A Minuet of Roses: Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne, Review

“You're beautiful, but you're empty...One couldn't die for you. 
Of course, an ordinary passer-by would think my rose looked just like you. 
But my rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, 
since she's the one I've watered. 
Since she's the one I put under glass, 
since she's the one I sheltered behind the screen. 
Since she's the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except the two or three butterflies). 
Since she's the one I listened to when she complained, 
or when she boasted, 
or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. 
Since she's my rose.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, from The Little Prince

Valentine's Day being just around the corner, I would like to start with this beautiful piece about roses and love. Today it is about a beautiful fragrance just for your rose, be it your mother, lover, sister or yourself. Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne puts a large bouquet of red roses in a bottle.

Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne

From their chic minimalistic bottles to signature yellow black box and the ribbon, Jo Malone London is offered in beautiful packaging which would make receiver's heart skip a beat. Everything is luxurious about Jo Malone which starts during unpacking and reaches its peak by the first spray touches your skin.

Imagine a garden full of roses. First whiff is like a short fresh breeze, a very brief occurrence of mint and citrus for just a few minutes. As the red roses fully take over -they do it in a very pleasant way- it becomes all about them and nothing else. You are in a garden, not a room, nothing artificial about it, they are alive, they are earthy and real. I appreciate the lack of sweetness of this contemporary floral. A very long lasting bouquet of roses, which doesn't transform but keep on delivering what it promises.

Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne

Jo Malone London extends their Red Roses Collection for Valentine's Day this year with bath oil, body and hand lotion, shower gel, room spray and room diffuser as well as a candle.Red Roses is lovely as a cologne but I can see it working just as good as room spray, diffuser or candle. The realistic take-on red roses would bring a freshly cut bouquet to your living room.

Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne

A Minuet of Roses is a duet with lovely blogger Linda from Silverkis. Her post is about Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne. It is February and we are all about roses.

Final thoughts: Jo Malone London Red Roses is lovely contemporary floral which puts a garden full of roses in a bottle. Earthy and clean and not sweet. It is long lasting and a must-have for those who love rose fragrances.

Which one would you prefers as a gift on Valentine's Day? A bouquet of red roses, candle or a fragrance? Or make-up? ;-) Please share with us what you would wish for.

Disclaimer: The product in this post is provided free of charge for my consideration. 
I am not paid for this review, all opinions are honest and my own.



  1. Aww The Little Prince! That's one of my favorite books :)

    I have tried this one as well as Velvet Rose & Oud. This one is as pleasant as almost all Jo Malone creations, but I wouldn't call it a favorite because by now I have tried too many. I don't really have any plans or wishes for Valentine's Day to be honest! It falls on a Saturday this year so I can already predict the town will go wild. Might just stay home and cook a good meal or something :)

  2. Yes mine too, love The Little Prince!
    Which of Jo Malone Colognes are you favorites?
    This Saturday we will visit my mother in law because she is having a belated birthday party. In Germany Valentine's Day is not that big, but still young people go out to eat etc. So as you said everywhere is full.

  3. For the moment, probably Wood Sage & Sea Salt! Actually I like pretty much everything I own, including Pomegranate Noir, but that one makes me feel I'm wearing someone else's clothes :p

  4. Wood Sage is so good. I am trying hard not to wear it everyday.
    I have a small bottle of that one but promised myself if it gets empty, I am buying a big one lol.
    I am excited about the new comer to the Intense Cologne, the one with Incense and cedar. I will try it as soon as it is out.

  5. The PR told me that one is rather masculine, but it's not as if I had ever shied away from a unisex fragrance :)

  6. I love wearing men fragrance lol
    We will see how masculine is that one, I am not shy about it either! ;-)

  7. I have a love-hate relationship with roses. If a fragrance is too full-on rose then I probably won't like it. But when it's a blend and the rose scent is natural and subtle then I might like it.

  8. Hi Sara, trying again to leave a comment. I'm excited about our little duet!!! Red Roses feels very fresh to me, and you introduced it so well here... love Au Petit Prince!!!

  9. Hi Linda, I am excited as well. I will link your post tomorrow.
    I haven't sampled Velvet Rose & Oud yet so can't wait to read about it

  10. Oh the same here, but I think it is because it is hard to do a very good rose fragrance. To me this one smells really nice, although it is very rose and hardly something else.


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