Scents of the Garden
LE JARDIN – that’s our theme for this spring and early summer. On every floor and in all the windows there are flowers, fruits, trees and grasses. It’s colour, colour everywhere and the prettiest I’ve seen the store look for a long time. Sadly, we can’t replicate the aromas of a real garden, but simply step into the Fine Fragrance Hall and close your eyes.
Suzie Abel is the Beauty Buyer here at Jarrold.
Givenchy, Very Irresistible L’Eau en Rose
This new addition to the Very Irresistible family is a full-on musky floral, and yet it is still delicate, tender and discreet. Think of a rose dipped in sugar or a rose sorbet and you have the heart of this very pretty and feminine scent, 50ml £52.50.
Miller Harris, Le Pamplemousse
Another relaunch of a really classic citrus, inspired by the groves of grapefruit trees in Marrakesh. Lynn Harris, the creator of Miller Harris, adores grapefruit and wanted to create a fragrance around it. Tangy rhubarb, green melon, orange flowers and vetiver all add interest to the core ingredient to make a fresh, zesty scent – perfect for warm weather and holidays, 50ml £65, exclusive to Jarrolds.
Atkinsons London 1799, 24 Old Bond Street
This 200-year old brand has a fascinating history. In 1799,James Atkinson travelled to London from Cumberland with a bag bursting with ingredients to create his very own perfumes – together with bear grease and a real brown bear! Although wary of this eccentric inventor (and of the bear) elegant London society soon made him one of their favourites. They loved his scents and cold cream rose scented pomatum – an old fashioned word for pomade or brilliantine for the hair. In 1826, he was made an official perfumer to George IV. Among his clients were Beau Brummel, the Duke of Wellington, Admiral Lord Nelson and the Tsarina of Russia. His flagship store was at 24, Old Bond St, and if you look up from street level today you will see the splendour of the original building, together with bell-tower and date plaque. Anyway, enough history and back to the present with one of the best of the fantastic new collection, named after this very building. It’s an extremely English unisex cologne, full of personality with Rose, Black Tea and Whisky – it’s absolutely delicious and very special. 50ml £60, exclusive to Jarrolds*.
Molton Brown, Orange & Bergamot collection
If you are a fan of Molton Brown you will no doubt recognise the familiar scent of Naran Ji – Persian for orange – which has been their best selling range since 1997. In line with their new policy to simplify the names of their products (hooray!) and make them more descriptive of the ingredients, it was renamed Orange and Bergamot. The plant oil produced from the bitter orange tree is called Neroli and it offers the zesty, refreshing notes whereas the Bergamot has more aromatic, floral notes, making the final scent much softer. My favourite products are the Hand Wash £16, Hand Lotion £20 and Hand Cream £10.
Originally published in 'Let's Talk', June 2014. Prices checked 28 April 2014. * Denotes exclusive to Jarrold in Norwich