Jo Malone's Myrrh & Tonka - Review

So it was my birthday last week (I'm now officially in my late twenties...sniff), apart from the noticeable wrinkles and grey hair that have appeared overnight (I might be a tad overdramatising here) I received this gorgeous Jo Malone perfume from my big boo (a.k.a. brother).

Now don't be too impressed with his choice, we actually went together to Senteurs d'Ailleurs (in Place Stéphanie here in Brussels); a swanky perfume shop which carries: Jo Malone, Diptyque, Molecule 01 to name a few. And if you've read any of my other perfume posts (here, here and here) then you'll know that I have a particular fondness for very sweet/vanilla-y perfumes and this Myrrh & Tonka is no exception!

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New to Jo Malone's collection (which I only realised when I went on to their website), this scent is just delicious! I will admit it might not be for everyone, after all their most popular scents amongst bloggers - Peony & Blush Suede and Wood Sage & Sea Salt - I don't particularly care for.

However, so far anyway, I've had no complaints! My family would generally tell me if a perfume was too strong/sickly (not that that makes me stop wearing it of course!). And even my mum liked it so much that she wants it for her Christmas (and we generally have very different tastes; she likes the more floral and me the more fruity/sweet).

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Finally, after patiently waiting for two months since I picked it out, I get to wear this cologne! Yes, I have been saying perfume, but this is in fact a cologne. It's part of Jo Malone's more expensive "Cologne Intense" range a.k.a. the black bottles (which unfortunately don't come in the 30ml, so make sure you really like your choice before purchase because it's a SPLURGE whether you get the 50ml or the 100ml). And contrary to what the perfume chart indicates: that a cologne is weaker in fragrance oils than a perfume, this cologne really does deserve its "intense" categorisation, as it's very strong!!! Composed of:

- TOP NOTES: Lavender


- BASE NOTES: Vanilla, tonka bean and almond

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Isn't the packaging amazing?! Plus, since the shop (Senteurs d'Ailleurs), at the time, had run out of boxes to wrap my cologne in, I got a whole bunch of extra Jo Malone samples to enjoy (and I ain't complaining!).

As for longevity, this cologne lasted on me all day! Same as their Blackberry & Bay cologne in fact (which is the only other Jo Malone perfume I own; see my Top 5 Autumn/Fall Perfumes post for more info about that one), albeit a bit stronger. However, I have to acknowledge that I have a tendency to spray my perfumes on my clothes which is a contributing factor to longevity (except when I'm testing them out before purchase, then I make it a point to spray it on my skin to see how my body's chemistry reacts to it).

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There you have it, my review of the new Myrrh & Tonka fragrance. I urge you to go and sniff it, and if you like it, definitely spritz it on your skin to test out (I mean why not?! That's what the samples are there for!).

Do you own any Jo Malone cologne or cologne intense? What do you think of it/them?

If not and you've only had a curious gander (cause your wallet can't take it), which one caught your eye, or should I say nose?