Lime Basil & Mandarin 1991 Cologne

Lime Basil & Mandarin (Cologne) by Jo Malone
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Lime Basil & Mandarin (Cologne) is a perfume by Jo Malone for women and men and was released in 1991. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies. Pronunciation
Scent goes well with Wood Sage & Sea Salt (Cologne)
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Perfumer

Lucien Piquet

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot
LimeLime
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart NotesBasilBasil
LilacLilac
IrisIris
White thymeWhite thyme
Base Notes Base NotesAmberwoodAmberwood
PatchouliPatchouli
VetiverVetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.1202 Ratings

Longevity

6.3150 Ratings

Sillage

5.5147 Ratings

Bottle

7.5153 Ratings

Value for money

5.414 Ratings
Submitted by TVC15, last update on 21.11.2021.
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7.5
Scent
5
Longevity
4
Sillage
7
Bottle
Leimbacher
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Leimbacher
Top Review    8  
Mandarin mines
A lot of classics, I don't count from Jo Malone. The brand is defined more by breadth and new releases than by the big names of the past. But "Lime Basil & Mandarin" is just that - a classic, the first and only true Jo Malone. A hotel and luxury and spa fragrance that simply does you good.

"Lime Basil & Mandarin" delivers what the name already says. Like most Jo Malones. But there is something about this herbaceous refresher that lifts him above the rest of the colourfully mixed portfolio. You can literally feel in the air that it is a Gamechanger. Someone who'll probably stay forever. It reminds me of an orange version of the Bulgari tea line - no coincidence that they were once intended for hotels and wellness facilities. "Lime Basil & Mandarin" withstands high temperatures, is a mixture of a forest clearing, a beach cocktail and... a goat cheese pizza?! If you want to snap your tongue bad, yeah. Mandarins were rarely more adult and more masculine. But of course also wearable by women. No matter how much green stuff there is. Pure relaxation and relaxation. Smells like a weekend quality time.

Flacon: unobtrusive and elegant
Sillage: inconspicuous and elegant
Shelf life: only 4 hours - but I sweat today (like all) but also inexorably...

Conclusion: a green-spicy mandarin - refreshing, bitter, ripe. Delicious. A little bitter. But you should be friends with Basilkum. Just before bursting and tipping and lazing, this noble little fruit.
WildGardener

231 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
   1  
Evolution of the citrus cologne
By placing the emphasis on the lesser used lime note, Jo Malone has flipped the EdC structure inside out.
Instead of the centre being lemon and grapefruit, these now take a supporting role. Bergamot has dropped back, and coumarin and a ionone have been dosed right down to merely add a neutral background.

Because the formula is top weighted it gives LB&M a more spare and streamlined effect - accentuated by the use of thin and quite sharp smelling lilac to complement the basil, and the dry agrestic herbal nuance of white thyme which ties into the salty edge found in the lime opening.

The lightly dosed base materials support the acidic citrus and tart herbs by the the use of a clean vetiver, possibly vetiveryl acetate, and patchouli. It finally dries down to a bland, mid toned powdery residue.

The overall result is modern and clean, in keeping with the new purity genre that emerged in the nineties. LB&M's bright optimistic construction can be read as a forerunner of CK One which two years later took up a similar motif and ran with it, taking the modern cologne further down a more abstract and less naturalistic path, albeit with less conviction.

A modern classic which has deservedly carved out its niche alongside the greats of the EdC genre.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
   0  
Old-school green aftershave
The opening of Lime Basil & Mandarin by Jo Malone reminded me a bit of L’homme de Grès; that similar sort of really pungent, decidedly “virile”, kind of old-school and really bitter lime-green note supported by a woody, somber, almost chypre (in a really subtle way) base. At first the mandarin is not really there and neither is basil to my nose, but in a matter of minutes the bitter and fresh “head of the head notes” vanishes off and the fragrance starts to warm on skin – at that point you surely get a slightly sweeter, more aromatic-floral blend which seems comprising also something like neroli. Still no basil to my nose, weirdly enough I get thyme and sage more clearly; overall, basically a sort of aromatic green fougère centered on lime-orange with a subtle and to me, quite masculine woody-herbal-musky base smelling quite dark, slightly waxy and also slightly camphorous. And kind of “humid” too.

