I am not a huge perfume fan at all. I know many people who can''''t leave the house without it, but I''''m certainly not one of them. In fact, the aroma of perfume tends to make me a bit nauseous – I prefer the smell of aftershave! I never imagined I would find an eau de toilette that I genuinely loved, but Jo Malone has proved me wrong.
It was a visit to the shop for a friend''''s birthday treat that first introduced me to the products. The shop smells simply divine. I had a sniff of most of their fragrances, but it''''s the lime, basil and mandarin one that I adored the most. The fragrance smells light and fresh, with a slight citrus undertone. It smells like you''''ve just got out of the shower and used the most amazing smelling products possible.
Despite the fragrance smelling so light, it is also long-lasting. I could still smell it on myself up to 6 hours after spraying it, yet it is not heavy in the slightest. It ensures that that fresh ''''just got out of the shower smell lasts for much of the day.
It''''s packaged in a clear glass bottle with a Jo Malone label on it. There''''s nothing fancy about the bottle; it''''s simple and classy. This is all about what''''s on the inside. I must say though, I was mightily impressed with the Jo Malone packaging that it is sold in – they rally do go to town on making the outside of the box beautiful with ribbons etc!
The one thing that almost stopped me purchasing this was the price tag. For 75ml it cost a whopping £78. Compared to the average perfume price of around £20 this is a small fortune. However, maybe due to the fact I don''''t usually buy perfume, or perhaps because I had a glass of wine before I went in the shop, I decided to treat myself. This was last November, and I still have over half a bottle left. I use a few sprays approx. every other day so I do think it has been brilliant value, and I won''''t hesitate in buying another bottle when this one''''s run out.
Jo Malone also sell a wide range of products in this amazing scent, including body cream, soap, shower gel and candles. I''''m tempted to get them all, when funds allow!
A relative bought me the Lime, Basil & Mandarin cologne for Christmas after I had read reviews of it. When she handed the beautifully wrapped present over she told me she'd had found the smell of the cologne overpowering even though it was fully sealed and done up. Not a good start.
It certainly is not for the faint-hearted. The opening note is citrussy, quite strong. You can make out the basil tone, too. As the scent develops it becomes gentler and fresher, but still quite orange-y (on me, at least. I like wearing it in warmer weather or on holiday, but am wary of spraying too much on if I'm going somewhere like work or an interview where it might not be to someone else's taste. If I'm feeling a bit lacking in energy I do find that it is invigorating and refreshing. It did draw positive comments from people when I wore it. It's not overtly feminine, which is a plus for me. I imagine some men could wear this for this reason.
As a slight negative in relation to reactions: the cologne doesn't entirely agree with my skin, leaving a dry patch. I now tend to apply it by spraying it in to the air and walking through the mist. I have noticed that it doesn't linger around for too long: there is no long-tail to this scent. If you were wearing it to work you would probably need to top-up at lunchtime.
I'd like to try other Jo Malone scents and perhaps I just chose the wrong one for me. Certainly their standards of presentation are very high, meaning that I would definitely try another cologne and certainly consider giving the products as preseents. For all these reasons I am giving the Lime, Basil and Mandarin four stars.
You know how suddenly, when you catch a hint of fragrance, it suddenly sparks off a memory for you? This gorgeous, evocative scent stirs up some wonderful memories for me as I wore it at my wedding in Italy and the honeymoon afterwards. It is light with a zesty, fruity freshness balanced with the warm hint of basil that lingers and mellows into a warm, cosmopolitan scent on your skin and lasts for about 6-8 hours. As soon as I smell this, the fragrance makes me think of warm summer days, golden light, green trees on mountains, cool blue evenings, and Mediterranean sunsets. For me, I think this is the perfect late spring-summer fragrance and the essences act as an instant mood-enhancer. I am a big fan of Jo Malone products and have used many over the years, but I must admit this is my personal favourite and not just because of the happy memories it evokes! I would recommend the 30ml size (£29.50) for carrying in a handbag. Also comes in 100ml for £61 which is worth investing in if you love the scent because a bottle will last for over 2 years. Jo Malone perfumes are quite expensive but I think they are good value because the quality of the ingredients means the scent lingers for 6-8 hours on the skin after application, whereas cheaper scents will evaporate much quicker. My 30ml bottle usually lasts me about 8 months and I use it every day.
To me, the Jo Malone range or experience as I like to call it is synonymous with style and luxury. A visit to one of her beautiful stores will great your nose with a variety of fresh and feminine fragrances with a difference and the clean lines and beautiful packaging are all part of the experience.
For those of you who have not heard of her, 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. I was given some of her products for Christmas and I'm now a big fan as they are not only nice to look at but also work really well.
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.
As I've said above I find the stores very classy and expensive looking. They are all decorated the same with a light cream coloured interior, offsetting the black and glass packaging used for their products and the space always feels very light and airy. The products are always beautifully on display with not a bottle of candle out of place. Couple that with very friendly, knowledgeable staff who are always happy to explain product to you and let them smell you and you have got the recipe for success.
Like I said all the product are beautifully packaged and in my opinion also form part of the gift itself. I have displayed some of my bath oils actually around the bath as they look so pretty and match my minimal bathroom. The cologne for example comes in a very classic glass perfume bottle and has a cream sticker on the front with Jo Malone written on it as well as her logo and the smell of the product included. Then the product is gift wrapped in a cream heavy paper bag with Jo Malone written on the front and a black border drawn around the name. A black ribbon is added to the top to close the bag and also, in my opinion to add a touch of glamour.
