There was a Very Important Player missing from the round of Christmas press days this summer. The Jo Malone Christmas gift offer was noticeable by its absence, so I was very happy to finally see it at the press day earlier this week.
Jo Malone’s Christmas gift items are something of a cult. The advent calendars famously have customers who place their names on the waiting list a year in advance. And the beauty cracker is the stuff of legend, one of the first on the market in what has now become a huge industry of mini-sized items disguised as crackers and tree ornaments. This year’s advent calendar (£300, below, crammed with colognes and candles) will be available exclusively at Harrods on 1st October and then rolled out nationwide on 1st November.
The packaging itself is a major pull for Jo Malone London’s Christmas collection. Last year was an offbeat combo of saccharine pink and green, designed by Jonathan Saunders. I loved it and I also loved the special Green Almond & Redcurrant candle that was one of the hero pieces. This year, the look is more disco-tastic hologram effect with a couple of limited edition perfume bottles (Pommegranate Noir and English Pear & Freesia) dipped in what looks like golden fairy dust to up the festive factor.
Every year delivers a special Christmas perfume, so this year we get the elegant, outdoorsy scent of White Moss and Snowdrop (£96), which also comes in a deluxe scented candle (£126). This is fresh and woodsy and something you can wear well beyond the festive season. I also love the delicious, slightly fizzy, warming ginger, called Ginger Biscuit. Banish all thought of eau de fake tan though; if you love gourmand notes then you’ll love this.
Good news for fans of another Jo Malone Christmas favourite; Orange Bitters. It’s back as a cologne (£96) and a home candle (£47) this year. And if you love all the colognes, or are a big fan of fragrance combining, then there’s a very indulgent mega-set of 9ml minis. The luxury cologne collection is £370.
As usual, there is also a customisable jumbo cracker which you can fill with products of your choosing. And the standard cracker (£36) is back, filled with a Red Roses 9ml Cologne, English Oak & Redcurrant Body Crème and Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Wash.
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Jo Malone Christmas 2018
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