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I rarely have a bath, as I prefer to have a daily shower, but on the rare occasion I do take a soak in the tub I like to go overboard with lovely products, candles, some tunes - and even a glass of wine now and then! I don't really buy many bath products, but I was very lucky to receive a small bottle of this from my lovely mother in law.
And I definitely wouldn't have bought this for myself! The small 30ml bottle costs £15, while a 250ml bottle will set you back £38. And a posh 200ml glass bottle will set you back a staggering £52! The London-based company is certainly high end, and at these prices you would have to expect something a bit special.
This oil comes in a square bottle with a small black screwtop lid. It is quite understated and elegant and you can see the golden coloured oil inside.
Naturally the first time I used this I only wanted to use a small amount - I definitely don't want to waste this by glugging in loads, as I sometimes do with other products. And even with just a tiny amount, you can instantly smell the amazing fragrance of this oil. Strangely I can't really detect any of the three key products - lime, basil or mandarin - although it is a fruity fragrance, and there is definitely citrus there, it is a muskier scent than I had expected - and I have to say it really is a beautiful fragrance. It smells very natural and you can tell this is a high quality product.
Soaking in the tub with this bath oil in is definitely a luxury as the gorgeous fragrance fills the bathroom, even when I only use a very small amount of the oil. It makes the whole room smell amazing and it does make you feel a bit special! I cannot detect the scent of basil at all - this may just be me but I really don't mind as I think beauty products scented with basil just sounds a bit odd!
It also softens the skin, and once I've dried off after my bath the scent does linger faintly. But I wouldn't say it works any great miracles on my skin in terms of moisturisation.
Getting my Malone fix!
As I don't bathe very often, I like to cheat every now and then so I get to enjoy this lovely oil more frequently, and I do this by putting a tiny amount into my palms and rubbing it onto my arms. The smell is so gorgeous and if I do this it stays with me all day! This is my way of getting to enjoy the product in-between baths!
Overall this is a lovely, luxurious product that smells amazing and quite unique. But the price is extortionate! So it is definitely not one for everyday use, but it would make a lovely gift for someone special.
Ever since my first visit to a Jo Malone store I have been a big fan of her fragrances. They are simply gorgeous and can be layered with other scents in the range to give lots of variety.
My favourite fragrances are Grapefruit and Amber and Lavender. Although not cheap to buy they last a long time. This however was a problem when my husband wanted to buy me some cologne as I already had plenty so he decided to get the bath oil.
I adore a long relaxing bubble bath. It creates a little oasis of calm in an otherwise busy life. The Jo Malone bath oil was therefore the perfect treat. I have the Lavender and Amber which is a lovely warming fragrance which I particularly like for the evening or in the cold dark winter months.
If you are already familiar with the colognes then I should warm you that not all the fragrances are available as bath oils but as they cover the full range of perfume families eg citrus, floral, woody, spicy etc I am sure you will find one you like. Indeed if you already use one of their colognes it is worthwhile to take advice about which bath oil would be a good one to layer it with. The bonus of asking in store is that you may well receive a complimentary hand massage.
I have the 250ml bottle which is in the typical understated style of Jo Malone. It is a clear bottle with a black top and a black label edged with gold. It certainly does look a luxury product although I should point out that this size of bottle is made of plastic. No doubt a glass would increase the price however the 200ml and 15ml are both available in glass bottlers which would be lovely to give (or receive!) as a gift. Being in a clear bottle it is easy to see how much you have used.
As soon as you take the top off the bottle you can smell the fragrance. Although expensive the high quality means you only need a little oil in your bath. Take care when pouring not to add too much as a small amount creates a lovely smell. The oil is also moisturising so your skin is nice and soft afterwards. I have heard of people rubbing the oil into their skin after their bath but I prefer to use the oil in the bath. I love the fragrance so much I like to run the bath with the bathroom door open to allow the armour to waft around the house. Needlessly to say once I am in my bath the door is firmly locked and the family are under orders not to disturb!
I would certainly recommend this product despite the cost as it is so lovely. The 250ml bottle does work out better value than the smaller ones. For example at around £38 it works out at £15.20 per 100ml whereas the 15ml bottle at £15 works out at £50 per 100ml.. The fragrance remains on your skin so often I don't bother with the cologne afterwards and my skin feels soft.
