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Jo Malone London Hand Drawn Gift Boxes

Love this! From 27th July, on selected dates (which I don’t have at the moment), there will be artists based in the Jo Malone London Boutiques and they will customise your gift box with your favourite London landmark for no extra charge.

I think that’s such a great idea, and amazing to see that the company isn’t rushing at the chance to earn extra money for it too! There is a £60 minimum spend but it’s worth bearing in mind that that is easily done in Jo Malone!

As for what was inside my box, well that was a nice surprise.

Lime Basil and Mandarin Body Creme

Lime Basil and Mandarin Body Creme (£48). This is a famous scent and is the company’s signature scent. When I first applied it I wasn’t too sure. I loved the smell but felt it was more of a kitchen or a bathroom room scent…it was also very strong which is no bad thing if you love a scent. Over the course of an hour I fell in love completely with this scent. It’s fresh, strong, clean and beautiful. In terms of texture, beautifully moisturising.

Thank you Jo Malone London, and if you are in London, needing some Jo Malone purchases and fancy one of these lovely boxes, do pop along (but check the stores to make sure the artists are in!).

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Jo Malone London Plum BlossomJo Malone London Plum Blossom

It’s times like this I wish I could just embed a scent into my blog, you know, a scratch and sniff blog. Alas I don’t. So you’ll have to put up with my inept attempts at describing scents… prepare for lots of “oooh I love this”.

Jo Malone London have a new Limited Edition fragrance available now, Plum Blossom. Officially described as “Opening with the fruitful freshness of yellow plum, its floral heart blooms on a background of creamy sandalwood and clean, white musk”.

To me this smells so like plums it’s uncanny, it’s a sort of sour-ish plum scent, rather than a sweet fruity scent. That’s a good thing. It smells just like plums…and it stays like that for quite some time, then when you give yourself a sniff an hour or so later thats when you really get the musk and sandalwood underneath, whilst there’s still a hint of the plum blossom around. It’s truly a thing of beauty, I’ve seen other reviews mention it as being a bit too light to wear alone, I’ve not found that at all and find it positively gloriously alone, however, it is also, I am afraid, perfect for Fragrance Combining, in particular with Nectarine Blossom & Honey. Sounds delish!

Finally, just a comment on the bottle, beautiful as always, trimmed with a dusky pink rope, and a floral design on the front, gorgeous.

Ooh I really do love this perfume. To me, or certainly for my usual tastes, its completely different and I really do love it.

£36 for 30ml Cologne or £72 for 100ml Cologne.

Available now from www.jomalone.com

Jo Malone London Scent Surround Reed Diffuser in Red Roses

This Spring sees new additions to the Jo Malone London Home Collection. Actually, such is my ignorance, I wasn’t aware they did a home collection at all, thats what happens where you live in a town where there aren’t many fab shops. Anyway, apparently there is a Jo Malone Home collection and as I say, this Spring there are some new additions to the range

First thing you’ll notice is the traditional Jo Malone London packaging has been turned on it’s head and reversed so instead of the cream packaging with black writing, we have a lovely black box with cream details.

The item I received is the Scent Surround Reed Diffuser in Red Roses. I’ve been wanting to try one of these for ages as I really love the appearance of them. But first, inside the box looks like this…

Jo Malone London Scent Surround Reed Diffuser in Red Roses

A sealed bottle of fragrance and a little bundle of reeds tied neatly with a ribbon (of course!). Put them all together and you get this:

Jo Malone London Scent Surround Reed Diffuser in Red Roses
Jo Malone London Scent Surround Reed Diffuser in Red Roses

I won’t go into any great detail about the scent itself, I love the Red Roses scent and have discussed it previously here and here. The reeds are also available in Lime Basil and Mandarin and Pomegranate Noir.

The reeds themselves are incredible! I keep moving it around the downstairs. I find that I can’t decide where to put it. Each room it is in for a while soon fills with the scent so I end up moving it to another room then that fills up with beautiful scent so I move it round to another room and so on. Don’t get me wrong I don’t have loads of rooms downstairs, I just move back and forth every couple of days. I expect I’ll find a permanent home for it soon! It’s gorgeous anyway, as you would hope for a hefty £45. Worth every penny if home scenting is your thing!

Also newly released are Room Sprays in the same three scents, Red Roses, Pomegranate Noir and Lime, Basil and Mandarin. I fancy the LBM one for my bedroom! Then there are also limited edition Drawer Liners and sachets, only in Lime Basil and Mandarin.

Absolutely the quality you would expect from Jo Malone London products. Absolutely beautiful.



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Jo Malone London Blooms Iris & Lady MooreThree new Jo Malone Limited Edition Colognes. Peony & Moss, White Lilac & Rhubarb and Iris & Lady Moore.

First of all will you just look at the most beautiful bottle. This particular bottle is  Peony & Moss and each bottle is decorated with the title ingredients. Gorgeous. There’s something old fashioned about it, in a good way.

