In a city of skyscrapers, I often find myself cramped into crowded elevators with women wearing offensive and overpowering scents. Thankfully, Jo Malone, the fragrance authority, and her light, airy and versatile limited-edition Tea Fragrance Blends have ushered the fragrance category into a whole new era. A truly modern take on scent, they epitomize elegance and sophistication, and what’s more, they’re actually designed to be layered and combined for a greater, more enticing variety (without overpowering). Available in five scents- Assam & Grapefruit, Earl Grey & Cucumber, Fresh Mint Leaf, Sweet Lemon, and Sweet Milk– each one heightens style and femininity. Accustomed to having to pick a favorite fragrance, I felt torn (and a tad anxious) at first, but remembered that her fragrances are meant to be blended, and I don’t have to settle for just one. A mood lifter and style augmenter, Jo Malone’s fragrances are the ultimate accessory.
Tea Fragrance Blends:
Assam & Grapefruit Cologne: Invigorating and upbeat, captures the qualities of that first cup of morning tea. Refreshing grapefruit and herbaceous Assam are blended with undertones of warm patchouli, spicy cardamom and almond.
Jo Malone Fragrance Combining Tip: Add a creamy richness with a splash of Sweet Milk to deepen and sweeten the scent of black tea.
Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne: A playful twist on the British tradition of high tea distilled into a modern, intriguing scent. Fresh and fruity bergamot is cooled with cucumber and warmed with a base of beeswax, vanilla and musk.
Jo Malone Fragrance Combining Tip: Refresh and uplift by layering with zesty Sweet Lemon.
Fresh Mint Leaf Cologne: A refreshing tisane of freshly picked mint, translated into a crisp, clear cologne. A blend of mint, basil and maté infuses this cologne with a green, leafy clarity, while a warm base is created by the partnership of cedarwood with musk.
Jo Malone Fragrance Combining Tip: Think pretty and fresh by adding a mist of zesty, fruit-infused Sweet Lemon.
Sweet Lemon Cologne: Mirroring the custom of adding a slice of freshly-cut lemon or a sprinkle of sugar to a cup of just-brewed tea, Sweet Lemon is given a fruity twist with pineapple, peach and fresh green cypress.
Sweet Milk Cologne: Utterly English, a dash of sweet, creamy milk gives tea a rounded richness. The unique milk accord combines star anise, almond and vanilla to create a warm, comforting scent. Addictively sweet and unexpectedly fresh.
These limited-edition scents launched this month, so test them out for yourself! They’re available for $55 at any of the following retailers: Jo Malone Shops, jomalone.com, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomindales. Enjoy!