Brand Spotlight – Jo Malone | February 21

Brand Spotlight – Jo Malone | February 21

Jo Malone is famous for is distinctive scents and luxury products. Made up of 146 scents (and counting), the English brand owned by Estee Lauder since 1999, sells its signature scents through colognes, home, bath & body, evoking memories, emotion and a lasting impression like no other. I couldn’t tell you many high-street fragrances hot on the market right now, but I can pick out Honeysuckle and Davana from a mile away, and I’m no exception. The brand has commanded loyalty and spending power that few other brands could dream of, or touch.

If you’re new to Jo Malone, it can be slightly intimidating as to where to start. Each store has rows of iconic, identical bar the name bottles neatly lined up down the centre so it can be overwhelming. The fragrances can be split into the following categories: Citrus, Fruity, Floral, Light Floral, Spicy and Woody. I would recommend a floral or light floral for someone buying their first cologne, in particular Wild Bluebell or Peony & Blush Suede, you can’t go wrong with either of them.

I’ve tried a fair few products and have made a note of my favourites below, if you’re looking for some inspiration.

English Pear & Freesia (Fruity)
This is one of my favourite spring scents. It’s a popular scent for other products such as hand wash, body lotion so you can build a full collection.

Nectarine Blossom & Honey ( Fruity)
It’s fruity, sweet and comforting at the same time.

Peony & Blush Suede (Floral)
My first ever JM scent and as such, will have a special place in my heart. It’s very distinctive yet subtle at the same time.

Honeysuckle & Davanna (Floral)
My signature scent, I get the most compliments when I wear this scent.

Orange Blossom (Floral)
Said to be Kate Middleton’s wedding scent.

Wild Bluebell (Light Floral)
I have the cologne and hair mist in this fragrance and they smell amazing. Sometimes I layer this with Lavender and Silverbirch for something truly personal to me.

Red Roses (Light Floral)
This is strong for a light floral scent and it’s not for everyone, but rose is one of my favourite scents.

Wood Sage & Sea Salt (Woody)
Who knew salt could smell so good? It’s gentle, not to overpowering and reminds me of being by the sea.

Lavender and Silverbirch (Floral)
Fruity, woody and floral. The lavender collection was a limited edition release this time last year and get the image of lavender pillow sprays out of your head, this is to DIE for.

If you’re not sure where to start, or if you want to treat yourself to a new fragrance and would like a hand, Jo Malone offer a scent finder on their website which you can access by clicking here. I’ve used this a few times and always been impressed with the outcomes, even if it’s been a cologne I’ve never smelled before, I’ve always loved it.

If you’re not in the market for a new cologne, why not treat yourself to one of their iconic candles? From the bow on top, to the complimentary matches, the candles are as elegant and luxurious as they come. Indulgent, yes, but a thirty minute burn will keep your room scented all evening.

Product Empties | January 21

Product Empties | January 21

Philosophy Pure Grace Fragrance

This light floral scent smells so fresh, modern and clean, like stepping fresh out of the shower but with a distinctive note of leafy greens. It’s incredibly distinctive and luxurious. It’s not too overbearing so is a perfect summer or workwear fragrance. I equally love it on a crisp winter morning. This is pretty expensive in John Lewis/ Boots etc but Amazon sometimes have offers on when you’ll get a 60ml bottle for less than £25. There is a shower gel to match which is also incredibly luxurious, if you really want to treat yourself. I would buy this again, this was a hand bag size but I wouldn’t hesitate picking up the bigger bottle.

NXY Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

I bought this as an easy, work from home foundation that requires minimal effort, isn’t heavy and just makes me look a bit healthier on camera. This one ticks all my boxes. It’s just on the oily side, so I would recommend for normal/dry skin, or use a light powder if your skin is on the oily side. It’s comfortable to wear all day, feels breathable and goes on really smooth so it’s perfect for when you just need something, but don’t want to put actual make-up on. It’s £10 per tube, but because so many places sell NXY, someone always has a discount on so definitely shop online.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinx 1%

This is a holy grail for so many people and I can’t make up my mind if it works for me or not. Sometimes it clears up breakouts within hours and other times it really upsets my skin. I’m on my third bottle and can sort of tell when its going to work and when it’s not (no science or logic, just intuition). I would repurchase this, I just haven’t worked it out properly yet.

Better You Magnesium + Calcium Body Lotion

The idea of this is that your skin absorbs the magnesium/ calcium into your skin to support bone health. I don’t know how gimmicky this is, I didn’t notice any benefits in one bottle but it did leave my skin soft and supple. It was quick drying and it had a sea-salt scent that I quite licked. I picked this up in TK Maxx in the sale. I wouldn’t specifically re-purchase this but if I stumbled across it on offer, I’d probably pick one up.

Molton Brown Rhubarb and Rose Hand Cream

Rhubarb and Rose are two of my favourite scents so this hand cream is a dream for me. It’s lightweight, moisturising without being greasy and the scent lasts so long. Infused with truffle oil, it leaves my hands feeling so soft. Hand cream is a staple for me all year round and I am meticulous about it in the winter but particularly this year with all the hand sanitiser and extra hand washing, it’s hard on your skin. At £10 a pop, this is definitely an indulgent treat (or a great present) but so worth it.

That is my product empties for the month. Please leave me a comment if you’ve tried any of these products or with any recommendations for me to try.