Jo Malone is a brand I’ve admired and enjoyed for a long time. In fact, no late-night writing or editing session in my home is complete without the almost religious lighting of their exquisite Peony and Blush Suede candle. Which is why, when I was thinking about what to get a colleague I was very friendly with who was moving on to another company, something luxurious and decadent from Jo Malone immediately sprung to mind.
One visit to their Selfridges Exchange Square store told me I wasn’t wrong. Usually, when one thinks of Jo Malone, their mind immediately screams ‘candle’! And while a candle is a fantastic, fail-proof option, I was surprised by how many other items they had in-store that would make excellent gifts:
Does your boss /colleague travel a lot and often miss the comforts of home? Standardized hotel toiletries can be boring, and often a bit harsh / drying, which is why I adore their Little Luxuries collection. These handbag/hand luggage friendly minis of their best-selling creams, washes, oils and colognes are perfect for the girl on the go. I especially love that they’re all under 100ml, meaning they’ll breeze past the grumpy guard at airport security.
A Pop Of Colour for Their Bathroom
Jo Malone is known for their simple yet stunning branding, but I love that they’ve recently branched into peppy brights and neon packaging for their Hot Blossoms collection. Perfect for injecting a stylish pop of colour into a bathroom or vanity table without having to fuss with flowers or worry about overcrowding your space with decorative objects. They’re a functional way to make a statement with decor and I’m very much here for it.
Limited Editions and Special Collaborations
With collaborations with model and fashion influencer, Poppy Delevigne on their ‘Queen Of Pop‘ limited edition collection. The nine-piece collection centred around ritual bathing, one of Poppy’s favourite activities, and included colognes, candles and bubble bath that come in in edgy pink and black pop-art packaging. The Queen Of Pop collection has been spotted in the marble and gold bathrooms of all of Britain’s biggest influencers and is by far one of the brand’s most coveted beauty launches. Other collaborations include those with fashion stylist Judy Blame and printmaker Marthe Armitage. Any of these limited edition products would make a special, treasured gift.
Hair and Body Oil
Bet you didn’t see that one coming! Made in their signature scent, Lime Basil and Mandarin, this luxurious oil not only moisturizes, protects and delicately fragrances your hair, but your skin, too. I see this multi-purpose product is an excellent gift becayse one can use it to moisturize cuticles, soften dry hair ends, to slather over feet before pulling on a pair of socks as an overnight foot treatment, taming flyaways and baby hairs and massaging into one’s face with a jade or rose quartz face roller. A tiny drop rubbed into the tops of your shoulders will add a beautiful sun-kissed highlight on holiday, too.
Perfume Inspired By Tea
Jo Malone’s Rare Teas collection is inspired by the ancient art of the Tea Master and the teas that grow in places like the foothills of China, India and the Himalayas. They’ve come up with six beautiful and luxurious fragrances, any one of which would make the perfect present for the lady who loves a good brew. I may not do the description of this justice, but Estee LaLonde sure does. Check out her insightful blog post on the Rare Teas collection if you’d like to know more.
Custom Bottles and Engraving
Selfridges joined forces with Jo Malone to create a yellow cologne cap (the same yellow as their iconic yellow shopping bags) to sit prettily on top of some of Jo’s most favoured fragrances to date. These can be bought in addition to any 100ml Jo Malone cologne from a Selfridges store. You can also get a little initial charm or even the glass bottle engraved for a personal touch.
Which one of Jo Malone’s excuisite products would you like to receive as a gift? Have you got a signature scent? Share your answers with me in the comments below or via social media.