I had the great pleasure of being invited to discover this year’s Jo Malone Christmas collection by my favorite Jo Malone store in Barcelona (Ramblas de Cataluña) 2 weeks ago! I know, I know! I hear you! I should have posted this sooner, however when life gets in your way there isn’t much you can do, so this time around let’s just say that it’s better late than never ;)
Without further ado let’s talk about the experience!
The store is small yet welcoming so the event didn’t have a massive affluence but, to be honest, for me that is quite a good thing! There were enough people to make it feel nice and social without being overwhelming.
We had a beautiful yet simple display of rose and citrus macaroons as well as Veuve Cliquot champagne that were inspired by the collection, however we’ll get into that later on ;)
Last but definitely not least, the staff was incredibly welcoming as always and made everyone feel special and enchanted by the products!
I’ll make a special mention of my longest term sales associate Mireia as well as Josean Perez who was there to introduce the collection to us! You can find him on Instagram so go and say hi :) @josean_p
We also had the privilege of having a engraver present, should we want to personalize our purchases or gifts which I always enjoy doing!
He was really nice and patient in addition to being quite talented :)
See for yourselves below ;)
Now without further ado let’s talk about the collection!
This year’s inspiration was drawn from magic and Victorian times which translated into a gold, blue and green themed packaging that conveys luxury and elegance.
The ambiance of the whole collection is a great combination of tradition and innovation which I hope to convey while presenting it to you.
Let’s look at the packaging first:
anyone who knows me would quickly understand why the royal blue and gold vibes would attract me , therefore saying that I find it pretty wouldn’t be of much help!
However if you look into the overall look, I’d say I find the vertical green, blue and gold stripes are quite bold yet elegant which is totally in keeping with the Christmas esthetic without falling into the classic and stereotypical green/red/gold color palette. As far as I am concerned I appreciate the fact it doesn’t scream Christmas either, since I tend to like using the Christmas specials all year round!
I may or may not have bought 3 White Moss and Snowdrop candles last year and may or may not have used them all year long... please do bring it back !! I love it!! Good thing I bought the perfume too ;D
Jo Malone Christmas classics such as Pine and Eucalyptus and Orange Bitters have of course been included and given a golden makeover for the occasion!
This year’s Christmas scent is Rose and Magnolia and to be perfectly clear I absolutely love it! It’s floral yet fresh and so not Christmasy yet perfect for it regardless! It’s quite surprising and enticing!
The house describes it as “A sensual floral with a mysterious character. Some may even describe it as magic. Luminous magnolia and a duet of roses, blooming and enchanting. Alive under inky skies and the moon’s silver glow. A decadent heart of sweet and petaly Rose de Mai, warmed by the spicy opulence of Rose Damascena. Draped in sensuous patchouli and warm amber.”
I agree! The fragrance is sensuous and magic! You definitely smell the sweetness with a fresh and floral yet spicy profile that is quite puzzling in the best way possible! The genius comes from the combination of the Damascene Rose and the Rose de Mai which while being two torse are worlds appart from each other when it comes to their smell! As fast as I am concerned Jo Malone has done it again: creating an elevated and curated Rose perfume that seduces and entices without falling into the overused and vulgar rose scented profiles you may find elsewhere! In my experience only 2 houses have pulled the hat trick of making me love their rose based perfumes when I typically dislike them with a passion and that’s Jo Malone as well as the Maison Christian Dior.
One last comment before leaving you to have a look at the collection by yourselves and build your own opinions on it.
I am delighted to have been able to purchase my favorite Jo Malone fragrance in this beautiful French navy blue attire and that is English Pear and Freesia. It so happens my wedding bouquet was made of blue and white freesias which means i am reminded of that day each time I spray it and having it in a beautiful packaging just makes it that bit more special to me!
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