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April 15, 2012 | Jo Malone Peony & Moss

Photographed by Jo Fairley against a vintage Sanderson screenprinted chintz

One of The Scent Critic’s favourite smells in the world is a flower shop:  the damp, mossy, earthy scent that assails and delights me upon stepping over the threshold of, say, Kenneth Turner in London, or Christian Tortu (in Paris), or the fabulous little Japanese [...]

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March 17, 2011 | Jo Malone Sweet Milk Cologne

And now for something completely and utterly different.  At first cosy sniff, Sweet Milk – the last in the Jo Malone Tea Collection – is exactly as it sounds.  Sweet.  And Milky.  Think: condensed milk.  Think:  that smell you get when milk has almost boiled over on the stove:  a tiny bit burned (in a [...]

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March 7, 2011 | Jo Malone Fresh Mint Cologne

In theory, fresh mint could be tricky, in a cologne.  The danger is it could go all ‘toothpaste-y’.   But I don’t find anything Colgate-ring-of-confidence about this second in the sequence of the Jo Malone Tea Collection that The Scent Critic is refreshing herself with over the next few postings:  it’s genuinely ‘mint tea’ – that [...]

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March 4, 2011 | Jo Malone Assam & Grapefruit

Have you ever stumbled upon an entire collection of fragrances, launched all at once, that you loved…?  Me neither.  Until now.  Although maybe my passion for Jo Malone’s new tea-inspired collection is because The Scent Critic is such a tea-lover, at heart.  Fuelled by cups of tea throughout the day – and quite a lot [...]

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October 12, 2010 | Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia

For The Scent Critic, this has been the week of The Big Autumn Clothes Swap.  When the linen shirts and pants get stowed for the winter, and it is time to retrieve the Wolford Velvet Deluxes from their lingerie bag, and uncover the havoc any moths may have wreaked on the cashmere collection.  (This year [...]

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June 28, 2010 | Quintessentially Perfume

Actually, Quintessentially Perfume is not a perfume:  it’s a new book about fragrance, and definitely one for the scentophile’s bookshelf.  Edited by Nathalie Grainger, with an intro by professeur de parfums Roja Dove and published – price £25 – by Quintessentially (those lifestyle concierge folk, who can bag you a table at Nobu or a [...]

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