THE ART OF FRAGRANCE COMBINING Last Wednesday I slotted in a little luxury pampering session at Jo Malone’s magnificent flagship store on Regent’s Street, London. I was paying a visit to try their new complimentary fragrance consultation and combining service they offer to anyone who is interested in experiencing ways to wear Jo Malone scents or discovering what the fragrance guru has to offer its clientele.
This is one of the most themed boutiques I have ever been in, Jo Malone’s signature ivory and black decor is, quite literally, everywhere in store from the beautiful stocked wooden armoires to the matte black metal leaf chandelier hanging from the centre of the store.
I am greeted by my stylist (FYI their highly trained fragrance experiences are name stylists) and taken to the back of the store where I perched on a stool and sipped a palette cleansing lime water whilst awaiting my consultation.
My personal introduction to Jo Malone brand happened this year (late to the party, I know) when I fell in love with their Wood Sage and Sea Salt perfume (full review here). Since then I’ve been dying to learn about and sample more of the unique fragrance combinations at this innovative and British perfume house.
The consultation starts with me being asked a little about my perfume background, my likes and dislikes… I’m a girl that know what she wants from life, never mind perfume so I reel off a brief; clean, expensive, woody, sexy…
Then my stylist starts pulling bottles from behind her station and spritzing them onto cards one at a time, questioning me about how the smell makes me feel; does it evoke memories and what do I like about it? It’s a really lovely experience and the stylist has that soft soothing voice that many therapists have that makes me feel like I’m miles away from the hustle and bustle of central London.
In total I smelt about 5 fragrances and loved them all. Mimosa & Cardamon evoked memories of marzipan Battenburg cake and daisy chain fields from my childhood, sweet but not me now. Earl Grey & Cucumber smelt like apples and fizzy refresher sweets. I don’t like wearing fruity scents though so this didn’t work for me. The Dark Amber & Ginger Lily scent that was divine and smelt relaxing and aromatheraputic. I dithered over this but decided it was too relaxing and not vibrant enough for me to wear but would be the perfect scent for a home candle. My favourite two were both bergamot scents which explained why they married perfectly together.
Top Note: Bergamot – bright sparkling and citrusy
Base Notes: Oud – Intensely woody & Cedarwood – rich, dark and animalistic
Top Note: Cumin – warm, compelling evocative and aromatic
Heart Note: Juniper – Cool, green and vibrant
Base Notes: woody and leather
After the scent combination has been discovered I was then treated to a relaxing hand and arm wash using the soap and then followed this by layering on the new Oud and Bergamot dry body oil followed by an arm and hand massage. She then layered up the scent by spritzing on my 2nd fragrance choice Black Cedarwood & Juniper.
As I type this I can still smell the sumptuous woody and luxurious oud’s of my personal fragrance combo waft up to my nose which pleases me greatly as I’m the type of person who thinks perfume never stays a long time on my skin
I plan on wearing Black Cedarwood & Juniper in the day and then spritzing on the Oud & Bergamot oil onto my legs and arms for a more decadent, luxurious smell in the evening. Not to mention added bonus points for glowing and silky limbs this coconut infused oil leaves behind!Verdict
This was a really wonderful experience in a lovely environment and it was totally free! You are under no obligation to buy anything either so its a good idea to go down and give it a go if your birthday is approaching and you’d like to ask for a new perfume. I’m a sucker for any sort of personalised experience and I think this is a great gift to bestow upon someone special. Brides and Bridesmaid take note!
Shop My Fragrance Combination
My Tips on How to Layer Fragrance
Choose scents that have something in common: for example, woody notes, two types of rose or an oriental style fragrance.
Mis it up by choosing two scents from the same family (citrus, woody, oriental) and combining alight scent with a heavier scent so you can wear at night and in the daytime.
Instead of choosing the of the same scent concentration try layering an eau de parfum over an oil or body lotion like I did.
If one of your scent choices is quite complex make it unique to you by combining it with a solo scent that works well with most things like Rose or a Woody note.
Spritz your scents in different places for a 360 experience. Don’t forget places like the chest, behind the ears and even between your thighs 😉