In fact on their website they note this about the packaging, "Beautiful packaging and thoughtful presentation is synonymous with the Jo Malone brand. From the first moment the iconic gift bag with signature bow is received, a sensorial journey begins. On opening, chic cream boxes embraced with ribbon are delicately nestled within soft black tissue. The journey leads to an exquisite Jo Malone jewel, a luxurious crème or lotion, an original cologne or a unique candle, all infused with delicious scents. A Jo Malone gift is the perfect pleasure, a luxurious way to create a lasting memory."
The Lime Basil and Mandarin is part of her citrus blend range. It is one of my favourite smells actually as it is so sweet smelling and pretty. Apparently in the industry now it is regarded as both a cult and modern classic. The smell is referred to as a combination of the scent of fresh-cut limes carried on the sea breeze combined with aromatic basil and zesty mandarin. The website goes on to say that it is reminiscent of the scent of limes carried on a Caribbean sea breeze with fresh limes and zesty mandarins are undercut by peppery basil and aromatic white thyme in this alluring signature blend.
I do find it funny that smells are described this way. It is a nice thought that by wearing this product thought that you are instantly transported to the Caribbean as if on an endless holiday while in reality you are actually stuck at your desk at work but I suppose it is all part of the package. Like I said to me it's just a nice classic fragrance, not too light, not too strong and something a bit different from the regular perfumes out on the market.
The cologne does not come cheap unfortunately but it is very long lasting, a little goes a long way. A 30ml bottle is £29.50 and a 100ml bottle is £61.
Jo Malone: Nectarine Blossom and Honey
I am a huge fan of Jo Malone products. I feel that the scents deliver time after time. Unilke cheeper and even some of the premium, competition brands, Jo Malone scents stay with you all day and into the evening. In fact i often find that the scent sort of embeds itself into my clothing and my surroundings. this is not to say, of course, that the aromas are over powering. They are timeless and elegant and I find that they leave a whiff of sublte sophistication wherever I go. Just the way you want a perfume to make you feel.
I have used severl Jo Malone scents over the past few years.
I love Lime, Basil and Manadrin and I feel that it is always a suitable undertone to overlay with most of her other scents. This is what Jo Malone is renowned for - it's all about scent combining. I am always amazed at how you can mix several contrasting aromas and they alwasy blend together seamlessly. They create a perfact match, becoming your own individually tailored scent, yet you can still smell each layer and tone separately too.
Another couple of favourites of mine are French Lime Blossom and Orange Blossom, but my absolute favourite is Nectarine Blossom and Honey. WOW! I adore this scent. It makes me feel so happy! I used to only wear it on special occasions because I wanted to keep the feelings I got when wearing it just a special, but I couldn't hold back anymore and it has become MY signature scent!
I love to smother myself with Orange Blossom or Grapefruit Body Cream (both of which are divine and are truely great moisturisers) and then layer on top with Nectarine Blossom and Honey.
It's rather a sweet scent, but I don't find it over powering or too girly in the slightest. I love that I can still smell it on my clothes and sometimes even on my bedding when I lay down. I guess I find it quite comforting in some ways.
For those who prefer a more heady or woody scent I would recommend Pomegranate noir. Smells gorgeous, although I always find that I prefer it on others rather than myself. One of my best freind wears this as her signature scent and it really suits her.
Grapefruit surround candle is gorgeous and smells really fresh, great to have a round the bath.
Ok, I'm rambling now but here's my favourite way to combine the scents:
I run a bath and use Lime, Basil and Mandarin Shower gel for bubbles (I don't use the bath oils as I've never liked oils in the bath, they make me feel unclean!). I light a grapfruit candle and relax with the lights down low. Then I use grapefruit shower gel to wash with.
When I've finshed I let the luxurious Orange Blossom body cream just melt in and then spray Nectarine blossom and Honey scent. I know it sounds like a lot but they just smell so gorgeous together and I promise it's not too strong.
Give it a try, With all the freagrances she has to offer there is deffinately one for everybody!
Having heard so much about Jo Malone scents and how good they were I decided to give them a whirl. I Seized the chance to buy some samples from Ebay as Jo has two stores in London but thats a way to go just to smell nice. One of the samples I bought was Pomegranate Noir and it's gorgeous! The first night I wore it was to a concert and we took a cab to the venue, the cab driver remarked about the lovely smell in his car was, now as both my friend and I were wearing the scent we asked him to smell our wrists and he said it smelt slightly different on the two of us but none-the-less he wanted to know what it was and where we got it so he could get some for his wife! I've tried a few of Malones scents now but this is my favourite, it's classy and fresh and doesn't overpower but people do notice the unusual aroma it releases and above all it seems to be very individual. It'll get you noticed! A definate thumbs up for this one.
I discovered the lime, basil and mandarin cologne whilst browsing around the Jo Malone Store in Sloane Street. Jo Malone is well known beautician that has developed her own range of products along with candles etc. All of her colognes come in beautiful glass square bottles and have a screw cap, however when packaged for you in their own cream and black box with black ribbon you get a spray pump as well which you can just screw into the bottle. The lime, basil and mandarin is one of her best sellers (they also do a divine bath oil). It's a fresh, very slightly fruity fragrance and I have never smelt anything quite like it, which I love as it makes me feel a little different to everyone else. It's light enough for daytime so is great for work and the bottle lasts for absolutely ages. For all of you people out there who can't get to London she also runs a send a scent service and you can get a catologue sent to you. Note that many celebrities vist her shop in Sloane Street and Martine Mcutcheon has just said that her favourite perfume is the new unisex 154 and the Amber fragrance by Jo Malone