When it comes to perfumes, Jo Malone tends to be my go-to. Their Orange Blossom cologne is one of my all-time favourites which I wear at least twice per week, so when I heard all about their brand new concoction, I was more than a little excited.
The mix of Neroli and Basil feels like it was made for me! Basil is one of my all-time favourite scents. I just adore how green and clean it smells. I use it all the time in the kitchen and I always wonder why it’s not used in more perfumes. In fact, it’s the first time there’s been Basil in a Jo Malone product since their iconic Lime, Basil and Mandarin.
Just as I had hoped, I fell absolutely in love with Basil & Neroli at first sniff. It’s one of those scents which makes you feel so fresh and clean to wear, and, more importantly, it smells like nothing else in my collection. At first, I get a huge whoosh of green and basil. It has a gorgeous, almost unisex feel which feels incredibly elegant to wear.
Then, as the cologne warms up, the notes of Neroli become stronger. Anyone who’s spent two minutes on this site knows I’m into white flowers, and Neroli is one of my absolute favourites. It’s both soft and clean, yet it is noticeable. The mix feels unusual enough to stand out from the crowd whilst still feeling beautifully classic. My only gripe is that it’s not the longest lasting perfume in the world, but Jo Malone’s purse-sized bottles means that mid-day touchups are no big deal! I’ve actually bought one of the big bottles as I’m just so enamoured with it!
Jo Malone Basil & Neroli starts at £43 and is available here.
When it comes to fragrance, I’m something of a creature of habit. Even though I have a box stuffed full with the most gorgeous scents, I tend to rotate through the same through on a daily basis. One which has been a mainstay and a definite most-reached for has been Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom, which has to be up there among my favourite-ever perfumes. So, when I felt the need to change up my scents again I hot footed it to my nearest Jo Malone counters.
Even though I went in the hopes of finding something that was brand new, I ended up opting for one of the brand’s most iconic scents – the Grapefruit Cologne. It’s been one of those things I’ve wanted to try for what feels like forever, and now, just t the start of summer, it feels completely right! What I love about it, is how very clean it feels. At first, the cologne smells of grapefruit and orange. It’s zesty and fresh, and it feels like I’ve just stepped out of a citrus grove.
Somewhat surprisingly for a citrus-based scent, Jo Malone’s Grapefruit Cologne is quite a complex one. As the cologne warms on the skin, subtle herbal notes of rosemary and mint become more obvious, and there is a touch of jasmine which gives the cologne a luxurious, almost soapy feel. It also wears beautifully well, as it dries down to the base notes of Oakmoss and Vetivert give a green, almost green base which feels beautifully unisex. I’ve become absolutely obsessed with the Grapefruit Cologne. It’s the perfume equivalent of a crisp white shirt, and I can’t wait to wear it throughout the summer!
Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne is priced from £42 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Now that we’re in the real the run-up to Christmas, I’m sure you’ve been consumed with thoughts on what to buy your nearest and dearest. So, I’m here to seriously encourage to take an afternoon, treat yourself, and perhaps pop into Jo Malone to sniff one of the brand’s newest scents – Mimosa and Cardamom.
The new perfume is a wonderfully warm and comforting scent, which mixes notes of Cardamom, Mimosa and Tonka Bean. It’s a really great scent to wear on the cold and grey days we’ve been having as although it smells very clean and fresh (a must for my favourite perfumes) it also has an exoticism which is really beautiful.
The wear-time of the cologne is really great – a few spritzes in the morning keep my smelling lovely for a good five to six hours. I really like how understated and unusual Mimosa & Cardamom is, and if you’re into layering perfumes, I would definitely try it with the English Pear and Freesia cologne.
Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne is priced from £42.00 and is available here.
Whenever I’m looking to treat my mother, I know that I can’t go wrong with something divine from Jo Malone. Before I even get to the goodies inside, I just love the way that the perfumes are packaged – the chic beige boxes bedecked in black ribbon means I don’t need to trawl around looking for wrapping, and when you pull it out of the bag, you can get some serious brownie points!
For Mother’s Day this year, I thought it would be fun to give a new scent a whirl, with Jo Malone’s gorgeous Peony and Blush Suede Cologne. It’s one of the brand’s newest fragrances, released in 2013, and it’s perfect if you’re looking for a light, floral fragrance which feels both sophisticated and a little unexpected.
When first sprayed, Peony and Blush Suede has an almost fruity scent thanks to the top notes of red apple, and it feels incredibly pretty and feminine to wear. As the perfume warms up on my skin, the scent tends to mature into stronger floral notes. It’s both really beautiful as well as easy to wear, perfect if you’re looking for a new go-to! As the hours go on, the deepest notes of suede become clearer, warming the fragrance and making it feel terribly luxurious. Peony and Blush Suede is also a fantastic choice if you like to layer your fragrances: Jo Malone recommends pairing the cologne with their Orange Blossom, or English Pear & Freesia depending if you want to add citrus notes, or if you want to soften the scent.
Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede Cologne costs £40.00 and is available here.
So February is undoubtedly the month of romance, and I don’t think any flower quite captures that like red roses. I love the ones which verge on oxblood and black – they look so vampy and glamorous, and they always smell divine. The scent is deep and intoxicating, not powdery like so many imitations, and thankfully, Jo Malone has a complete hit with the Red Roses Cologne.
Red Roses Cologne is completely different from any rose perfume I’ve tried in the past. When first applied, there is a fresh green note which evokes freshly cut flowers. This comes from the notes of lemon, and spearmint, and as unlikely as it sounds when discussing a big rose fragrance – the citrus and mint really work to lighten and freshen the initial impression of the perfume. As the scent heats up, the rose notes become stronger and creamier, but they never become too overpowering or too powdery. Instead, I got really comforting floral notes which felt incredibly sophisticated and chic. The silage of the cologne is perfect – a few squirts left me with light wafts which lasted through the day, and so many people asked me what I was wearing!
If you’re a rose lover (and really, who isn’t?) you just have to try Red Roses Cologne for yourself. It’s an amazingly youthful take on what can be quite a mature scent, and it’s such a lovely treat wear! Have I mentioned that the cologne is even the lightest pink? It’s really a delight! During the day I’ve been enjoying the freshness of the fragrance, and when I’ve been heading out for night, I use it alongside my Jo Malone Velvet Rose and Oud Dry Body Oil to create a deeper, sexier take on the fragrance. Jo Malone also offer the scent as a Body Creme, Soap, Hand Soap, candle and diffuser, so you can absolutely revel in the scent’s deliciousness!
Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne is priced at £40.00 for 30ml and is available here.