First Impressions: Blackberry and Bay – Jo Malone

On my recent trip to London I visited the Covent Garden Jo Malone stand alone store. I haven’t visited Jo Malone very often because their Colognes are on the pricey side – £85 for 100ml. But when my local shopping centre opened up a Jo Malone in our John Lewis last year I had to check it out. A year ago I bought Grapefruit, which I absolutely love and have nearly worked my way through, so I thought it was time to try something new.

Whilst in the store I tried out a variety of different fragrances but settled on Blackberry and Bay. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical of the fragrance name as I am usually drawn into the more citrus-y fragrances, but after one spritz I fell in love! The lovely assistant at Jo Malone (David) also taught me some tips and tricks for getting the most out of my fragrances.

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Blackberry and Bay is fruity and citrus-y all wrapped into one. Jo Malone describe Blackberry and Bay on their website as :

“Inspired by childhood memories of blackberry picking. A burst of deep, tart blackberry juice, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods. A scent of innocence.”

and I couldn’t agree more. The notes in this perfume are: Blackberry (top), Bay Leaves (Heart) and Cedar Wood (Heart). You are instantly hit with a stunning Blackberry scent and after a while a subtle Grapefruit smell starts to develop. This is a very natural smelling Cologne and doesn’t smell manufactured like some fragrances can.

When I was in the store David was explaining to me about Jo Malone’s ideology to combine fragrances whether that be with two perfumes or a perfume and a body cream. Whilst I was there I was shown the difference between Blackberry and Bay with it’s body cream and Blackberry and Bay with added Wood Sage and Sea Salt (another cult favourite). Blackberry and Bay with its counter part cream intensified the scent massively and I can imagine it makes the Cologne extremely long lasting.

The website suggests that Blackberry and Bay be paired with Orange Blossom Cologne for a warmer fragrance or Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne for something a bit fresher. Personally, when I got home I tried out the combination of Blackberry and Bay with my already purchased  Grapefruit and was stunned by the difference it can make. It makes it a lot lighter and more citrus orientated.

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This is definitely one of the best fragrances I have picked up in a long time and I can’t wait to use it this Autumn. What is your favourite Jo Malone Cologne and what would you pair it with?

Until Next Time,

Laugh, Love and Shop

 Charlotte xx

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