Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense: Review

Myrrh & Tonka is the latest addition to the Jo Malone Cologne Intense line... and a must-try if you enjoy sensual, smoky scents.

There's no two ways about it; this is one sexy fragrance and smells great on both men and women. Without exception, everyone I've asked to try this finds it as swoony as I do... and of all the Cologne Intense scents, this is my No1.

"The rich, potent sap of the Namibian myrrh tree... mingling with whispers of warm almond and lush vanilla... the addictive tonka bean."

I was surprised to read of lavender top notes as I didn't catch these at all, so don't be put off if like me, you're not a fan. There's an oriental herbal freshness on first spritz that quickly turns smoky before the myrrh kicks in, eventually settling to sophisticated vanilla and almond.

I've heard some describe Myrrh & Tonka as sweet; to me the dry down is a musky, woody gourmand - soft and creamy, but not quite sweet. A gentle oriental smokiness remains as this scent wears on my skin and I can't help thinking that it would make a beautiful candle.

Fragrance Director, Céline Roux describes it as "decadent... addictive... warm and opulent" - and I completely agree. To me, it conjures a log cabin with open fires on the edge of a forest... close my eyes and I'm there (I wish).

I think Myrrh & Tonka will be hugely popular and am pleased that the Cologne Intense line is now available in slightly more accessible 50ml bottles (cute, squat and square). These scents have a richness and lasting power beyond that of regular Jo Malone colognes and I find that they work particularly well in Winter.

Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka is available now in 50ml or 100ml  in the UK (find it here in the US).

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