Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Scents and Scentsability: A Jo Malone Love Story

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:
The Jo Malone fragrance line has everything you might possibly want in fragrance form: candles, colognes, lotions, body wash, and body oils. And while all the scents are named after various florals (i.e., orange blossom, white lily, and jasmine), they are surprisingly unfloral, thank goodness. I hate floral scents. The end.
I scored some major loot for my first Jo Malone purchase a couple weeks ago, thanks to buddying up to the sales woman at the counter. I bought the candle and the cologne you see above in one of my favorite scents, White Jasmine & Mint, but I also scored these mini samples of cologne in Grapefruit and Lime Basil & Mandarin, just for, ya know, being me prolly:
JK, it was some "spend more than you intended and probably should and we'll give you this free junk you don't need" deal. You know the kind. I like them enough, but I doubt I'd actually buy these scents with money, but free is good.

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!!!
And because it was the end of her shift on a Friday night and her feet probably hurt and she might have been bored and what does she care 'cus it's not her money anyway, the sales woman also sent me off with half a dozen mini samples of other fragrances. I'm basically obsessed with Amber & Lavender and Pomegranate Noir now.
What I don't have a picture of is the sample of body oil she included as well. So if you're keeping track at home, that's:
- 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??


Lydia Armstrong said...

I have not heard of Jo Malone! I've never been a huge fragrance person though. I like it, but it's just one step I've always skipped and could never get in the habit of. I too was briefly into ck one, although I didn't even like the scent (at all!!), I just wore it because I thought it was cool.

Jenna | The Eighty Twenty said...

Okay, so here's the thing. About a year ago I discovered Jo Malone Orange Blossom scent. For months I would walk into Nordstrom and sniff the candle and the scent. Hoping, someone would just give me a free sample. But no. I asked for these things for Christmas. They never came. I'm simultaneously happy for you and heartbroken for myself.

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

I am currently loving all things grapefruit scented so what did you think of that one?


audreyrose said...

I'm a fan of the nutmeg and ginger. As a person that gets the headaches a lot the ginger in it soothes the headache while still letting me smell nice. plus its not a florally smell which I only like in the dead of summer. :)

now I want to go bother the jo malone counter they just put in my nordstrom...hrmm

Gayla said...

Ummm, please don't make me smell like a whore for Mother's Day...just sayin'

Erica said...

i'm coming with you the next time you go shopping. holy goodies!

I've been wanting to try out some of these scents for a while as my current perfume is on its last leg. white jasmine seems lovely!

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Anonymous said...

Hilarious post! I love mixing Jo Malone fragrances. I'm a big fan.


whitney said...

i use my jo malone samples SPARINGLY. like as in, only when i know i am going to see that guy that i want to get close enough to smell me, often.

and their branding..BALLA.

Anonymous said...

I've wanted to try Jo Malone fragrances for the longest time! I also really want to sample Kai, but it seems to be extremely high end as no where close enough for me to feel like venturing to carries it!

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