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It should be obvious to you all by now that we here at WIJW take fragrance quite seriously. It’s an indispensable part of that total sensory experience we seek and so often write about, and quite frankly one’s look just isn’t complete without a proper scent! Enter Jo Malone London. They really are the Savile Row of scent – exquisite and adaptable, they create fragrances that can be worn solo or even layered to create something truly unique – and it’s all tailored to produce the most perfectly bespoke fit. Easy elegance, style, wit and whim – these fragrances capture so many of those qualities that one would expect from a uniquely British brand (and you may know that I’ve never attempted to hide my Anglophilic leanings. Rather, I’d say I’m more likely to celebrate them!).

I recently had the great privilege to be invited to spend some time with the people at the Jo Malone boutique here in NYC. What a luxury! Needless to say, after a wonderfully considered interview (conducted by a superbly knowledgeable perfumier) during which all of my preferences were explored, I walked out of their doors with six perfectly tuned fragrances:

Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne – their signature fragrance. They describe it as:“Peppery basil and aromatic white thyme bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze. A modern classic.”

154 Cologne – Named after the street number of the first Jo Malone boutique in London – it is the most perfect Eau de Cologne. From the Jo Malone site: “This grand olfactory journey contains ingredients now synonymous with the brand: mandarin, grapefruit, lavender, basil, nutmeg and vetiver. Eclectic.”

Earl Grey & Cucumber The most impossibly fresh and sophisticated scent – based on the idea of a proper English afternoon tea. They describe it as: “A fragrance with a burst of bergamot, distinct to Earl Grey, and the cool succulence of crunchy cucumber. Counterpoised with a sweet base of beeswax, vanilla and musk. Reviving and refined.”

Amber & Lavender Cologne – Based on classic male perfumery I think this refined scent would work rather well on anyone. From Jo Malone: “French lavender and petitgrain bring a fresh luminosity to precious amber. Cultivated and cosmopolitan.”

Grapefruit Cologne“Rosemary, peppermint and pimento add perfect piquancy to grapefruit’s bright and sunny nature. Uplifting and refreshing.”

Tuberose Angelica Cologne – I’m not always wearing a gardenia in my lapel, so this will be my go to fragrance for special occasions! Jo Malone extols its virtues: “The queen of white florals. Sensual. Touched with the green spiciness of angelica. Sumptuous on the warmth of amberwood. Intoxicating and desirable.”

Do visit a Jo Malone London boutique or counter and treat yourselves to a few of these olfactory masterpieces! Also the online Jo Malone boutique is really well done and quite easy to navigate!

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  1. Karena says:

    James the way Jo Malone combines different fragrances is so unique! Love them!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. James Andrew says:

    Darling Karena,

    I love this concept of fragrance combining to create something truly unique- no one does it better than Jo Malone!



  3. Dean says:

    Decadent and delicious!

  4. James Andrew says:

    Dean – the fragrances are all just impossibly chic,fresh and fabulous!

    My New Favs!


  5. Regina says:

    Did you know Princess Diana was a friend and faithful wearer of Jo Malone for years, her very favorite scent. I wear Grapefruit sometimes layered with Mandarin and Lime Basil for it’s so fresh, clean and unique… for years since the 90s. Dark Amber and Ginger Lily or Lotus Blossom and Water Lily make a good evening scent as well!
    I’ve a friend who for years has claimed that she cannot stand the Grapefruit…I gave her a bottle just to be bad! I will say a good Christmas holiday scent is the Pomegranate Noir…

  6. James Andrew says:

    Darling Regina,

    I did not know that – interesting that Creed also made a fragrance for her- Royal Water – which like Grapefruit Cologne is impossibly chic and fresh.

    Love this idea of blending fragrances to create something very unique!

    You are so naughty I LOVE it!

    How can anyone dislike Grapefruit btw!

    Much Love


  7. Bill Fleming says:

    James…Really like the Amber Lavender scent…

  8. James Andrew says:

    Dear Bill Fleming,

    I am wearing Amber and Lavender as we speak!!!!

    Love it!



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