The newest Jo Malone fragrance more than lives up to the first half of its name. Peony and Blush Suede opens with a bright apple note that is almost immediately trampled by sweet, creamy, gloriously girly peonies. Peony dominates the fragrance for the rest of its lifespan, which is extraordinarily long for a Jo Malone scent (I got a good eight hours of wear, as opposed to the literal 20 minutes that I get from Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe). Peony and Blush Suede’s relative thickness is also an interesting textural departure from the usual transparent style that we’ve come to expect from Jo Malone. I have only one problem with Peony and Blush Suede, but it’s a big one: where’s the suede?? You can’t just put the word “suede” into the name of a perfume that doesn’t have even a hint of leather! A leather note cutting the sweetness of Peony and Blush Suede would probably have made this fragrance more to my tastes, but I’m sure that peony lovers and sweet floral fans will appreciate it just the way it is.
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.