Jo Malone ‘Starlit Mandarin & Honey’ Cologne Review!
Hello friends! Today I want to chat about the brand new Christmas limited edition fragrance from Jo Malone London. This is the hotly anticipated ‘Starlit Mandarin & Honey’ Cologne, it is inspired by christmas, dark skies, bright stars, sweet mandarin, dried grass, warm woods and honey. It comes in the most stunning limited edition bottle and I’m so excited to share it with you today! My friends, this is my Jo Malone ‘Starlit Mandarin & Honey’ Cologne Review!
Jo Malone ‘Starlit Mandarin & Honey’ Inspiration
“In the darkest skies shine the brightest stars. Vibrant mandarin sweetened with honey and wrapped in the powdery warmth of coumarin.“
Mandarin, Star anise, Honey, Dried grass, Geranium , Coumarin
Jo Malone ‘Starlit Mandarin & Honey’ Review
This is the brand new limited edition Jo Malone Christmas Cologne, it follows in the footsteps of fragrances like Rose & Magnolia, Orange Bitters and Gingerbread. These fragrances are generally limited edition, however, if they are popular they often make repeat appearances at Christmas time. I have been so excited to get my hands on this perfume and I have to say… it was worth the wait! Let’s chat!
So, where do I start with Jo Malone Starlit Mandarin & Honey Cologne? First of all, it’s a really unusual fragrance; it’s beautiful, unique, quietly festive and utterly enchanting. On first mist, you definitely get a sense of the sparkling mandarin, but it’s more of an evening citrus, it almost reminds me of yuzu fruit and makes me think of Orange Bitters – a previous Jo Malone Christmas perfume. As for the honey notes, I was worried this might make the fragrance quite sweet, but it’s actually not, it’s a subtle honey accord which is quite woodsy, resinous and almost boozy. The perfume mentions a tobacco accord and I definitely feel that evening soiree vibe it has. There is also a dried grass note in there which reminds me a little of hay or barley; dry, earthy and a touch sweet with the honey. In some ways, reminding me a little of Poppy & Barley, but with a more powdery, evening sensual twist.
Jo Malone Starlit Mandarin & Honey Cologne is honestly one of the hardest fragrances in the collection to describe! If you imagine a magical, evening, warm sparkling fragrance with a with a heavy hit of citrus, woods and dry grassy notes, then you might get there. It reminds me a little of a mix between Vetiver & Golden Vanilla, Orange Bitters, a hint of Poppy & Barley and Myrrh & Tonka. In terms of longevity, it packs a punch at the beginning of the fragrance, but it doesn’t have the same lasting power of fragrances like Pomegranate Noir and Dark Amber & Gingerlily, but that’s just my opinion, you could experiment with misting it on your clothes and hair to make it last better. That being said, it is more of an evening fragrance and it’s perfect for the evening, but if you were wearing it in the day, you might want to reapply it before the evening! It’s glorious regardless!
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Starlit Mandarin & Honey is out now and available from Jo Malone online and instore for £105/€124. Please remember it’s limited edition so it could sell out fast!