Jo Malone “The Rare Teas Collection”.

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water”.

Anyone who is a regular reader of Rouge Writing Hood will already know that I am a long-time fan of Jo Malone. In my opinion, the scents that are crafted and perfected by the brand ooze elegance, class and sophistication. My signature scent for over a year now has been the “Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne” which you can read about here.

 

When I was invited to the Brown Thomas launch of Jo Malone’s new “Rare Teas Collection”, I was excited to say the least. Us Irish are notorious for our love of Lyon’s and Barry’s tea so I was looking forward to expanding my horizons and curious to discover how rare teas from around the world could be infused to create beautiful fragrances.

 

The event, which was held at the stunning Merrion Hotel, was everything I expected and more. We were introduced to some delicious exotic teas, and informed of how each of these teas were hand-picked, prepared, infused and eventually, refined into fragrances. The new collection, crafted from teas grown in China, Japan and the Himalayas, consists of 6 new colognes which we were introduced to us individually.

 

jo malone rare tea collection

 

 

Silver Needle Tea: “Silver Needle Tea” is the softest, most delicate fragrance in the new collection. I feel that this one would be ideal for anyone who likes a light, fresh scent – perfect for the summer months. “Silver Needle Tea” cologne is crafted from a Chinese bud which, for decades, was reserved for the imperial family. The scent is warmed by opulent rose and musk notes. I would classify this as a reviving daytime scent.
Darjeeling Tea: Already a fan of the darjeeling Tea bud, I had high expectations for this cologne. The fragrance is created using buds which are found in the Himalayas, growing among mountain mists. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? This one has a gorgeous, floral base which exudes charm. The tea infusion is cooled with notes of freesia and apricot. The result is a gorgeous feminine fragrance with a tangy, citrus twist.
Jade Leaf Tea: “Jade Leaf Tea” is quite a herbaceous scent with a slightly salty texture. “Jade Leaf Tea” is crafted using Japanese sencha teas which have a very distinct green colour and flavour. Anyone who enjoys an earthy fragrance will be immediately drawn to this one.
Oolong Tea:“Oolong Tea” is crafted from a hand-picked bud, dried on bamboo and heated to add woody notes to the fragrance. This scent is slightly more intense than the previous three, as the collection moves towards more luscious, seductive scents. I really enjoyed the notes of bitter cocoa leaf and tobacco leaf in this scent.
Midnight Black Tea: “Midnight Black Tea” is my firm favourite of the new collection. This scent is crafted from puerh tea buds which originate from China’s Yunnan province. “Midnight Black Tea” is utterly sensual and seductive. The fragrance has very rich, smoky notes of vanilla and guaiac wood. This one is irresistible to my notes and, I think that it could be worn by both men and women. It is simply delicious.
Golden Needle Tea: “Golden Needle Tea” is the most intense fragrance from the “Rare Teas Collection”. This one is a gorgeous, rather masculine scent. I adore a strong, sensual scent so this one is a close favourite, after “Midnight Black Tea”. “Golden Needle Tea” is filled with notes of sandalwood and leather. It’s dark, mysterious and absolutely divine.

 

Jo Malone Rare Tea Collection New

 

The Jo Malone “Rare Teas Collection” will be available exclusively at Brown Thomas. For more information, you can visit the Jo Malone website.

Now tell me, which fragrance would you choose from the collection?

Rouge x

 

 

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Christmas Gifts For Her – The Splurge Edition.

Are you one of those men who has trouble differentiating Primark from Prada? Well, if you’re a hopeless boyfriend when it comes to expensive gift giving, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of perfect presents that will easily earn you a year’s worth of brownie points:

Charlotte Tilbury – Miss Kensington Look (€250). 

Charlotte Tilbury Miss Kensington

 

Inspired by the haughty but naughty girls of the swinging sixties, this gift set is comprised of the coveted limited edition products from Charlotte Tilbury’s “Norma Parkinson” collection. This is a luxury offering and is available here from Brown Thomas. It will make any girl squeal with delight – well worth every penny!

