Wednesday, September 06, 2017

MFO Gift Guide: Jo Malone

You want a no-fail gift idea? Trust Jo Malone to take the guesswork out of the equation.

I've been into Jo Malone for 2 decades now, back when I was still a student in college and the scent that I shared with my sister was only an in-house cologne Jo Malone made for French Connection. 20 years later, her scents still have never lost their appeal, even now that I'm a wife and mom with three kids. It is just one of those classics that stand the test of time and will continue to do so for decades ahead. It also reminds us that whatever our role in life may be, we are women, and we deserve to enjoy everyday luxuries.

While the classic scents in their signature bottles are always a welcome treat, the special Limited Edition collections like Cologne IntenseThe Bloomsbury Set and the newly launched Rare Teas Collection will please anyone from the everyday scent enthusiast to the hardcore Jo Malone collector.

Dark Amber & Ginger Lily is my favorite scent from the Cologne Intense Collection. Calm and relaxing, it is also heady and intoxicating. It's a perfect evening scent, and I associate this with dressing up in fancy dresses and heels.

These do not look like your typical Jo Malone bottles, and that's the point. The Bloomsbury Collection is inspired by the free-spirited artists who lived in their legendary country house in Sussex England.

We love our teas, to drink and not to wear us a scent. So imagine giving this to your tea-loving aunt or mother-in-law, cousin or best friend. She'll be thrilled that you thought of something personal without being too predictable.

The Star Magnolia Collection has got to be my most favorite limited edition collection and it is SOLD OUT in other countries. It is so light and fresh and best of all? It comes with a Hair Mist. I always feel so special when I spray it on my hair not only before I head out, but throughout the day. Who's afraid of poorly ventilated restaurants? Not me. Totally pang-donya hacks.

You can take that love for scents further with Jo Malone candles for the home. Last Christmas, I received a Pine & Eucalyptus scented candle from Erika Reyes and Camille Flores Soloan, the lovely ladies at Jo Malone Philippines and I loved it! Lighting it up not only set the mood but also made our living room smell like Christmas indeed.

It would be interesting for you to know though that Jo Malone actually started out her business not with colognes or candles, but with bath oils. Her first creation was a Nutmeg & Ginger Bath Oil that she gave to her clients as a thank you gift for their business (she was a facialist known for her skillful hands and amazing fragrance combinations). One client ordered an extra 100 bottles to give to friends, 86 of whom called to place further orders of their own. 

It's that level of good. When you're open to trying out something different from the store, go for the Jo Malone bath and body line consisting of shower oils, body scrubs, shampoo & conditioner, soaps and lotions.

Just imagine my surprise when I got home from Pilates and this big box of bath treats was just waiting for me. It felt like Christmas in August. That's the kind of reaction you want from the recipients of your largesse.

Worth checking out as well are the diffusers plus room and linen sprays for the home. These make excellent hostess gifts and housewarming presents and is just something different to give to someone who loves to make her home hygge.

In the Philippines, visit the Jo Malone pop-ups at malls, and stand alone boutiques at

Jo Malone Greenbelt 
Ground Level, Greenbelt 5
Legazpi St., Ayala Center
Makati City
Tel: +632 729 9491

Jo Malone SM Aura
Upper Ground Floor
SM Aura Premier
26th Street Corner McKinley Parkway
Taguig City

No comments:

Related Posts with Thumbnails