Hello! I am back! After a tiny rest – I swear my days are getting shorter and I struggle to find time to catch up. But I have lots and lots of beauty things to talk about!
And what better way to start lovely February than be talking about an exciting new release from Jo Malone London – The Herb Garden, released on 01st March 2016.
I have sniffed each of these scents so can give you my initial thoughts on them all! But can we talk about the bottles? The Herb Garden range comes in 30ml bottles and are all tinted shades of green (beautiful). Very elegant and strangely calming – it just fits the bottle well with a print of the herb in each perfume on the back.
I have liked all of the previous Jo Malone British collections when they are seasonally released, but this particular collection I just adore. I think it’s because I generally love herbs anyway; where some people like florals, I love the cleanness, and unisex quality of herbs. I think they smell fresh and depending on how they blend, really unique too.
So we have;
Wild Strawberry & Parsley
“The peppery bite of flat-leaf parsley and tang of tomato leaves mingle with ripe blackcurrant before a delicate note of wild strawberries adds sweetness. Leafy violet springs up through the mossy undergrowth. A green and succulent accord in the air draws you deeper into the garden. “
Wild Strawberry and Parsley is the softest must subtle scent of the bunch for me – I could place it sort of place it but I couldn’t quite pick out the parsley, despite it being one of my favourite herbs. Once pointed out to me, yes I could smell the parsley, and the Strawberry smells quite subtle to me too, like a very ripe almost green one you’re willing to grow. It’s quite mossy but mild. Nice but the least memorable of them all for me.
Sorrel and Lemon Thyme
“The sparkling zest of lemon wakes up a bright bouquet of bigarade and petitgrain, gently exposing the herbaceous heart of sorrel, lemon thyme and rosemary. Beneath, verdant geranium leaves and earthy moss grow complexity at the roots, uplifting the citrus to an elegant finale.”
HELLLOOO…this punches you in the face with the tart lemon, then underneath is that thyme and rosemary, sort of like those thick lush bunches of herbs you buy and stuff up your chicken (sorry about imagery), and then as this fades, there’s this gorgeous warm lemon zest and simmering warm rosemary-almost-medicinal type scent. Think of a luxury spa, lots of candles, and how you smell after they’ve smothered you with essential oils and you are glowing. By nature, a scent that evokes the spa feel (a nice spa, not the ones you booked from a Groupon offer) is refreshing but relaxing at the same time. I like it very much, and it is totally unisex.
Nasturtium and Clover
“Carpets of cool clover cut with peppery rocket get bright and fresh with a complement of sparkling lemon. Nasturtium blooms at the core, entwined with jasmine petals. At its finish, the perennial pleasure of vetiver grounds the fragrance in an addictive warmth.”
This is the, You what? Scent which Jo Malone seems to release now and then – Nasturtium are those bright red-orange-yellow flowers that grow on big lush green leaves. Clover is…clover. What on earth does clover smell like? I have to be honest and say I have the blottters (now 5 days old) and I am trying to job my memory but I can’t define what this smells like any more. It was very green, soft, warm, soothing from what I remember – a loving scent. In hindsight I remember thinking this scent had so many different elements to it, it felt like there were many warm fuzzy layers and was probably my third favourite scent of the bunch when compared side by side.
Carrot Blossom and Fennel
“A hybrid of refinement and whimsy, the first impression of just-ripe carrot entwined with fresh fennel immediately hooks with a distinctive twist. Rose and orange flower water bloom brightly with the earthy sweetness of heritage carrot while the floral elegance of iris punctuates an unforgettable finish.”
A tricky one to separate – something clean and vegetable like at first, then something a bit powdery, a bit like an older lady scent for me. Not unlikeable at all, but it didn’t set me alight somehow (it doesn’t actually smell like carrots in case you are worried about being mauled by rabbits). A relaxed scent I would say, the one I would buy for my mother in law.
Lavender and Coriander
“A garden state of mind takes over the senses when a refreshing blend of English and French lavender opens the aromatic gates with a jumpstart of striking coriander. Earthy sage deepens the scent with a natural woodiness. Finally, the unexpected warmth of tonka bean adds depth and sensual balance to the exquisite richness.”
….you go and saveeeee the bests forrrr lastttt…..
Is how I feel about Lavender and Coriander. Immediately when I smelt this (I admit I am a hardcore Coriander fan) it just made me go, WOW. Coriander is difficult per se to pick out, although there’s that sort of woody early smell it has, and Lavender too, is not immediate, it doesn’t smell old fashioned or dated or powdery. I fell like this scent gives you an immediate floral and rich boost, before quickly becoming a warm woody scent, quite feminine (perhaps the most feminine of the bunch) with a touch of softness. I really really really like this scent – it’s interesting, I don’t know how anyone would place it as a ‘Coriander’ scent; it’s quite sexy, musky, earthy, warm too.
Favourites in order:
Lavender and Coriander (sexy, woody); Sorrel and Lemon Thyme (citrusy, refreshing), Nasturtium and Clover (green, warming).
These scents are so unusual I recommend getting thee down to a counter on the 01st of March to smell for yourself in order to do them justice.
Each 30ml cologne is £44 and is available from March 2015. 0800 054 2411 for stockists.