Jo Malone – Lost in Wonder

Whenever I receive a press preview from JO MALONE LONDON, I am totally excited. The photos and the stories behind the launches are always dreamlike and so beautiful. This fall, we are invited to enter the ancient Hanging Gardens and indulge in a lost moment in time, reimagined in the present to inspire two new fragrances. Fig & Lotus Flower Cologne, bright and luscious. Cypress & Grapevine Cologne Intense, smooth and noble. Together they capture the fragrant essence of this majestic scene.

FIG & LOTUS FLOWER COLOGNE

A new light floral Cologne inspired by the luscious figs and lotus flowers of the ancient Hanging Gardens. Honoured in many parts of the world for its loveliness, the lotus flower is an elegant water blossom and the perfect pairing for juicy fig in Jo Malone’s latest Cologne.

Top Note: Fig Leaf
Middle Note: Lotus Flower
Base Note: Vetiver

FIG LOVE

Plump, juicy and luscious, figs are known as the «fruit of the gods» – and with good reason. The fig has long featured in stories, poems and paintings across many civilisations. Said to be the world’s oldests planted tree, the fig tree. The season for the tree’s bounty is, however, fleeting– a moment of perfection, condensed and concentrated. A succulent pearl in nature’s treasure trove that few can resist.

Originally cultivated in Asia Minor around 9400 BC, where they lapped up the dry heat, figs are believed to be the first domesticated crop. A member of the mulberry family, the fig is a flowering tree – but not as one might imagine. The flowers grow secretly within the fruit, known as syconiums. A complex little secret to add to their magic. A tree mysterious enough for the Buddha to have found enlightenment beneath, a branch of which was supposedly taken by the emperor of India’s daughter to Sri Lanka, where it was replanted in 288 BC. Still alive today, it is the oldest planted tree in the world.

Many have been captivated by their siren call. In Greek mythology, it is said Apollo turned a crow’s feathers from pure white to black to punish it for dawdling by a tree or ripening figs while fetching him water. Alexander the Great is believed to have sought refuge from the heat under a huge fig tree when he arrived in India in 326 BC. And then, of course, they are said to have been grown in the legendary Hanging Gardens. A majestic wonder to fathom, a terraced garden adjoining a royal palace, planted with fruit trees complete with shaded walkways and cool streams to admire. Where the bountiful fig trees are believed to have stood water-splashed and abundant with temptingly plump figs alongside it’s the prized lotus flower.

We have paired the vibrant, juicy fig with lotus flower, luscious and crystaline, for a light floral fragrance that is water-splashed and graceful, that embodies the allure of this ancient wonder of the world. A place built by a king for a queen he adored. A timeless love to echo through the ages.

CYPRESS & GRAPEVINE COLOGNE INTENSE

An evergreen woody scent inspired by the statuesque trees of the ancient Hanging Gardens. Discover the story of the cypress, the slender and spellbinding tree that brings its aromatic notes to Jo Malone’s new Cologne Intense.

Top Note: Cypress
Middle Note: Grapevine
Base Note: Moss

THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE

The allure of the grape is not to be underestimated. Depicted dangling over the mouths of adoring Gods, heroes, emperors and kings in art, in pottery, in poems and beyond, they are the symbol of opulence, decadence and the desire for more, as ancient as civilisation itself. Droplets of temptation, easily plucked from the vine that burst with sweetness in one bite.

In Greek mythology, Dionysus, the god of wine, transformed a lost lover into a grapevine. In fact, mythologies, folklore and religions across many cultures all have tales to tell of the grapevine’s prized gift to the world. Symbolising abundance and prosperity, the ancient world could never get their fill of these juicy jewels, the red and black varieties are said to be particularly rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Cultivated since 6,000 BC, grapevines spread their tentacles through Egypt to Asia Minor, flourishing across the Roman Empire and captivating all who whose paths they crossed with all the forms they could take.

The sap from the vines was traditionally used by folk healers in hope of soothing skin ailments and treat eye infections, while the leaves were applied to wounds to stem bleeding. A natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory ointment of sorts, it was said to bring a radiance to the skin and to detoxify the liver. A veritable jack of all trades.

