Just Charlie G

Ahhhhh Jo Malone. How do I love thee, let me count the ways…

  1. Beautiful scents
  2. Beautiful home scents
  3. Beautiful body lotions
  4. Classical bottles
  5. and now super super pretty boxes.
Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede
I know it’s just outer packaging but come on, who could resist. Watercolour peonies and a pink suede bow. So pretty. I keep all my Jo Malone London (henceforth referred to as JML) anyway even though I don’t keep the bottles in the boxes I just can’t throw them away, but this is so pretty I almost want to keep it out on display!
When you open the box, you’ll find the usual bottle but nestled into pink floral tissue.
Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede
 Onto the contents.
Peony & Blush Suede is a combination of peonies and red apples, along with jasmine, rose and gillyflower and touch of suede of course. No ordinary suede of course, blush suede. 🙂
It is, as you might imagine, absolutely beautiful. The red apple is what hits you first and it’s so true to an apple, it’s beautiful and then there’s the floral element which is kept light by the fruit and then as it settles you get the warm suede scent. Suede is just a softer version of Leather which is in lots of scents now and this is a much subtler note.
Peony & Blush Suede is truly beautiful and I can’t imagine who wouldn’t like it but if you can, do give it a sniff.
The scent is available in 30ml and 100ml Colognes (£39 & £96),  Body and Hand Wash (£32), Body Creme (£50) and the Home Candle (£39).
Available now from Jo Malone online.

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Jo Malone London Osmanthus BlossomI absolutely love Jo Malone. I say it a lot I know but there’s a lot to love.

The fragrances themselves. I’ve not yet found one I don’t like (although there’s still a lot for me to try). My favourites are without a doubt though, the limited edition Elderflower & Gooseberry and the stunning Blackberry & Bay.

The home scenting range that scent my home beautifully.

The body cremes that have the most gorgeous decadent texture and do a great job to boot.

Then there’s the PR team. Always polite, always kind, always eager to help and enthusiastic and kind. In fact, it’s my birthday later this month and they even sent me a little early birthday present which I’ll review at another time but it’s lovely.

What they didn’t send me, was a bottle of this brand new Osmanthus Blossom Cologne.

It works out pretty well for me as I was struggling for things to ask for for my birthday and now I have the very thing to ask for. I’ll take a bottle of this please.

Osmanthus Blossom is the newest, limited edition, fragrance to join the range and promises apricot counterpoised with supple leather. Along with petitgrain, peach and orange flower with a base of cashmere wood.  Quite frankly it sounds amazing. I’m a sucker for leather notes in a scent, and it’s for that reason I adore Molton Brown’s Valbonne. I’m also swayed quite heavily by the fragrance combining suggestion of Blackberry & Bay, which I a) own and b) rate as my most favouritest Jo Malone scent.

Jo Malone limited edition scents always sell out fast so if this sounds like it might appeal, grab it quick, I’m still smarting that I missed Lemon Tart to complete my desserts collection 🙁

In a beautiful white floral bottle, this is is available in both 30ml or 100ml (£38 and £76 respectively) and it’s available now from http://www.jomalone.co.uk.

Grab it quick!

Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Diffuser

This Spring sees some new additions to the Jo Malone London Home range with the new English Pear & Freesia Collection. It’s an extensive range, with reeds, room sprays, scented hangers, sachets, draw liners and a candle.

This isn’t my first experience with a Jo Malone London Reed Diffuser, and it’s not my first experience of the English Pear & Freesia Scent both of which I adored.

I find that the scent of this doesn’t fill the room quite as much as the Red Roses Scent Surround, but then the fragrance itself is much light by its nature than the rose one. Don’t get me wrong you can still smell it when you enter the room, but it’s not so in your face and it doesn’t so much fill the house, more just the room. The scent is really light and beautiful, perfect for Spring. Fresh and pretty.

Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Diffuser

I must just also say how lovely this looks in your home, the classic black, and the clear glass, it looks gorgeous.

The English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Diffuser is available now from www.jomalone.com and retails at £48.

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Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Cologne

I was a lucky girl a couple of months ago and had a 30ml bottle of Jo Malone London’s famous Pomegranate Noir Cologne from my husband.

Being a huge fan of patchouli it was a must have on my wishlist. The description of Pomegranate Noir is as follows:

“The sensuality of a daring red Dress. Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. A dark enigmatic fragrance”

Gosh this is a strange perfume! Don’t get me wrong, I love this but I’m finding it very hard to describe. I’ve read so many reviews of this and they are all different so I think it’s not just me. For me, I get overwhelmingly patchouli with a whisper of the fruit. It’s strong and woody and glorious. I’d like to have more fruit in it, but I think this is just how it works with my skin because other reviewers get a lot of fruit.

It’s very dark and wintery and I really really love it, for the same reasons I love Clinique Aromatics, its rich and patchouli heavy. Because of this it certainly isn’t for everyone… patchouli haters beware! Oh I must add, theres more than a whisper of clove in there too…for some this maybe a little too…medicinal? I really like it though.