So the London Blooms collection is based on British Gardens. The official descriptions for the fragrances are as follows:

Peony & Moss
A contrast of the dainty and the dirty. Delicate peony, clad in the moist earthiness of moss. Laced with cordial-intense cassis. Encircled with ivy. A fragrance of gossamer lightness, grounded in rich verdancy.

White Lilac & Rhubarb
A celebration of seductive contrasts beloved by modern gardeners. Tart-vibrant rhubarb cuts through delicate florals. The softness of lilac. The femininity of rose. And the almond scent of sun-loving heliotrope.

Iris & Lady Moore
A fascinating mingling of spicy-fresh, common-or-garden geranium and noble iris, powdery and poised. Two characterful purple florals, rustling above an elegant dry-grass bed of vetiver.

So based on those descriptions my first choice would have to be the amazing sounding Peony & Moss which sounds absolutely to die for. Followed then by White Lilac & Rhubarb which also sounds fab with my last choice being Iris & Lady Moore. It’s fair to say that when the you receive a Jo Malone sample there’s no such thing as disappointed though. It’s always a delight.

So Iris & Lady Moore, it’s floral and normally floral perfumes aren’t my thing but something about this really works. I think the Vetiver base really works on this one and although it does smell really floral, its a clean crisp kind of floral, it’s not what I’d call heady or heavy. It’s hard to describe if you’re as inept as I am at fragrance descriptions. It’s floral, but it’s a clean floral and not too heavy or heady. But there’s a depth that comes from the vetiver, and I just love vetiver… so this fragrance, although it shouldn’t be my cup of tea, turns out to be exactly my cup of tea and the best thing about it is that it really stays around all day on me. It’s beautiful.

So of course now I’m thinking if I really like the one I thought I’d like the least I’m going to absolutely adore the ones I liked the sounds of the most. Particularly Peony & Moss. Peony! Moss! Cassis! Ivy! Oh but then there’s White Lilac and Rhubarb. Rhubarb! Lilac! Rose! Heliotrope! These 100ml bottles are £72 and Limited Edition. Available in March. I’d best get saving!

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Jo Malone Red Roses Travel Candle

The Jo Malone Red Roses Collection was originally launched on Valentine’s Day and it’s pretty much perfect for Valentines Day this year or really any occasion.

The scent is a blend of seven roses with  with added violet leaves and touch of lemon. It’s…beeeyoootiful. Obviously it goes without saying that if rose scents aren’t your thing you’d probably be best avoiding but if you like Rose scents then you should probably check out the range.

Jo Malone Red Roses Travel Candle

I was sent the Red Roses Travel Candle (£22) which is small, perfectly formed and deliciously scented. The candle, although travel-sized packs a powerful fragrance punch and not only fills my bedroom when lit but the whole upstairs…unlit my bedroom still smells of it. Gorgeous.

Jo Malone Red Roses Travel Candle

There are plenty of products in this collection, something for everyone including the candle. There’s the Cologne in two sizes, a Body Creme, Hand and Body Lotion, hand & Body Wash, Bath Oil and a full sized candle. Most gorgeous of all is the brand new Red Roses Fragrance Chronicle (£72) a set containing Sweet Lemon Cologne, Honeycomb Cologne and Scarlet Velvet Rose Cologne. Sounds fabulous.

Worth putting on your Valentines wish list? Out now 🙂

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Jo Malone Vitamin E Daily Moisturising Creme

I’m not sure you can beat a Jo Malone box coming through the door. It just cries luxury and when this one turned up there was no clue as to what was inside. There’s a special kind of thrill opening a luxury box like this not knowing what’s inside!

Jo Malone Vitamin E Daily Moisturising Creme

Well what’s inside is the new Vitamin E Moisturising Day Creme SPF15.

A light but luxurious creme with the all important SPF15 and Vitamin E. There’s lots of good ingredients, rosemary leaf and grape see extract to help combat free radical damage, barley extract and wheat germ to hydrate and caffeine to sooth and comfort.

Jo Malone Vitamin E Daily Moisturising Creme

The texture is to die for. It feels luxurious and rich yet is quickly absorbed and leaves no residue on my skin, I’m also finding it does a fantastic job of moisturising, and it’s really had it’s work cut out because having had a heavy cold I was suffering with a dry and peeling nose which is nice, and this creme felt like a soothing balm on. Lovely. It is scented, although I’m not sure what the scent is, it’s light and fresh and clean smelling and certainly not overpowering.

All this fabulousness of course comes at a cost and that cost is £50. I can’t honestly say I would buy this, not because it’s not worth it, it’s amazing, but because its more than I would spend on a moisturiser. If I had more cash, I definitely would.

There are other things in the Vitamin E range, the Lip conditioner comes highly recommended to me and is on my wish list and I’m loving the sound of the body balm and scrub but at £50 and £68 respectively, again they are just out of my price range for such things!

If the price doesn’t put you off, then I highly recommend you try this beautiful cream for a touch of luxury in your life every morning. Just stunning.

