Last week I visited the Jo Malone boutique in the UTC mall. I’ve long been a fan of Jo Malone scents but had never experienced the boutique setting outside of a department store. Beautifully decorated with their signature black & white color palette, it of course smells as divine as you would imagine.
If you’re not familiar with the Jo Malone philosophy, they are the original masters of fragrance combining. While you can of course wear each scent alone, their fragrances are best worn by layering two together. As you know, I’m a big fan of bespoke pieces, so the opportunity to create my own signature scent was super exciting.
We started with a walkthrough of the fragrances I’m most familiar with (Lime Basil & Mandarin being a fave). Its clean, citrus scent is the perfect base in which to start layering. After a reintroduction to the classics, I wanted to experiment with something more intense. English Oak & Hazelnut is a spicy fragrance perfect for winter. I was immediately hooked.
One advantage of the boutique experience is being treated to a complimentary hand and arm massage with your choice fragrance combination. It’s a great way to determine how the layering mixes with your pheromones, so you can easily experience your potential signature scent. They also offer this service to groups, so if you want to grab some girlfriends and make it a day, do it!
The combo I chose is perfect for any season because it has a clean base and a spicy top-note. I seriously couldn’t stop smelling my wrist for the rest of the day.
But I was ready for something even darker. There are seven Intense Colognes. Packaged in moody black glass bottles, I knew they were for me. Two hit me instantaneously – Dark Amber & Ginger Lily and Oud & Bergamot. They encompassed all of my favorites – musk, citrus and soft florals.
Worn together, I feel a bit like a Bond Girl – confident, strong and sultry. No wonder my signature scent had to be photographed with a vintage kimono. Any old OOTD wouldn’t do.
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