Sweeten your taste buds with the Jo Malone Sugar & Spice Collection

Posted by Lipglossiping On January - 15 - 2013

On a cold November evening, I made my way through Covent Garden to attend the unveiling of a new fragrance collection set to hit the stores this March.  The edibly-named Sugar & Spice Collection from Jo Malone is anything but tasteless, decked out in pastel hues that remind me of a veritable rainbow of sugary macarons… and with good reason…

Sweeten your taste buds with the Jo Malone Sugar & Spice Collection

Sweeten your taste buds with the Jo Malone Sugar & Spice Collection

The collection features five new flavours scents to indulge the gourmandise out there, inspired by the art of the great British pudding.  Lemon Tart, Redcurrant & Cream, Elderflower & Gooseberry, Ginger Biscuit and Bitter Orange & Chocolate make up the quintet of tasty treats, each smelling just as described without the disappointing synthetic undertone that often plagues foody-scents.

In spite of the fact that these are so food-centric (and sugary food at that), the collection is surprisingly light.  Master perfumer Christine Nagel has done exceptionally well to create a fragrance wardrobe that doesn’t cloy with a surfeit of sugar or vanilla.  How they manage to keep any sophistication at all is probably the biggest triumph to celebrate.

Here are my rapid notes on each scent from the evening, complete with incoherence:

~ The Lemon Tart is sharp-but-sweet, you can almost smell the butter in the flaky pastry.

~ The Elderflower & Gooseberry* develops gently with a leafy freshness that renders it the least outright “foody” in the set.

~ Redcurrant & Cream = berries and cream, a classic combination done beautifully (but done often).

~ Ginger Biscuit brings all the digestives to the yard, such an amazing Winter/Christmas-time scent which may seem a little out of place come launch date, such a beautiful homely rendition of warming spices and immediately obvious ginger though.

~ Bitter Orange & Chocolate = Terry’s Chocolate Orange.  End of.  Not chocolate like TM Angel or cocoa-inspired, pure edible chocolate. Yum.

Sweeten your taste buds with the Jo Malone Sugar & Spice Collection

Sweeten your taste buds with the Jo Malone Sugar & Spice Collection

These are such a true interpretation of blindingly good baked treats that it begs the question… do I actually want to walk around smelling like a patisserie?

I’m sure the sensible answer would come quicker to most… but then again, I’m a bigger fan of cake than most.

Maybe.

Will you be checking these out in March?  On paper… which scent do you think will be your favourite?

* press sample


10 Responses to “Sweeten your taste buds with the Jo Malone Sugar & Spice Collection”

  1. Nazneen says:

    Ooh I’ve been looking forward to hearing more about these! They look so adorable and sound delicious. I am particularly looking forward to Lemon Tart – I still mourn my L’Occitane honey and lemon scent being discontinued, and there are so few sweet lemon (not soapy citrus/orange blossom) scents done well out there (i.e., decent sillage, some complexity in notes and a bit of warmth). The DKNY Be Delicious offerings last year were a major disappointment so I hope these are better!

  2. Carla says:

    Oh man. I’ve wanted a proper ginger scent for a while now. I’ll have to check Ginger Biscuit out when it hits Canada.

  3. Kat says:

    My bank balance groaned as I read this post. Need. Them. All. Nom.

  4. ChynnaBlue says:

    Oh, I truly hope these come to the US!

  5. Oh wow. Your photos are sooooo beautiful.

  6. gio says:

    I need to give these a sniff, they sound delicious!

  7. […] – explores the sweeter side of Jo Malone with the brand’s Spring 2013 fragrance […]

  8. Faith says:

    Are Jo Malone products EVER discounted? I have been longing to try one of these fragrances, but can never find more than a free tiny sample with purchase.

  9. Rachel says:

    They look lovely all lined up together. I’m initially drawn to the ginger one, I love the ‘fizziness’ of that scent by Origins.

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