take a moment to thank the folks who regularly read, comment, and contribute to this blog. What started out as a hobby three and a half years ago has become nearly a full-time job of testing and reporting on beauty, and I couldn’t do it without your support. I hope that you take full advantage of all the giveaways we have this month, and promise that I’ll be planning all types of fun things for the New Year.

     After you head to the mall today to partake in epic Boxing Day savings, I’d like to invite you to check out the Jo Malone boutique on They’ve got a nice selection of authentic, genuine Jo Malone products for a fraction of the retail price, and I’m pretty sure they’ll have a good promotional discount for Boxing Day as well. This bottle graciously made its way to me from there, and I’d like to send warm holiday hugs to the entire team for their continued support of this blog. To look back at past reviews from this year, click here.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin

© Gil Segev 2016

     Jo’s signature is simplistic, classic, timeless scents that focus on a select few key notes. They’re luxurious, expensive, and ooze British elegance from the heavy cardboard packaging to the sturdy glass flacons. The pictured bottle is Lime Basil & Mandarin, released in 1999 back when Jo had just sold her company to Estée Lauder and still sat at its helm. Since then she’s moved on to craft another independent line called Jo Loves, which I’ve touched briefly in 2013.

     Lime Basil & Mandarin is surprisingly modern and contemporary 17 years later. The top notes are lime, mandarin orange and bergamot, heart notes are thyme, iris, lilac and basil, and the base has vetiver and patchouli. What a revolutionary scent it must have been at the time to be so effervescent and airy! On my skin it radiates warmth like a ray of sunshine, ever-so-lightly projecting a pleasant cleanliness that borders furniture polish but rounds about to come off slightly masculine. My nose detects the faintest hints of leather or civet, but the tart citruses and earthy herbs are definitely the MVP’s. You can go ahead and ignore the floral notes, the name is pretty much accurate. You do need to apply this cologne liberally to get decent longevity out of it, but it’s very pretty and wearable for the summer months.

     Have you tried any of Jo Malone’s perfumes? I recently picked up the limited-edition Bitter Orange & Chocolate from the holiday 2013 season, and intend to try others the next time I stop by Holt Renfrew. Have a happy New Year, everyone! I’ll see you in 2017.

*Prices true at time of writing.

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3 responses to “Brit for the Holidays: Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin review

  1. I have not purchased any Jo Malone fragrances but since they are available on fragrancenet, they may finally be in my price range. I could use a bit of British elegance, thanks for the review!

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