29 May 2012

Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin cologne / fragrance review

Jo Malone is a brand that only crept up onto my radar about a year or two ago.  A friend of mine was always burns wonderful smelling huge jar candles in his house and I really loved them, so I took a look at the label one day and looked them up online.  I was shocked to find out the candle he was burning cost about £250!

Jo Malone is one of those no fuss luxury brands that draws you in with the simplicity and chicness of the packaging and brand.  I can't put my finger on what's special about it, but it's something so desirable that makes me want to buy one of those candles, even though it would be sheer madness for me to spend so much.  

The fragrances from Jo Malone however, are much more within my reach.  As are the mini candles I suppose, but I'm greedy, I want the big one.  Until then, step up Lime Basil and Mandarin colonge.

I still can't quite understand how this simple packaging gives off such a luxurious feel, but it does.  I was looking at some Jo Malone gift sets at the airport the other day and was thinking about how they'd be the perfect posh / showy present.  I've just realised that it's not dissimilar to the packaging for Links of London, another brand that frequently tops my lust list.  

Anyway, back to the fragrance.  The Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne is marketed as a unisex fragrance, and I totally agree it could be worn by men or women.  Although I am slightly biased as I have been known to wear aftershave in the past - hey if you like a scent you like a scent.  As usual, I'm not the best at describing fragrances, but the first word that pops into my head when I take a whiff of this is 'mysterious'.  I get a big hit of citrus from the lime and mandarin I guess, but also a rich woody sort of smell too.  I really love citrus fragrances, so it was pretty much guaranteed I would like this.

The official description of the fragrance is - "Our signature fragrance. Peppery basil and aromatic white thyme bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze. A modern classic" - mentioning an exotic holiday is always a good move when trying to sell me something!

I love a bit of luxury now and again, and Jo Malone products fit that bill nicely.

You can pick up this fragrance here for £36 for the 30ml size or £72 for 100ml.

And if you want to imagine filling your home with the large luxury candles like I do, feast your eyes here.

What's your favourite brand for splurging on a treat?


  1. Amazing i would love to own something from Jo Malone.

  2. I keep hearing about Jo Malone and really want to try some products. This sounds nice :) I love how smart the bottles look xx

  3. I LOVE this scent!! I use the body lotion, check out my review at http://hiddentreasure21.blogspot.co.uk/ xxx


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