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12 Oct 2014

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt

Jo Malone recently came out  with their new fall fragrance, aptly named Wood Sage and Sea Salt.

It veers more towards the masculine end of the fragrance spectrum - clean, sharp, a little smoky. For me there are hints of embers from a beach bonfire, slowly dying in the late afternoon surf mixed with the clean and fresh scent of sea spray. You know, when you stand right at the edge of the shore, where the water comes to caress the sand and as you stand there, your body breaks the incoming waves and you are splashed up until your knickers. The scent that wafts up as the waves slowly return back to the sea. That's what I'm talking about.

Now although I have (sadly) never been to a British beach, as this cologne is inspired by, (I was stuck in the Midlands when I was there, which is as far away from the sea as can be) but I could just imagine Cornwall, the Isle of Wight or Northhumberland, where incidentally Jo Malone's ad campaign for Wood Sage and Sea Salt was shot, and their vast expanse of unspoilt and untouched seaside wonderlands as the perfect backdrop, the ultimate catalyst and sole inspiration for this fragrance. Side note, Cornwall is at the top of my list of places to visit when I am next in the UK, purely for it being the setting of one my favourite movies, "About Time". If you have not seen yet, please do. It's absolutely lovely.

Now although I have said that I think this to be a more masculine fragrance, it should not deter you from trying this out (if you are a female and a very girly one at that), it hasn't stopped me and I am, as you probably know by now if you have been following my blog, a massive fan of smelling like edible things, preferably of the sweet and sticky kind. If you do feel that by itself it is a bit too sharp and sea salty for your taste, Jo Malone recommends layering this with either Lime Basil and Mandarin (gives it a tangier, herbal kick) or Nectarine Blossom and Honey (mellows it down , makes it sweeter with a hint of flowers), although you can layer this with any other Jo Malone fragrance that you wish. That is the beauty of Jo Malone, you are your own perfumer so to speak. You mix and match and layer scents according to your mood, which is quite perfect for me because I never seem to have a signature scent. Believe me I have tried and tried (Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle and Gucci Rush were top two contenders) but I need to change fragrances according to what I feel (sometimes even a couple of times in a day, obsessive I know) and that makes Jo Malone the perfect brand for me.

Which new fragrances have you discovered for fall?



  1. Hi mikotini. I've been reading your blog since the first post. You are an inspiration. I love how much enthusiasm you have for everything you write about. Please blog about recipies more, I can almost taste the applesauce. Im a huge jo malone fan too and have several perfumes. Love jo malone. Love your writing.



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