Carvela – Black “Sammy” Over-The-Knee Boots (€240).

Carvela Over The Knee Boots

Over-the-knee boots are hugely popular at the moment and this pair from Carvela are fabulous. If the lady in your life dreams of ransacking Kendall Jenner’s wardrobe, then these are a sure bet. Available here from Debenhams.

Tessa Metcalfe – Rings on Rings / Emerald & Peridot (£220).

London Rocks

This beautiful piece of jewellery is handmade by London designer, Tessa Metcalfe. I came across Tessa’s work a few years ago and have been dying to purchase a piece ever since. Bank balance willing, I will soon be adding this beauty to my collection. Set into this ring are a Columbian emerald and a pretty pale green peridot – well worth every penny! Available here from London Rocks.

Armani Prive – “Cuir Noir” (€215).

Armani Prive

This one is a dark, provocative perfume with leather accents. Although it is a very strong scent, I think it makes the perfect “night-time” fragrance. Available here from Brown Thomas.

Jo Malone London – Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne (€105).

Jo Malone

This fragrance is much lighter than the Armani Prive blend. The “Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne” stole my heart in seconds. Upon application, I was transported to a windswept haven – I could almost taste the bitter sea water. I am sick to death of “tropical” beach scents and this perfume offers a beautiful alternative. I love the notes of sage which add a delicate woody fragrance. It’s a soothing scent, reminiscent of rugged cliffs. This cologne has become my signature scent – you can read my full review here. The perfume is available here from Brown Thomas.

Wolford – Cara Swarovski Crystal Tights (€139).

Wolford Tights

These tights will make any woman feel like Beyonce – enough said. Available here from Brown Thomas.

Kate Spade New York – Cedar Street Maise Bag (€335).

Kate Spade Handbag

Dear Santa… This beauty is available here from Brown Thomas.

That’s all for now folks. What do you think of my picks? And, more importantly – what would you choose if money was no object?

Sit tight for a more bargain friendly gift guide.

Rouge x

 

 

“I’m Tellin’ you that Science has Proved, that Heartaches are Healed by the Sea”.

Growing up, my fondest memories centre around family summers spent on the beach in County Donegal. Roaring ocean waves and the squidgy feeling of wet sand between your toes – that is my personal heaven. Unfortunately, now that I’m working full-time I rarely get to visit my old friend, the Atlantic Ocean. However, it would appear that Jo Malone understand my issue and have therefore taken my piece of paradise, bottled it and sold it back to me in the form of the most exquisite perfume I have ever purchased.

  
I have been searching for a signature scent for some time and when I read about Jo Malone’s “Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne”, I sauntered off to my local Brown Thomas to sample the scent. I was simply blown away by the customer service as the associate whom I spoke with took the time to talk me through some of Jo Malone’s most popular products. I was even treated to a complimentary hand massage which was divine.

Firstly – the packaging. Jo Malone products scream luxury and that is reflected in the cool, sophisticated nature of their packaging. They have incorporated a “Just Because” theme in their wrapping and packaging recently which highlights the fact that it need not be a special occasion – treat yourself or somebody else “just because” you feel like it. This is a sweet little touch, and I really appreciated it.

  
So, what about the scent? The “Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne” stole my heart in seconds. Upon application, I was transported to a windswept haven – I could almost taste the bitter sea water. I am sick to death of “tropical” beach scents and this perfume offers a beautiful alternative. I love the notes of sage which add a delicate woody fragrance. It’s a soothing scent, reminiscent of rugged cliffs. I can envisage this perfume being my favourite for years to come.

 

 Jo Malone “Wood Sage and Sea Salt” retails at €102 for 100ml and is available in Brown Thomas:

http://www.brownthomas.com/wood-sage+sea-salt/wood-sage+sea-salt-cologne-100ml/invt/81x1814xl415010000

Do you have your own signature scent? I’d love to know!

Rouge x