Jo Malone; a staple of British perfumery. I mean maybe. I don’t know if that’s a fact or anything. But it sounds fancy enough so let’s leave it as is.
It’s safe to say Jo Malone was one of the first ‘luxury’ brands I bought into. At the mere age of 16 when I began earning minimum wage for my 8 hours a week, unpacking and picking stock. A bottle of Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin seemed like a pure luxury only the rich & famous could adorn on their bathroom shelving. I felt like the cock of the walk, a really Garry big bollocks, walking into my local boutique a paying cash upfront (then having only £20 to last me till my next pay). “Would you like it gift wrapping?”…erm a hells yeah! I’d then rush home so I could carefully unwrap, save all packaging, then displaying it in a prime location. I basically wanted my room to look like the bathroom in Ab-Fab (filled with Jo Malone).
We all have our guilty pleasures in life, mine was fragrance. In fact I was pretty hard-core into fragrance up until about 2 years ago when I decided I needed to calm down a little, after realising I’d spent upwards of £5k on fragrance alone. Remember when I spoke about not being great with money?…I make it sound like I was an addict. Well…
So it probably won’t come as a surprise to you; when one of the lovely members of the Jo Malone team reached out to me asking if I’d like to try a couple of newer pieces from the line, I jumped, exhaled and let out a little wee. Then of course said YES.
English Oak and Red Currant candle – 220g £45.00 (click here)
Firstly let’s just take a second to appreciate how amazing Jo Malone candles are, in terms of cold and melt scent throw nothing quite compares. Don’t get me wrong there’s definitely some amazing candles out there, Commodity, Annick Goutal and Liz Earle candles are some of my personal faves (please don’t waste your time with the Jo Malone’esc Aldi rip-off’s they’re cheap but no good!).
Wood Sage & Sea Salt and Pomegranate Noir are my go-to candle scents, so I was intrigued to see how English Oak & Red Currant would perform. At first sniff its very heavy Red Currant giving an instant sense of ‘spring’ with a sublime freshness of citrus undertones, once lit the warm woody tones of roasted oak become more prominent creating a mellow yet distinct aroma. If you’re not the biggest fan of the highly intense fragrances then this is the one for you, it’s intense in a whole other way!
As expected, it can most definitely be added to the favourites list. At this point I think it would be hard for a Jo Malone product to NOT make it onto said list.
Pomegranate Noir Exfoliating Shower Gel – 200ml £30.00 (click here)
Pomegranate Noir is undoubtably one of the most iconic Jo Malone colognes and one of their best-selling; if not their best. It’s the cologne I almost always have in my bag at any given time. With it’s distinctively deep aromatic notes, the amazing long-wear and throw who wouldn’t love it?
Is it just as good in ‘Shower Gel’ formation? I was skeptical too, well the simple answer is yes, yes it is. The aroma from the luxurious lather not only turns the bathroom into some sort of high-class steam-room, but also leaves a light fragrance on the skin. With the added benefit of soft exfoliating Jojoba beads and finely crushed orange peel it’s a perfect summer prep companion. Not to mention the packaging is sexy as hell.
I never thought I’d have a shower gel for “good occasions only” but hey I never thought I’d get Netflix, now I AM NETFLIX.
You can find both the Candle and Shower Gel on the Jo Malone website or in your local boutique, which I most definitely suggest visiting for a consultation a glass of fizz and massage…oh how very fancy, I know.
Here’s a list of five more Jo Malone products I’m obsessed with, because no one cares. But I do:
- Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne (click)
- Pomegranate Noir Cologne (click)
- Wood Sage and Sea Salt Candle (click)
- Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne (click)
- Lime Basil and Mandarin Reed Diffuser (click)
Speak soon pals,