My favorite Jo Malone perfumes are the most simple ones, especially those that center on notes that I usually find questionable (nectarine, citrus). Jo Malone Grapefruit is another such creature and I like it enough to consider getting the 1 oz bottle and just bathe in it for the rest of the summer. Or maybe I should just go with the shower gel and take residence in my bathroom until there's a significant change in the weather.
Jo Malone Grapefruit is a herbal grapefruit fragrance. It's tinged with green and bitterness, has a slight peppery-soapy feel and a unisex woody aroma. There's no complexity, depth or any interesting twists, it just smells good and uplifting, with the bonus of having a reasonable longevity for a citrus cologne type (I get 3-4 hours with moderate spraying). Is it the best interpretation of grapefruit in perfumery? No, not at all (my vote goes for Guerlain). What makes Jo Malone a winner in my opinion is the lighthearted and positive mood that surrounds Grapefruit. There's something about this specific combination and the fact that grapefruit is so sunny that makes it irresistible even on the crankiest Monday morning.
Notes: grapefruit, tangerine, rosemary, mint, pimento, jasmine, vetiver, patchouli, tree moss.
Jo Malone Grapefruit ($55, 1 oz) is available from select department stores and jomalone.com.
Image: Crate label art for Victoria Brand grapefruits (from an online auction).