Jo Malone: rain!

In Britain, we love talking about the weather, every day, we chat about weather! We can’t get enough of it! Hot, cold, rain, sun, we talk about the weather!

We don’t normally celebrate the rain, but Jo Malone London never do what you expect of them. Their new launch, London Rain, celebrates our weather! What does it smell like? Dreamy, fresh, exciting, romantic… It’s like rain in a movie! Glamorous, romantic, fresh, clean rain!

The range is made up of four different scents which come in the most beautiful bottles. It’s always worth buying a limited edition Jo Malone London scent and this one is pure perfection!

Rain & Angelica
Glassy beads of dew, awakening
a London park at dawn. A revitalising scent, enlivened with herbaceous angelica and juicy lime on an earthy base of vetiver. Aqueous and clear.
Top Note: Rain Accord
Heart Note: Angelica
Base Note: Vetiver

Wisteria & Violet
A soft morning shower, soaking the purple wisteria cascading over London stone walls. Infused with the wet-petal scent of violets and water lily. Rainwashed and intoxicating.
Top Note: Water Lily
Heart Note: Wisteria
Base Note: Patchouli

White Jasmine & Mint
An afternoon cloudburst, drenching gardens exuberant with jasmine, lily, orange flower and rose. Eccentric with its dash of scrambling wild mint. Enchanting and refreshing.
Top Note: Fresh Mint Leaf
Heart Note: Heirloom Jasmine
Base Note: Maté Leaf

Black Cedarwood & Juniper
Midnight rain. Seductive with
the carnal touch of cumin, chilli leaves, and aromatic juniper. Dark with cedarwood. Humid with moss. Modern and urban.
Top Note: Cumin
Heart Note: Juniper
Base Note: Black Cedarwood

Launching in March, these are on my Spring Wish List! Don’t you love the way Jo Malone London always do something different to what you expect, but still keep it so classy?

What’s your favourite Jo Malone London Scent?
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Tralala by Penhaligon’s

This April, Penhaligon’s will release Tralala, a new fragrance inspired by the fantastical universe of Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. Meadham Kirchhoff have a long history of working with Penhaligon’s, their last nine shows at London Fashion Week have had a scented catwalk. Using scents such as Bluebell, Castile, English Fern and my personal favourite, Cornubia to add a little something extra to the mood of the collection. Tralala is an opulent, hedonistic blend created by Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. Bertrand immersed himself in the designers East London studio to capture the very essence of Penhaligon’s muses. Intriguingly addictive, Tralala evokes the interplay of glamour and retrospection favoured by Meadham Kirchhoff. Saffron, whiskey, ambrette seed and green violet weave through carnation, orris, tuberose and ylang ylang, layered over soft and supple leather, resins and balsams, dusted with the sensuous and powdery note of heliotrope. Dazzlingly bright and sublimely sensual, Tralala is a beguiling and addictive piece of counter culture couture. Head Notes: Aldehydes, Saffron, Whiskey, Ambrette Seed Butter, Galbanum, Violet Leaf Absolute. Heart Notes: Carnation, Leather, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang, Orris, Incense. Base Notes: Myrrh Resinoid, Opoponax Absolute, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Heliotrope, Musk, Vanilla. This perfume will be exclusively available from the 21st April from Harvey Nichols. From 5th May it will be sold in Penhaligon’s boutiques and online at www.penhaligons.com. I have smelt a tiny tester of this perfume and it is rich, dark and glamorous. I absolutely adore it and obviously I’m a Meadham Kirchhoff fiend, so this is hot on my wishlist! penhaligions x meadham kirchhoff tralala

Jo Malone London ‘Just Like Sunday’

This week saw the launch of the new Jo Malone London‘s candle collection, ‘Just Like Sunday’.

It is a beautiful range of four fabulous candles for the home, designed to give you a moment of relaxation and give you Sunday vibes whenever you use them… A pause in the week.

This range of candles lets you wake up in crisp, white linen sheets. It takes you out to the greenhouse, with all the fresh, vine ripened tomatoes. It gives you a hearty lunch followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea with delicious macaroons. Then it lets you curl up in front of a fire and relax in the evening. Whichever part of Sunday you want to relive, this range of candles will help take you there!

Lavender & Lovage; Think of crisp, white sheets and the comfort of lavender linen… clean and relaxing.
Laced with the aniseed twist of garden lovage. Deepened with herbaceous rosemary and thyme.
This candle is calm and aromatic.

Green Tomato Leaf; Remember summer’s glasshouse tomatoes? Earthy, leafy and
full of sunshine. Crisp with
stem-green galbanum. Lively with artemesia, fruity with cassis, resting on a cushion of moss.
This candle is tangy and evocative.

Sweet Almond & Macaroon; Delectable macaroons during afternoon tea. A comforting confection of sweet almond
and creamy coconut. Rich with cherries. Softened by vanilla.
This candle is warm and cocooning.

