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Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia review

Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia Review

Jo Malone has a wide range of fragrances, all popular in their own right. Today we’re going to take a look at one of the most popular with this English Pear & Freesia Review.

Let’s start with a short history of Jo Malone:

Brand History

o Malone is a luxury fragrance brand that was founded by Jo Malone in London, England, in 1994. Jo Malone started her career as a facialist and began creating her own fragrances as a hobby, using natural ingredients and her sense of smell to develop scents that were unique and unforgettable.

Her first fragrance, Nutmeg & Ginger, was created in her kitchen and quickly gained a following among her clients and friends. This led to the opening of her first boutique in London, which offered a range of fragrances and skincare products.

In 1999, Jo Malone sold her company to Estée Lauder Companies but continued to be involved in the creative process. The brand continued to expand globally and became a favorite among celebrities and high-profile individuals.

Jo Malone stepped down as the creative director in 2006 but her legacy lived on through the brand. The company continued to release new fragrances and expanded into other areas such as home fragrances and candles.

Today, Jo Malone is known for its sophisticated, elegant fragrances that capture the essence of London and British style. The brand remains committed to using high-quality ingredients and crafting scents that are both timeless and modern.

Perfume History

English Pear and Freesia is a fragrance that was introduced into Jo Malones fragrance collection in 2010. It was created by the perfumer Christine Nagel.

English Pear and Freesia quickly became a popular fragrance, known for its fresh and elegant scent that captures the essence of an English autumn. Whilst almost all Jo Malone fragrances are unisex, English Pear and Freesia was particularly popular among women, who appreciated its subtle yet sophisticated fragrance.

Today, English Pear and Freesia remains a beloved fragrance in the Jo Malone collection, known for its timeless appeal and understated elegance.

Perfume Story

English Pear & Freesia Cologne was inspired by the beauty of an English garden in autumn.

The fragrance features the sweet and juicy scent of a ripe English pear, combined with the delicate floral aroma of white freesias – hence the name. These top notes are balanced by the subtle earthiness of amber, patchouli, and woods.

Perfume Bottle & Presentation

that reflects the brand’s classic and elegant style. The bottle is made of clear glass, allowing the soft gold color of the fragrance to be seen, and features a simple black and white label with the brand name and fragrance information.

The cap of the bottle is also black and white, with a metallic band that adds a touch of sophistication. The overall design of the bottle is understated and timeless, reflecting the brand’s commitment to creating fragrances that are both modern and classic.

The sprayer is also fantastic, with an even misting that gives you nice coverage.

Our Thoughts

English Pear and Freesia is a rather nice, albeit weak, ‘freshening up’ style of fragrance, that works really, really well. I find it to be extremely well blended. There are nice sweet facets thanks to the pear, a clean floral element to keep you smelling vibrant and perked up, and then the woody and earthy base.

It’s quite soft and feminine, so I think it suits females more although guys can pull it off if it matches their personality. As with almost all Jo Malone perfumes, this is a cologne strength. That means for me personally it doesn’t have great performance, which is a shame. Many people – me included – wish that Jo Malone would make a few eau de parfum strength versions of some of their fragrances!

How many sprays are required?

You’re going to have to overspray quite a bit I’m afraid, to even get a bit of performance. I would personally advise at least 6 sprays, more often 8. These fragrances are some of the weakest I’ve sprayed, with only the black bottled fragrances from the intense collection having any lasting power.

If you only want soft coverage then you can get away with fewer sprays, but you’ll still have to overspray just a bit. This even applies in summer. You will have a bit more performance wearing this in the heat though.


Let’s get into the notes of Jo Malone’s English Pear & Freesia Cologne:

Top Notes



Right up top, you’re hit with a nice sweetness in Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia cologne. The pear note is what makes the fragrance in my eyes. Smell-wise, It’s just ripe pears that have been stewing in a pot slowly.

On top of this pear note, there’s also a melon note. This, combined with that aforementioned pear note creates a really nice sweetness when you first spray Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia cologne.

Heart Notes



The opening dissipates fairly quickly, and the mid is where the sensuous freshness kicks in. You have the clean and airy freesia, which smells like it’s just been picked. Along with the pleasantness of the freesia, you have a delicate rose that balances out the florals nicely.

Base Notes





After about an hour the base notes kick in. Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia Cologne has quite the sturdy base, with a clean musk combined with a delicate amber to create a sweet and slightly dirty base.

The patchouli adds nicely to this, giving a nice earthy texture to the base. Finally, the surprise rhubarb note isn’t mega strong and just helps to keep that juicy sweetness running through to the end of the fragrance.



As I stated above, almost all Jo Malione fragrances are cologne strength, which means the sillage is pretty bad. You’ll barely get any sillage if I’m honest. In the heat, it does have a much better scent trail but if you want a fragrance that everyone around you smells then you’ll be disappointed by English Pear & Freesia.


Longevity also leaves quite a bit to be desired. You’ll probably get around 4 hours with English Pear and Freesia cologne. It’s designed to be light and for re-applications, so you’ll most likely have to keep re-applying it.


And going 3/3, the projections are mediocre. You can get alright projection in the heat, but most of the time this will barely be punching above skin scent level.

Target Market

Jo Malone English Pear and freesia is a very delicate and feminine fragrance that suits women ages 21 and over. It’s very refined and soft, which can be hard for some younger women to pull off. Men can wear it, but you have to be comfortable with the vibe this gives off. If you want to smell very masculine, you aren’t going to get that here.

When to Wear

English Pear & Freesia is a really nice everyday type of scent that is especially nice during milder summer days. It can work perfectly well as a dumb reach signature scent as well – it’s so inoffensive and soft that it easily fits in this category.

It doesn’t have the performance for special events or to really be pulled off during the winter though, so it would probably be best avoided in these situations.


But what about if you want to smell unique? Well thankfully, Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia does have some nice unique facets which make it stand out (when you can smell it). The rhubarb in the base is the main one, but the fact that it’s quite a dominant pear fragrance also adds to the uniqueness. You may find a few ladies wearing this though, as Jo Malone perfumes are incredibly popular.

Value For Money

Here is where quite a few people are divided. The cost of English Pear and Freesia doesn’t match the performance of the fragrance for many people, so they refuse to buy it at full price and look for deals. It is quite expensive when it comes to the fact that it’s a cologne strength fragrance, but if you are happy to shell out then you’re getting an extremely pleasant and well-blended dumb reach summer fragrance.

Pros & Cons


  • Lovely pear note
  • Very light and soft fragrance
  • Great quality
  • Nice presentation


  • Weak performance
  • Slightly expensive

Similar Perfumes

Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning

Coming in at slightly more expensive than Jo Malone is Lazy Sunday Morning by Replica. This has a much better performance and is a less sweet, cleaner vibe than English pear and Freesia. If you want to minimize the sweetness but like the clean aspects, then give this a whirl.

Miller Harris Coeur De Jardin

This has the same vibe as Jo Malone English pear & Freesia cologne but is more complex and interesting. You’ve got peach, vanilla and orris all added to the mix which makes this sweeter than Jo Malone. It also lasts a bit longer.

Our Verdict

A nice choice if you want a summer fragrance that you can spritz to freshen up. This is none offensive and quite feminine, with soft projection and a really nice sweetness. Just don’t expect amazing performance.

0/5 Bottle
0/5 Scent
0/5 Sillage
0/5 Longevity
0/5 Projection
0/5 Price

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