With such a distinguished history, it’s only right that the grapevine takes a starring role in Jo Malone’s new collection. Said to have been grown in the Hanging Gardens where a noble king created a special garden for his beloved queen full of lush greenery. A paradise to escape to, with its glimmering waterfalls and wondrous verdant terraces. Where fruits from the grapevines are said to be enjoyed during social receptions. By pairing the unusual entwined grapevine note, woody with a hint of warm amber and juicy grape notes with the freshness of the Cyprus, it is bringing a twist on the classic fougère. A reimagining of a scented garden, famed throughout the world for its astonishing beauty and created as a gesture of overwhelming love.

FRAGRANCE COMBINING™

Like a true love story, those two new fragrances can be combined with each other, also great in combination with WOOD SAGE & SEA SALT.

Fig & Lotus Flower Cologne 30ml, CHF 72.–
Fig & Lotus Flower Cologne 100ml, CHF 135.–
Cypress & Grapevine Cologne Intense 50ml, CHF 116.–
Cypress & Grapevine Cologne Intense 100ml, CHF 165.–
Cypress & Grapevine Exfoliating Shower Gel 200ml, CHF 47.–
Available now at all Jo Malone London counters.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Jo Malone and © Sandra Bauknecht
Follow: @JoMaloneLondon #LOSTINWONDER

Jo Malone Blossoms

Summer, captured in scent. Discover the new limited-edition collection inspired by delicate blossoms, citrus fruits and floating blooms.

NEW SPRING BLOSSOMS
Yuja: A citrus to enliven the senses. The mouthwatering fizziness of this striking fruit is enhanced with woody depths.
Fragrance Combining™ with Wood Sage & Sea Salt for a spicy and fresh scent.
Yuja Cologne 30ml CHF 74.–, 100ml CHF 142.–

Waterlily: Radiant white waterlilies, crown jewels of a secret garden pond. Their pristine petals release a clean floralcy that stirs and enchants.
Fragrance Combining™ with English Pear & Freesia for a blossoming, gourmand scent.
Waterlily Cologne 30ml CHF 74.–, 100ml CHF 142.–

Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne Pen: Our playful fruity scent in an innovative new Cologne Pen, designed to take with you. Succulent and sweet.
Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne Pen, CHF 37.–

REDISCOVER BELOVED BLOSSOMS
Osmanthus: Delicately exotic, these tiny white blossoms capture the duality of soft, apricot sweetness against contrasting deep, warming notes. Luscious and luminous.
Fragrance Combining™ with Peony & Blush Suede for a flirtatious and juicy scent.
Osmanthus Blossom Cologne 30ml CHF 74.–, 100ml CHF 142.–

Silk Blossom: Nature’s blooms at their most tempting. The sweet scent of silk tree blossom, irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies. Joyful and apricot-fresh.
Fragrance Combining™ with Wild Bluebell for a fresh floral scent.
Silk Blossom Cologne 30ml, CHF 74.–, 100ml, CHF 142.–

LIMITED EDITION ORANGE BLOSSOM
A shimmering garden oasis, imagined for your home. Scent your space with a special-edition Diffuser or spread this delightful floral fragrance with the new Home Candle. Sparkling and blooming.
Orange Blossom Home Candle 200g, CHF 86.–
Orange Blossom Diffusor, CHF 96.–

In stores now, only for a limited time.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Jo Malone
Follow: @JoMaloneLondon #BrilliantBlossoms

Jo Malone Fragrance Combining™ Palette

Jo Malone has a great new gift idea for everyone who loves to mix and match. Ten of the brand’s most-loved scents (in Switzerland unfortunately only four are available) are now available in a new solid perfume formula, well-matched to create compelling combinations. Easily layered on your skin with the dab of a fingertip, and perfectly-sized to slip into your bag for use on the go, it is up to you to create your irresistible pair with your own palette.

Choose your solid scents from the selection below and fill your own palette. Stock up on your forever favourites, or try a new and unexpected combination.

Lime Basil & Mandarin
Blackberry & Bay
Peony & Blush Suede
Wood Sage & Sea Salt
Oud & Bergamot (not available in Switzerland)
English Pear & Freesia (not available in Switzerland)
Pomegranate Noir 
(not available in Switzerland)
Mimosa & Cardamom (not available in Switzerland)
Nectarine Blossom & Honey (not available in Switzerland)
Basil & Neroli (not available in Switzerland)


The solid scents and the refills are now available online and at Jelmoli Zurich, Globus Zurich, Globus Glatt, Globus Bellevue, Globus Lucerne, Globus Geneva, Globus Lausanne and at Perfumery Hyazinth in Basel.

