Upsize Your Signature Scent with Jo Malone's Cologne Intense Collection
It’s funny how we associate fragrances with certain people and periods in our lives. For example, Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin’s delicate notes of white thyme and peppery basil will always remind me of a friend who stuck by me through thick and thin. Pomegranate Noir reminds me that I am in a good place right now.
A friend told me about Jo Malone’s Cologne Intense line and how it would be perfect for someone like me, a person who always wears fragrance. Her favorite, she said, is Velvet Rose & Oud, which smells wonderful, mysterious, and rich on her.
Jo Malone Cologne Intense fragrances are described as “deeply sensual scents inspired by ritual.” Think the Middle East where multiple oils or attars such as oud, rose, or jasmine, are layered onto the skin and even clothing and hair are infused with vapor collected from scented chips called Bakhoor.
“Cologne Intense reinterprets time-honored ingredients with distinctively modern fragrances, each with Jo Malone London’s distinctly elegant simplicity,” said Celine Roux, fragrance director of Jo Malone London.
Here are the fragrances of Jo Malone Cologne Intense:
Myrrh & Tonka
A nomad song of sand and smoke-threaded twilight. The rich, potent sap of the Namibian myrrh tree, harvested by hand since time began. Mingling with whispers of warm almond and lush vanilla, fragrant gifts of the addictive tonka bean. Noble. Sensual. Intoxicating.
Orris & Sandalwood
A light veil of blue dancing across the Tuscan hills. The iris pallida makes its appearance each spring. Harvested for centuries by monks for the prized scent of its root and orris. Each one meticulously dried over three years to reveal a unique duality.
The queen of white florals. Sensual. Touched with the green spiciness of angelica. Sumptuous on the warmth of amberwood. Intoxicating and desirable.
Velvet Rose & Oud
Darkest Damask Rose. Rich and textural, wrapped with smoky oud wood. Spiked with clove, decadent with praline. Magnetic.
Amber & Patchouli
The opulence of amber. An exotic union of this legendary ingredient and sensuous patchouli, with its supple, suede-like finish. Seductive.
Dark Amber & Ginger Lily
Rare Kyara wood. Prized in the Kohdo ceremony, the highly ritualized Japanese art of incense. Enriched with amber and black orchid. Illuminated by the clean sensuality of black cardamom, ginger and water lily. Calm and relaxing.
Incense & Cedrat
Precious incense. Once more treasured than gold. From a vision of fragrant tears crystalizing under the Oman sun into gems of balsamic scent. The warmth of unfurling resins woven with the brightness of cedrat.
Roux said all the colognes are structured so they can stand alone or be blended and layered with other Jo Malone London scents for endless bespoke effects.
“A favorite is Tuberose Angelica with Peony & Blush Suede. The scent they create is a luxurious full floral, intoxicating and voluptuous. We also love Dark Amber & Ginger Lily with Wood Sage & Sea Salt for a distinctive woody fragrance, enwrapped with amber and a touch of sea salt.”