Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the Chichester launch of Jo Malones latest offering- the English Oak collection. You may not know but I’m a massive fan of Jo Malone and it’s 100% one of my favorite brands and by most treasured scents are my them. This time of year is great for me in terms of fragrance as I love the deeper, more woody smells that are related to autumn and winter.
Jo Malone have launched two new scents, the first time they’ve ever released more than one at one time! They’re both inspired by English oak, the smells we remember from wandering through the woods in our childhood. One scent is English Oak and Redcurrant, a fruity and girly smell for those who like something slightly sour and sweet. The second, my favorite of the two, is English Oak and Hazelnut. This is right up my street- woody, masculine, sexy and warm.
The event was lovely and organized by blogger Katie and the Chichester Jo Malone team. We were greeted with drinks and refreshments inspired by the new scents. Jo Malone smells are so simple (yet very complex) that you can pinpoint individual notes and pick them out.
After being introduced to the smells, we were taught a little about fragrance combining and how you can layer the new scents with some of their classics. My favorite combination was with wood sage and sea salt, which is my all time favorite smell anyway! This is the combination I chose for my lovely hand massage. Jo Malone customers are often invited in for a massage and a chat about new fragrances, old classics, and unique combinations. The massage treatment starts with a wash of their softening hand and body washes, in your chosen scent. The Wood Sage and Sea Salt wash on my skin comes out really salty and warm- which I love. They can react differently on everyone. I then had the matching body creame applied. The stylist then finished with a spritz of the new smell to compliment the creame. I chose the hazelnut as I love how it complements the wood notes.
We then got a taste of what it’s like to work at Jo Malone (something I’ll be doing come Christmas!!) by wrapping our own boxes of goodies. We were kindly gifted with a few travel sizes and we got to stamp our own boxes. After stamping with leaves and fairies we spritzed little leaves with our chosen fragrance combination. We then had to wrap them with a pretty bow, something I 100% need to practice. It was a lovely experience and made taking the bag home so much more special.
Thank you to Katie, Jo Malone, House Of Fraser, Wild Mint Cafe and Nordic Twigs for a great afternoon! Here’s to the next one..