Jo Malone is one of Britain's most celebrated beauty brands. After starting her career by simply giving facials, she then began creating bath oils in the sanctuary of her own kitchen in order to thank her clients. The oils that she produced soared in popularity and soon the facials stopped and the brand was born.
Jo Malone prides herself on making timeless yet simple scents which have suprising twists. Although now retired, her creations continue to be a favourite with celebrities and us mere mortals too.
The purpose of a bath oil is completely relax the mind and body and to let your stresses melt away. As you relax in a steaming hot bath, the delicious fragrances within the oils evaporate into the air surrounding you and enveloping you within its scent, providing you with a moment of much needed and pure indulgence.
Not only this, but as you lie there, the oils moisturise and nourish you skin meaning that when it's time to get out of the bath, your skin will be soft and smooth and you'll feel as good as new.
I have never tried bath oils that suit this purpose better than the creations of Jo Malone. The fragrances are so well thought out and evident that you can literally feel your muscles loosening as you take your five minutes of peace. The oils leave a scrumptious scent on your newly nourished skin for hours after you climb out of the bath too... Bliss!
They don't come cheap and are a luxury purchase but when you unwrap your new bottle of oil from its cream box tied with a black ribbon, it is so worth it! For a 250ml plastic bottle of oil with a black lid, it will cost you £38. If you really fancy splashing out you can pay £52 for a 200ml glass bottle of oil with a stopper for a lid but the liquid inside is the same so this seems like a bit of an unnecessary indulgence to me.
The oils are available online or from your local Jo Malone store, if you are lucky enough to have one near to where you live. The tricky part comes when you have to decide which bath oil to choose. However, Jo has kindly split the bath oils into six different categories in order to help you determine what sort of fragrance you can expect.
In the Citrus group you can choose between Lime Basil and Mandarin or Grapefruit. If you prefer fruit scents, you can decide between the mysterious Pomegranate Noir or Nectarine Blossom and Honey. If light floral scents are more you thing, you have a choice between French Lime Blossom, Red Roses or White Jasmine and Mint.
If you like heavier floral scents more, then you can check out Orange Blossom or Blue Agava and Cocoa. For the ones who prefer a little bit of spice, there is Vanilla and Anise, Nutmeg and Ginger or Amber and Lavender. And finally for those of you who like a more woody aroma, there is Wild Fig and Cassis.
I have tried two of these oils so far and loved them both. The first one that I bought was the Pomegranate Noir Bath Oil. I chose this one because I already had the Pomegranate Noir perfume which I am in love with and I hoped that this would be the same.
It didn't disappoint either. I felt like I was bathing in the perfume. Jo Malone's inspiration behind this scent was a red silk evening dress and the dark and risqué side of the women wearing it. The aroma of this bath oil is supposed to be seductive, sensual yet intense and makes you completely forget the troubles of your day.
The scent is created using pomegranates, Casablanca Lily and Guaiacwood. The pomegranate gives this oil a fruity yet exotic feel, as do some juicy notes of raspberry and plum, while the Casablanca Lily adds a touch of romance with its sweet but dominant scent. The Guaiacwood adds some earthy depth to the scent, while cloves and cinnamon add to the mystery and intrigue.
The second one I bought was Blue Agava and Cocoa. How could I leave this one behind when it has a relation to chocolate in it?! This is a rich scent but is more subtle than Pomegranate Noir. The scent of this oil is designed to be sexy and provocative and is inspired by the rhythm of Latin Dance.
The scent is created used the Blue Agava flower, which is part of the Lily family, delicious Cocoa and creamy Vanilla and is a truly scrumptious combination. A splash of Lime gives this oil a zesty kick which will leave you feeling refreshed. The cinnamon and musk which is present adds a sensuality. It is a slightly more youthful fragrance than Pomegranate Noir.
In order to use the product, you pour a small amount into steaming water. The hotter the water, the better the effect will be, as the heat will allow the oils to begin to evaporate. If you can't stand the water too hot, then pour it into the steaming water, close the doors and windows and leave the room for a few minutes while the water cools down a little. You'll be in for a treat when you enter the bathroom again!
All in all, these are incredibly oils that leave your skin feeling silky smooth. They are deliciously scented, without being overpowering and will leave your skin scented for hours, so you'll save on perfume! Once you've decided upon your favourite scent, you can also find perfumes, lotions and candles with the same fragrances.
