Jo Malone London ‘The English Oak’ Collection
“Oak is a beautiful, noble wood. It’s powerful and iconic. In perfumery you often find sandalwood and cedarwood, but oak has something unique. It’s majestic and mysterious.”
-Yann Vasnier, Master Perfumer
Jo Malone London ‘English Oak & Redcurrant’
The Jo Malone London English Oak collection was inspired by a trip to Sherwood Forest. Originally they planned to create just one fragrance inspired by English Oak, but the perfumer, Yann Vasnier, felt so inspired by the rich woods, leaves and embers, that before long, two unique fragrances were born! The first of the two is English Oak & Redcurrant which opens with a burst of dark, juicy redcurrant, has a heart of pink roses and a base of smoky roasted oak. It reminds me of a magical woodland filled with rich dry woods and stumbling upon a small house with a freshly baked redcurrant pie, like something out of Hansel & Gretel. I love the contrast of the earthy smoky oak with the fresh pink florals and sweet juicy berries. I think out of the two, this might be the one which stands out as the most popular, it’s an joyful Autumnal delight!
Jo Malone London ‘English Oak & Hazelnut’
The second fragrance in the collection is English Oak & Hazelnut. Whereas the first perfume playfully blends berries and flowers with roasted oak, English Oak & Hazelnut has more of a full-bodied linea woodsy feel to it. The roasted oak has more of a smoky tone to it, almost like embers and incense, mixed with warm sweet cedarwood and hazelnuts. Buried within the fragrance there is also a hint of grapefruit to add a little freshness and I’m sure I can detect something a little creamy, almost like almond milk or chestnut. Whatever, it is, it’s nice! Personally, I love dark, rich woodsy fragrances so I’m really liking this one, however, I can’t wait to combine it with Dark Amber & Gingerlily or Red Roses to give it a but more of a deep floral twist. Also if you are a man (or shopping for a man), English Oak & Hazelnut has a more unisex feel to it, so this is the one I would recommend for the boys. Quite frankly, both are stunning, I keep changing my mind on which I personally prefer, so I’m not going to say which is my favourite quite yet, because you need to go in-store to give them a sniff and decide for yourself!