Try on your skin though, from what I can tell it’s different on everyone, and I think it’s probably unisex. Now…where did my husband go? *spray*

Jo Malone London Sugar & Spice

I have been waiting for what seems like forever for this collection. I love Jo Malone and I have always had a love of foody scents…when the two combine, I was hoping for fragrance heaven. I was not disappointed!

There are five new colognes in the collection and I have been trying out three of them.

Jo Malone London Sugar & Spice

Bitter Chocolate & Orange
It’s not Terry’s, it’s mine. Pure and simple chocolate orange. It’s absolutely gorgeous. When it’s sprayed, it’s overwhelmingly chocolate…and whilst it remains very chocolately on the skin, it does settle down a little to become less overpoweringly chocolate and a softer chocolate orange. All the stages this perfume go through are delicious. The only sad thing about this one for me, is that the scent doesn’t last very long on me. A couple of hours maximum.

Elderflower & Gooseberry
Oh this is so delicious. The least foodie scent of the three I’ve been trying out. Described as a “voluptuous gooseberry fool. Crushed, summer-green gooseberries, juicy with lychee, enfolded into the soft delicacy of elderflower”…all of which it is, but there’s something so sweet and creamy about this, it’s just beautiful.

Ginger Biscuit
Finally, Ginger Biscuit. This is just like a freshly baked biscuit. So so good. In it you can detect the warmth of the spices, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. And then there’s caramel. Every single time I wear this I get a compliment. It’s divine.

Of the above three, I love them all, but I’m hard pushed to decide whether Elderflower and Gooseberry or Ginger Biscuit is my favourite. I think maybe I love them both equally but for different reasons. Ginger Biscuit is warming, foody and comforting, Elderflower & Gooseberry is soft, sweet and fruity.


But I won’t rest until I get the other two scents in the range which are also right up my street.

Jo Malone London Sugar & Spice


Jo Malone London Sugar & Spice

Such a beautiful collection, not only do I like the scents I’ve tried and the sound of the scents I’ve not tried but I also love the pretty pastel coloured labels and all the associated imagery. It’s gorgeous.

Jo Malone London Sugar & Spice

I am not sure these scents will appeal to many of the usual Jo Malone fans as they are SO foody… but for this Jo Malone fan, this collection is a dream come true!

The Sugar & Spice Collection is available now from www.jomalone.co.uk and I’m off there as soon as I hit publish!

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Jo Malone London Vitamin E Eye Cream

There’s a new Jo Malone London skincare product in town and it’s a new addition to the the Vitamin E range.

The cream is designed to moisturise the skin around the eyes, reduce the look of fine lines and dark circles and has a lot of lovely ingredients including vitamin E (of course), white tea, white birch bark, avocado, murumuru butter and caffeine. It feels rich and creamy and is delicately scented.

If you’re a fan of the Jo Malone Vitamin E range, you’ll be wanting to add this to your repertoire quick sharp!

Available now, 15ml is £35 and you can of course purchase from www.jomalone.com

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Jo Malone London Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne

I’ve always found reviewing fragrances hard, but on reading other reviews of this fragrance on other blogs I’ve realised it’s even harder than I imagined!

Not only is perfume completely subjective in that you either like something or you don’t but another may feel differently, but it’s also subjective in that you may smell something completely different to a different reviewer!

Anyway I shall press on and tell you about the newest addition to Jo Malone London’s permanent line, Earl Grey and Cucumber.

This previously came out as a limited edition fragrance a year or so ago, as part of the Tea Collection and I must say that I wasn’t especially drawn to this one as I can’t bear the scent of cucumber.

Then I received this in the post as a press sample and approached it with caution.

The official description is as follows:

“A British tradition…afternoon tea. A fragrance with a burst of bergamot, distinct to Earl Grey, and the cool succulence of crunchy cucumber. Counterpoised with a sweet base of beeswax, vanilla and musk. Reviving and refined”.

Thankfully for me, I can’t smell the cumber at all! That’s where I differ from other reviews I’ve seen. To be clearer, I don’t get the cucumber scent I feared. Boots Own brand cucumber toner. What I do get is a beautiful musky scent, with the bergamot adding the smoky-ish tea flavour. There is a hint of lightness about it, which I presume is the cucumber, just to me it doesn’t smell like cucumber.

It’s absolutely gorgeous and so much nicer than I expected it to be, I would never have picked this up or chosen it, so I’m really grateful to have been given the opportunity to try it out.

It lasts quite a long time on my skin which some of the Jo Malone Colognes don’t.

I highly recommend this perfume. I’m in love. Now all I need is for them to bring Sweet Milk back!

Available from www.jomalone.co.uk where a 30ml bottle is £28 and a 100ml bottle is £76.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

I’ve acquired a few new Jo Malone London Colognes in recent months, all of which I adore, but I’m breaking them down into a few posts otherwise you’d be here all day reading!

You all probably know by now that perfume descriptions are not my strong point, but I’m more than capable of telling you if I like something or not so we’ll start with with Vanilla & Anise.

