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.