Lately, I’ve noticed lots of piquant notes making a resurgence in the scent world. Apothia‘s Verde candle mixes lime and cilantro in a way that smells like a Southern California kitchen in the summertime; Strange Invisible Perfumes‘ Prima Ballerina melds Egyptian rose, Turkish rose, sage and lime; And Jo Malone‘s new scent, Sweet Lime & Cedar, is the big, bold surprise–tangy like a freshly cut lime, then sultry as the cedar wood digs in deep.
Inspired by Thai cuisine, Jo Malone was also influenced by the art of flower arranging and the lush vegetation of Siam when she created this scent. Jasmine, ylang ylang, coconut, and the vanilla-like tonka bean are blended with nutty pandanus leaf, tamarind, and cardamom.
On a woman this scent is provocative and playful, waking you up with a sharp citrus note then plummeting like a receding wave as you smell the leafy flowers, peppery spices and woods. I liked this scent very much.
On men, the spearmint comes quickly to the surface, followed by a muted floral, then lots of amber.
I recommend the scent for both sexes. Malone’s perfumes are always bold and sparkling, bubbling over with unique notes and pleasantly long lasting. I’ve also heard of people layering this scent with Malone’s Vintage Gardenia. Enjoy.
Top Notes: Kaffir Lime, Blood Orange, Pomelo, Passion Fruit, Pink Pepper, Spearmint
Middle Notes: Clary Sage, Lavender, Coconut, Jasmine, Gardenia, Ylang Ylang, Cardamom, Coriander
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Amber, Tamarind, Pandanus Leaf, Tonka Bean.