On learning that the Jo Malone line now includes Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense, my thoughts went something like this:
Orris & Sandalwood? I love both those notes. This might be amazing!
Of course, it’s Jo Malone. Does that mean it’s simply a literal translation of the two notes?
And if it were, is that so bad?
There was only one way to get to the bottom of it, and that was to sample.
Perfumer Pierre Negrin developed Orris & Sandalwood. The Jo Malone site lists its notes simply as orris, sandalwood and amber. It doesn’t take a genius to add jasmine and vanilla to that list — and black pepper. Lots of it. Frankly, I’m not sure why they didn’t just call it Pepper & Orris and get it over with…