Jo Malone Orange Bitters Cologne

Limited Edition Orange Bitters Cologne
Recipe for a warming winter cocktail: take two dashes of bright citrus, add sweet orange and a burst of ripe mandarin. Finish with a splash of bitter orange to reveal rich prune and a base of sensual sandalwood and amber.

Top Notes – Sweet Orange, Mandarin
Heart Notes – Bitter Orange, Prune
Base Notes – Sandalwood, Amber

Again, I love the way they package your purchase.

I mean how cute is that bow? Even the receipt comes in its own cute little mini-envelope. Plus, they always hand out complimentary samples.

As you can see, I got two more samples of English Pear & Freesia Cologne and two more samples of Pomegranate Noir Cologne. For a place that has a wide variety of fragrances, I was hoping for something different this time. At this point, I’m guessing those two scents are the only samples they’ve got in-store, in Kuwait.

Seeing as how I can’t get Wood Sage & Sea Salt off my mind (I sooo want to love this scent!) I asked for a sample of the stuff, so the lovely sales assistant scooped up a little bit of the Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body Crème into a little pot for me. I’m hoping it’s one of those scents that you fall in love with over time so with frequent use it’ll eventually grow on me.

Like I said, I love the outer packaging (box that the Cologne comes in) and the little bow is quite cute but…

I don’t understand why they went with a Harlequin Print for a Holiday/Christmas Edition Cologne. Am I missing something here? How is this Christmas-y? Is this because of Suicide Squad? Mayhaps someone over at Jo Malone – who was in charge of the packaging – happens to be a Harley Quinn fan? Like, what is happening? In any case, this print is ugly #sorrynotsorry.

The scent of Orange Bitters Cologne however is intoxicating! I sniffed Orange Bitters for the first time when I was purchasing a birthday gift for my adorable sister-in-law but my nose was burnt out by then (from all the florals I’d been sniffing) so instead of trusting the little white strip of paper, I spritzed some of Orange Bitters on the sleeve of my bomber jacket and went home. At first, it smelled like oranges. That’s all well and good (I mean I do love citrus-y scents) but Jo Malone Colognes are expensive and I wasn’t about to hand out my hard-earned monies for something I could easily find and purchase at The Body Shop for a third of the price. Once again, I was confused by the inclusion of straight up citrus-y note in a supposedly Christmas-y scent, not unlike Pumpkin Frost Hand Soap. I found myself wondering if it was a cultural thing, again.

The next day, while I was separating my clothes into lights and darks before tossing them in the washing machine, I kept getting a particularly intoxicating sandalwood scent. I know my fragrances like I know the back of my hands so I’m very well acquainted with all their little nuances. The scent that stood out to me was quite different from all the vanilla orientals scenting the majority of my clothes. I finally pin-pointed it to the sleeve of my bomber jacket where I’d spritzed Orange Bitters Cologne only a day before. About a little over a week or so, when I finally got some time to myself, I went back to Jo Malone to check out their newest fragrance Myrrh & Tonka, even though I’d missed the launch. I don’t even remember what it smelled like because I only had Orange Bitters on my mind and going by the limited edition (ugly) packaging, I was dreading the fact that I might already be too late!

Luckily, I found Orange Bitters Cologne and purchased it for KD52/500.

With that being said, Jo Malone need to chill on the whole churning out new fragrances thing because those aren’t exactly Bath & Body Works prices and I’m not exactly made out of money, Ok? Ok!
In the meantime, I’m glad I’ve got a bunch of their Cologne samples to play around with.

I’m even more excited about the Body Crèmes, especially Wood Sage & Sea Salt.

Granted most of those samples are in the same scent, Pomegranate Noir.

As well as English Pear & Freesia.

With Wood Sage & Sea Salt and Lime Basil & Mandarin for variety.

Which makes a total of… a whole bunch of samples to play around with! With that being said, these are the accumulative of several (read: only three) trips to Jo Malone. Once again, I’d like to add that I had a very pleasant experience at Jo Malone. The sales assistant was very helpful in assisting me, as all the others had been. The complimentary gift-wrapping never fails to delight me (read: it doesn’t take much to make me happy lawl). Lastly, I’m absolutely in love with Orange Bitters Cologne! I guess my new-found obsession is sandalwood notes in my fragrances because I find Orange Bitters Cologne addictive (I myself sniffing it over and over once it’s fully dried down) and I’m so happy with this purchase!

If you ever happen to come across Jo Malone Orange Bitters Cologne, wait for it to dry down before writing it off.

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