Jo Malone 'Wood Sage and Sea Salt' CologneThursday, 11 September 2014
So, this happened today. I walked in expecting to maybe buy a candle, but somehow I ended up with a perfume instead (how I didn't walk out with both stumps me to this very minute).
I've been hearing about this perfume (cologne?) left, right and centre lately - as I'm sure you have too - and it sparked my interest. I've talked about my very specific taste in fragrances in my January Favourites where I reviewed the Escentric Molecules 01, my absolute favourite scent. I'm very picky with perfumes, and don't like the majority of perfumes you will find stocked in a department store. I am definitely into those woody, earth undertones and almost never like floral scents. So upon testing out the new fragrance (cologne - sorry) from Jo Malone called 'Wood Sage and Sea Salt', I immediately fell in love.
This perfume is right up my alley. Now, I wouldn't compare it to Escentric Molecules, but if that's your thing, then I would definitely make a bee line to your nearest Jo Malone boutique. The perfume (cologne, whatever) is composed of Ambrette Seed (I Googled this for you - warm and woody), Sea Salt and Sage, along with Red Algae and Grapefruit. Now, I am no perfume (cologne) connoisseur, but even little old me can pick out every single one of these notes.
It's not as heavy as the woody notes in Escentric Molecules, I believe the Sea Salt makes this scent slightly fresher and lighter. The Sage adds that hint of earthiness, while the Grapefruit gives this perfume just that little bit of a bite it needs. As for the Red Algae - I'm lost. I'll take your word for it, Jo Malone.
Overall, this scent is a lovely, fresh and woody addition to an already perfect lineup of amazing, hand crafted, boutique perfumes. I'm tempted to purchase the matching candle too, along with many others (Wild Fig and Cassis, I'm looking at you) .
As a little bonus, the lovely sales assistant popped a few samples into my (immaculately gift wrapped) box - a small sample of the Pomegranate Noir perfume, and a matching body cream. The little perfume sample is a beautiful thought - a tiny bottle! It wasn't until I got home that I discovered how amazing these two little bonuses were. I was expecting a fairly ordinary, fruity scent but had my mind blown when I tried the body cream after my shower. There are no words to describe this life changing moment. If this gives you a good idea - I have been smelling myself for the past hour. I smell delicious. I smell exotic. I smell money burning a hole through my purse, because I need this in full size like, yesterday. Thoughts on the perfume to come soon.
This was a lengthy review, but I am absolutely blown away by my new purchase. Not only was my experience in the Jo Malone boutique fantastic, but I've walked away one very happy customer.
Also, quite poor.
I purchased the 30ml for $90 - halp.