Britain’s favourite contemporary fragrance house, Jo Malone has surpassed itself with a host of unfaultable (is that a word?) gifty treats. I’ve just become addicted to the unisex Pomegranate Noir cologne which is sweet and spicy but not heavy and works beautifully as an all day fragrance. D loves it too, musing, ‘it reminds me of Ralph Lauren or Paul Smith in the eighties, when those stores had the kind of attention to detail that evoked the ambience of a gentleman’s club – special and unique. No one else was doing that then because it was before people were aware of it.” Ah, I know exactly what he means.
For Christmas, you can buy Pomegranate Noir as part of a set of five 9ml miniatures (£62) which also includes Grapefruit, Wild Bluebell, Red Roses and Vanilla & Anise. I love miniatures anyway – so practical for travelling – but these are also great to split up as stocking fillers or extravagant Secret Santas.