Alyssa Harad, author of Coming To My Senses, recently educated me on the scent of osmanthus with her usual transportive lyricism:
Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom sticks to the citrus and apricot side of the equation. Osmanthus Blossom opens with a sweet apricot note, delicate but still luscious. I was prepared to be unimpressed by Osmanthus Blossom (last year’s limited edition Jo Malone, Sakura Blossom, did nothing for me), but Osmanthus Blossom was a true joy to have on my wrist. That is, for the first twenty minutes! After those gorgeous twenty minutes, as I have found to be far too common with Jo Malone fragrances, Osmanthus Blossom rapidly thins and loses its sparkle.
I have disgustingly dry skin, so it’s very possible that others could experience better lasting power with Osmanthus Blossom. As pretty as I find Osmanthus Blossom (and that bottle!), I can’t pay Jo Malone prices for a perfume that I would have to reapply literally every twenty minutes. But it would make me very happy to catch Osmanthus Blossom wafting off of someone else on a balmy summer day.