Regular readers of we heat this will already now we love almost all things British. Today, I’m thrilled to share one of my all time favorite bath, body & home lines from across the pond, the legendary Jo Malone. Whether you’re looking to indulge in top-notch bath luxuries, searching for a signature scent or shopping for a special gift, a visit to a Jo Malone boutique (or a cruise through the online store) is a true delight.
I remember the first time I stepped foot into the Jo Malone boutique at the South Coast Plaza. After a hectic day filled with traffic, noise and crowds, walking into the stunning Jo Malone shop was like being transported to another world. One that you really want to visit – a magical combination of charming, old-world English countryside cottages filled with the accouterments of an upscale, sleek and serene London spa. I was greeted by large, cream painted wooden cabinets filled with row upon row of striking glass bottles and candles, comfy chairs at high tables supplied with sleek white ceramic basins and fluffy white towels (for all the sampling you’ll soon be doing) and the intoxicating scents of the famed English countryside (jasmine, mint, honeysuckle, rose and more) filled the air.
The wondrous surroundings (and my obsession with Harry Potter) made me feel as if I was in a magical potions room whipping up my dream concoctions; heavenly scented and luscious lotions and oils. The true beauty of the Jo Malone line is that all the scents and products are meant to be worn and layered together to create a unique scent for each person. These magical recipes are the result of the Jo Malone philosophy they call the Art of Fragrance Combining which encourages customers to create their own signature style. Any of the knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you pick out a few base favorites or use the Fragrance Combining Menu online to start your own mystical experiments!
Every fairy-tale-like experience needs a little happily ever after and the Jo Malone shopping experience ties everything together in an elegant little bow. Shoppers both in store and online will be wowed by the artful packaging and thoughtful presentation of every purchase. Elegant bags, cream colored boxes, glossy black ribbon and tissue all combine to present a divine and dramatic statement.
Our lucky testers received items from the one of the latest lines released by Jo Malone, the Kohdo Wood Collection. First launched in limited editions in 2008 (it quickly sold out) this cult favorite line, still be found in France, has been reintroduced in the United States due to popular demand. Once again, it’s limited edition so grab them while you can! There are two distinct scents in the Kohdo Wood Collection, Lotus Blossom & Water Lily and Dark Amber & Ginger Lily and they are both very sensual with a slight floral and woodsy tone. Inspired by the ancient Japanese incense ceremony of Kohdo, “where emotions are influenced according to the different scent of nature. The blend of ingredients in each scent is designed to create scents that inspire the senses and encourage emotions.” Personally, I’ve been inspired to breathe in deeply and happily exhale all day long, every time I use either of these products from the Kohdo Wood Collection:
Lotus Blossom & Water Lily Bath Oil – Bath lovers will be enchanted by these oils that turn ordinary bath water into a creamy, almost foamy, moisturizing delight that is both lusciously and delicately scented. The bath oils can be rinsed clean in a shower, but for best results, towel dry lightly straight from the tub – the soft oil and scent will cling to skin all day long. And the scent is light enough to work as a layering scent with any product from the Jo Malone line. Lotus Blossom & Water Lily contains a blend of mandarin, sacred lotus blossom, bamboo and aloeswood, designed to increase energy and focus the mind. Just another reason you should be using this refreshing oil every morning!
And, in all honesty, I would love this bottle if it contained cod liver oil. Just look at that amazing, vintage inspired square glass bottle. The classic, elegant bottle alone deserves a highlighted spot on my vanity.
Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne – Striking in it’s own right, the dramatic black bottle and silver cap of the Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne will add some Hollywood glamour to any perfume collection. Touted as the ideal evening scent, Dark Amber & Ginger Lily contains cardamom, orchid and kyara wood to cleanse and soothe the senses while promoting calmness, relaxation, even positive thoughts! I find the Dark Amber & Ginger Lily scent striking and sensual, and that it really adds some swagger to my step when applied for a nice night out. The intoxicating scent is never overwhelming and on me becomes a warm, slightly musky, slightly spicy heady mix I hope to be wearing for years to come. (Please add it to your permanent collection here in the States, Jo!)
Review team, spa lovers, Anglophiles and packaging junkies: I know I’m not the only fanatic of this amazing British import! Let’s talk Jo Malone![ratings]