Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise Body Creme

A Bedtime Indulgence with Vanilla & Anise

Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise Body Creme ($75.00 for 5.9 fl. oz.) is a decadent scent indulgence for the body.  It’s expensive, but it’s a definite luxury.  Vanilla & Anise is new for spring, and it is delicious!  It’s times like these that I wish I had a more sophisticated sniffer, because I’ve been bumbling over how to describe this scent for the past week!

Top Notes: Sicilian Bergamot, Tunisian Neroli, Wild Fennel Flower, Star Anise
Heart Notes: Oleander, Tuberose, Frangipani, Purple Vanilla Orchid
Base notes: Clove, Tonka, White Amber, Creamy Musks, Vanilla Bourbon Absolute, Vetiver Haiti

Initially, it has a spicy, lightly vanilla scent mixed with a sharper citrus taste, which is pleasant and enjoyable, but the dry down is fantastic.  It’s like a heady, seductive mix of tempered vanilla and amber with an almost woody feel.  The vanilla notes you find in this scent is not the vanilla cupcake scent you’ll find at a bakery.  It has a definite sweetness to it, but it’s not cloying or sugary-sweet.

Though the scent is the most important part of the product, I was particularly impressed by how well and long it wears.  I’ve been using this before I go to bed on my arms and legs, and the scent lingers beautifully.  I find a lot of scented body lotions and creams don’t last long and often have a stale smell, if they do last a few hours.  Vanilla & Anise stays with me until I wake up and take a shower, though it has gently worn over through the night–but I can still smell it on me without trying.

The Body Creme also does a bang-up job keeping my dragon-lady legs at bay, which I was surprised at as well.  I just imagined that, despite enjoying Jo Malone products in the past, it wouldn’t be a truly rich and luxurious body cream, but it was and is.  The texture of the Body Creme is certainly rich, but it’s creamy without being too thick or stiff.  You don’t need much (which is good, ’cause you don’t get much!), and despite being a richer cream, it absorbs within minutes and doesn’t leave behind any greasiness or stickiness.

Last night, I walked into the office, and my boyfriend instantly took notice and was like, “Mmm!”  It’s always a wonderful thing when you and your significant other can agree on your beauty favorites!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re a Jo Malone fan and haven’t yet tried a body creme, you might want to try a sample if you’re able to–you might be as pleasantly surprised as I was.  A supreme indulgence but a very much worth it indulgence!

Availability: Nordstrom

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Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise Body Creme

Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise Body Creme

Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise Body Creme

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14 thoughts on “Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise Body Creme Review, Photos

  1. As nice smelling body and hand creams are – I have the utmost difficulty wearing them.

    Body creams make me feel slightly dirty. Hand creams bug me more because they’re on my hands. I’m regularly washing my hands because I’m slightly a germaphobe. So its pointless if I keep washing the hand cream off. When I wear cream I tend to think germs will stick better to my hands, so yeah….. XS

    • Andrea

      Lol I’m the same, I feel like when I use hand cream the germs or any dirt might stick better to them… It sounds kind of silly, but my hands feel dirty very quickly after using hand cream 😛

  2. this sounds amazing but i can’t justifiably spend 45 of my british pounds on a body creme! do you think the cologne will be as nice? i am considering it because it will last much longer.

    ps. doing my liberty of london haul saturday – my bank manager will be having words with you 😉 heehee

  3. Alexis

    Sounds wonderful – I still want the honey/nectarine scent…I’ve been wanting that the past 3 yrs – maybe I should just give in!

  4. Nicole

    I remember sniffing the cologne of this scent a few months ago, but I never actually sprayed myself. I remember liking it, but now I want to know how it dries down!! I’ve never used any of Jo Malone’s products, but I am way too intrigued with trying new (occasionally slightly luxurious) things! :p

  5. nicci

    Jo Malone body cremes are so nice and smell wonderful! They lasts a long time too. I have White Jasmine and Mint :-)

  6. Tiffany

    what an extreme price!

  7. Hilana

    Wow. Like the packaging. Very classy. But very pricey too! Even if this was available here in SA, I would not spend that much on a body creme. I also wash my hands very often, but I apply lotion everytime I do. I put some lotion on the top of one hand and rub the top of my hands together, rarely on the inside, because I don’t like the feel of it. But I also like my hands to look and feel soft, so I never skimp on that!

  8. Donna Cooper

    I actually bought the cologne of Vanilla Anise yesterday. The sa did a hand and arm massage with the body cream and applied the cologne. I really prefer L’Occitane sheabutter body lotion which goes under everything.

    Do love the cologne though

  9. This sounds lovely. I’ll have to try some when I go to Holt Renfrew.

    By the way, have you ever tried taking a wine class? They teach a lot about how to smell a wine (in addition to tasting 😉 and going through common base scents. I found it really helped when picking out and smelling through the fragrance aisle :)

  10. Wendy

    My daughter looks at your blog all of the time. She passed you onto me because I’m looking to do some research for a project I’m working on. I work for a fragrance house and we make all of the wonderful scents that go into the products that you review from the various cosmetic manufacturers. If you want a better sniffer visit and consider investing in the fragrance training kits available for sale there. They will teach you all of the basic fragrance families and ingredients that are key to training your nose and enhancing your olfactive vocabulary. Just thought I’d try to help, since I’ve been looking through your blogs for the same. it’s also a wonderful site for keeping up on the fine fragrance market and getting a little fragrance history should you need it from time to time.