[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Coming from Scotland, I couldn’t be more excited about the Jo Malone London collection that’s dedicated to all things Scottish, scent wise. Also, because I’m from Scotland I know how badly wrong heather scents can go – endless home-made heather waters later – so I was the most curious about Highland Heather. There are four fragrances in The Highlands Collection so I’ll do two now and take my time to really sit with the other two for a post later in the week.
I didn’t know what to expect from Mallow On The Moor – certainly not the beautiful violet leaf that makes itself present from the get-go. It gives it a fresh accent (slightly grassy) which is the perfect company for Heliotrope with its powdery sweetness.
Weirdly, I get not exactly Play-do from this but there is something that’s got an undercurrent of it – I wish I could put my finger on it! Add mallow to the mix with a little more powdery-ness and the result is a very soft, gentle aroma that feels it naturally belongs in shady, verdant spots.
Highland Heather is is a creamy based heather which has its own particular herbacious aroma. Heather can be sharp and sweet at the same time as is the case here and it’s been given a lavender boost that highlights the sweeter aromatic notes. There’s a resinous element and that’s the bit that is resonating hard with me – I truly remember that (in nature) slightly acrid note from its tough little branchlets (or whatever they’re called!) that keep it so firmly rooted in the ground. Here, in Highland Heather, its been softened and freshened with cypress, while amber does sterling work in making heather somehow sexy. So far, I love these blends which have been treated with kindness and gentleness in romantic remakes of the real thing. Heather houses a myriad of insects and is a bee magnet – not ideal for playing in but a friend to nature. These 30ml decorated bottles are £58 HERE.
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From a fellow Scot, I can’t wait to try, thanks Jane☺️
Please let me know what you think!
Another Scot here!
I’m curious about the heather. Herbal notes and cypress suggest outdoors, moors even? But the amber? I’m intrigued. I must pop in to Jo Malone to smell it.
Jane, if you are smelling something like Play Doh in a fragrance with heliotrope notes don’t doubt yourself because you will be right. Heliotrope has an almondy smell, a lovely almondy, floral smell which can smell like marzipan, or Amaretto, or even Play Doh! Some people say that Play Doh smells like almonds, some say it smells a bit like cherry, and vanilla, but cherry notes in fragrance can smell like almonds too. Tada!
ah thank you – fragrance is so confusing and I am no expert .. I just say it as I think it really 🙂
The Heather one interests me as I love lavender. Will go try when I get to the Jo Malone counter.
yes, I think these are definitely try firsts…