Despite the fact I’m tapping away at my keyboard with bright coral nails, I know that winter is coming. I’ve switched to my moodier lipsticks, I’m being tempted by sparkly metallic eyeshadows and I have bid farewell to my most summery of scents. Out with the citrusy florals, in with those rich and warm perfume notes that remind me of fallen leaves and open fires. Mmmmmmm, mmmmm. Heaven.
Last winter, a trip to Jo Malone’s Regent Street flagship led me to a chance encounter with a cologne named Ginger Biscuit. I only had to read the description to know that this was going to be one for me….
“Just-baked biscuit. Spiced with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, melting into caramel. Butter-crumbly with roasted hazelnuts. Warmed by tonka bean and vanilla. Irresistible.”
I spritzed it there and then, added it to my Christmas list and made it my personal mission to “casually” drop in to have another sniff every time I was in the Regent Street area.
Ya see this isn’t any Jo Malone scent, this is from the exceptionally special Archive Collection – an exclusive range of the most admired Jo Malone scents from years gone by – and it’s only available in the Regent Street store.
Alongside Ginger Biscuit in the Archive Collection, you’ll find goodies such as Elderflower & Gooseberry, White Lilac & Rhubarb and Assam & Grapefruit. There’s ten colognes in total, all at £90 for 100ml and all very much worthy of a sniff if you’re ever nearby.
I blogged about Ginger Biscuit last year but it wasn’t until a month or so ago that I finally got my hands on a bottle. Now that I’m wearing it most days I can confirm that yes, it’s dreamy.
“Foodie” type scents always run the risk of being cloyingly sweet or smelling cheap and synthetic, but there’s no sense of that here. There isn’t a sugariness to it, more of a caramelised spicy warmth and the freshest of gingers. I feel sophisticated when I wear it rather than childlike.
As a gingerbread fan, I can only see myself loving this scent more and more as Christmas approaches. (No YOU just said Christmas). I do find myself wanting to eat gingerbread the entire time when wearing it, but that’s an okay problem to have.
Yeah I totally bought these gingerbread men “for a nice photo” and not “to eat immediately”.
If you do find yourself in the Regent Street store and are after something a little cheaper, the newly released Geranium and Walnut Hand Cream is ruddy lovely. Unlike the Archive Collection, this is available in all stores (and online) and is £22 a bottle.
Designed to complement “each and every” Jo Malone fragrance, I received a sample a couple of weeks ago and have worn it with Ginger Biscuit on my wrists with great success – the scents blend gorgeously together. Oh and it’s also just a very good hand cream, I can apply it and get straight to typing without a greasy mess of a keyboard. It just seems to sink in and leave my hands enveloped in moisture without any annoying stickiness.
Yep, they’re my wedding flowers providing photographic backdrop there. Two years old on Tuesday!
I am so desperately ready for “proper winter” now. Coat and scarf weather. Boots weather. Industrial facial moisturiser weather.
And I’m going to take this Ginger Biscuit cologne as inspiration and MAKE SURE that I attempt to make a gingerbread house for Christmas. Every year I say I’ll do it, every year I flake out and just buy one.
This is my winter of gingerbread. I can feel it.