Jo Malone London Vanilla & Anise Cologne

Firstly, this scent doesn’t last too long on me which is such a shame as it’s really lovely. On me, this is heavy on the vanilla, but the anise is definitely there and elevates the vanilla to a whole new and unusual level. It’s hard to describe. This is not, to my mind, a foody scent, its more like a musky vanilla, but somewhere in there are florals and citrus which all add a little je ne sais quoi to the scent, separating this from other vanilla perfumes. I really like this and it makes a perfect every day scent for me, I just wish it had more staying power on my skin. That said, we all know how fragrances are different for different skins and having read around a bit I can find plenty of people who say this stays on their skin for hours and hours. So try it out, it’s very beautiful and warm. 30ml £38 and 100ml £76.

Now for Black Vetyver Cafe.

Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe

I’m just going to start by saying I don’t know what I was thinking by not including this in my top products of 2012 post. I adore this is has fast become my favourite scent. Bar none. Top notes are black roasted coffee and citruses, the heart notes are nutmeg, green pepper and coriander and the base is vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, incense, sequoia wood and lichen.  This is a unisex scent but I think possibly it’s more masculine than it is feminine. Not that I’m put off by the fact my Stepdad got this after he sniffed mine… oh no! It’s THAT amazing that I couldn’t care less if I smell like my Stepdad, in fact I think we both smell stunning! It smells like coffee, that’s the overriding scent and the first thing that hits you. But then there’s the incense which my nose can definitely pick out and then the masculine woody notes… strange thing about this one is that generally speaking reviewers seem to think this disappears quite quickly on the skin, but on me, I can smell this hours later. As before 30ml £38 and 100ml £76.

I must have odd skin!

Very happy with both of these scents, I received Pomegranate Noir for Christmas so I’ll be reviewing that one soon, along with the fabulous new Earl Grey and Cucumber scent which was a very pleasant surprise.

Next on my Jo Malone London wishlist though are Blue Agava & Cacao and Wild Fig & Cassis…. and the Cologne Intense, Rose Water & Vanilla which I dream of being like Turkish Delight.

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Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker

I have to admit I’m feeling pretty bad about this blog post. I’ve had this cracker for a couple of weeks but of course, as you all know I’ve been a bit otherwise engaged and so tonight is the first time I’ve sat down to write about it. And it’s sold out online already. I’m so sorry readers, I must admit I feel like a bit of a failure about this. I am however going on with the blog post in the hope that if you should fancy it, if you’re quick you may be able to find one if you have a Jo Malone London store near you (which alas I don’t!).
Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker

The cracker always sells out fast I’m told, and I’m not surprised, it’s a fairly affordable way of getting a bit of luxury in your life at Christmas. This year’s cracker contains 15ml of Pomegranate Noir Body & Hand Wash, along with 9ml of Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne and a lovely little 15ml pot of Orange Blossom Body Creme (the texture of which is to die for, as is the scent), so it is a lovely gift. Well worth hunting out if you can find it anywhere. The cracker retails at £28.

There are plenty of other fabulous seasonal offerings from Jo Malone London which you can find HERE.

As a final note, I want to add how much I really love the festive ribbon which has a touch of silver.

Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker

Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker
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Jo Malone London Blackberry and BayJo Malone London Blackberry and Bay

There’s a new fragrance joining the Jo Malone London cologne joining the range this Autumn and it’s one I really love. Perhaps my favourite that I’ve tried to date. It’s not just the fragrance I love, but the feelings it evokes and also the stunning imagery.

Jo Malone London Blackberry and Bay

I always talk about how rubbish I am at describing scents, and it’s true.

The press release reads:
Childhood memories of blackberry pricking…stained lips and sticky palms.

A burst of deep, tart blackberry juice and sparkling grapefruit, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay. Softened with delicate flowers, resting on a brambly base of vetiver and cedarwood.

There’s not a whole lot to add to this really. It does smell nostalgic, it does smell autumnal, it does smell beautiful and unusual and it is absolutely beautiful. I’ve worn it a quite a lot since receiving the sample but I can see me living in this once Autumn really hits. Despite the vetiver and cedarwood, and of course the fruity blackberry tang, there’s more than a hint of grapefruit which I think adds a touch of brightness.

You must sniff this, it certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste but I do think everyone should try it!

According the release I have here, if combining is your thing, try it with a spritz of Lime Basil and Mandarin or with Nectarine Blossom & Honey.

Personally, I don’t think I’d want to mix this, I love it just how it is. I wouldn’t say no to a pot of the matching Body Creme. I’m very much in love with my Lime Basil and Mandarin Creme, the texture is amazing and I wouldn’t mind adding a layer of the Blackberry and Bay Creme before the fragrance. (Graham if you’re reading this, this is a heavy hint for you!)

The Cologne is available in either 30ml or 100ml bottles and is priced at £38 and £76 respectively. There is also the Body Creme at £48, a Body and Hand Wash at £30 and finally the Home Candle at £38.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*