I got hold of a full 30ml bottle of this for a good price, I'm always the one to be looking for a bargain! I love suede and leather as notes so I was extremely happy and looked forward to trying it. Jo Malone's perfumes are always a bit hit and miss with me as they combine notes that very often don't sit well on my skin. However, this is an extremely pretty fragrance.
Initially, when I applied Peony & Blush Suede, I got a gorgeous waft of peony. It was sweet and rounded, fresh as if covered in morning dew. It isn't sugar sweet, but naturally sweet. This must be the apple, but it is used very cleverly to enhance the peony and isn't particularly noticeable by itself. At this initial stage I couldn't smell any of the other notes at all.
After about 15 minutes, the perfume deepens with the other florals coming into play to support the peony. This is necessary as peony isn't a particularly strong fragrance and I feel that the other florals just serve to round out the fragrance. The suede is very faint. Rather than being able to smell it, I can more sense it. It is as if the suede gives flesh to the flower petals and they seem velvety in texture. At this point the perfume is as developed as it gets. From hereon in Peony & Blush Suede is fairly linear. It lasted approximately four hours on my skin by which time it was just a powdery residue.
All in all, this is a very pretty fragrance. There isn't anything out of this world or mind blowing about it. Jo Malone hasn't broken any boundaries. If you are looking for a natural, sweet, floral for spring or summer that gently evokes velvet petals, this is the perfume for you. It is very inoffensive and could be worn anywhere. To be honest I wish it had a little more bite as it is so pretty, but I want it to have more of everything.
This is a restrained, quiet lady who doesn't make any ripples. She is pretty and gracious, but in the end rather unmemorable.