When I think of the perfect combination, a lot of things come to mind. Cheese and pickle being at the top (because cheese is bae and I ain’t even sorry), Harvey Spector and Mike Ross are a top spot close contender (#SuitsFangirlForevz), Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner and Mac Faux being another firm favourite (Oh Hey Kylie Jenner lip colour alert) but my ultimate favourite combination of late? My personal fragrance combination from Jo Malone.
At the end of January – seriously, how the blimmin heck has a month passed since that time? – myself and three of my fave blogging ladies (Sabrina, Gemma and Kate) headed to the Jo Malone townhouse which is oh my god so amazing I need to Instagram every inch of the place kinda gorgeous, for a Fragrance Combining consultation.
Now, we are all totally aware that I am a huge Jo Malone fangirl and absolutely love so many of their fragrances (evidence of this here, here, here) but one thing that I’ve never really done before is combine the fragrances which is crazy considering the fact that Jo Malone fragrances are designed to layer perfectly with others – whilst obviously still being gorgeous by themselves – so I was extremely excited to get started with the process.
After nattering away with the girls, eating all the snacks and Instagramming everything, it was time for my fragrance consultation. We started by discussing my absolute favourite scents (Peony and blush suede and Wood Sage and sea salt which FYI, layer absolutely perfectly) and then went on to my favourite colour (in a desperate bid not to say black
like a basic bitch I went for maroon) and my happy place (NYC, always) and after trying many combinations, we finally decided that Pomegranate noir and Dark Amber and gingerlily was my perfect fragrance combination.
We actually opted for the stunningly luxurious pomegranate noir body creme as a base, with Dark amber and gingerlily cologne over the top. So, let’s get into the nitty gritty of the combination…
So that’s the techy part done, from my (totally uneducated on fragrance with the addition of having the descriptive skills of a 3 year old) point of view, I would say that why I love this combination so much is that starting with the body creme – which deserves a whole post in itself because it’s the most nourishing, babe-in product in existence – not only nourishes the skin but makes the beautiful dark and rich scent really linger on the skin for longer, making it the perfect base to then go in with the slightly less intense, much more calming and relaxing but still totally decadent Dark amber and ginger lily over the top. Both scents combine so perfectly and have become my go to “special occasion”/”night out”* fragrance.
*We all know that my idea of a night out is going to pick up a takeaway to eat with a Harry Potter/Suits/Prison Break marathon, but who doesn’t want to smell like a babe when perving on Harvey Spector and Michael Schofield? Yep, thought so…
So that brings my little fragrance combining rave/rundown to an end. I always feel slightly guilty when discussing scents because my descriptions can never do the brands justice but all I can say is that I would highly recommend the Jo Malone Fragrance combining consultations which are available at most stores, and are perfect for a special occasion, a treat for yourself or a family member or your wedding day (ahem, keep your eyes peeled, just saying… ) Whatever the occasion, finding your perfect combination is something totally decadent and luxurious and something that cannot fail to give you a huge lift and boost of confidence.
I NEED to try Jo Malone fragrances, they sound amazing! x
Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness
Omg you totally have to lovely, so many gorgeous scents!
I adore my Jo Malone fragrances but would love to learn to match them. It always looks like a lot of fun.x
It was so much fun, I honestly couldn't recommend enough!
I've heard so much about Jo Malone however I'm yet to try anything from her brand! I must.
Thanks for sharing.
You definitely must hun, one of my fave brands!
This sounds lovely, I'm dying to try jo Malone scents as they all sound amazing but there isn't a counter anywhere near where I live! Also love that you've gone to the effort to buy a pomegranate for your pictures – I know that's an odd thing to comment on but I'm serious! Haha xx
Call Me Amy
Oh no, you definitely need to head down to a counter if you're ever in London! Haha ahh thank you hun!
Jo Malone makes wonderful scents ! Kisses
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It really does!
I've been looking for something to combine with Pomegranate Noir (because I can smell cloves from it, which I hate!) so I will have to smell Dark Amber & Gingerlily! Beautiful photos xx
It's such a beautiful combo, definitely check it out hun!
Ohhh i wonder how it smell in real time.
I love pomegranate and this made me to think to visit the store soon
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Definitely visit the store hun, so gorgeous!
YAAAS fragrance combining at Jo Malone is just my favourite! I think my mix from last time was orange blossom and peony and blush suede and it smelt amazing! These two together must be a dream.
Ooh I've heard amazing things about that combo for a wedding, will have to try it!
We all know your love for Jo Malone so I bet it must've been so fun to go townhouse with your blogging friends, Ellie! As for scent describing, I'm a bit of a hopeless case when it comes to that, too, so it's fine, haha. Besides, I think you did a lovely job describing the scent which sounds pretty incredible, really!
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Ahh thank you my lovely!
Wow, that body cream looks like something I'd love to try out, because I'm sure that it has fantastic scent and good to know that it's really nourishing as well! 🙂 Great review, Ellie 🙂
It's so beautiful, I couldn't recommend enough!
