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Review: Jo Malone’s English Pear and Fresia

If Hermès’ Un Jardin sur le Toit makes for the perfect, fresh, yet sophisticated daytime summer perfume, Jo Malone’s English Pear and Freesia takes the green peak-of-summer crispness to an unforeseen, vespertine intensity and sweetness: A must-have companion for the summer nights of 2015! 

For the first few seconds, English Pear and Freesia will strike you as a crisp, fresh and juicy green scent that could be a mere inversion of Un Jardin sur le Toit, with its fresh pear notes being more noticeable and the flowery chords more taken back than in Hermès’ Jardin. After a few moments however, the blue disappears almost completely out of the green, leaving you with a distinctly golden, sweet, ripe, intense, almost alcoholic impression of pear – or pear brandy – only ever so slightly cooled off by an almost soapy note of clean freesia.

MaloneThe Thunderstorm by Tez Goodyer is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

English Pear and Freesia is a sunset after a heavy summer day that does not bring any cooling down yet; it is peak-of-summer intensity at its most fierce, experienced in the wild English countryside; it’s not a crisp green pear, but a yellow-brown pear brandy that burns your throat; it is a close atmosphere filled with ripeness and heat and the sound of crickets, but also with the faint floral notion of an approaching, cooling thunderstorm.

To me, English Pear and Freesia is a scent to be worn when you are alone, at home; a scent to accompany your longing for rural intensity, and to take you elsewhere. Other people might only smell pear brandy: It takes time to discover the richness and all the dimensions of this scent, it takes silence, and a free spirit willing to embark on the journey.


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