Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom

Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom is the Jo Malone-iest fragrance to ever Jo Malone. It’s the epitome of the current Jo Malone style: light, straightforward scents with truly comical lasting power. Mimosa & Cardamom is an airy, clean mimosa fragrance. It’s pretty much a mimosa soliflore; I detect zero cardamom, or any other note, really. Despite its irresistible delicate sweetness, mimosa (also known as acacia) is somewhat uncommon in perfume compositions. So I’m happy to report that Mimosa & Cardamom is unmistakably mimosa, and a very pretty one, if not particularly ambitious. Compared to the gold standard mimosa, L’Artisan Mimosa Pour Moi, M&C is fresher and less sweet.

My one issue is the lasting power, which seems to get worse with every new Jo Malone release. I got twenty literal minutes out of Mimosa & Cardamom. I understand that no one wants to be caught wearing a “strong” perfume these days, but there’s a difference between “light” and “need to reapply every half an hour”, and Mimosa & Cardamom is on the wroooong side of that divide.