Jo Malone’s cologne intense Tuberose Angelica is one of those heavy hitters that I immediately loved, forgot about, and have rediscovered. To say it’s full blown is understatement of the year with its gigantic wave of creamy white, full blown tuberose, surely one of the most delicious bursting-with-scent-whites. Its narcotic wave of layered sweet and rich floral overindulgence is catnip to those with a head for hedonism and a heart for largesse. This is supremely feminine, in the same realm as Piguet’s femme-fatale Fracas and Lauder’s Tuberose Gardenia but with more definite singularity of tone.
There’s a spikiness that arises from the pink pepper with a green bite from the angelica, traditionally used to ward off evil, so there’s an additional reason to spray loud and proud. Be warned. A little goes a long way. As voluptuous as Jessica Rabbit with the strong old romantic bent of a forceful, heartfelt heroine like Elizabeth Bennet, Tuberose Angelica is a dichotomy of modern confidence of character merged with a rescue-me (-if you-dare) ploy.
Tuberose Angelica’s warmth comes from its amber and woodsy base. Always a firm and comforting footing.
If anything, there’s little change of pace in Tuberose Angelica but, if head-over-heels-big-and-ballsy-florals are your ‘thang’, then boy, you’re in for a treat. Place it on your Christmas list. If you dare.
Jo Malone’s Tuberose Angelica is priced £105 (100ml) and is available from Selfridges, House of Fraser, John Lewis and www.jomalone.co.uk