Jo Malone London's English Pear and Freesia Cologne has been chosen by the Preview team as the Best Fragrance of 2019. This and 24 other products were reviewed by 25 real girls for this year's Preview Girls' Choice Awards to see if they truly deserved their title. Ahead, writer Krysta Frost gives us her thoughts on the product:
The Product: Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne
What It Is
English Pear & Freesia is a fruity cologne that's fresh and subtle—much like the scent of pears—to perfectly channel the mellow of autumn. Combined with the delicate scent of white freesia and the depth of patchouli, it gives you a dose of the English countryside minus the extra acidity.
I appreciate many fragrances, but the romantic in me is always looking for a scent that feels like me. Scent is such a personal thing that it feels almost impossible to put into words why a scent is appealing, but in general, I love more complex scents that deepen and evolve on the skin.
I can't resist heady fragrances with fruity or floral top notes held together by a rich and seductive base of vanilla, amber, or musk. I love unique and unexpected notes, such as the hint of truffle in Tom Ford's Black Orchid or the whiff of pure honey I pick up from its sister scent, Velvet Orchid. These two perfumes are rich and almost hedonistic, heavy with mood, and are two of my most beloved scents.
While I'm drawn to more oriental or gourmand notes, they're not always compatible with our country's heat and humidity. I'm willing to sacrifice their perceived appropriateness, though, because I simply love how the depth it offers. However, part of me is still looking for another scent that's lighter, brighter, and easier to wear.
Jo Malone's English Pear and Freesia is unlike anything else in my collection, which is dominated by orientals. Crisp—that's the first word that comes to mind when I spray it. There's the sharpness of floral from the freesia and rose tempered by the juiciness of pear, which soon develop into fresh, ripe citrus notes.
How I Used It
As a graduate student who spends long hours on campus, a lot of my heavier and sweeter fragrances don't mix well with the heat and humidity. This gave me the perfect opportunity to try English Pear and Freesia as my daytime scent.
I sprayed it on my usual spots—behind the ear and the nape of the neck, but this time I dabbed it on my wrists as well, a ritual I opt out of with my Tom Ford fragrances for fear of being too offensive to those around me.
As a cologne, it’s not as long-lasting as my eau de parfums, which has its pros and cons. Because of its short lifespan, it doesn't have the opportunity to develop over time, although it does settle down to a nice, warm floral scent with hints of rose.
This fragrance carries a crispness and brightness that my other scents do not, which made it a joy to use in the daytime. I loved catching a whiff of it from my hair, but it didn't fare as well on my pulse points as my heavier perfumes. It projects well from the wrists and nape of the neck for a few hours before dissipating into a floral scent that sits close to the skin.
I'll definitely be adding this fragrance into my rotation, especially for the daytime. Because it’s such a bright, inoffensive scent, it's also perfect for carrying around to freshen up throughout the day. I can spray it without the fear of overwhelming sensitive noses in crowded spaces.
* As told to Nicole Arcano