Incense & Embers; Curls of smoky incense. Brightened with silver fir and white pepper. Sensual with napa leather on a base of elegant vetiver and golden amber.
This candle is contemplative and relaxing.

Don’t you just love Jo Malone London? I adore their beautiful scents and I can’t wait to try these out!

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The gift of Jo Malone!

It is no secret that I absolutely adore Jo Malone London, if I could afford to, I would have every single cologne they do and put them into a cabinet, the modern version of a spirit cabinet, but way more fancy!

Jo Malone London make such good gifts as everyone loves their beautiful perfumes and skin products. Not only do they smell beautiful, but the last all day and the skin products work great too, they really are a treat! I have yet to find a Jo Malone London product I don’t like!

If your feeling festive, but have not yet finished your Christmas shopping, look no further! John Lewis now sell Jo Malone and they are making it beyond easy to buy! Not only can you pop in to the store, order online as normal, but you can also order and collect from your local Waitrose. Pretty easy right?

Order yours now, it’s a wonderful gift! These items below are my personal picks, I love their soap and the price makes it a great stocking filler, the body cream is a joy, the cologne is a must and the bath oil is a wonderful treat! For those who want to really treat their loved ones, there is a beautiful gift box of home fragrances, which is a wonderful festive treat which will last you well beyond the spring clean! I have the room spray and my mum has the diffuser…both are amazing!

I love Jo Malone London and so does everyone else I know! So buy your loved one some this Christmas, I promise you they will love it!

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I’m frigging crazy for figs!

At the moment I am going crazy for the delightful scent of figs! I just adore it! Jo Malone London started my obsession with their Wild Fig and Cassis cologne, I love the woody scent mixed with the freshness of the cassis- it’s just lovely! Now my obsession is fully grown and I can’t get enough of figs!

If I could, I would have every single product in fig scent, but it’s just not possible, as fig is a really underrepresented ingredient in beauty and fragrances. I decided to do some research and find some delicious fig products, and share them with you. So if like me, you want to fill your cupboards and home with fig, you will know where to go!

Quite frankly, it’s not easy hunting down fig scented items, as it is an acquired taste, but once you are hooked, you love it! It’s also a great unisex scent, so it’s great for sharing! Most fig scents are balanced with sweeter notes, I love that ying and yang element of the scent too!

First up, the product that started my obsession… Jo Malone London ‘wild Fig & Cassis’ Cologne. I adore this in Autumn/Winter. It’s not right for summer, so it’s a winter treat for me. The woody, rich fig is beautiful with the sweet cassis. It’s such a great perfume for men and women.

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I love the Jo Malone London Wild Fig and Cassis cologne so much I had to buy myself the bath oil too! The great thing about this bath oil, is that not only does it smell incredible, but it also really fills the flat with the smell of fig. It’s lovely, it really lingers on your skin and it turns almost milky in the bath too!

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TommyGuns do a great range of shampoos and conditioners and one of their fragrances is Fig & Plum. Tommy Guns haircare is great for the money and this fragrance is lovely, it’s also the only haircare I have ever found in fig. A low cost and delightful way to enjoy fig in an unusual format! It has quite strong plum notes in there and it almost smells like cough syrup, but you can definitely feel the fig! Unusual, But I like it!

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Rituals do lovely fragrance sticks for the home; I have these in my hallway, so that each time I enter the flat, I get hit with the scent of fig. This product is the scent of delicious warm fig, with the sweet undertone of Copaiba. It’s woody yet sweet and it fills my hallway and makes it smell amazing! This product will last about three months, which will take me up to early spring, which is perfect, as I do think figs scents are better in the winter!

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I really adore the True Grace brand; it’s beautifully packaged, made in the UK and smells dreamy. It’s made of all natural ingredients and you can tell! This candle is from the Manor collection and it’s incredible; it’s sweet, rich and warm. This candle is just fig, it’s not mixed with anything, which is lovely and it’s quite nice that it is not blended with a fruit. It’s dark and rich for winter evenings!

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I love this candle so much it’s a special occasion candle! But luckily I have the matching True Grace fig room spray. It’s just dreamy and beautiful! I love spraying this in the living room in the evening because it’s just so rich and beautiful! It’s a perfect evening treat, and it makes winter so much better!

true grace fig home scent spray
Miller Harris make a beautiful fig based perfume Figue Amère. Inspired by the bitter, ripe green figs of Ibiza and astringent salt. It’s got notes of bergamot, mandarin, rose, cedar and amber. It’s beautiful, and perfect for men and women. It’s strong and fabulous!

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I love this scent so much I got the Figue Amère candle too, it’s so beautiful in both the candle and perfume, it’s hard to choose which is the best. If in doubt, get both and adore both! I have the candle in my bedroom and it’s glorious! Miller Harris ticks so many boxes for me and the packaging is beautiful!

