The Jo Malone Marthe Armitage Limited Editions collection is one I can really get behind.. not only is Marthe in her eighties (87 to be exact) but she has a unique art style that just fits with the more traditional Jo Malone London fragrances. She’s described as a wallpaper designer and uses lino blocking from hand-drawn designs. They’re whimsical – you could almost see them as illustrations for a children’s book – but perceptive and detailed. Her special editions for Jo Malone feature all those things that everyone thinks of as quintessentially ‘British’ – ducks on a pond, croquet on the lawn and oak leaves, for example.
Her aim was to capture a perfect English summer afternoon and weave in accents from the fragrances; you’ll find bees (honey), pears and blossoms hidden in the drawings.
The etched glass decanter of Nectarine & Honey Blossom Bath Oil is the stand-out piece from the collection, I think – a very special present if you have birthdays to attend to because it’s something to treasure and keep long after the oil is gone. It’s £56.
I also love the box of four soaps (£30) with each soap individually wrapped inside the box. There’s an English Pear & Freesia, a Lime, Basil and Mandarin, a Pomegranate Noir and Blackberry & Bay. I’m not sure how Pomegranate Noir made it in there – there isn’t really anything ‘English’ about that one, but it is a best seller for the brand.
The collection also has Red Roses Scented Drawer Liners (£36) and the most beautiful Green Tomato Leaf Candle (£44) in a vibrant pink/orange shade with the sweetest little duck.
The Jo Malone Marthe Armitage Limited Editions launch in June.
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