Jo Malone is such a cult beauty brand, but until recently, I’d never sampled anything from the brand but I’ve lusted after their Colognes for a very long time. Jo Malone are a luxurious British perfumer with truly unique fragrances that you’ll never find with other brands. Not only are the fragrances known for their individuality, their beautiful packaging and attention to detail makes them even more special and a lot of brides now choose to wear a Jo Malone Cologne on their wedding day.
I was so excited to get my hands on the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne 30ml £40, as it launched back in September of last year and I remember reading endless rave reviews. Wood Sage & Sea Salt was created to evoke the feeling of pleasure, freedom and escape into nature, inspired by the unique character and quality of British beach and was inspired by its rugged cliffs, the salty air, sea grass and driftwood. What surprised me the most, with Wood Sage & Sea Salt is how simple its notes structure is; with top notes of Ambrette Seeds, heart notes of Sea Salt and base notes of Sage.
The packaging of the Jo Malone Colognes is truly special, with the glass rectangular bottles being packaged within a cream and black gift box complete with a ribbon; they really would make for a decadent gift. I really love the simplicity of the packaging, and design as it just exudes luxury. When it comes to fragrance, I tend to lean towards woody or sweet scents so I was intrigued to try Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt as it’s just no different to anything in my fragrance collection.
When I first spritz Wood Sage and Sea Salt on my skin, I can instantly detect a strong citrus scent which is a little acidic at first but it softens quickly and within a minute, the initial acidity subsides and the citrus softens. I think Jo Malone have done an incredible job with this fragrance, as it literally does smell like sea air and it brings back so many happy childhood memories of playing at the beach. I find it to be quite a fresh, crisp fragrance that reminds me of clean laundry that’s been air dried on the washing line on a windy day; that amazing fresh, clean and comforting scent. This is definitely a unisex cologne, and it smells a lot more woody and earthy on my other half than it does me and becomes more aquatic, which I find fascinating, that the scent transforms so much on female and male skin.
I have to be honest and admit, I don’t find Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt to be terribly long lasting.. it’s very much a light scent, like you’d expect from a cologne. I’ve found the wear time to be around four hours, but that isn’t an issue for me as I’d only wear it on special occasions anyway, but the bottle is a very handbag friendly size and shape, so you could top up throughout the day should you wish to. I’m so happy that I’ve finally been able to experience the Jo Malone magic, and it’s definitely made me want to try more, especially as you can layer the Cologne’s to create custom fragrances which is such an exciting concept. I’m currently eyeing up the Peony & Blush Suede Cologne as peonies are my favourite flowers, and it sounds divine…
Have you ever tried a Jo Malone Cologne? Which is your favourite?