Modern design meets retro glamor in glowing, scented perfection!
I love a good-smelling candle like the rest of you out there, and, like cosmetics, as I get older and more knowledgeable, I have learned that quality is practically priceless. If you don’t believe me, take a whiff of an elegant Jo Malone Candle and try to go back to your Yankee ways.
Jo Malone is the London-based fragrance company that has become synonymous with natural scents in surprising combinations, interpreting the classics in a modern way. Immediately, one sees the cream and black label and knows this fragrance has the stamp of luxury and sophistication.
Partnering with David Hicks, the internationally renowned interior designer, Jo Malone has created limited edition, individually decorated home candles.
Lovely graphic deco prints channel romantic old Hollywood in this luxe blend of scent and design. The Lime Basil and Mandarin in Riviera candle speaks to the exotic Merle Oberon-types. While the Pomegranate Noir in Herbert’s Carnation sounds just like Joan Crawford to me.
I tested the perfectly feminine Red Roses in Hicksonian, and it’s just oozing with Olivia de Havilland charm and grace.
Modern design again bows to the past as if Dorothy Draper were shaking hands with Jonathan Adler. (These 2 are on my new dinner party wish list! ~ Tyna) The design of the candle couples with the scent to invoke a bygone era, while the modern color selection is representative of that scent. My Red Roses has a star/cross/square pink graphic while the Lime Basil and Mandarin has a diamond pattern in citrusy herb green. Pomegranate Noir boasts burning red damask—super sexy.
Now lets talk about the candle itself. The size of the candle is a modest 200g housed in a 3-inch diameter, 5 inch high glass. The burn time is, however, an unbelievable 45 hours.
And the scent! Red Roses in Hicksonian smells of pure crushed rose petals (though violet and citrus notes peek through), at once heady, fresh and sweet, lingering long after the flame has been doused. In fact, my bedroom smelled strongly of roses a full twenty-four hours after burning for a mere two hours the night before.
Jo Malone is a little on the pricey side; one of these devilishly sweet-smelling specimens will set you back $65. While that’s not chump change, you’re buying a date with a movie star, not a prom queen. And, as I mentioned earlier, quality is practically priceless. Jo Malone also packages their upscale products in a most delicious box, ready for gifting.
If you can’t quite justify the expense for yourself, I can justify it for you. Just kidding, but if you can’t justify the expense for yourself, make this your next dinner party hostess gift – it will last much longer than a bottle of Bordeaux and won’t leave ‘em with a headache in the morning.
Readers – Have you added some old Hollywood glamour to your home with the David Hicks for Jo Malone candle collection?[ratings]
Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
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