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Jo Malone Christmas collection – all you need to know

Jo Malone giant Cracker

If you’re not familiar with the concept of Christmas In July, it’s when all the brands showcase their gifting wares to the press in the lead up to working on their Christmas issues. Traditionally, magazines work on their December issue in August, so they need to start planning in July. Of course, bloggers don’t need to plan so far in advance but we like to see what’s coming up, so we get invited too. (It happens across the board, so food press get thoroughly spoilt at the M&S press day with all the suppliers in attendance to show off their satsumas, chocolate truffles and Christmas cakes.)

I tend to avoid Christmas in July though as it can get a bit relentless but there are certain exceptions. Jo Malone London is a big highlight. This year they have gone large on gifting – the super hero is this mega sized cracker (above and below) with an array of full sized products inside. For £205 you get a 100ml Pomegranate Noir cologne, a Pine & Eucalyptus home candle, a Lime Basil & Mandarin body crème, and the Mimosa & Cardamom body & hand wash – can you imagine finding that under your tree? (Or finding a tree big enough to put it under?) Don’t fret though, they are still doing the classic cracker (£32) and the beloved bauble (£24)…
Jo Malone giant Christmas Cracker contents

The advent calendar has become a beauty gifting staple. This year the Jo Malone London luxury advent calendar (£260, below) is going into all Jo Malone boutiques so should be easier to get hold of.
Jo Malone luxury advent calendar
Jo Malone luxury advent calendar.

They have also brought back the delicious Roasted Chestnut candle from 3 years ago in a deluxe size (£120, below), a good alternative if you have pine candle fatigue during the festive season.
Jo Malone London Christmas 2015 Roasted Chestnut Delux candle

Jo Malone bath salts (below) are new for this year. They’re quite spendy though, with three sachets of English Pear and Fresia for £30, but they make a cute stocking filler. And of course there are endless other sets of all the fragrances, this season packaged in a retro green stripe theme. Pomegranate Noir is also released in special limited edition green packaging exclusively at Selfridges, Brown Thomas, and
Jo Malone bath salts
Jo Malone Pomegrate Noir Christmas packaging
Jo Malone Christmas gifting
Jo Malone Christmas In July

This all lands in October, in time for other big Jo Malone news, their new global flagship arrives in Regent Street at the end of October. You have been warned…

WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Chanel No 5 for the bath, the body and the senses


Ready for some OTT indulgence? If not now, then when? Chanel just keeps delivering with the brand extension pampering products – latest is this cache of Chanel No 5 goodies for ‘the bath, the body and the senses’. That translates to a loose body powder (£50), a body cream (£60) and even a bath soap (a virtually a steal at £22).

Personally I’m most seduced by the soap – who even uses bar soap any more? (more…)

DRG Edit: Jo Malone London Christmas treats (going fast…)


JO MALONE LONDON always crack out the best beauty gifts and novelties for Christmas. They revealed all to the press back in July, as most brands do with their ‘Christmas In July’ showcases. (These are a real treat – M&S pulled out the stops, wheeling in a host of food suppliers to ply us with chocolates, hams, every type of tangerine and satsuma, I won’t go on….) This year we got a mini ice rink and every permutation of Jo Malone London favourites you could hope for.

And now is the time to buy as it has all arrived on counter and some things are already selling out. (more…)


Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…


Marc Jacobs Beauty shoppable Instagram

Oh the bane of not being able to shop from Instagram! Marc Jacobs Beauty couldn’t stand it any longer and has set up a tool just for Insta-shoppers. It’s a bit like, and thus, slightly clunky. (more…)