July 8, 2011

Jo Malone - my small library of scents

I love fragrances, but not overly so (until lately). I have previously owned and finished a large bottle of the Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, which I loved but got tired of other people smelling too much like 'me'. I'm afraid it lost it's identify after full blown massive advertisements. After that bottle, I hunted and hunted for my unique signature scent. Now, I am significantly poorer because I have developed this expensive habit of acquiring different scents. 

Part of this bankruptcy was attributed to Jo Malone, a company established by Jo Malone herself, and now acquired by Estee Lauder. She started off her career as a facialist and developed a cult following for her beautifully scented bath oils. Her first fragrance was the Nutmeg and Ginger, which was originally created as a thank you gift for her devoted facial clients. And, following that 86 of her 100 facial clients phoned to request for more of her delicious scent... which now basically lead to her establishing her own company, Jo Malone. 

Since then, Jo Malone has established a unique way of combining simple scents. Although this method is nothing new, it seems quite complicated to layer scents to an amateur nose. You generally need to appreciate the base notes in order combine scents effectively. When done correctly, it's an overall fun experience adjusting your scents to the occasion, outfit, weather and mood. 

The beauty sales associate at Jo Malone Selfridges demonstrated the method of fragrance combination by pressing on JM Nutmeg & Ginger Cologne on my left arm. Then, on my right arm, she applied a delicious layer of Vanilla & Anise body cream, and later pressing on JM Nutmeg & Ginger Cologne. The scents alone was nothing exceptional, a little short in character I would say. Jo Malone fragrances are designed to be very simple and clean. But when used in combination, the magic happened. The spiciness of JM Nutmeg & Ginger was softened by the creamy soothing scent of JM Vanilla & Anise. The composition of the spicy and aromatic scents is so exquisite together. Since I can't justify a 40 pound body cream, I opted for the perfume instead. 

30mL sizes are perfect. I can see myself collecting Jo Malone fragrances for a very long time. 

I must emphasise that body chemistry plays a major role to how well you skin wears fragrances in general. I fare better with fragrances that are musky, warm, and aromatic. Subsequently I was curious on how the other fresher combination would work, so I ordered Nectarine Blossum & Honey Cologne online. I figured I couldn't go wrong, since it was a favourite by many. But alas, there is no substitute to the nose when it comes to fragrances. Again, it's beautiful together but on its own, it lacks depth.

And I ordered the Orange Blossum Cologne for dear mum. She loves this very much. 

I'm heading over to Paris for the weekend... I'm aching to try Serge Lutens, L'artisan, Chanel and Guerlain boutique fragrances. So lets see what I end up coming home. :-) Happy weekend! TGIF!


Rainy Days and Lattes said...

I remember smelling some Jo Malone scents at Saks and I fell in love with them. I had no idea how expensive they were! I knew they were, but never that much even though you've bought many :p I hope you find your "signature". I love the Chanel one you used as well. Too bad it's so commercialized huh?

Diane said...

Ooh I love Jo Malone scents but they're seriously too expensive in Singapore.
Do you layer your Jo Malone scents to get a more "you" kind of scent? :)

Irritatingly Optimistic said...

I have just returned from a visit to our local Jo Malone Boutique and a complimentary hand and arm treatment to try the new Intense Cologne range.
I have several colognes and a set of bath oils but just cant resist trying new fragrances.
I have now added Amber and Patchouli Cologne Intense to my collection.
Nice blog btw :)

Jessy said...

i always knew they are expensive, but never really know how expensive they are~~~my fav fragrance of all time is the Givenchy Very Irresistible...i luv Floral and Fruity Scent...but i do loev vanilla though~~~


Tracy said...

@Rainy Days and Latte: lol! I have developed this really expensive habit of sniffing random perfumes, and of course acquiring them. The search continues though!

@Diane: Are they? They cost about 37 pounds here for a 30 mL bottle. I love to layer JM scents.

@Irritatingly Optimistic: The hand and arm treatment is great! ooooo! I'm interested in hearing how you like Amber and Patchouli Cologne. I love love patchouli...

@Jessy: Vanilla is fabulous. I find that it's not too overpowering and my guy friends love it too!

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