It's no surprise by now that I'm borderline obsessed with all things Jo Malone London, and as summer peeks through, these two new beauties have my heart (or rather my nose?) all aflutter..
A new addtion to the Cologne Intense line, Incense & Cedrat (£105) focuses on Omani incense, the most precious of its kind on the planet. As the incense itself is so rare, a technology called NaturePrint was used to capture and recreate the scent without harming the Boswellia sacra tree, from which the sap is harvested. An infusion and essential oil is created using natural ingredients, leaving you with a scent that's rich and powerful and doesn't feel synthetic in the slightest. The top note of cedrat, a citrus fruit, is bright and fresh whilst the vetyver heart note gives a richness, all followed with the incense base - it's deep, smoky, sumptuous and oh so sexy. It's definitely suitable for men and women, but has that 'I just stole this off my boyfriend' quality to it that I'm really loving right now. If you're a big fan of oud-based scents then this offers something a little different whilst still being in the same vein.
If you're after something distinctly feminine, look no further. The Lace Bottle collection, released last month, consists of ten of the best-loved fragrances from Jo Malone London - Lime Basil & Mandarin, Pomegranate Noir, English Pear & Freesia, Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Wild Bluebell, Red Roses, Peony & Blush Suede, Orange Blossom, Velvet Rose & Oud and Dark Amber & Ginger Lily - available in three beautiful etched lace designs. The collection isn't especially reserved for brides, but it coincides nicely with the height of wedding season and a bottle would make for the most perfect memento of the big day. Peony & Blush Suede is my all-time favourite and I couldn't think of anything more perfect for a wedding morning. I'm not that way inclined currently.. but jot it down for future reference, gents. English Pear & Freesia and Velvet Rose & Oud are right up there too. This bespoke service is complimentary on top of the £86 for the original collection of scents, and £105 for the Cologne Intense fragrances.