Fragrance Combining™ Palette with two Solid Perfumes CHF 75.00
Fragrance Combining Palette CHF 35.00
Solid Perfume CHF 20.00

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © JoMaloneLondon #CreateYourScent

Jo Malone – The Absolu Collection

Deep, intense ingredients born in the desert. Musk, amber and oud. Blended with quintessentially English florals. Captured in two mysterious scents.

Jo Malone’s Head of Global Product Development, Céline Roux, and Master Perfumer, Anne Flipo embarked on this journey to create something completely new for the brand.

Left: Anne Flipo – Right: Céline Roux

What inspired the concept of Absolu?

Céline: «It all began with my travels to the Middle East – I’ve visited a few times and have always been inspired by their passion for scent and ritual of layering fragrance. As you walk around all the markets and souks there, you’ll notice the air is infused with rich, deep, warm scents. So, I started to think about how we could interpret this, but with a Jo Malone London signature

Anne: «Together we identified the elements that are key in the Middle East – amber, oud and white musk. Not only are they in the air, but people also use them to scent their clothes and their hair. We then created a base around these three ingredients. The result is something truly unique and exclusive to Jo Malone London

Céline: «The thought of flowers came naturally after we’d worked on the base. We asked, ‘how could we combine the Middle Eastern air with an imaginary English garden?’ It felt like the perfect way to give each Absolu scent our signature freshness, and that Jo Malone London twist.»

Rose & White Musk Absolu
An English rose. Flowering in the heart of the Arabian desert. Unexpected. Mysterious. Enfolding with petal-fresh sweetness. Rich with oud and amber. Balanced on a powdery clean base of white musk. Soft and sensual. A mesmerising treasure. Brought to life in Jo Malone’s first Cologne Absolu. A bold new innovation in scent that dives straight into the heart note of the cologne, keeping our signature freshness, while leaving a beautiful, lingering trail of scent.

What makes Absolu different to other Jo Malone London Colognes?

Céline: «Absolu combines base and heart notes alone, to exude both warmth and freshness, woods and flowers, earth and air – creating captivating scents that evolve on contact with the skin and continue to inspire the senses after they are applied. We approach an Absolu in a very different way to our classic Colognes. Instead of starting with the top notes and the first olfactive impression, we work from the base up and emphasise one of the ingredients to complement each of the flowers we chose. So for Rose it was White Musk, and for this one we really pushed the amber to complement the elusive aroma of violet. We also eliminated the top notes entirely, so you go straight into the heart of the fragrance.»

Violet & Amber Absolu
In the Arabian night, an ethereal violet mysteriously blooms. Beloved of the British flower bed, its elusive scent of darkly purple petals and violet leaves wraps around oud and white musk, anchored by warm, sophisticated amber.

Why did you decide to work with violet?

Céline: «Violet is one of the most-loved flowers in the British flower garden! It was also a favourite among royals and poets. There are many quotes about violet in Shakespeare – one of my favourites is from Sonnet 99, “The forward violet thus did I chide. Sweet thief, whence didst thou steal thy sweet that smells, if not from my love’s breath?” So, it’s something of a classic

How would you layer and combine Violet & Amber Absolu?

Céline: «I recommend pairing it with Bronze Wood & Leather Cologne Intense – it brings even more depth and sensuality to the scent

Anne: «I combine it with Wood Sage & Sea Salt – it really amplifies the woody notes in the base and creates a very enthralling fragrance. It’s also intriguing to layer Violet & Amber with Rose & White Musk – the two Absolu scents together have such intensity and a really addictive quality

Both are available now ONLINEicon and in Switzerland at Jelmoli Zurich, Globus Zurich, Globus Glatt, Globus Bellevue, Globus Lucerne, Globus Geneva, Globus Lausanne and at Perfumery Hyazinth in Basel for CHF 280.00 (100ml) each.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Jo Malone London and © Sandra Bauknecht
@JoMaloneLondon #ScentAbsolu

Jo Malone Vitamin E Travel Kit

Getaways are good for the soul – and with JO MALONE‘s Vitamin E Travel Kit in tow, they’re also good for your skin. Soften, soothe and help protect with four cult classics: the revitalising Body Treatment Scrub (30ml), the nourishing Body Balm (30ml), the hydrating Hand Treatment (30ml) and the Restorative Gel (3ml). All just the right size for taking with you, wherever you go.


