Mix & Match with Jo Malone
One thing I always wanted to do was to mix my own scent combination at Jo Malone and when my wedding approached I knew the time had come.
At the counter I tried out several combinations, most of them with my all-time favorite scent, which came out last fall: Wood Sage & Sea Salt, combining ambrette seeds (top note), sea salt (heart note), and sage (base note) for a “lively, spirited and totally joyful” scent.
But I did not want to use only Wood Sage & Sea Salt but combine it with something a little bit sweeter, possibly fruity, to accommodate the warm weather in Tuscany. I ended up choosing Nectarine Blossom & Honey, which has a sweet but not too heavy scent, working very well with Wood Sage & Sea Salt. On their homepage they describe it actually as a “sweet and delightfully playful” scent, which is pretty accurate.
As you can however see, I did not actually end up picking up a bottle of Wood Sage & Sea Salt, but choose something different instead. The reason is pretty simple: Birch & Black Pepper was a limited edition (always a selling point for me – stupid, I know), while Wood Sage & Sea Salt is always in stock. Plus I have a thing for “special” scents. The pepper scent is quite distinctive and nothing you smell everywhere, which sold it for me. To ease up the scent a little bit (it is heavy) I still love to combine it with Nectarine Blossom & Honey as well as with Wood Sage & Sea Salt.
Also the sales lady was so kind to give both me and Christoffer (who also bought one of the unisex perfumes at the very same time) two samples each of Wood Sage & Sea Salt, which is why I was still able to use it for my wedding.
Even though the Jo Malone scents do come with a larger price tag I appreciate their scents as they are just “different” (for a better lack of words) – as fun as it is to recognise my own favorite perfumes in a crowd I much rather am being asked what I am using instead. Plus I just love being able to buy smaller bottles: I will be able to use them up eventually before the scent goes bad, and it makes for a way better travel companion as well.
What are your favorite Jo Malone perfumes and which combinations do you recommend?