The Jo Malone line is not really my scene. It’s got that whole restrained British luxury thing going on, which is all well and good for Kate Middleton; but as a mere American commoner, I do not want the words “understated” or “minimalist” anywhere near my perfumes. That’s why I was so excited to hear about Rose Water & Vanilla, a gourmand departure from the usual Jo Malone aesthetic of squeaky clean florals. The Jo Malone website promises a “delectable Turkish Delight. Rose water and comforting vanilla are enriched with a succulent bite of rose loukoum.”
Now, I’ve never liked rose water, but I like this perfume very much. It really does smell like a satisfyingly chewy rose-scented candy. Rose Water & Vanilla is very sweet, but it is somehow less sugary than other turkish delight-inspired perfumes I’ve tried, including the famous Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum.
I’ve never had the pleasure of actually eating turkish delight, but I am told that it is a terribly rich confection. I think that Rose Water & Vanilla might be one of the few Jo Malone scents to actually benefit from that characteristic Jo Malone transparency- a heavier or thicker version of this fragrance would be positively indigestible. The lasting power of this perfume is excellent. I have extremely dry skin that does not play nicely with perfume, and I got a solid six hours out of this.
If turkish delight really tasted like Rose Water & Vanilla smells, I would have happily taken the White Witch up on her offer and ditched the other Pevensie kids without a second thought. (Lucy was always such a whiner.)