Friday, 7 March 2014

Beauty review - Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis candle.

There's certainly an impressive ritual to buying a Jo Malone candle.

The sales assistant will theatrically wrap the candle in black tissue paper then gently seat it in a posh black and cream box, spray some more sheets of black tissue paper with Jo Malone's latest fragrance, (in my case, Earl Grey & Cucumber), stuff the scented tissue paper around the candle in the box, put a cream ribbon around the box, put the box in one of those terribly chic Jo Malone carrier bags and put yet more scented tissue paper into the carrier bag around the box. The whole thing reminded me of that scene in Love Actually where Rowan Atkinson wrapped Alan Rickman's illicit purchase for his fancy woman.

After all that effort at presentation, I was very disappointed at how insipid the (extremely expensive) candle actually was.  If you stuck your nose on the candle and had a good sniff, it did smell gorgeous but the problem was, when you burnt it, the scent was very faint.  You could hardly smell it at all.  To be honest, I've had better results from a Yankee candle.  Occasionally, if I'd burnt it for a long time, like three hours, you could start to smell something but even then it didn't linger.  

Quite frankly, it was a waste of £39.


Style At Every Age said...

Oh no that is terrible! I've yet to have a Jo Malone perhaps I won't bother! x

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Such a shame! I've experienced this effect before with another expensive candle, so am now very careful with what I buy. At the moment Voluspa was the one that never disappointed, it can even fill a small room with gorgeous fragrance even if you don't burn it at all and when you do, it smells beautiful.
The story about the sales assistant made me smile, though. :) x

Beautiful Things said...

Hi Style At Every Age. Sadly, I think you'd be wasting your money.

Beautiful Things said...

Hi Natalia. Thanks for dropping by. I'll definitely keep an eye out for Voluspa - it sounds great.


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