Falling for Jo Malone



There are so many things to love about Jo Malone, from the beautifully layered scents to the simple, elegant packaging. Ever since I saw the brand and their offerings from different blogs, I was not able to get it out of my head.

After visiting their counters multiple times and trying out different scent samples, I finally decided on one to start! To my surprise I actually didn’t go with the original one I thought I was going to get, which was the Blackberry & Bay – A beautiful, refreshing and upbeat fruity scent. I ended up falling in love with the Nectarine Blossom & Honey – A soft, mellow, and sweet mix of peaches and honey, which I tried during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access. The scent is very comforting but at the same time very refreshing and summery, I think it’s perfect for the season and will be great to mix and match with some other scent in the future as well.

During my visit to the counter, I also looked around at their candles (because honestly, who doesn’t love a great candle?) and fell in love with the White Lilac & Rhubarb candle – A mix of fruity, floral and refreshing scent that smells like a summer garden in a candle. It is a limited edition candle with special packaging that helps support the community gardens (you can read more about each of the projects they’re helping here). Not only was the candle for a good cause and smells amazing, but the colorful printed packaging is unlike traditional Jo Malone candles and will be a great decor that adds a touch of summer in any home.

This was definitely a splurge, but I truly believe a good bottle of fragrance really makes a difference of a person’s appearance and presentation, and with the new apartment’s move in date around the corner, I’m excited to have a great candle to accompany me at my new home!

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Falling for Jo Malone

Candle addict

FullSizeRenderI scored these awesome smelling candles from T.J. Maxx a few weeks ago, they’re made by this brand called DW Home based in California, I’ve never heard of them but I’m really glad I stumble upon them!  I love the minimalist branding and packaging, and for those of you that knows me know that a good packaging design is definitely one of my weaknesses, especially ones I can save and use for other purposes later on (I’m envisioning one of them being my new brush holder and the other a mini flower vase for the room!).  The woodwick is unlike any candle I’ve ever purchased, I was kind of skeptical at first thinking it will burn through the candle really quickly, but I’m pleasantly surprised and almost think I prefer the woodwick because since they hold their shape you don’t have to worry about it burning off center and creating an uneven burn in your candle.

I love them both, but right now I especially love the Alpine Citrus because it reminds me of Christmas, and sitting by the fire with a big Christmas tree by your side is one of the most relaxing scene I can think of during the colder months.  The Black Rose Oud is also very beautiful, more on the sweet floral side that will be very fitting for spring.  I don’t think they’re widely available yet, so if you’re interested in trying one make sure to keep an eye out when you’re at T.J. Maxx!

Candle addict

Baies

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I finally cracked open my Diptyque Baies candle!  I was very excited to start this one because a lot of bloggers claim this as their favorite.  After opening it and lighting it I have to say, it is a beautiful scent but it’s a little too strong for my taste.  I really love the subtle scent of Figuier because it’s very calming and relaxing, the Baies on the other hand is stronger, in your face and kind of wakes me up when I smelled it.  Baies is a good day time scent where you want to be awake, are moving around and being more active, but a little too much for a night where you just want to rest, which is usually when I like to light a candle.

I enjoy both my Diptyque candles in different ways, tho they’re definitely on the expensive side and are more of a “once in a while splurge” item, they’re nice to have on the days where you just need a little pick me up.  It’s really hard for me to find a scent that I’m comfortable with, so I’m glad I had a good experience with Diptyque on my first try.

What’s your favorite Diptyque scent and what do you think I should try next?

Baies

Birthday splurge – Diptyque

diptyque candle oval set

To celebrate the special two five, I finally gave in and purchased these delicious-smelling things one of my best friends Native Blonde keeps raving about.  Thanks to her email and blog, I was presented with some good options on where to purchase.  I decided to go with the BeautyBar deal – 20% off using code: AFF20BEAUTYBAR on the already on sale Figuier oval and candle set.  And on top of the Figuier oval/candle set, I also got the Baies candle so I can reach $75 to received their free samples (No girl can pass on the change to get some awesome free stuff, right?).

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I’ve smelled the Figuier before and really enjoyed how relaxing it is, so purchasing the set was a no brainer.  I picked the Baies, one of their most popular scent because the description says scent has a bouquet of roses and black currant leaves, and I am a sucker for the smell of flowers.  I’m very excited about it and am hoping it will impress me.

So far I’m only using the oval from the set because my selective OCD doesn’t like to have multiple scents in the apartment, and I want to be able to smell them individually without any distractions to see how I feel about them for future reference.  Therefore I will have more updates on the Baies candle once the oval is done, which might take a while consider the oval is supposed to diffuse perfume for about 3 months (not that I’m complaining).

Birthday splurge – Diptyque