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!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  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.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  3. Kat says:

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

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  4. ChynnaBlue says:

    Oh, I truly hope these come to the US!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  5. Oh wow. Your photos are sooooo beautiful.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  6. gio says:

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

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

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

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  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.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  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.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply

RANDOM

HQHair invites you to WIN a NARS makeover!

HQHair have teamed up with NARS international makeup artist David Scheffen (2nd in command to Francois – ooh la la!) to offer three lucky winners …

Lipglossiping New Year Giveaway – Day 8

Those guys at Denman and Batiste are spoiling you! A red diamante studded Denman hair brush?  Yes please! And if that isn’t sparkly enough for …

Estee Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes: Swatches & FOTD

Following on from the Summer success that was Estee Lauder’s Illuminating Powder Gelee with it’s “tribrid” Prisma Shine™ technology, the brand have created a collection …

New designs from Phyllis Cohen at Face Lace

If you’re tired of being the pumpkin at Halloween parties, it’s time to act with a little more refinement and finesse. Throw out the polyester …

Priori CoffeeBerry Perfecting Minerals Foundation

A new foundation always fills me with hope.  The promise of flawless skin is a tempting one, something we all aspire to.  I’m a firm …

Anxiety

I’m going to write about something that’s a bit out of character for me.  I’m not really sure why I feel a compulsion to do …

Fragments of the last few days...

Go and fill the kettle. I’m on one. With the weather refusing to admit that Spring is around the corner, I decided to give it …

This week I am mostly lusting after...

EVERYTHING! But I can’t have it all…. so here’s a few key things that are currently making me go a bit weak at the knees: …

Something a little bit different...

…I’m so pleased with how these party invitations turned out, I had to share! Mostly because my poor husband is absolutely sick of giving me …

Maybelline - The Colossal Volum' Express Mascara - Review

UPDATE: It seems only fair to admit that a month after writing this review, and I’m finding myself reaching for this one daily… perhaps it’s …

POPULAR

CLOSED: Competition Time: Givenchy Very Irresistible L'eau en Rose Perfume!

Want to really spoil Mum this Mother’s Day?  Or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself?  It’s ok… I won’t judge… there are plenty of …

CLOSED - Win it! The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection

I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning with a distinct “Hello Monday morning, I’ve been expecting you…” kinda feeling.  Maybe it’s …

Win a gorgeous "glow" trio with prizes from Urban Decay, New CID, & Arbonne!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! WINNER IS: “IZABELLA” (COMMENT #96045) – WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED!   It’s still January, the MET office have just issued yet another …

Hello? Is this thing on?

Phew, that was a little unexpected. For those of you who haven’t had the misfortune of reading my hand-wringing tweets and woe-ridden facebook updates, let …

Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my Escentual.com top picks!

I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. Escentual.com have long been …

Win it! 3 EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brushes to win!

I’ve written about these before, you know I love them, I want you to love them too! So why not have a go at winning …

FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with …

Dear Obesity...

We have been together for over 20 years, our lives so entwined that I’ve never been sure how to live without you.  I would like …

Avoid the brush off with Oral-B Pro-Expert

There’s a new toothpaste in town. It’s lean, mean and err not very minty as it happens.  Featuring the revolutionary bacteria-busting ingredient Stabilised Stannous Flouride, …

Urban Decay The Black Palette - Photos & Swatches

The soon-to-be-released Black Palette from US eyeshadow maestro’s Urban Decay is an altogether darker affair than the recent Naked set… The Black Palette includes 6, …

COMMENTS

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Admin

  • Ads