Tea at Jo Malone

by Fluffleberry on April 1, 2011

I took my very good friend Ali for a treat at Jo Malone on Sloane. We often talk over a coffee and a snack so when I got an invitation in the post to attend a complementary hand and arm massage I jumped at the chance and booked us in.

We were greeted by a chatty run down of the history of the brand and an introduction to the latest fragrance range, the Tea Collection. Five tea inspired smells, Assam and Grapefruit, Earl Grey and Cucumber and Fresh Mint Leaf, Sweet Milk and Sweet Lemon. I felt like a fine perfume connoisseur as I smelt each one with much serious anticipation.

Jo Malone believes in a personal scent, as do I, thus every collection is made with mixing and matching in mind. I love this idea! I liked experimenting with citrus and sweet, woody and spicy, feminine and masculine. I am a firm believer in finding a signature scent. Your sense of smell is registered in the limbic part of the brain which is associated with memory and emotion, therefore your smell is tied into the way people feel about and remember you. It’s so evocative and powerful.

I have been a fan of Jo Malone for 12 years, ever since my mother bought me my first bath oil. I still remember it now, me in my grotty little student flat, enjoying the serious luxury of five different rose oils swirling into the mist and drifting off into an American Beauty type fantasy (an amazing film of that particular year). Since that time I have tried many different Jo Malone fragrances and products and have always found her fragrances intoxicating and her taste sublime. My favourite among them, red roses (for old times sake), lime basil and mandarin and sweet lime and cedar.

After my treat today, consisting of chocolates and massage at the tasting bar at Jo Malone, another favourite is sure to be Assam and Grapefruit.

Little old me (in my new J Brand GiGis!)

Snacks and Smells

Ali settling down for a massage

A little goodie bag to finish

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