I can't wait to try out some of the other scents and already have them on my birthday list, so fingers crossed! The only problem with this product is finding the five minutes of peace in which to enjoy it! But despite my love for these oils, I have to knock one star off for the price because this really is an extravagant purchase.
To me, the Jo Malone range or experience as I like to call it is synonymous with style and luxury.
She produces a range of colognes, bath oils, candles etc all with very different smells and combinations. She has a number high end stores in London, as well as outlets in various airports and also sells her products via the internet at www.jomalone.co.uk. Her products are expensive but very good and for a treat or a special occasion I think they make the perfect gift.
According to her website, Jo Malone started in the business well over twenty years ago when she began to make products out of her home to use when giving facials to a handful of clients. Like most good quality products and people, word got round about Jo and she soon had over 200 clients all asking for her services. Fast forward a couple of years to 1994 when the first Jo Malone store was opened in London.
Jo Malone describes her bath oil as, "The softly blooming Bath Oil is a luxurious way to pamper, fragrance and moisturise the skin." The Jo Malone bath oil line is made up of a number of different categories depending on the kind of smell you are looking for. These are as follows:
For example in the Citrus category is her very popular Lime Basil and Mandarin fragrance as well as a grapefruit bath oil. My favourite is Pomegranate Noir bath oil that my husband gave me for Christmas. The smell is absolutely divine. It is part of the fruity range and is said to be, "Inspired by a red silk dress, the very essence of Parisian chic and the intriguing character of pomegranate, Pomegranate Noir combines the sweet fruity notes of raspberry, plum, pink pepper and pomegranate with patchouli, frankincense and spicy woods to create a scent that's incredibly sexy, totally sophisticated and utterly compelling."
I have used a very others and in my opinion all the oils are an absolute luxury for your bath. They are firstly packaged amazingly well in Jo Malone's signature looking bottle. A clear glass bottle with a posh black ribbon at the top and a fancy label on the front. I think it looks amazing on the side of your bath and I use mine as a decorating tool as well as a great bath oil. When you add the oil to your bath it really makes the water nice and leaves my skin feeling really soft and sumptuous. It keeps the water quite plain but does make it a little cloudy as you have added an oil to the bath. The nice thing is though is that it does not leave you feeling greasy or sticky after your bath. It also makes your bath water smell amazing and smells up the whole bathroom, adding to your relaxing bath time.
The oils do not come cheap unfortunately but they are very long lasting, a little goes a long way, especially if you have a few different ones and use them in combination. For example a 200ml bottle of the pomegranate smell is £52 but is something I definitely recommend for an amazing treat.
I was given a gift of the Jo Malone Bath Oil in Vintage Gardenia last year and have saved it for special occasions only as it is very expensive. (it is the 250ml plastic bottle which costs £38) Vintage Gardenia is my favourite Jo Malone scent and the Bath Oil is very luxurious and smells amazing complementing the perfume and other products in the range. Vintage Gardenia is a floral perfume with a blend of gardenia and tuberose,with a hint of cardamom, myrrh and sandalwood.
As I said it comes in a clear plastic square bottle in the signature Jo Malone style, the bath oil is yellow in colour and you only need to add a little to your running bath water. It smells fabulous when added to the bath and very like the perfume. I often find that bath and body products don't end up smelling anything like the perfume but this is certainly not true in this case! Jo Malone also recommends layering different fragrances from the Bath Oil, Body products and perfumes and her website will tell you which ones complement each other.
The Bath Oil comes in the following fragrances:
Lime, Basil & Mandarin
Nectarine Blossom & Honey
French Lime Blossom
White Jasmine & Mint
Blue Agava & Cacao
Amber & Lavender
Nutmeg & Ginger
Wild Fig & Cassis
A small 30ml glass bottle costs £15, a plastic 250ml bottle costs £38 and a 200ml glass bottle costs a whopping £52. You can purchase them from the exclusive Jo Malone stores or from the website at www.jomalone.co.uk
I don't think I would personally buy this for myself for the cost factor alone, it is a fabulous present to receive and a real taste of luxury but for my everyday bath i think i will stick to palmolive or radox. Although the perfume is still my luxury essential.
I have just recently found out that Jo Malone have stopped doing the Bath Oil in Vintage Gardenia - boo - but they still have it many of the other fragrances.
I have given the bath oil 3 stars only because of the price otherwise it would be 5 stars!