Pomelo – Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis, a crisp citrus fruit from the region of South and Southeast Asia. It color varies from pale light to yellow. It’s pulp is usually white and it’s sweet. Pomelo is the largest citrus fruit, comparable in size to basketball ball, its weight is usuall 1-2 kilos. This fruit gave inspiration to Jo Malone who created Pomelo as one of four debuting fragrances of Jo Loves… line.
The opening of Pomelo is a thrilling burst of the sweet juiciness of pomelo. This slightly acidic and sour aroma has some happy and energetic properties. It smells so lively, so vivid and very natural – like somebody just sliced a delicious pomelo fruit right in front of your nose. You know the story of cutting citruses, right? Once you try to cut through the peel the fruit sometimes splashes a little bit of juice in your face or on your clothes. And that’s how Pomelo feels to me.
Moreover right next to the juicy pomelo I could smell a really pleasant aroma that made me think of citrus foliage, of shiny green leaves warmed by the sun somewhere at the hot sea coast. A whiff of this nice scent made me relaxed and calm. It’s hard to tell what note that was – citrus foliage is not listed for Pomelo. What is listed for the fragrance – is patchouli. Could this sun-warmed aroma come from patchouli? It’s possible if done in similar way to Atelier Cologne Mistral Patchouli.
Jo Loves… Pomelo is a perfume that takes a progress quite quickly. After a while my nose detected a similar note. I think I’ve already smelled something similar but I can’t remember what perfume that was. But I’m certain about the note – the vetiver. In this perfume vetiver is not a nemesis, it’s more of an acquaintance. The note is quite aromatic, somehow making me think of a sea breeze – a little bit salty sensation hides within. Few minutes later from the moment of noticing this note it shows a little bit more earthy and woody face, but it never gets rooty, which I wouldn’t stand. Rooty vetiver is a nay for me.
There’s also a delicate spicy vibe to the vetiver, my nose tried to tell me it smells like pepper but a quick look into Pomelo’s notes clears it by listing clove as one of the notes of this perfume. In the drydown, a warm and tender smell of suede is noticeable, it’s quite cosy and contradicts the refreshing smell of pomelo from the opening. Notes pyramid indicates rose to be here but I just couldn’t notice its smell, either it was very light either other notes were a tad stronger that it.
Pomelo has a moderate sillage, it’s lovely right after spraying but then it quickly sits on the skin and the scent is noticeable only close to the wearer. Longevity is good as for the citrus fragrance, on my skin it was around 5-6 hours, not bad at all. Jo Loves… Pomelo is available in 30 ml and 100 ml bottles, it’s probably EdT concentrated. Unfortunately availability is a little bit of a problem.
The brand doesn’t have an open, stationery boutique. If you’re in London you can arrange an appointment to the Jo Loves… Showroom, where you can test their perfume and buy them. Fragrances can be also purchased via the online store but using it you’ll be charged for the shipping + only 30 ml flacons are available for purchases from outside the UK.