Jo Malone was never a brand I intended to add to my fragrance collection. Although I've browsed Jo Malone concessions many times, always finding at least a few scents I love, one thing has always put me off. The price. Jo Malone is by all means a high-end brand, and that reflects in the price per ml. Of course, with a brand like Jo Malone you know the fragrance is going to be absolutely exquisite, and well worth the price-tag, with exceptionally fine ingredients, attention to detail and timeless packaging. Yet I'm used to much bigger bottles when it comes to my scents, at a much smaller price point, too. Of course, if I hadn't been completely swayed by the perfect scent, I wouldn't be writing this post, would I?
Back when I was in London for iMats, just as me and Vanessa (The Other VW) were waiting for our trains home, we decided to have a browse of the (quite impressive) beauty brands and shops on offer in St Pancras. When we walked in to Jo Malone, a recent new addition to St Pancras, we were greeted by an absolutely lovely young woman, who if I'm quite honest, is the loveliest Jo Malone lady I've ever encountered. I should have known as soon as she introduced herself, that I'd walk out with my very first Jo Malone fragrance - one of the biggest reasons I've never invested in Jo Malone before, is finding staff on previous experiences to be a touch cold and disinterested in helping me explore the brand. This lady was the opposite; welcoming, enthusiastic, even excited to meet us!, an incredible depth of knowledge for Jo Malone products and an obvious passion for the job which literally radiated from her. She introduced us to a few scents, before I found 'the one'.
Jo Malone Earl Grey & Cucumber (£40) is unlike any other scent in my stash, it completely stands out. The name alone was enough to grab my attention, but the scent itself is just something else. Inspired by the traditional and much loved British 'high tea', Earl Grey & Cucumber sets the scene for the perfect summer garden tea party. Bergamot is our top note, the ingredient which gives Earl Grey it's distinctive scent and flavour, adding a refreshing and sparkling touch of citrus zing. Cucumber is our heart note; an insanely refreshing touch which works magically with the Bergamot to create a scent that's entirely captivating, yet soothing at the same time. For our base notes, we have Beeswax, Vanilla and Tobacco Musk, which creates a whole new dimension to the scent, giving it depth and warmth. It's an incredibly beautiful scent and I'm more than a little bit smitten.
So the size of Earl Grey & Cucumber isn't usually what I'd go for - I like big bottles with more mid-range price tags. My Jo Malone fragrance is just 30ml in size (although that makes the bottle entirely adorable), and for £40, 30ml is not a lot. But, I actually think I'm swayed. I would definitely add another Jo Malone fragrance to my stash, and I'm already looking forward to the next time I can treat myself. I adore the bottle; effortlessly chic yet entirely simple, and presented in the timeless Jo Malone black and cream presentation box. The scent is just incredible, and there's a lot more scents I have my eye on. I also explored the candle range whilst in store, and I'm completely addicted to the scent of the Green Tomato Leaf candle (£40) which is just insanely addictive with a scent like just ripened tomatoes (seriously, sniff it next time you're in store!)
Do you have any Jo Malone fragrances in your stash? What do you think to my choice of Earl Grey & Cucumber? What's your favourite brand for a splurge fragrance buy?
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