I think it’s about time I made this official. For quite a while now, I blog about a fragrance every Monday. I toyed with the idea of making a feature out of it, but the commitment phobic in me just couldn’t take the leap. I don’t have the best nose or any training, but like everything else here, it is more about sharing the experience. With that in mind, ladies and gentleman, I would like to welcome you to the first official #PerfumeMonday!
Here is what you can expect: every Monday, we are going to embark on an olfactory journey together. It could be a mainstream release, it could be a niche creation, it could be a sample that found its way to me, or it could be something that I was motivated enough to lay my hands on. What’s more, you will get the opportunity to participate in the feature by choosing what you want to read about next week! For example, last week I had a poll on Instagram, and the new *Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne was the winner. Don’t worry if the scent you prefer didn’t get more votes, because you’ll read about it next Monday! Follow me on Instagram or Twitter so you can have your say!
Without further ado, pack your imaginary bags and let your mind wander to the English seaside with Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt!
Picture taking a walk along the coast in autumn. It is getting too chilly to dip your toes in the sea, but you might still be lucky enough to feel the rays of sun. The sea breeze is both nippy and warm, you can literally feel the salt and minerals on your tongue, and there might be some plants growing between the cracks of the cliff: you get Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne (RRP for a 30ml bottle as pictured: 50 euros).
Like other Jo Malone colognes, Wood Sage & Sea Salt has a very simple composition. The ambrette seeds in the top note give the fragrance an aromatic element. You can soon almost taste the sea salt in the heart. Naturally it is much more refined and cleaner than the raw smell in real life, but you can’t mistake it for anything else. At some point wood sage (a close relative of common sage) settles in, bringing with it an earthy land-bound quality. It is not a loud perfume by any means, but it does have a decent sillage. It lasts on me for 7-8 hours, which is great considering it is a cologne!
What I admire the most about Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt is the fact that it manages to be both warm and fresh. I usually wouldn’t describe the same scent with both adjectives, but this is what makes it special for me. This fragrance has a temperature, as it really brings to mind a slightly warm and slightly nippy sea breeze. However, at the same time, it is light, airy, and refreshing. What’s more, it doesn’t even need any citrus to achieve that (which is really a little overused if you think about it…)!
Both warm and fresh, Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne is a scent that is full of life. I know that we don’t talk about the coast much once summer is over, but in my imagination, the English coast bottled in this perfume is the one we experience in the beginning of autumn, and it is perfect for an imaginary stroll.
PS: Thanks to the advice I got on Instagram, I ended up making a scrub with the sage-sprinkled sea salt you see in the photos! I added some of the L’Occitane massage oil and voila! The kitties got a kick out of the cord. Fun for the whole family!