Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

I have been searching for my perfect Jo Malone scent for quite some time now. A few months ago I wandered to the Jo Malone counter in Nordstrom and sniffed all of the scents. I couldn't find anything that gave me that instant excitement you get when you know you've found something perfect for you. Granted, my nose was probably a bit overloaded from sniffing so many scents, but either way, I walked out empty handed.

Fast-forward to a month ago when my boss brought in her newest Nordstrom catalog and said "you have GOT to smell this!" and lo and behold the little sample in the magazine was the latest Jo Malone release - Wood Sage & Sea Salt. I have never done this before, but right after I smelled the little perfume flap in the magazine, I went online to and ordered the perfume right then and there. 

"Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful." (from

Wood Sage & Sea Salt is characterized by three scents - top notes of ambrette seeds, heart note of sea salt, and a base note of sage. One of the very first things I noticed about this scent is how very unisex it is. It almost smells sort of cologne like, and frankly - it smells almost like something that Abercrombie & Fitch would come out with, but a million times better and certainly more earthy. 

This is the perfect scent for the transition to fall. It's sexy and earthy, and isn't heavy in the slightest. The one and only qualm I have about it is it's short wear time. After 5 or 6 hours, the smell is very faint and a reapplication is necessary. And unrelated to the scent, I find that the packaging is rather cheap. For a $60 bottle of perfume, I'd expect more. The glass itself is sturdy and looks nice, but the design on front and back is literally just stickers - and they're not even centered! That peeves the OCD, marketing professional in me. Other than that, I'm completely obsessed! You have to get this before it's gone!

I now want to explore the world of Jo Malone more deeply! Have you tried any Jo Malone fragrances? If so - what do you love? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I have been listing after the peony and blush suede perfume for forever! This sounds like the perfect fall scent- I haven't been able to give this one a sniff yet.

    1. I really want to smell that one! I am now lusting over Pomegranate Noir... must have!

  2. Wow if you loved it that much upon first whiff, I gotta try it out too!
    Jo Malone is pretty expensive though.... :s

    1. It's a shame how pricey they are... but I'm willing to shell out some $$$ for a good perfume. :)


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