Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede

I’m a big lover of perfume. It started in my teens with bottles of Impulse or So…? Body spray, and as I got older I moved onto more ‘grown up’ products like Vera Wang Princess and Britney Spears Fantasy scents. I love to go into department stores and spend ages in the perfume department smelling various fragrances, finding favourites to add to my ever-growing wish list. When I started blogging a few years ago, I started to see posts talking about Jo Malone and was bowled over by the simple but sleek packaging.

After having a browse of their website, I decided I really couldn’t justify spending that amount of money on a fragrance that I hadn’t smelt first. So I resigned myself to the fact I would probably never lay my hands on one of their beautiful bags. A year or so later, I started having to go up to London to see one of my doctors. Sitting in the bus on our way back from Whitechapel to Waterloo, we pulled up near Bank and decided to get out and find somewhere for lunch. I was already excited because the bus pulled up right outside Laudrée, the most perfect macaron shop ever! As we headed towards the Royal Exchange, we passed so many beautiful high-end stores – I felt like I was in heaven (quite literally, as I could never afford anything there!) However, one store that immediately caught my eye was Jo Malone. I was so excited that I had to drag my Dad in, even if it was a bit of a challenge getting my wheelchair up the step!

The store was even better than I imagined it would be. The two ladies working there were incredibly helpful and welcoming, and helped me to choose my favourite scent, Peony and Blush Suede. The next problem was trying to decide what to treat myself to. There were the classic fragrances, but then they also have candles, bath oils, reed diffusers, hand creams…the list goes on. In the end, I decided to go for the cologne, as I thought I would probably get the most use from it. I really wanted to buy the larger bottle (100ml for £85), but had to put my sensible hat on and stuck with the smaller one instead (30ml for £42).

I’m terrible when it comes to describing scents I’m afraid, so I’ll refer to their website for some guidance! It is classed as a floral scent, with a heart note of peony. According to Jo Malone:

 “Peonies in voluptuous bloom, exquisitely fragile. Flirtatious with the juicy bite of a red apple and the opulence of jasmine, rose and gillyflower. Mingling with the sensuality of soft, blush suede. Luxurious and seductive.”

All I can say is, it smells amazing! It’s incredibly girly, delicate and light. In my opinion it’s more of a summery scent, but to be honest it’s that good that I’ve been wearing it all year round.

It looks perfect alongside some of my other perfumes and makes me feel really grown up! The bottle is incredibly sleek and minimal, so looks great in any room. This little bottle is also brilliant for popping in your handbag or suitcase if you’re travelling, as it’s really dinky so doesn’t take up much room at all. This fragrance has definitely given me a taste for the high life, and now I’m desperate to add to my collection with more of their scents.

Are you a fan of Jo Malone? Or do you have a different favourite perfume? I would love to hear about fragrances you like, as I’m always looking for new ones to try!

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  1. My Grandma gifted me a bottle of Jo Malone after discovering that she was allergic to it, and ever since I've been lusting over buying one myself. But I'll definitely be doing the same as you and waiting until I can head into an actual store - I can't justify spending that much on something I haven't smelt

    Steph -

    1. They're so beautiful aren't they Steph! I totally agree though, that it's better to go into a store - at least then you get the whole experience of watching them gift wrap it for you too! xx

  2. I haven't tried anything from Jo Malone yet, the scents always sound gorgeous!
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

    1. They're beautiful Emmy - I would definitely recommend giving them a sniff if you can! xx

  3. I was the same with Jo Malone, I definitely couldn't justify the price without knowing I absolutely loved the scent. I've actually gotten all of my Jo Malone perfumes as gifts which has ended up working out quite well!

    1. I'm glad it's not just me that has to smell them before I buy! Getting them as a gift definitely sounds like the way to go! xx