I read a lot a about Jo Malone on your blog XD
Yep, I definitely love it haha!
I do love Jo Malone's scent combinations and the fact that they are quite androgynous, it makes them so wearable! My fave scent is by Givenchy
I haven't smelt any Givenchy scents for a long time, stuck in my Jo Malone ways 😉
I don't think I could possibly be any more jealous of you! I bet this was the most wonderful thing in the world! haha
Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
Haha aww hun, it really was!
This sounds like such a fab idea and a great way to find a cologne that you normally wouldn't pick up as Jo Malone is gorgeous but I find there is so much choice! I love your blog by the way, just found it now and it's gorgeous 🙂 x
So so true lovely. Ahh thank you so much, so happy you like it!
What a fab experience! I'm a huge Jo Malone fan so this would be heaven for me. My current favourite is Mimosa and Cardamom, but I also love Red Roses. I have Pomegranate Noir in bath oil form, so I can imagine how incredible the body creme is! I feel an expensive purchase coming on… x
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Ooh I do love Mimosa too, that pairs perfectly with so many fragrances. Haha oh no, such an enabler but Jo malone is worth it!
Fragrance consultation sounds interesting, I should give a visit to the store and see what would be my perfect fragrance combination. I am sure this combination smells dreamy! You summed up my ideal night out, are you gonna be watching the new season of Prison Break? xx
It seriously smells so dreamy, definitely check it out in store if you can hun! Also, YES, I will most definitely be watching 🙂
This sounds really interesting, it makes me wonder whether they offer anything like this where I live.
Also takeaway and a Harry Potter or prison break marathon sounds like an ideal night to me!
Ahh I hope it does lovely, such a gorgeous idea! Haha so glad we share the same night time feels 😉
The pomegranate, amber and ginger layer is so intriguing! I want to try this right now. The Jo Malone townhouse sounds so fun and I love your photos. Really enjoyed this Elle!
I honestly couldn't recommend enough, so gorgeous!
I love Joe Malone, great photos
Thanks so much hun!
I never would've thought to combine those two scents – I'm useless at this sort of stuff and seem to only ever discover perfect pairings by accident haha. I will definitely play around a bit next time I'm in Jo Malone and see what I can come up with 🙂 xx
Jasmine Talks Beauty
Haha me too hun, it was only the wonderful lady who helped pair them all together, I'd have been clueless otherwise 🙂
Due to your Jo Malone posts lately I've ended up heading in there and dropping a small fortune, least I smell amazing, even though I can't afford my mortgage haha
Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
Haha I am so sorry for your bank balance 😉
A fragrance consultation sounds so luxurious and of course with a brand like Jo Malone, I'm sure there's nothing better. The cream sounds divine, with such a gorgeous scent. Must definitely check it out x
Beauty with charm
Definitely check it out hun, it could probably work out pricey but so so so worth it!
Jo Malone is so luxurious and this sounds divine! Your pictures are beautiful by the way 🙂
Loren | http://www.minkys.co.za
Thanks so much hun, so pleased you like them. Jo Malone is so luxurious, my fave!
I've asked for Amber and Patchouli for my birthday, but Dark Amber and Ginger and also Amber and Lavender smelt amazing – might need all three….
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Well you obviously need all three. Obviously!! 😉
I feel like I won't be happy in life until I have some Jo Malone, consider me on a mission!
Claire | Stylingo.co.uk xx
Haha that's a pretty great mission to set yourself girl, can't lie 😉
I love Jo Malone, I am steadily amassing a ton of perfumes, oils and candles. I recently got a fragrance combining set of 5 minis and I love them !!
Ooh I absolutely love the mini's perfect for travel too!
You always take such beautiful photos! This sounds amazing and I bet the combinations are heavenly! 🙂 xx
Ahh thank you beauty, that really means a lot!
What a beautiful post, I adore the photography. I just bought a bouquet of the exact same flowers! xx adaatude.com
Also, I am addicted to Jo Malone fragrances so I really like this post! xx
Thanks so much hun, so pleased you liked it!
You really do love Jo Malone don't you 😛 Pomegranate is such a lovely scent, my boyfriend had been 'secretly' using my pomegranate and basil shower gel and used most of it up which I am gutted about.
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Haha I do indeed!!
These look and sound so amazing!
Meg | A Little Twist Of…
Can you believe I down own anything from Jo Malone? I blame it on the fact they all smell bloody gorgeous and I just can't choose! I've got my eye on Velvet Rose and Oud at the moment.
Kirstie | Behind The Scent
This sounds so lovely, I love the smell of Pomegranate too definitely reminds me of summer! I'm looking for a new scent so I'll have to keep an eye out for this.
I have owned a couple of fragrances from Jo Malone but I usually own one at a time. Need to pick another one and try pairing scents as it's a great idea and a nice way to create something that will smell a bit more unique. x
Renata | Speaking Beauty UK
I absolutely love Jo Malone – everything they do just smells so luxurious and beautiful!
Jodie @ Jodetopia x
This is so beautiful, I love your styling! JM Pomegranate Noir is one of my favourite winter scents.
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