If there’s a brand that nails the whole ‘festive’ thing year after year it has to be Jo Malone. Every year the brand do something that manages to be just as lust-worthy, be it full-on traditional British Christmas theme or something a little different like this years ‘Crazy Colourful’ theme for the Jo Malone Christmas 2017 collection. I love it – it’s given me a new found love of coloured Christmas fairy lights when I was strictly warm-white only before. In fact it was Jo Malone that was the inspiration behind my mini office Christmas tree!
ANYWAY, I digress. This post is all about one of the stars of the show for Jo Malone Christmas 2017 – this years very special edition is Jo Malone Green Almond & Redcurrant Cologne – and it’s a festive little bottle of fun. All housed in a gorgeous matte millennial pink bottle with a white lid and that signature label in an alternative of white and green print. It’s a stand-out design and couldn’t be much further from the red/gold/green type shades of traditional Christmas gone by.
But more importantly, what does it smell like? Well – this is the one that’s tricky to properly describe. I’d go simple and just say it smells lovely – it’s light and a little sweet, but not too sweet at all. The green almond takes the edge off a bit and makes it softer to wear. The redcurrant is sweet but with a little sharpness to it. It manages to be a little bit festive but not so much that people would be confused if you smelt of this in May.
It feels like it’s a little stronger than the usual Jo Malone scents and really lingers on skin. It’s one I can still smell after hours of wear. The added note that’s not part of the name – sandalwood – gives the whole thing a bit of a base that’s not too feminine. Which is probably why I love it, as I tend to lean towards fragrances that aren’t too sweet or floral and love notes like sandalwood or other woody or powdery touches.
Yes, it’s a tricky one to properly describe and as with any perfume it’s so subjective it really is worth going to have a little smell of it for yourself if you’re tempted to try it. But I have a feeling you will like it! If you tried the other recent launch of the English Oak & Redcurrant then this is likely to appeal to you too as there are some similarities – it’s like a more festive version.
This is of course just a little taste of the Jo Malone Christmas 2017 collection – they have brought back the amazing Orange Bitters scent from last year too (which is a more traditional festive scent if that’s more your thing) plus a whole load of gorgeous Jo Malone ‘Crazy Colourful’ gift options. All with bold patterns and colour combinations. They also have a stunning candle version of the Jo Malone Green Almond & Redcurrant fragrance – housed in amazing green and pink packaging.
Well, you know my view – Jo Malone is the perfect ‘if in doubt’ gift. Always brings a smile to my face and I’d always be delighted to find a little Jo Malone treat in my stocking!
Jo Malone Green Almond & Redcurrant Cologne available from John Lewis (£94)
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