Choosing My Wedding Fragrance With Jo Malone.Thursday, July 14, 2016
As I mentioned in Monday's post, I went to London last week for a couple of days of events, and meetings. I made time to visit the Jo Malone Regent Street boutique as they emailed a little while ago to invite me to have a Wedding Scent Consultation. This is a complimentary service that anyone can have at any of the Jo Malone boutiques, and it can be as detailed as you want, either selecting/getting ideas for your wedding fragrance, to choosing your whole bridal party's individual scents or scenting your venue.
Because my wedding isn't for a little while yet, we focused on just finding a bridal scent for myself and experiencing the service (as I thought it would be good to try, to tell you guys about.) Let me first of all say that the Regent Street boutique is just beautiful. It's one of those shops that could provide you with many Instagram uploads. If you're like me and love marble, black and white, you'll be in heaven.
Now I wasn't sure what to expect with the wedding consultation, but I felt at ease as soon as I walked in. The staff were all so lovely and attentive, any initial nerves soon drifted away. Ann Marie looked after us, and she was so, so lovely. You could tell she was so passionate about her job and knew her stuff. She instantly made me feel relaxed and cooed over my ring (what any engaged girl likes to hear!)
Before I'd got engaged, I thought wedding planning would be a doddle. After all, surely all you had to do was choose a venue, cake, dress, food and that's it right? Yeah I soon had a shock when I realised how many parts there are to a wedding. Most of them can lead to being a bit stressful, so I'll jump at any chance to do something wedding related that isn't going to stress me out. I hadn't even thought about choosing my wedding scent, it was an aspect that hadn't even crossed my mind, but when you think about it, it's such an important thing. Also how lovely to then forever have a scent that will remind you of your wedding day.
First of all, we spoke about the plans for the wedding, I showed pictures of our venue, the time of year it will be and the colours that we're thinking about. I also showed some of my Pinterest ideas, from some dresses I liked and where in the venue we'd probably be getting married. From this, Ann Marie was able to start thinking about what scents may work. I had mentioned that at the moment, I am loving English Pear and Freesia as an every day scent, so we aimed to mix scents with this one.
We tried a few scents together, as it's recommend to combine your every day scent with a different one, which is so clever. I eventually picked Peony and Blush Suede mixed with English Pear and Freesia. The scent was light, slightly floral, fresh and feminine, Peony and Blush Suede has notes of red apple, peony and suede to create a delicate fresh soft floral and fruity fragrance. My other fragrance English Pear and Freesia has notes of King William Pear, Freesia and Patchouli to create fresh autumnal inspired scent. The two mixed together just compliment each other so much. Although I haven't picked my dress yet, I knew that this would be the perfect scent for my wedding day. To me, it was how a bride should smell. It was perfect. I am making this part sound very easy, let me tell you that Ann Marie put together so many beautiful combinations of scents that it was very difficult to choose just one favourite!
Once we decided on scents, I was treated to a lovely hand and arm massage to demonstrate my chosen colognes. First of all, a shower oil scented with Peony and Blush Suede was used on my arm, then washed off. Then an English Pear and Freesia body lotion was massaged into my arm and hand. Ann Marie recommend layering scents by washing with your chosen scent's shower oil, then applying body lotion. This will lock the scent into your skin, ensuring the scent lasts all day. I had never though of layering scents this way but it totally makes sense. The body lotion felt so lovely on my skin. Then she sprayed Peony and Blush Suede on my arm and patted it in. This is a good way to lock scent into the skin, Ann Marie recommended spraying and patting areas such as my décolletage and chest especially if I was going to wear a strapless dress. She also said to perhaps spray Peony and Blush Suede on my front, whilst spray English Pear and Freesia on my back so that when I walk down the aisle and then back again, there will be a different fragrance which I quite liked the idea of.
I felt so relaxed and pampered. The hand and arm massage was really lovely, and I of course smelt amazing. I probably spent about 45 minutes choosing what scent to have, but you can go into more detail by picking the venue scent, or even taking your husband/bride to be with you so they can choose theirs as well.
Jo Malone then very kindly gifted me the Peony and Blush Suede fragrance, and the English Pear and Freesia body lotion which was wrapped up in a box engraved with my new initials and the date of our wedding. I was so touched when I saw this as it was a total surprise and was such a lovely thoughtful touch.
There is an in house engraver at the Regent Street boutique ( I think they are only there on certain days of the week so please check!) so you can get bottles, lids, or boxes engraved yourself which I think is just lovely. This would make such a nice wedding present, or a lovely idea for presents for Bridesmaids/Mother Of The Brides. Hayley, my sister and maid of honour also decided to choose her scent to wear on the day which was Wood Sage and Sea Salt which she said reminded her of our Mum's signature fragrance. This also smelt amazing with English Pear and Freesia so I think she will layer those two scents together, as it has notes of Ambrette Seeds, Sea Salt and Sage which adds a floral/fruity dimension to the sea salt freshness.
I had such a lovely time at the Jo Malone boutique, I had been feeling a little stressed about wedding planning recently but this has got me feeling excited again about things. I would recommend booking a consultation online and going with perhaps your maid of honour or Mum as it's such a lovely experience. Even if you're not getting married, there is also other complimentary services such as a Hand and Arm Massage, or finding a Scent For Your Home that you can do in the boutiques. They are all complimentary and I think it's such a lovely way to pamper yourself.
I did however find myself making a pretty huge wish list after leaving the Regent Street boutique, I think I will have to treat myself to a new candle once I move house (you know to celebrate getting through the stress of buying a house!)
But honestly, if you're a bride to be, I'd recommend having a consultation. If you can't pamper yourself when you're getting married then when can you?
A huge thank you to the lovely Jo Malone team for inviting me down, and for my extremely generous gift. I am so excited by my wedding fragrance, and now I can't wait to get stuck in with all the other planning!
What's your favourite Jo Malone fragrance?