Firstly my apologies for being a month overdue with this post! There has been some great new launches already, as well as some great info about what is coming next!
I'll try to be better at posting information as I find it, work/life balance permitting!
The new cologne intense arrived a little earlier than usual this year - Bronze Wood & Leather arrived at the very start of the year, and has been another very divisive fragrance from Jo Malone London!
I've yet to purchase it - I actually do love the fragrance, but I don't find it very wearable; it is just like a brand new leather jacket!
However, as base fragrance, it's makes for some amazing combinations. Official line is to combine with Myrrh & Tonka or English Oak & Redcurrant., but Grapefruit has also been recommended. The team in my local store like it with Peony & Blush Suede "A leather jacket thrown over a pretty dress".
During and in store event I paired it with Wood Sage & Sea Salt - A dark and stormy walk across a beach at midnight.
Marie Salamagne with Celine Roux have combine a top note of grapefruit, a heart of juniper and smoke, and a base of leather and vetiver to invite the imagination to take a walk in the woods on a misty day...
Sadly we wave goodbye to Orris & Sandalwood and Incense & Cedrat.
Oh and not to forget the release of Myrrh & Tonka candle and body creme!
January also saw the release of birthstone caps in collaboration with Karen Elson and designed and made by jeweller Duffy.
Initially highly coveted - The art deco effect caps would make a glamours addition to your favourite bottle... However when the bronze lid embedded with cubic zirconia was revealed to cost £250, it understandably enraged fans.
The shocker of the month was the release of the fragrance combining palette!
Press where excited at the prospect of an 'affordable' way in to the Jo Malone London brand... However the palette itself is £24, with each solid fragrance to add to it £14, or £16 for cologne intense. So not a cheap outlay - But once you have the palette, it is going to be cheap to maintain. So far fragrance available are:
Oud & Bergamot, Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Mimosa & Cardamom, Basil & Neroli, Lime Basil & Mandarin, Peony & Blush Suede, Blackberry & Bay, Pomegranate Noir and English Pear & Freesia.
Wildflower and Weeds limited edition collection will launch this month, though there is still speculation as to when!
The UK where originally set to get the collection the 1st of March, but this later got brought in line with the global launch of 25th of February. However latest news is the brand will be looking to go straight into these after valentines day, and could hit counters from the 15th!
So what do we know?
Five 30ml bottles, in five brand new fragrances, made exclusively for this collection with stunning limited edition bottle designs.
The perfumers are Yann Vasnier and Louise Turner.
Cade & Cedarwood:
The smouldering embers of a wood-burning stove at nightfall. Basking in the warm and comforting glow of cade, its smoky scent mingled with cedarwood and complemented by a mouth-watering hint of sensual vanilla.
Hemlock & Bergamot:
Hemlock s powdery petals, brightened with bergamot. A deadly, yet unexpectedly-delicate flower. Illuminated with golden mimosa and a floral flourish of heliotrope. Crisp and modern with a bite of cucumber.
Lupin & Patchouli:
Reminiscent of canal banks, awash with colour. A rainbow of lupin flowers, enriched by luxurious rose and deepened with rebellious patchouli. A surprising contrast with the fresh vibrancy of mandarin.
Nettle & Wild Achillea:
The tangy sting of nettle, peeking through pavement cracks and entwined with wild, white achillea flower. Sparkling with bright bergamot, the greenness softened by a soft base of white musk.
Willow & Amber:
The expressive weeping willow, gently draping across the fresh morning water. Captured in the woody pairing of cashmere wood and smoky vetiver, enhanced by softly sensual amber.
Last year this is when we got the new cologne intense... But we've had this years...
I'm hoping for an expansion of the cologne intense shower oils...
Although this may be where we get the new limited edition bottles for Velvet Rose & Oud and (a new one for) Myrrh & Tonka.
April showers bring... Blossom flowers! Last year April was blossom mad, and although not yet confirmed for April, this years summer release not only features a brand new blossom, but brings back some old favourites, and stylish updates for current classics.
Lets start with the new fragrance - Frangipani Blossom! Details are sparse at the moment, but the frangipani flowers are known for being fruity and creamy, so this could be a summer hit.
Silk Blossom and Star Magnolia make a return, alongside matching packaging for Orange Blossom.
I'm not sue if everything will be available in all formats - but the exciting thing about this year is alongside the colognes, we will not only see hair mists, but candles and reed diffusers!
Nothing from May 2018 to go on. Good chance to spread the cost of the Blossom collection - Stock pending!
June is when we have seen the Poppy Delevigne collaboration - No news as yet on if this will happen again this year, or maybe a new collaboration to re-imagine old favourites.
No sooner had I posted this page and speculated on a new Absolu for June... Willeo finds this and kindly shared on the Jo Malone Facebook group. We have a name and design for the next Absolu - Violet & Amber!
We've come to expect a fresh advertising campaign, with an interesting gift with purchase. What would you like to see?
The London Blooms collection have been the choice for the Charity candle for a few years now... Will this year see something else from the Archives make it's way to candle form?
This is the month the Archive collection at Regent Street has been refreshed with new favourites returning.
The news of what is coming has typically happens in July, but this year I was able to find out that Blue Agava & Cacao, Nutmeg & Ginger, Verbenas of Provence and Wild Fig & Cassis will be returning in "2019". Now here's the caveat - At this moment in time, I don't know if these are for the Archive collection... It's also been strongly suggested that these will be available as online exclusives... So we may see these earlier in the year elsewhere, and brand new scents returning to the Archive... Perhaps something from the English Fields collection?
Expect the new fragrance to hit around now... No news as yet, but dark gourmands and sweet florals are tipped to be the biggest trends for this year - But Jo Malone London do have a tendency to set the trend rather than follow...
We will of course also have to say goodbye to another from the main line.
Christmas was kept well under wraps last year, so don't expect any news on this!
A limited edition Pomegranate Noir is a given, and we've now come to expect Orange Bitters, alongside Pine & Eucalyptus.
A new fragrance wouldn't surprise me... But it's not even worth speculating at this point.