I was an awkward, dramatic, and outspoken 11-year-old when I started wearing my first fragrance that didn't come from a Barbie box. (You remember those right? The little solid perfumes in round plastic discs, smelling reminiscent of a baby prostitute?) My perfume of choice was then newly released ck one, the unisex "cologne" that launched a million black and white ads featuring unisex looking people and an obsession with all things Calvin Klein, at least in my Houston suburb middle school circa 1996.
When I went off to high school, I then discovered Chanel fragrances, and quickly accumulated a collection that included Chance, Allure, and No. 5. I also quickly lost many friends, citing painful headaches likely induced by the gallons of whore bath I drowned myself in every morning. But I didn't care--it was worth it.
My love of fragrance hasn't slowed down in the past decade. From Ralph Lauren's Blue to Kate Walsh's Boyfriend to Givenchy's Very Irresistible, I simply can't.get.enough. If I were ever on an episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive, it would be because I was buried under a pile of perfume samples and body oils and yelling about having "the vapors" or something equally incomprehensible. I don't believe in having a "signature scent," because there are far too many odoriferous (yes, real word) ones to enjoy. Cue Jo Malone, fragrance juggernaut:
Can we just talk about the packaging for a sec? I mean, the candle is adorable wrapped in plastic and tied with a bow, but did you see the box above?? Literally wrapped like a present. Just in case a box tied in a bow doesn't ring your bell, the sales woman really impressed me by spraying the tissue paper in the bag with the scent I bought. Zut alors, y'all!!!
- a White Jasmine & Mint candle
- a bottle of cologne in White Jasmine & Mint
- two mini bottles of other fragrances
- 6 samples of 6 OTHER scents
- a sample of body oil
I pretty much feel like I robbed the Jo Malone booth. In a good way.
If I were recommending any one item to someone to try for the first time, I'd suggest either a fragrance or a lotion. The body oil is nice, but not as moisturizing as you might want it to be. And though I love a good candle, the scent isn't as strong as I want it to be. But like I said, I want to smell like a baby prostitute, so maybe it'd be strong enough for you. Or you mom. I mean, hello! Mother's Day is just around the corner. What better way to tell mom you love her than by insinuating she stinks? I mean, am I right???
Any other Jo Malone devotees out there? Which fragrance do you love? And what are you getting your Mom for Mother's Day??