If you don’t know a lot about Jo Malone London, don’t worry, neither did I until a few months back and now I’m a huge fan. Jo Malone is a UK fragrance and homewares company focusing on the luxe for less aspect, which is right up my alley. They specialise in a divine cologne and beauty range, as well as a “matching” candle and diffuser range so your home can smell just as good as you do.
Last month I was kindly invited to “experience” Jo Malone at one of their Perth stores at Myer in the city and can I just say, it was definitely an experience! At Jo Malone they believe in finding that perfect fragrance for you. Perfume can be quite a personal thing, and walking into the store I knew what sort of scents I really enjoyed (and what I didn’t like) but I was so surprised at my new faves post consultation. After a quick chat about the range we got straight into the best bit – sniffing all of the scents and choosing one to try out for a mini pamper session. With floral scents like Peony & Blush Suede and Red Roses, to citrus blends like Grapefruit and Basil & Neroli to something a little more spicy like the Amber & Lavender or Nutmeg & Ginger the range is extremely extensive and extremely luxurious. It was a hard choice to make, but I opted for the Pomegranate Noir skin care line for my hand spa. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, with a beautiful rich, almost zesty undertone. It layers beautifully with the English Pear & Freesia too, creating a third brand new fragrance from the two.
What is this layering I speak of? That is one thing Jo Malone is all about – the art of “fragrance combining”. I’d never thought to layer and mix different scents, but during the consultation I was asked to choose a second scent to layer with the Pomegrate Noir – and that is where the English Pear and Freesia came into the mix. By spritzing the second scent on my hands post hand massage we designed a brand new scent just for me! The combination was just divine and I’ve been practising the art of layering ever since.
So what else did I learn at Jo Malone? Three very important things.
DON’T RUB IT IN
Never “rub” your perfume in – it bruises the scent! I’ve been rubbing my wrists together since the dawn of time (thanks Mum) but according to the ladies at Jo Malone you should just let the scent settle onto your skin to reveal its true smell. Rubbing your wrists together distorts the real tones of your perfume, so next time you spritz yourself in perfume don’t rub it in and get ready to really experience the true scent.
YOUR ARMS & HANDS NEED TLC TOO!
I never give myself a hand and arm massage. Actually, that sounds quite complicated, but let’s just say I need to schedule in for a regular! We use our hands all day every day so why wouldn’t they need a little bit of extra TLC every now and then! Part of the Jo Malone experience involved a hand and arm treatment involving the most luxurious skin cream I’ve come across in a while. The lovely lady who was showing me the products actually said my left arm was extremely dry compared to my right arm and the moisturiser just sucked straight in on application. Clearly I need to do something about that!
BE OPEN MINDED
I went into the consultation knowing exactly what I wanted in a scent, but walked out mind blown after discovering I really liked scents I would never normally go for. Like Cardamom. I cook with it and sometimes drink it in tea, but I never thought I’d want to drench my bod in it! Or Wood Sage – again, sage is a food for cooking. But it’s also the most divine unisex scent I’ve come across.
If you’re in need of a bit of “me time” I highly recommend popping down to the counter for a wee hand massage and consult. The staff are extremely passionate about the brand and know exactly what you’re looking for. Plus, Jo Malone has just released an amazing new collection just in time for Christmas with prices to suit every kind of shopper.
Here are my picks to fill your loved ones stocking this year.
What’s on your wish list this Christmas? Which Jo Malone scent takes your fancy?
*Jo Malone products and experience kindly gifted for my review. All opinions are my own.