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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, Selfridges.com and Jomalone.co.uk.
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

Perfect pairing: White 501s + Jo Malone Incense & Cedrat

White Levis 501s and jo Malone Incense & Cedrat Cologne Intense

White jeans. To some, they conjur up visions of skinny super-stretchy Vicky Beckham jeans accompanied by WAG-era plat-heeled Tributes. But not me. For my generation, a white jean (only an original-cut Levi’s boy-fit 501, mind,) signals 80s euro cool – especially when cropped at the ankle and accompanied by Gucci loafers, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, an obscure style mag and an exotic Italian beverage, supped at a pavement table. Ahhhh, the days of thinking a cappuccino outside Bar Italia was the height of sophistication… (more…)

Painterly packaging: Jo Malone My Wanderlust by Charlotte Stockdale

Jo Malone My Wanderlust

Here’s something a bit different from Jo Malone London. Charlotte Stockdale has been the brand’s style editor for a while now but her influence isn’t always evident. But here it is in this home fragrance line called My Wanderlust. The fragrances reflect travel and the joy of exploration and the line includes a scent diffuser, candle, linen spray, soap and ‘square scents’ (for placing in drawers, wardrobe, luggage etc). (more…)

CULT CANDLES: A.P.C, Bella Freud, Diptyque (and the rest)

Diptyque By Emily Faulstich Hawaiian Coconut Tumblr

So it seems the world is divided into those who love fancy scented candles and those who don’t get the fascination. If you do, they can become something of an addiction (ahem). If you don’t, well, you may as well stop reading now. But not all posh candles are created equal. Some (many) are just an easy add-on to a brand’s beauty output; others are so powerful, that they become cult objects in themselves. (more…)