Vitamin E Travel Kit CHF 79.-

Available for a limited time only. In Switzerland at Jelmoli Zurich, Globus Zurich, Globus Glatt, Globus Bellevue, Globus Lucerne, Globus Geneva, Globus Lausanne and Hyazinth in Basel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of @JoMaloneLondon #TimeForMe

Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana

The wildness of honeysuckle, winding through the English countryside. Climbing. Twisting. Ever more alluring after dark. Fresh with rose and the aromatic, fruity twist of davana. Woody with moss. Warmed by sunshine.

Florescent and sunny – today I would like to introduce JO MALONE‘s happy new floral to you: Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne. A great scent to take a little summer to fall.

Top Note: Davana – A green plant with hints of liquorive, brings vibrancy to the fragrance and a touch of a fruity note.

Middle Note: Honeysuckle – With its radiant floralcy, it brings a rich character to the heart of the fragrance. Imbued with accents of honey.

Base Note: Moss – Evocative of underground damp with fresh rain, the verdancy of moss cushions the base of the fragrance in earthy, woody warmth.

Céline Roux, Head of Fragrance Development, recommends combining Honeysuckle & Davana with the following: «I love it with Oud & Bergamot. It’s great for both men and women – it gives it an elegant woody twist. For women I would say Peony & Blush Suede. It makes it very sensual and feminine at the same time. Pretty and addictive with the freshness of flowers, but totally warm with suede, moss and patchouli.»

Anne Flipo, Master Perfumer, who created Honeysuckle & Davana adds: «I would say Dark Amber & Ginger Lily – the freshness of the honeysuckle makes it even more sensual and warm

HONEYSUCKLE & DAVANA
Cologne 30ml / CHF 69.- Cologne 100ml / CHF 130.-
Home Candle 200g / CHF 82.-

In stores now. In Switzerland at Jelmoli Zurich, Globus Zurich, Globus Glatt, Globus Bellevue, Globus Luzern, Globus Genf and Globus Lausanne.

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Jo Malone
@JoMaloneLondon #HelloHoney

Hot Weather Beauty

Recently, I received new beauty products to try. These two have been helping me to survive the hot weather perfectly. Regardless of where you live, this summer has been a scorcher (and it’s not even close to being over!). I have definitely been in the sun too much. I try to protect my skin, but it is still dried out.

LA MER‘s new TREATMENT LOTION HYDRATING MASK is absolutely amazing. You can hydrate on the go. This innovative supercharged sheet mask is infused with a full ounce (30ml) of The Treatment Lotion‘s energizing vitality in each application. Your skin feels immediately moisturized. Prep with The Treatment Lotion followed by the mask for an healthy glow.
CHF 170.00 (6 sheet masks) #LoveLaMer

To beat the hot weather, I love to put the products in the fridge and apply them chilled. This feels so good and refreshing.

Beauty on the go – also best for travelling. Another amazing product is this one here:

JO MALONE‘s LIME BASIL & MANDARIN BODY & HAIR OIL is a great way to refresh and moisturize after a hot day. Spray it on your dry or wet skin or hair and you will immediately feel invigorated. You will love its summery smell.
CHF 81.00 (100ml) – #DeclareYourScent

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Jo Malone Queen of Pop!

Playful in polka dots – JO MALONE launches colourful colognes, stripy candles and brilliant bubbles. Bath time has never been this fun- enjoy this limited edition collection «QUEEN OF POP!», curated by Poppy Delevingne.

Shh… Busy Bathing!

Enjoy a long, uninterrupted soak with the new luxurious Bubble Bath, available in three different scents. It nourishes skin with wonderfully fragrant bubbles. A relaxing bath time indulgence, its formula is enriched with a blend of sumptuous, skin-conditioning ingredients to cleanse and soften. All dressed up in a decorative bottle from Queen of Pop.

Black Cedarwood & Juniper and Nectarine Blossom & Honey Bubble Bath 500ml – CHF 95.00
Velvet Rose & Oud Bubble Bath 500ml – CHF 100.00

«The design of the collection was inspired by my love of stripes, polka dots and all things pink…I wanted every product to be eye-catching and above all, fun. The Colognes, Candles and Bubble Bath will look amazing in any bathroom…»
Poppy Delevingne

Blackberry & Bay, Grapefruit and Basil & Neroli Home Candle 200g – CHF 86.00


Amber & Lavender, Red Roses, Peony & Blush Suede Cologne 30ml, CHF 72.00

In stores now. In Switzerland available at Jelmoli in Zurich.

