When you think of luxury fragrance, one of the first names to pop into your head is more than likely to be Jo Malone London. The British brand has been making our lives smell beautiful since 1994, and few collections are more special than its annual Christmas edit.
For 2019, the theme of Jo Malone’s festive offering is ‘A Scented Spectacular’, which is just as magical as it sounds. With a colour palette of rich navy, emerald green, and shimmering metallics, stepping into a store (or even browsing the website) will sweep you up into a super opulent world of fragranced wonder.
The most important items to have on your radar are the new launches, and the limited editions (advent calendar included).
We’ve already brought you news of Rose & Magnolia, the Christmas blend that arrived into Harrods three weeks early, complete with themed blue and gold container.
Described as a ‘sensual floral with a mysterious character’, this cologne is a must-have for true Jo Malone collectors, but is equally great as a first foray into the fragrance house. Its an all-rounder that dries down beautifully and stay present throughout any Christmas party.
However, it’s definitely not the only bottle we’re dreaming of unwrapping this December.
There’s also matte blue versions of favourites like Pomegranate Noir, and old favourite Orange Bitters, a winter cocktail of citrus hit with rich prune and a base of sensual sandalwood and amber, is back.
Also entering the fray is Pine & Eucalyptus, a wonderful wintery combination of two hearty notes that you can snap up in candle, reed diffuser and even room spray form.
Once you’ve set the scene for Christmas home fragrance, then it’s time adorn the tree with ornaments – each containing a mini cologne and body cream – and lay your table with crackers stuffed with luxe hand washes and moisturisers. Both would be ideal as a stocking stuffer or a high-budget Secret Santas, too.
And when it comes to big gift sets, there’s everything from mini colognes (ideal if you love the intensity of options like Velvet Rose & Oud, Myrrh & Tonka or Bronze Wood & Leather), to sleep sets with floral body oils and body cremes, and decorative candle trios.
However, if you ask us, there’s one true showstopper: The House Of Jo Malone set, priced at £136, which comes with five signature home scents that’ll impress your recipient’s guests all year round.
Ultimately, whoever you’re buying for, there’s something to fit the bill; in fact, the hardest part will be whittling down your edit.
That, and actually wrapping them up and giving them away – after all, a self-gift can sometimes be the most satisfying of all…