Available now from www.jomalone.com

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Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Fragrance Chronicle
Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Fragrance Chronicle

Christmas is coming and the beauty blogger is eating too much Stollen and looking at and getting excited about Christmas items from a variety of brands. Today I’m looking at Jo Malone and in particular one of the Christmas gifts I was extremely lucky to be sent. And I do mean extremely lucky. I feel lucky to be sent samples all the time but occasionally I am so lucky I actually feel like I shouldn’t blog about something as it seems so huge I feel like I am bragging.

I’m not bragging, I’m reviewing a product I’ve been sent as I would with any other product but there’s no denying this is one special sample.

The English Pear and Freesia Fragrance Chronicle from Jo Malone (RRP £72). This a beautiful gift presented in the form of a hard backed book as the name would suggest and all tied up with a red ribbon.

When you until the ribbon and open up the book you are presented with, on the right hand side, four bottles of fragrance. A 30ml bottle of English Pear and Freesia Cologne and three 9ml bottles, King William Pear Cologne, Freesia Cologne and Patchouli Cologne.

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Fragrance Chronicle

And then on the left hand side you’ll find descriptions of each scent along with suggestions for layering to create new dimensions and scents. Please feel free to enlarge and have a read.

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Fragrance Chronicle

At first I wasn’t sure I’d like  the main scent, English Pear & Freesia, it’s certainly nothing I would ever choose for myself but actually it’s beautiful. Probably because along with the pear and freesia, theres a dollop of rose, amber, my absolute favourite patchouli and woods. They are subtle, very subtle but it adds a dimension to the fragrance (which still remains light and fruity) that really appeals to me.

The three accompanying scents are all different, the King William Pear adds more fruit and touch more floral in shape of peony and an extra dash of rose. Freesia Cologne is beautiful, violet, water jasmine and freesia and lastly and unsurprisingly my favourite, Patchouli Cologne. Warm leather, creamy vanilla, musk and earthy patchouli. Beautiful. And unsurprisingly again it is the Patchouli Cologne layered with the English Pear and Freesia that is my favourite and most worn. It’s beautiful which surprises me as I’d never have guessed that Pear would be a scent I’d wear, which makes me all the more grateful to have been sent it to try.

If I’ve not sold it to you, or it’s a bit more than you’d like to spend on perfume then there are plenty of other Christmas gifts from Jo Malone this year, at a variety of prices. I’d love to receive the Christmas Cracker containing 9ml of Grapefruit Cologne, 15ml of Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash and 15ml of Pomegranate Noir Body Creme for £28, and oh my gosh, the Roasted Chestnut Deluxe Candle a snip at £80 and therefore forever out of my league.

Shop online now at www.jomalone.com

*Disclosure – in case you didn’t pick this up from my post, this is a PR Sample*

New and just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Jo Malone Fragrances have just released the Red Roses Body and Hand Wash. For every bottle sold during the month of October, they will be donating £5  to Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.  The BCA raises funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and is instrumental in bringing lifesaving breast cancer awareness messages to millions.

Jo Malone London Red Roses Body and Hand Wash
Jo Malone London Red Roses Body and Hand Wash
Jo Malone London Red Roses Body and Hand Wash

The Body and Hand Wash is a gorgeous shade of pink and has the most amazing scent. It instantly takes me back to my childhood and making rose petal “perfume”. It just smells of pure roses to me and is sublime. It lasts a long time too. If I wash my hands with this stuff, they are still scented when I wash my hands the next time. Beautiful and well worth a purchase given the generous donation.

Available now from the UK Boutiques and www.jomalone.com.

I’m just going to start by showing you a couple of examples associated with the Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Collection because I think they are just stunning.

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Body & Hand Wash
Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Body & Hand Wash

I just find the images incredibly alluring and they REALLY make me want to try the products! Advertising at it’s best I guess!

So I’d say that the delivery man bringing this to your door is incredibly exciting.

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Body & Hand WashJo Malone Wild Bluebell Body & Hand Wash
I’m really sorry about that stock image there, I thought I’d taken a photo of the bottle but I hadn’t! oops. Anway. That right there is the Wild Bluebell Body and Hand Wash.
The top notes of the fragrance are bluebell and clove, the heart of the scent is lily of the valley, eglantine and jasmine and the base is white amber and musk. It just smells beautiful, and floral, but not in a traditional way. I’m not sure what it is that makes it not traditional, but traditionally (!) I really don’t like floral scents. I do however, love this.
I have to confess to an embarrassing thing. When this turned up I ripped open the box and saw the words hand wash, fitted the (included) pump and rushed off to wash my hands. It was a good week later  I realised this was a hand and body wash and it’s now in the shower. At £30 for 250ml this isn’t a cheap product at all, and it seemed a little wasted as a hand wash, as a shower gel though, its glorious. I think this would make a lovely present for someone, a Mum, or sister, or really, any female!
Also in the range is of course a cologne, body cream and candle. I’d love to have a sniff of the cologne, but I’m still yearning for the Tea collection I missed out on. Not that I’m bitter. Much!
Anyway, well worth a sniff if florals are your thing, this is a slightly off-beat floral which makes it right up my street. Beautiful.
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