Also, I think I clearly get here the sort of aftershave vibe I get from many British fragrances based on classic structures (like those countless “West Indian Limes” colognes by Truefitt & Hill, Taylors of Old Bond Street and similar “gentleman’s grooming” brands) – although it may be just pure suggestion. Surely anyway something way less fresh than one may assume by reading the name. Overall, in my opinion Lime Basil & Mandarin isn’t bad at all, almost quite good actually; the only negative thing for me is that I get a whiff of something annoyingly and persistently synthetic that somehow “ruins the magic”. For me, citrus-green scents – more than others – need to be as much natural as possible to smell pleasant, fulfilling and compelling, to avoid smelling like floor detergents or cheap soaps. This doesn’t really make it for me, at least not entirely; it smells decently good, but I feel it would have been way better if part of the efforts was also financial - I mean in raising the budget and picking better materials. Still quite nice overall, just don’t expect something neither fresh nor particularly solid or refined.

6,5/10
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Scent
Tina1960

3 Reviews
Tina1960
Tina1960
Helpful Review    0  
Summertime in the herb garden
Sharp and fresh, this perfume is the perfect antidote to a hot summer's day when you want fresh scent that doesn't cloy The initial hit is quite sharp but it does soften down somewhat. In truth, this is not a great favourite of mine but I would say it is a modern scent, perhaps best suited to someone sporty
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Flavorite

240 Reviews
Flavorite
Flavorite
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The Fresh Prince of the Air
Wow! This is like a mainline of Coast/Vitabath/Badades/Irish Spring and a gorgeous lime note at the end. If you want to smell amazingly clean and fresh- you've taken the correct exit off the fragrance highway...next stop...the Citrus soap zone. I love soapy clean scents, and I believe I have tried over 50. This is one of the finest. It is unusual, owing to the basil, bits of caraway and a touch of resinous patchouli and vetiver in the base, but it is also familiar to me in many ways...a culmination of many clean fresh soaps that I love along with a Vodka Lemon Drop Martini Note, IMHO. It's lovely...I got a travel size bottle of this with my Jo Malone Black Vetiver Cafe and now I wish I had a full bottle of this and travel size bottle of the latter. I could and would wear this every day for work and errands, easy, clean breezy and citrusy; I find it totally uplifting. I give this one a 8/10 and I recommend it for both men and women day time wear, 4 seasons- unconditional love!
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jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
   2  
Sounds like I should eat it.
I only smelled this for the first time recently. It has such a pretty opening and it seems like it might simply be a long-lasting take on the eau de cologne. The heart turns out to be fairly short-lived, but the basenotes, while quiet, are quite durable. The base hints at vetiver, patchouli and iris, having a dry, dusty feel. It seems a bit like dried citrus rind, the perfect ending to the citrus-dominant start.
8
Scent
7.5
Longevity
Njdeb

63 Reviews
Njdeb
Njdeb
Very helpful Review    4  
Great citrus aromatic for guys
I was standing in line to get coffee not too long ago, caught a whiff of this scent and thought "Wow, that guy next to me smells good!." Then I realized the smell was coming from ME and the Lime Mandarine & Basil sample I was testing out. Suffice to say, this strikes me as more of a masculine scent, and a great one at that. It is a fresh scent, as you would expect from a citrus aromatic, but with an unexpected depth and complexity. Guys, you should try this one out.

Statements

OmerbentsurOmerbentsur 2 months ago
2.5
Scent
8
Longevity
9
Sillage
9
Bottle
Unexplained scent, even disgusting. Disappointing.
Jazzy76Jazzy76 4 years ago
Very fresh and citrusy, extremely vibrant with its basil aromatics notes. A particular fragrance, quite unisex, perfect in the hottest days
LillibetLillibet 4 years ago
8
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
A savoury herbal cologne that lasts beautifully through the day.

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