Last month, I managed to grab a spare hour to catch up on some Jo Malone releases and the one that caught my eye was the upcoming Rock the Ages collection. Ever since I started doing the smelling challenge (which I haven’t done for a while to be fair – new baby ‘an all!) I have had a renewed interest in scents. I love how inventive Jo Malone are with their Limited Edition collections, I really do. Anyway, here is how it looks:
The idea of this collection was to capture the atmosphere of Britain’s defining eras (Jo Malone really do focus on quirky British themes for inspiration and I love it!). I have the blotters fresh in my hand from sampling each scent so here are my first thoughts whilst I get the chance! From left to right, we have:
Tudor Rose & Amber. Love the deep red velvet label. Inspired by the Tudor age (I am obsessed with Tudor history), its battles (with a metallic edge to the scent, to represent the sword) and the opulence (for the wealthy).
Notes: Tudor Rose, Spicy Clove, Rose Absolute, Amber. (Note: there are more notes to these scents but I have just included the main ones).
Thoughts: Initially after found this very heavy, very rich and masculine, I could smell leather, a Gentleman’s library with Omid Djalili in a red velvet dressing gown behind a oak desk. I am a huge fan of all rose scents and at first, whilst I could pick it out, I found the amber much stronger, and I could pick out that metallic edge which was not at all unpleasant. I loved it’s richness but didn’t feel like it was something I would wear because it is so heady.
However….after a while I picked up the blotter again for a sniff, and once the intensity had died down, it was a very warm, sensual, rose scent, sort of an aged rose, an elegant and soft scent that I absolutely love.
Lily of the Valley & Ivy is inspired by the Georgian age. Think Marie Antoniette if no imagery comes to mind. The big bouffants, the drawn on mole. A traditional floral with a fruity twist (cassis) and green ivy.
Notes: Green Ivy, Lily of the Valley.
Thoughts: Very fresh and green, somewhat soapy. I could really smell Lychee heavily on the initial spray. The Ivy definitely adds a grassy green zingy note to Lily of the Valley which of course is traditionally quite an old, granny scent. Very fresh and perfect for someone who likes fresh florals with that earth touch. Again…I was a little indifferent to this scent at first but over time, it has developed into a greener smell (rather than floral) with a lemony edge I like.
Pomegrante Noir – of course needs no introduction and represents the Victorian age, a time when many new things were being introduced to England.
Notes: Pomegrante, Casablanca Lily, Guaiacwood.
Thoughts: This is well known and there are plenty of reviews around of this well known scent – if you love it it’s a chance to get it in the funky bottle!
Geranium & Verbena represents the English garden, think Downton Abbey – it’s a clean scent like an abundant summer garden. One of the more masculine scents of the bunch. This is the recommended scent of the collection for Fragrance combining.
Notes: Verbena, Geranium.
Thoughts: A very fresh, unisex scent which to me, has a medicine-y edge. I could smell very strongly Lavender (that would be the verbena!) but because I associated it more with the purple stuff, it reminded me of a dream scent, of bed time, of those little pillows you could buy filled with dried lavender you would have near your bed to help you sleep. This is the scent out of all of them I would pick for Mr C.
Finally, Birch & Black Pepper represents the modern age, inspired by punk, tattoos, Rock ’n’ Roll. Once again quite a masculine/unisex scent with a smokey edge.
Notes: Smoky Birch, Black pepper
Thoughts: A very smokey opening note, not a dirty one, but quite a clean smoke – I can’t stand cigarette smoke but there’s a certain light charred smoke I like (like how I sort of like the smell of petrol!) and this is it. Dies away and suddenly what I can pick out from this is a soapy edge – it reminds me so much of a Lush bath bomb – I don’t know which one they all because they all look like Unicorn poop to me but it has that sort of gummy, sweet, peppery quality. Really quite unusual.
This is a collection definitely worth going down to the counter to sample. I really found the scents grew on me after I let them settle, so it’s a good idea to let it settle before deciding what to buy. My favourite scent of them all though is…
Tudor Rose and Amber! I do love rose scents and this is a more grown up, aged version which adds a variation to other rose scents in my collection. My second favourite WAS Birch & Black Pepper but since it reminds me of a Lush bath bomb after it’s settled (and I wouldn’t want someone mistaking my scent for a bloody £4 multi coloured bath bomb) I will now go for Lily of the Valley and Ivy as my second favourite because I love it’s spiky greenness once it’s settled.
The Rock the Ages collection is a real delight, and will launch in March 2015 and is Limited Edition. Each scent costs £42.
*Disclaimer: I don’t claim to be a great ‘nose’, I just like smelling things.