Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone 2005: Smells Like Christmas


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Smells Like Christmas Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone 2005

Pomegranate Noir Jo Malone FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Raspberry, pomegranate, plum, rhubarb, watermelon
Heart: Lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, rose, pink pepper, clove, olibanum, opoponax, guaiac wood
Base: Virginia cedar, patchouli, musk, amber

Pomegranate Noir is the only Jo Malone fragrance I own and I really do love it. It always makes me feel warm and cozy and somewhat happy but I never realized why until I wore it to work one day. Someone came by my desk and said it smelled like Christmas in the office that day. They were right. It did smell like Christmas and I was the source of the aroma.

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When I was younger I loved Christmas. I had many happy memories of it usually involving my favorite aunt. Aunt Wanda loved Christmas. She started shopping for Christmas on December 26th and had a collection of Santa Claus figurines that she displayed year round in her home. She put extra thought into finding everyone the perfect gifts as well. She never used pre-made bows; she bought ribbon and made her own. She was a large joyful woman and some would say she looked like what Mrs. Claus should look like. Sadly, she’s been gone for many years and Christmas just isn’t the same without her.

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Pom Noir does smell like Aunt Wanda’s house during the holidays which is why it makes me smile. The fruity opening calls to mind the fact that she did a lot of canning and I get the smell of jams and spicy compotes that always lingered in the air in her house. Pomegranates were a favorite of hers as well. She’d also make those clove studded orange pomanders. A real Christmas tree was a must for her so the scent of evergreen was in the air and the wood burning stove added that warm cozy aroma that only wood can do. Her house really had that New England holiday feel to it. All of this is in Pom Noir. The florals never dominate and I barely notice they are there. It’s all spicy berries, evergreen, and warm wood. This is a comfort scent to me and it smells like my memories of Christmas.

Pomegranate Noir Jo Malone Decorating_the_Christmas_tree WikiMediaPhoto Stolen WikiMedia

It’s definitely unisex and has pretty good lasting power on my scent eating skin. It lasts longer if sprayed on clothing. I don’t think it’s very sweet since the fruits are offset by the spices and woody notes.

Further reading: Now Smell This and Memory Of Scent
You can buy Jo Malone Products at many Department Stores
In Australia Essential Mall has a range of Pomegranate Noir online
Beauty Encounter has sold out of their bottles but have $5/2ml spray samples
Surrender To Chance start at $3/ml

I love the fact that Pomegranate Noir smells like the holidays to me but what perfume, if any, smells like the holidays to you?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a wonderful season and I wish all of you a very Happy and Fragrant New Year.

Poodle XXX

25 comments on “Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone 2005: Smells Like Christmas

  1. Sabine says:

    What a lovely review. PN is also my only Jo Malone scent and I love it. It reminds me of holiday in two different ways: the Christmas season you mentioned, and my last trip to Thailand because I bought the bottle at duty free on the way to Bangkok. Good memories all around.

  2. cookie queen says:

    Hi Poodle!
    Hi had a pretty cool Aunt Wanda too. A friend of my parents, who I called Aunt at least. She lives or lived, in New Jersey. Anyway, I digress. I have never tried any Jo Malone, but am in Vienna next week and I will go and give myself a spritz of this in your honour.
    Val xxxx

  3. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey there Poodle,
    Jin loves his Jo Malone 154 Cologne and I think he smells wicked in it. Sadly the few I’ve tried, except Red Roses, last about 30 minutes on me.
    How long is pretty good? Are you getting 3-4 hours?
    Portia xx

  4. Azar says:

    Hi Poodle,

    Thank you for your holiday memories and the lovely review. I haven’t tried Pomegranate Noir but reading your description and the fragrance notes has convinced me to give it a whiff. I especially like the idea of raspberry, pink pepper, clove and virginia cedar all together in one. I don’ have a special holiday fragrance but the smell of breads and cookies baking is what brings back the most memories for me.

    Azar xx

    • poodle says:

      Oh yes, baking bread is a holiday scent for me too. Mom would always bake about 15 loaves of sweet bread and give them away. Slices of that toasted with melted butter…best breakfast ever!

  5. Jillie says:

    Poodle, that’s such a sweet reminiscence! Pom Noir always seems quite different from the rest of the JM line, and I love to smell my husband wearing it. As you say, it really is rather Christmassy – all velvety, berryish and spicy. Here’s to the memory of your lovely auntie, and may you and yours have a merry Christmas and happy new year.

    • poodle says:

      I wish the same for you Jillie. You know, I love it so much on me I never even though to try it on the hubby. That’s a brilliant idea. PN is much different from the rest of the line. In comparison to the others it really seems a bit “noir”.

  6. Christos says:

    Pomegranate Noir does smell like Christmas but without the cliche of it. No orange and cinnamon but instead tart fruit and incense. There is also clove but very balanced and does not actually stick out.

    Happy holidays everyone!
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  7. Maya says:

    This sounds like a fragrance my daughter would really like. Your review brought up wonderful memories for me of my first mother-in-law. I still love her dearly. She always did a big Hungarian Christmas Eve celebration. I was assigned the kifki stuffer and always got yelled at for munching on the filling! 🙂

  8. Elise says:

    Thankyou for this! thoroughly enjoyed it and now I want to go shopping xx

  9. Jordan River says:

    Every year I think I will make a pomander. How about you? Have you or will you?
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    • poodle says:

      I haven’t made one since I was a kid. I probably won’t this year either. I haven’t even decorated this year except for putting a small tree near the parrot cages because they love the sparkle and the lights.

  10. Steve says:

    Poodle – thanks for sharing your memories. And thanks for sharing Pom Noir with me after my horrific Wild Blueberry experience. It made me learn to not run from Jo Malone. I’ll have to get out the sample and give it another whirl for the holidays. Thanks for reminding me about the orange pomanders. I need to make some as I love how they spice up the house. xoxooxox Steve
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  11. Undina says:


    I also like Pomegranate Noir, it was one of my first two perfumes fromthe line. My bottle is almost gone… I should wear it again soon!

    Happy holidays to you! I think that winter holidays are great and Ihope you’ll enjoy them remembering your aunt.
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