Gentlemen, let me just say that in my book, St John’s deserves top shelf billing. I have about 5-6 really highly-rated vials left in my selection of bay rum samplers to go through, and because of the “grapefruit” label on this one, I assumed it would be the one I liked the least. Of course, being a St. John’s product, by no means I am saying that it is less than great. I just think the others will all be greater.
That said, this was as good as all the other St. Johns I have tried. It goes on a little cool and then warms a little. Nothing too dramatic. Quite soft, like the others. Check out my other St. John’s reviews, and for feel, this was exactly the same as the others.
And the scent? I would say that I smelled the grapefruit most when I sniffed the vial. On my hands and on my face, there was just a hint of citrus, and if I didn’t know it was grapefruit, I wouldn’t have guessed it. However I would have known that it wasn’t lemon, lime, or orange. The grapefruit note, though very faint, has a different citrus quality to it. I would say that maybe it is between lime and orange, but not close to either of those.
However, as the fast citrus top note fades, the aroma softly lands in the wonderful St. John’s bay rum scent. A soft, spicy sweet concoction that I want more than anything to stay around longer. Seriously, St. John’s is just wonderful. It makes its delicious presence known, in a gentle way.
(This review is of a sample decant of the original product, and as such I cannot guarantee that the sample contained the appropriate mixture of the original ingredients.)