Saturday, 21 July 2012

Jo Loves Mango Nectar and A Shot of Thai Lime Over Mango

Jo Loves Mango is a new collection of three fragrances inspired by an evening at the Four Seasons bar in New York watching mixologists work their magic. After the enchantment of Pomelo, it was interesting to see Jo Malone's take on another tropical fruit. Malone took two years to perfect the Mango Nectar note at the heart of the three fragrances.

A Shot of Thai Lime Over Mango is delightfully zesty and uplifting, the perfect antidote to a sweltering muggy summer day. The Kaffir lime note adds a youthful vibrancy to the sweet, warm mango heart. I fell in love with this instantly, as did my husband. The other notes include black pepper, freesia, mint leaves, white thyme and vetiver.

Mango Nectar is a sweeter concoction with subtle floral hints. The mango note, livened with pink grapefruit, is voluptuously sweet and juicy, without being too cloying or generic. The other notes include mango leaf, bitter orange, apricot blossom, jasmine and musk.

Both fragrances last surprisingly well on me, stretching well over six hours. Most other perfumes completely vanish on my skin after two to three hours. I skipped the third fragrance, A Shot of Oud over Mango (with notes of mango, black pepper, freesia and oud wood) as I'm not a fan of woody scents. These are available in 100ml (£95) and 30ml (£45) sizes.

The classy red boxes are beautifully made and would make excellent presents for a loved one. It's a pity that Jo Loves (which has no relation to the Estee Lauder-owned Jo Malone fragrance brand) currently ships only within the UK and EU but hopefully they will expand their distribution soon.

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