Jo Malone recently launched Mimosa & Cardamom, a new fragrance for women. It was developed by perfumer Marie Salamagne and its notes include honey, mimosa, heliotrope, rose, cardamom, sandalwood and tonka bean. Its tagline is "A new bohemia awaits."
This list of notes made my mouth water, so to speak — lots of my favorites in there! And the visuals for Mimosa & Cardamom are fantastic, with that wavy-haired brunette model in Eastern-inspired wear, looking like some kind of contemporary Matisse odalisque as she lounges amongst decorative porcelain and big bunches of mimosa blooms. So, how is the fragrance? Well, it does feel like a Jo Malone, which could be either praise or a warning, depending on your point of view.
Mimosa & Cardamom does indeed open with mimosa, honeyed and slightly powdery, sweet but bright. The cardamom also makes an early appearance, as a surprisingly sweaty note lurking just beneath the yellow mimosa puffs. It actually reminds me more of cumin than cardamom — but just as I'm trying to decide what I think about this odorous note, which feels like an unexpected guest at the typical Jo Malone tea party, it fades away.
I'd be happy just to have a mimosa soliflore, but on my skin the mimosa also fades somewhat and is almost overtaken by a mix of soapy-clean white floral notes with soft hints of sandalwood. The far dry down is a very quiet vanilla. The first time I tested this fragrance, I was vaguely reminded of Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia, and then I realized that it's been discontinued (when? I missed that!). Is Mimosa & Cardamom some sort of replacement for Vintage Gardenia in the Jo Malone catalogue? It seems to check off most of the same boxes.
If I'm really in the mood to wear a mimosa perfume, I'll probably choose Von Euserdorff Classic Mimosa for daytime or Caron Farnesiana for evening; both are deeper and more complex than Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom. (Once again, I'd like to recommend Erin's post about mimosa fragrances.) This is a mimosa fragrance in the same way that Jo Malone's Silk Blossom was a silk blossom fragrance or Wild Bluebell is a bluebell fragrance — it starts with a certain inspiration but gradually ends up somewhere else. If you happen to like that "somewhere else," of course, you're in luck.
Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom is available as 30 ml ($65) and 100 ml ($125) Cologne. For purchasing information, see the listing for Jo Malone under Perfume Houses.