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I also can’t get enough of the Timothy Dunn candle in Wild Fig & Cashmere Wood. These candles are sold in Liberty and they are full on dreamy! This candle is so rich and opulent I adore it. It’s dark and woody, blended with basil, cloves and frankincense.
This is a dreamy candle, it would make a great gift, but if you could bare to give it away!!

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Fresh Handmade beauty brand Lush have created a Fig & Leaves soap, it’s a rustic looking soap, cut into blocks. It’s natural and packed full of figs! It smells lovely and it contain the little fig seeds which act as a natural exfoliant! It’s a softer scent of fig, but it’s lovely and quite relaxing in the morning. Don’t forget to check the expiry date as Lush products have no preservatives in!

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This Fig & Blackberry candle by Ashley Thomas at Debenham’s is a lovely, fruity take on fig and also has a thriftier price tag of just £10! It is in a really pretty box making it a great gift for a friend. It’s got a lovely hit of blackberry with this fig, which makes it rich, sweet and fruity! Yums!

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Admittedly I have a bit of a Fig a scent obsession but I go nuts for it in the winter months and it’s not easy to find so I’m really happy to share some of my favourites with you all!

If it’s good enough for Royalty..

I love British brands with a rich history and heritage. I especially love the ones with Royal Warrants, London perfumery Penhaligon’s have two! Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales. Royal Warrants are very special.

The brand started back in 1872 by William Penhaligon and operates today as a luxury British brand, who still produces all their scents in England and have many stores, all around the world.

I think my favourite scent by the brand has to be Cornubia. It’s made up of head notes of Mandarin, heart notes of Freesia, neroli, orange blossom, jasmine and heliotrope. The base notes are vanilla, musk, woods and amber.
I love the rich, warmth to this perfume. It’s really beautiful, luxurious and feminine, but it’s also got hints of darkness. Citrus, sweet but also woody and musky. Glamorous and fabulous!

It is a really beautiful perfume which is such a joy to me. It is a lesser famous scent by Penhaligons, but it’s one of my favourites and I would recommend trying it out when you are next in one of their stores! It’s really unique and just Gorgeous! Try it out and let me know what you think, because I can’t get enough of it!

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Three of the best… Men’s cologne

I love, love, love a good perfume! The effects of a good fragrance can be so uplifting and it feels good to smell great!

A high end perfume or cologne will last a really long time and stay smelling incredible for hours. The scents the top perfumers in the world blend are intoxicating and magical. That’s what I want to smell like, I want to smell incredible!

My boyfriend and I are both passionate about the perfume and colognes we wear. We only buy a couple of bottles a year, so we both make sure that they are perfect. It’s something you wear every day, and it’s meant to be enjoyed!

My boyfriend has incredible taste in fragrance and we spend a lot of time browsing the counters for what is new, classic and quite frankly, the best we can find.

Here is what we believe to be the best three men’s colognes on the market, they are what we have found to be the creme de la creme!

First up, Tom Ford ‘Extreme’, all Tom Ford colognes are special, but I think this this one has to be my favourite. It is rich and intense with
basil, cardamom and cinnamon bark, mixed with Persian lemon and citrus. While rich heart notes, structured from black plum, parma violet and cedarwood, enlivened with a pinch of saffron. Finished with pure essences of rum, Haitian vetiver, caramel, vanilla and patchouli. This is a strong, bold scent. It is rich and delicious and it’s an attention grabber in all the best ways!

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Next, I would recommend Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir. I always adore Jo Malone London, for me the brand always gets their fragrances spot on. They balance scents perfectly and their ingredients are so natural and fresh smelling. This scent is a little lighter than Tom Ford’s Extreme, it hits you with daring red dress. Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. I find it fresh and fruity yet moody, sensual, dark and enigmatic.

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Finally, let me introduce you to Dries Van Noten from the Frederic Malle collection. This perfume is built around natural sandalwood with hints of vanilla, ethyle maltol, sacrasol and Peruvian balm. It also includes a delightful mix of jasmine, musk, saffron and patchouli, lemon and bergamot. We first smelt this cologne in Barney’s in Seattle, we both adored it but since he had only just bought a bottle of Tom Ford at the airport, it was an unnecessary luxury. Six months later my chap felt the need to hunt it down and discovered it was sold at Liberty. I find it dark and sweet yet it’s warm and rich.

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Of all the hundreds of perfumes and colognes on the market, these are truly the best three we have found and they are all amazing. Years of research has gone into finding these three scents, so I am really excited to be telling you all about them.

Neither myself or my man can pick a favourite of these three, they are all incredible. They are all warm, rich and sensual, they smell delicious and perfect in different ways. These three are the best of the best! Enjoy!