I think that the new collection from Jo Malone is just lovely; it’s called My Wanderlust and the scent combinations have been inspired by the travels of the brand’s style director, fashion stylist Charlotte Stockdale. There’s a Night Jasmine & Oregano linen spray that evokes memories of summer nights in Corfu, a Lime Basil & Mandarin “scent surround diffuser” (jar of twigs, as I like to call it) that’s distinctly Caribbean in flavour and Acacia & Honey soaps that “have the hazy, golden warmth” of the Australian Outback. In all honesty, I don’t really mind what the smells represent as long as they’re nice, but I do really like the whole travel-inspiration idea. And the word Wanderlust is just so romantic and evocative…
I have the Cardamom & Moroccan Rose candle which has a beautifully soft and delicate fragrance. It’s actually far more subtle than I was expecting – the colourful jar made me think that the scent was going to be a big, loud number – but it’s incredibly relaxing and, as I said, soft. I’ve had my fill with overpowering candles, thanks to the spice and pine and oranges of the Christmas period, and the Cardamom & Moroccan Rose makes me look forward to balmy summer evenings.
Ooh – as I was finding the range online I saw a product I had previously missed – the Box Hedge square scent. It’s a portable little fragrance square that you can pop into your suitcase or hand luggage and it smells – apparently – just like an English garden on a summer’s day. It’s like a Wanderlust in reverse; a piece of home wherever you go. Nice idea. It’s started me thinking about which scents would be my “wanderlust” choices. Something representing Greece would definitely be on the agenda, as that’s my most frequent holiday destination, but I’d have to have a proper think about the rest. You?
You can find the whole My Wanderlust range online at Selfridges.com