Meg here to round out my last review of our week at South Coast Plaza with an incredible brand that has been a favorite of mine for years, the cult favorite Jo Malone. Oh those British Imports! So ingenious! At the tender age of 17 Jo Malone took a job with the florists to the Royal family, this combined with a mother that’s a beautician and her artist father-well, we’re laying some groundwork here. It was only a matter of time before Jo combined her love of delicious blooms and high quality cremes, oils, fragrances and a mass hysteria of demand broke out!
The art of fragrance combining was such a cool concept to me. I guess it was around 2001 when Beautyzilla sent me two beautiful bottles of Jo Malone cologne, in Honeysuckle & Jasmine and Lime Basil & Mandarin. When they arrived in their perfect corrugated boxes and wrapped in black tissue paper I knew I was in for a treat! Worn alone they were delicious but a mixture of a spritz on each pulse point and it was downright intoxicating.
When I saw Jo Malone was part of our South Coast Plaza tour I was so thrilled! Nancy and Daniel and the entire Jo Malone team could not have been more gracious and perfect. They had a wonderful bar set out with all different types of bath oils and basins to soak our hands in. I couldn’t believe how milky and beautiful the oil turned and how gorgeous the scent of the Vintage Gardena made my newly, soft as silk hands. We all “oohed” and “aaahed” and constantly were calling each other over to “oh wow! Smell this!”
Nancy and Daniel were telling us so much about Jo Malone’s famous sniffer. It seems she was travelling and her husband came to surprise her. Well, so much for that. She thought she had smelled him in the lobby. Yup, she knew he was there-sight unseen. Nancy and Daniel were so animated and their excitement representing Jo Malone was infectuous.
At the end of this glorious visit, each one of us were handed the most spectacular gift bags. Inside were lovely, tan suede Jo Malone zippered bags chock full of goodies. Here’s what we got to all take home and try out..
Lime Basil and Mandarin Candle What can I say? Zesty lime combined with the fresh blend of citrus, I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love a Jo Malone candle. They always look so chic lit up in the powder room during a dinner or cocktail party. Simple, elegant and classic-goes with any decor!
Orange Blossom Body CremeMy most favorite hotel in Los Angeles? Hotel Bel-Air.. It is so gorgeous, it’s like fairytale land, swans and gorgeous grounds and every sweet smelling flower. Yum. I guess there really was no possible way for me not to love this decadent body creme. Jo Malone was inspired by Hotel Bel-Air when creating this scent. It is silk for your skin. Wait. Scratch that. It turns your skin into velvet. (And a big shout out to Corrine, the sweet smelling rep who sent us some samples a few months ago prior to our day at Jo’s SCP location just to get us wanting more!)
Pomegranate Noir Cologne I’m not trying to be lazy, I just can’t think of anything to add that the description they have doesn’t cover “Inspired by the allure of a scarlet-coloured silk dress, Pomegranate Noir is an enigmatic scent. Ancient pomegranate, raspberry and plum are crowned with precious frankincense and patchouli to create a mystery that unravels with time“.I love how I see a scarlet-coloured dress and think “That’s pretty” Joe Malone sees it and creates a fragrance.
Amber and Lavender Shower Gel Jo created this frangrance for her husband. This gel is so lush, it lathers wonderfully and leaves a nice, subtle scent behind. Again, you’re treating yourself to complete luxury and your skin and senses know it with this baby.
Vitamin E Collection We really scored with this collection of Vitamin E Gel, Lip Conditioner and Hand Nourishing Treatment ! Wow what a haul, in the interest of this post not being as long as The Old Testament I’m just going to say that all of these items are fabulous.Vitamin E Gel moisturizes and protects your skin from harmful anti-oxidents. The lip conditioner is honey scented and has SPF in it! Yay! The Hand Nourishing Conditioner has hints of cassis so your hands smell as sweet as soft as they feel!
I can’t thank the Jo Malone family enough! The family tree that lives in the South Coast Plaza branch was so informative and generous with us we were completely blown away. The brand is pure understated elegance and that was more then well represented. Kudos!