Orange Bitters 
Jo Malone London (2016)

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There are 6 reviews of Orange Bitters by Jo Malone London.


This is an interesting citrus opening with orange and mandarin both present, and the differences between these two citrus notes are represented rather well. They are bitte a both and the sweet but nonetheless fresh side, gently refreshing that are and not a loudly fresh blast.

The drydown adds a bitterer bigarrade-like version of the orange that is not bad, but with times I sharper undertone develops, which reminds me bit of those unpleasantly chemical oud-like emanations that plague some of the olfactory products released over recent years. Thankfully this morphs into an orange bitter impression that is zesty and quite pleasant, and which sees whiffs and angostura attaches to it at times.

The base looses most of the orange and replaces it with an anemic prune note, to then develop an ambery wood note. The latter express faint characteristics of sandal wood on temporarily, but remains tediously nonspecific for most of the time.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and ten hours of longevity on my skin.

A lovely play with various citrus notes form the core of this ancient for cooler summer evenings, which looses in quality the further it develops, and the base is quite indistinct and generic; but overall it is - just - a positive score. 3/5.
Aug 24, 2020


[b]Jo Malone Orange Bitters[/b]
[b]Category[/b]: 1 Bigarade type
[b]Rating[/b]: 2/5
[b]Longevity[/b]: 5/5

Definitely a winter citrus, it opens with delicious sugared orange peels, but then the base structure of Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods emerges. It dries down to an ambery Bath & Body Works lotion type of base, and despite it smelling nice, I smell a lot like any middle aged white lady after applying Christmas gift lotion from my desk drawer.
Jan 19, 2020


No shortage of orange and general citrus in this creation...at least initially!

Jo Malone's Orange Bitters scent starts right out with an orange-citrus flurry, touched with plum juiciness. Mixed with prominent amber resin and sandalwood, OB becomes a creamy, almost gourmand type scent; the citrus does fade out fairly much over time, which was a bit of a letdown (though I'm not entirely surprised).

It ends up with a fresh, powdery woody-citrus vibe that leans heavily in the masculine direction (but women can still enjoy it, IMO). Not a linear scent, which may dash the experience / expectation of many.


Oct 7, 2018


This kicks off with bright, bitter orange peel mixed with vodka and sour greens, quickly joined by a base of roasted coffee and burnt caramel. Given about an hour, it ends up as warm brown sugar topped with smoky dried prunes and a bit of lingering brightness from the orange.

In a world with thousands of citrus perfumes, this manages to smell original, and this is one of the only perfumes that I think has successfully pulled off the citrus/gourmand combination without ending up as a creamsicle nightmare. Thumbs up.
Dec 31, 2017


Bought this one for my wife after she really liked a sniff she got at a Nordstrom. They only received a handful of FB's and apparently it is really sought after, so I had to get on a list. It ended up being her favorite Christmas present! I really like it on her. There is a spicy orange cream vibe at the beginning and it grows into a more deep orange mixed with woody notes. It doesn't last terribly long, but has decent projection.
Dec 27, 2017


Aptly named fragrance from Jo Malone. Orange Bitters starts with a lush fragrant citrus that competes with a bitter version of the same citrus, with bitter citrus getting the dominant position. It's almost like the fragrance you would get from the leaves and stem of an orange tree. The scent develops minimally, with a hint of the amber and sandalwood coming through at the later stage. As with all Malone fragrances, it stays discreet for about four to five hours longevity. Reapply as necessary. Very nice, easily unisex and a good office professional choice. Thumbs up by me.
Nov 17, 2017

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