Mary Greenwell Lemon
Tomorrow is A Very Big Day in the perfume world. Because Mary Greenwell launches her second fragrance, Lemon, to the world, on QVC. (Showtime is 4 p.m., so if you're not at home, do set your Tivo or Freesat box to watch Mary.)
Her super-sophisticated debut scent, Plum (which came out in 2010) is considered by Jo to be one of the great perfume classics launched in the last decade. (Read Jo's review on www.thescentcritic.com, here.)
This second fragrance is equally exciting - and what's completely brilliant is that right now on Mary's website you can buy a little 1.5 ml tester bottle of Lemon for just £2.50 - and get a credit of £5 against a full-size bottle. That's how confident they are that you'll love it.
We are, too. Jo was a 'guinea pig' for Lemon, before it launched, and was bereft when the sample bottle spritzed its last. (She's been inspired to review Lemon on The Scent Critic, too, so stay tuned for her full assessment of this light, breezy, sherbet-y - but ultimately, addictive and mysterious - fragrance.)
As well as lashings of lemon (and lime), there's bergamot and mandarin, narcissus absolute, muguet, hyacinth and jasmine, which gradually ebb away to reveal subtle hints of precious woods, oak moss, patchouli, amber and tonka. But the lovely lemoniness lingers for aeons.
So: Lemon. Anything but a 'lemon' of a scent...