A VERY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT
When I was 14 I went to a girls’ Grammar School in England and I remember writing an Elise de Wolfe quote on my school diary. It said “I am going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.”
It has always been one of my favourite quotes.
At the time, I knew little about Elise de Wolfe and neglected the fact that she was one of the most successful, and one of very few female interior designers of her time. Now, any time I go to a used vintage bookshop, I keep my eyes peeled for an original copy of her autobiography After All hoping I’ll find one for under £200.
All of those years ago, I couldn’t have possibly imagined that I would be where I am today and that this quote would mean quite so much to me. I started my blog to be able to document all of the things I love and interior design has become a huge part of that.
Elise de Wolfe is one of those important female entrepreneurs who I have always admired… you know, along with many others including Mary Berry, Rachel Ashwell, Carol (a close family friend) and Joanne Malone, founder of Jo Malone London. Those names always pop onto my dream dinner invitee list (some…well, just one, more realistic than others).
You can imagine the excitement when Jo Malone London approached me asking if I would like to be a Jo Malone London ambassador. This was one of those jump up and down with excitement moments. A British fragrance brand originally founded by (although no longer owned by) one of those people I’ve read about and admired. A brand that groups its fragrances by ingredient rather than calling it a name that will sell – that always made much more sense to me. And a brand whose products I have loved for years and often lusted after.
This is very, very exciting!
Just to be totally transparent, I have no obligation to write this blog post and have not been paid to talk about any of these products specifically. We do have an annual collaboration in place and they very generously gift me new releases but I have been using a few select Jo Malone London products and candles for quite some time.
To celebrate, I thought that it would be nice, for those of you who might not be familiar with the brand, to tell you about some of my favourite fragrances that are dotted around my house – from the bathroom cabinet to the coffee table.
My favourite thing about the brand is definitely the simplicity and elegance of their scents but that said, it takes time to figure out what you do and don’t like. Like any fragrance brand, there will be scents you love, and some you might steer clear of. It’s worth going to a store or a counter and asking to spray a few combinations you think you might like. If you’re hesitating, I know some counters and shops also do mini testers so you can take them away and think about them before buying two full bottles.
I would really recommend combining two scents (either two colognes or a body cream and a cologne) to get something really unique. I love that you always end up with a slightly different combination of scents when you combine two.
The Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne is a good base if you’re trying out new combinations. I feel like lots of people I talk to use this as a base.
My current favourite winter combination is a good layer of Mimosa & Cardamom Body Cream paired with a light spritz of Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne. It’s an elegant, soft and warm winter scent. In the summer, I think I’ll swap the Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne for the English Pear & Freesia Cologne but keep the Mimosa & Cardamom. Freesias were my Granny’s favourite flower. I love that it would remind me of her.
For the house, I’m all about the Pomegranate Noir home candle and even put a luxury-sized candle in the little chimney nook at Loxton. It’s a rich and slightly sensual scent with a mix of earthy tones and woody notes – I like that it’s not too feminine and I also particularly like having a food ingredient as the basis of the scent of my home or restaurant.
I had always wanted to pick a scent for a restaurant since one of my teachers talked to me about some hotels picking specific scents to be diffused into their lobbies. Loxton has been smelling pretty incredible lately!
If you’re in London, I would highly recommend visiting the flagship store on Regent Street. I was booked into one of their complimentary scent experiences a little while ago and it’s a really nice way to get to know the brand a little bit better and mix up different fragrances.
And if you’re in Switzerland, they have counters in some big Globus or Jelmoli stores in Geneva, Lucern, Lausanne and Zurich.
I often pop by the counter in Lausanne and Eileen who works there a few days a week is so lovely!
There we have it – a little peek around my home at some of my favourite Jo Malone products and a very exciting announcement! I still can’t believe I am able to have a tie so strong with a brand I’ve always loved.
I’d love to know what your favourite scents or combination of scents are! I know lots of people who are ridiculously loyal to Jo Malone London when it comes to perfume and always love finding out what people are using.
Thanks for stopping by for a read and for all your endless support! This feels like a major milestone for me and I love that it ties in really well with me focusing more and more on interior work – the scent of a room or your home is so important.
I hope you are all well and wrapping up warm this winter. Have a wonderful weekend! Big bisous. xS
Photos by Nicole Hertel
This post is written in collaboration with Jo Malone London. Some of the products were gifted by the brand.