London lark: Jo Malone’s new Basil & Neroli cologne

Master perfumer Anne Flipo calls Jo Malone’s latest offering “a fresh, sophisticated, sensual floral with green facets — stunning in its simplicity,” and we can’t help but agree whole-heartedly. Dubbed the London Lark, the Basil & Neroli cologne is concocted with the fashionable youth and fun of London town in mind. It’s a scent that is fresh, playful, and — most importantly — quintessentially British.

A London lark: The new scent is oh-so London with it's flirty neroli and delicious basil.
A London lark: The new scent is oh-so London with it’s flirty neroli and delicious basil.

The fragrance starts out with rich top notes of basil, which then give way to a beautiful heart of neroli. The base of white musk and vetiver give off great earthy notes that round off the fragrance beautifully. Fun fact: This Basil & Neroli cologne is the second basil fragrance after the brand’s signature Lime Basil & Mandarin scent from over 20 years ago. A cool bit about it is that it is a unisex scent, but we’re not too sure how we feel about sharing this precious bottle.

As with all Jo Malone London fragrances, the Basil & Neroli cologne is made to be layered with the other cologne variants. We tried out a few combinations but the one that won us over was the Basil & Neroli layered with Nectarine Blossom & Honey. Sweet, lingering and absolutely captivating, this combo had us turning heads all day long.

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The Basil & Neroli fragrance is a fun, light and fresh unisex fragrance.
The Basil & Neroli fragrance is a fun, light and fresh unisex fragrance.

The Basil & Neroli collection will be available at Jo Malone boutiques in September. While you’re there, get their in-store scent stylists to tailor-make your signature scent for you. The cologne retails at RM245 (30ml) and RM485(100ml). The Body & Hand Wash 250ml is RM250 while the Body Crème 175ml is RM370. Because your home should smell just as good as you, the collection includes a 200-gram Home Candle that retails at RM310.

The Jo Malone Basil & Neroli collection.
The Jo Malone Basil & Neroli collection.