LoL, Sandra

Lovely gift and a not from Poppy – thank you!

Photos: Courtesy of Jo Malone
#FromPoppyWithLove

Jo Malone Hot Blossoms

Dancing through the streets. Soaked in sunshine. Streaked with colour. Surrounded by tropical fruits and flowers.

For the brand’s first fruit-inspired Blossom Cologne, JO MALONE  leaves the English countryside and takes us to the beach with a new limited edition duo: TROPICAL CHERIMOYA Cologne and CATTLEYA FLOWER Body Mist. Together they comprise the HOT BLOSSOMS collection. «The inspiration came when I was travelling around Brazil. We loved the flamboyant vibrancy of the flowers and the sumptuous textures of the fruits there, so we thought why not create two fragrances instead of one?» explains Céline Roux, Jo Malone London Head of Fragrance Development.

TROPICAL CHERIMOYA Cologne
«A sea of green cherimoya fruit. Basking in the heat. Mouth-watering. Tempting. Topped with juicy pear. The sun-filled notes of passion flower. Warmed by Brazilian copahu resin and creamy tonka bean.»
Jo Malone Tropical Cherimoya Cologne 30ml (CHF 72.00) and 100ml (CHF 135.00)

CATTLEYA FLOWER Body Mist
«A delectable beach-side cocktail. Cattleya, queen of the wild. Sumptuous orchid petals. Fresh and exotically floral. Stirred with sparkling citrus fruit. A splash of bitter gentian. Deepened by intoxicating vetiver. A spritz of pure sunshine. Lightweight yet luxurious, Jo Malone Cattleya Flower Body Mist refreshes skin whilst enveloping you in the velvety scent of the Cattleya Flower
Jo Malone Cattleya Orchid Body Mist 100ml (CHF 59.00)

Both are designed to be worn alone or layered together. In Switzerland, the limited edition will be exclusively available at Jelmoli Zurich, Globus Glatt, Globus Bellevue, Globus Lucerne, Globus Geneva and Globus Lausanne for a limited time starting from May 2, 2018.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht –  Stills: Courtesy of Jo Malone
The fragrances were sent to me as samples.
@JoMaloneLondon #BrilliantBlossoms #HotBlossoms

The Best Luxury Advent Calendars

Here’s how to make the countdown to Christmas all the more exciting. Starring Jo Malone, Balmain Paris Hair Couture and Molton Brown, here are my favourite luxurious advent calendars for Christmas 2017. To shop click on the highlighted text or see the information below each calendar.

Balmain Advent Calendar by Balmain Paris Hair Couture
iconThis 10-door advent calendar is filled with some of the house’s best-selling beauty products to get you ready for the party season.

Gold Holiday Calendar by Susanne Kaufmann
iconLet the holidays come early with Susanne Kaufmann’s advent calendar. Presented in an opulent gold box are 24 doors with hidden beauty products designed to make you look and feel your best over the busiest period of the year. Make it an early present to yourself.

Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar by NYX Professional Makeup
24 lip colors are included in this limited edition advent calendar! Make every day more colorful.
Available for CHF 79.90

Nail Polish Advent Calendar 2017 by Essie
It’s never early enough for XMAS! This calendar is for the nail polish aficionados, it is filled with different nail polishes in different sizes, topcoat and base coat as well as apricot oil, remover, a nail file, nail butter and a toe separator.
Available in Switzerland at MANOR, Import Parfumerie and COOP for around CHF 99.00.

Advent Calendar 2017 by Jo Malone
This colourful advent calendar (with it’s sweet Georgian townhouse design), filled with miniature fragrances, shower gel and small candles, is set to be a sell-out; act fast to get your hands on one.
Available in Switzerland at Jelmoli in Zurich for CHF 490.00.

Advent Calendar 2017 by Molton Brown
Trimmed with opulent silver foil, this unisex advent calendar houses the brand’s iconic fragrances and body products. Unlock each door to reveal where a captivatingly scented luxury is hidden. A great gift for a real gentleman.
Available at Jelmoli for CHF 199.00.

Advent Calendar by Amorana
My favorite! For the naughty ones and those who are madly in love, this advent calendar comes with all sorts of toys to bring a little excitement to your bedroom before Christmas.
Available at Swiss online shop Amorana in two versions, classic for CHF 149.90 and premium for CHF 299.90.

Enjoy your advent time!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and via Moda Operandi
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