Basil and Neroli - The Scent Of The Season

Basil and Neroli - The Scent Of The Season

THE REVIEW | basil & neroli BY JO MALONE LONDON


Basil and Neroli is the latest offering from top perfume house Jo Malone London.

The scent is described as young and fun, with top notes of basil, a heart of neroli and a base of white musk.

Jo Malone is marketing this as a ‘London Lark’, a scent that British rock n roll chicks in Hunter wellies would adore. Personally I think this is more of a ladylike fragrance. It reminds me of an English garden in the rain, although perhaps one found in the back of an irresistibly chic townhouse in central London.

Basil is an interesting note that is not often used in modern perfumery and it follows one of the perfume house’s original cult fragrances Lime, Basil and Mandarin. Indeed, the godfather of perfume reviewers everywhere – Luca Turin – gave it his hard-won approval. And I have to say this latest offering is bound to be a success, though perhaps not on a scale of the original.

Whereas LBM is more aimed at men (sorry, I know women can smell amazing in it, but I prefer it on a guy – preferably after he gets out of the shower) this is the feminine version. A soft hush of white musk with beautiful green notes, the twist of basil lifts the scent from your typical high street offering into something rather fascinating.

I didn’t think it was that strong until a friend walked in and commented on how lovely the room smelt, so it’s clearly one of those fragrances that catches up on you. Like many Jo Malone fragrances, it will last only a few hours before needing to be re-sprayed although this one definitely has superior sillage. 

Created by perfumer Anne Flippo, this is a simple scent for a sophisticated woman with an occasional wild side. It is available in September from Jo Malone London stockists (100ml Cologne, 228  NZD).

Review | Helen Easson
Photography | Clara Pafundi

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Helen Easson is a self-confessed beauty addict, with a particular weakness for beautiful perfumes. An international freelance writer and author; Helen lives in Auckland, New Zealand.