Jo Malone: The Fragrance Collection and the Book

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 24 April, 2017 0 comments

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                                                 Jo Malone: My Story
   The Book of Jo Malone Fragrance Collection Empire & Her Personal Life


   "Known around the world for her eponymous brand of fragrances and now her brand-new venture Jo Loves (soon to debut in the US), Jo Malone tells the remarkable and inspiring story of her rise from humble beginnings to beloved business success.

Jo Malone began her international fragrance and scented candle business in 1983 from her kitchen, where she made bath oils as thank-you gifts for her facial clients. She opened her first store in London in 1994, and in 1999 she sold the Jo Malone London brand to Estee Lauder Companies. Recently, she launched a new brand, Jo Loves, igniting the excitement of fashion and beauty converts all over the world.

Raised in government-subsidized housing in Kent in the early 1960s, Jo Malone left school as a teenager to care for her mother after she had a stroke. Jo had not been successful in school because of her dyslexia, but she had the ability to see and feel everything in scent. Her at-home beauty business and hand-made products became popular, and word of her talent spread until an international brand was born. After the sale of her company and the birth of her son, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment in New York. Thus began the second chapter of her life, and in this memoir, Jo tells her full amazing and inspiring person."

Description of book by Amazon.com

Who is Jo Malone?
 The brand Jo Malone London is a British fragrance house known for elegant scents that gives a unique twist to a fragrance once is is paired with another fragrance from the collection. 

 Jo Malone, the perfume maker and cosmetic mogul no longer owns the company.

 It was sold to The Estee Lauder Companies in 1999. It's been rumored that is was sold for 5 million Euros. 

 Since that time, Jo Malone has created a second line named, "Jo Loves" in 2011 in the UK but now it serves customers in the United States. 

Jo Malone comes from humble beginnings to become an extraordinary achiever in the fragrance industry. Her strength carried her when she was struck with breast cancer and how she succeeded through that very difficult time.

Jo Malone: My Story is a book I will be reading and from its description to me indicates that success is great but have the strength and tenacity to overcome obstacles in life is the greatest success of all.

Jo Malone: My Story
 Paperback: 432 pages
  •  Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Export ed edition (October 6, 2016)
  •  Language: English
  •  ISBN-10: 1471143015


Photo: Photo of the book cover courtesy of Simon & Schuster and perfume bottle courtesy of The Jo Malone Company. 

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                                             VANILLA SMOKE
                         A Natural Gourmand Scent

                                   




    
            I hope Mandy Aftel forgives me for my tardiness in with this review. As you may know, my favorite scent is Vanilla. So, when I found out that Mandy created a new scent that features the scent of Vanilla, I knew I wanted to talk about it.

           I was patient in coming to terms in writing about Vanilla Smoke because I wanted to learn more about the Vanilla Orchid industry and how their is a shortage of "real" Vanilla in Madagascar in particular. 

          During my research on this subject, I read reviews from other well respected perfume bloggers about Vanilla Smoke. A few of these bloggers mentioned "citrus", "leathery", "woodsy" just to name a few.

          But out of these few bloggers no one mentioned the word, "gourmand". 
The sample I received from Aftelier Perfume is Vanilla Smoke Eau de Parfum and it is a gourmand!

         In fact, the word gourmand is mentioned in the description of this fragrance. Mandy is absolutely correct! 
         
         When I first laced my wrist with Vanilla Smoke EDP. I immediately got a beautiful array of sweet vanilla that cofirmed  to me, it originated from Madagascar. Vanilla from Madigascar has a unique sweetness that is humbled by a superior rich dark and creamy aroma and enhanced by Mandy's incredible skills by giving it a smoky rendition of a harmonic melody.


        Moments later that sweetness simmers to a blend of balsamic smoke.
Madagascar Vanilla beans
Most people think there is one kind of vanilla and that is further from the truth. 

       Vanilla Smoke is created with one of the key notes and that is vanilla absolute. Mandy went the extra mile by enhances the scent with the flavor of lapsang souchong tea leaves.

      Research indicates that lapsang is an ancient Chinese black tea and the lapsang leaves are traditionally smokedried over pinewood fires that takes on a distinctive smoky aroma.

     So, there is no doubt why this fragrance is named Vanilla Smoke. 

  This is the extra mile I just spoke about. Most natural Vanilla fragrances on the market would have just left it having vanilla absolute in it.  Mandy used a love of lapsang souchong tea leaves with  it's natural  smoky aroma with the vanilla absolute... that is still considered a gourmand fragrance!


Lapsang Souchong tea leaves

  The price for Vanilla Smoke EDP should be a lot more than the asking price. 

  Vanilla Smoke consist of Madagascar Vanilla which is really hard to purchase nowadays and when  you do find it, the price is "sky high". Plus this fragrance consist of Saffron. 

  Saffron is the most expensive spice and Vanilla comes in second. 

  I trust Mandy. I trust she purchases the finest ingrients and that is why Vanilla Smoke caught my attention. I knew Mandy would do wonders with it but at what cost did she have to endure to provide a superior Vanilla fragrance for our enjoyment. 

Fragrance Notes:
Featured Notes in organic alcohol
Top: Yellow Mandarin, Siam Wood, Saffron Absolute, Vanillin
Base: Vanilla Absolute, Lapsang Souchong, Ambergris, Coumarin


VANILLA SMOKE EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY  30ML  $180.00 USD
VANILLA SMOKE SAMPLE  1ML  $7.00 USD    
 www.aftelier.com







Photos Courtesy of: www.aftelier.com; www.lafaza.com; letsdrinktea.com

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