Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Fragrance Love: Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

Hi, everyone! I'm here to bring you a review that's been about nine months in the making- no, not a baby, but a lovely perfume! I received Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne for Christmas last year and it instantly rose to the position of one of my favourites. The only reason I have not reviewed it to date is that fragrances, along with products like hair and bath items, often fall off the radar when it comes to the blog. While I'm always eager to talk about the latest lipstick or facial serum, perfumes rarely get a slot. I'm definitely working to change that, however, so let today's feature be a step in the right direction! 

Jo Malone colognes come in both 30mL and 100mL sizes (I opted for the smaller size, as they are quite pricey; $125USD for 30mL) and come in clear rectangular bottles with a silver cap. Minimal, ladylike, and chic! Each bottle is nestled in a sturdy white and black cardboard box that is likewise luxe in its minimalism.

Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt is slotted among their "Woody" fragrance offerings and  is described as follows: "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 truly joyful" (from jomalone.com). Paints quite a picture!

In addition to sage and sea salt, another primary note the the fragrance is ambrette seeds, which are aromatic seeds, native to India, that are part of the hibiscus family and add a musky scent. Taken together, this makes for a fragrance that is fresh, earthy, rugged, and just a touch spicy. So unique and so up my alley! One of the most interesting things about Wood Sage & Sea Salt is that it is completely free of any floral notes. Such a rarity for a perfume! 

I am truly smitten with this fragrance as it is unique in its paradoxes: it's green, but not grassy, fresh, but not too clean, reminiscent of the water, yet far from those blue-toned ocean fragrances of the past, and a touch spicy, without being one bit heavy. The fragrance is also incredibly versatile. It's light enough for daytime and summer wear, yet complex and sexy enough to carry me through wintertime and a date night. Truly, its combination of originality and ease have made it my most used perfume of the year so far! 

I know fragrance reviews can be frustrating, as there is no way to have a tangible experience with the product. But until we have smello-vision (smello-puter?), hopefully this review has piqued your interest :)

Have you tried any fragrances from Jo Malone? Does Wood Sage & Sea Salt sound up your alley? What's been your most-used perfume of the year?

Thanks for stopping by! xo


  1. This one is one of my favorite Jo Malones. My 30 ml bottle is almost empty, I am getting a full size of this next :-))

  2. Yikes I wish I'd bought more Joe Mahone before the price hike! Much regret :(

  3. Wood Sage & Sea Salt definitely sounds up my alley. Jo Malone perfumes are a touch too expensive for me at the moment, but I'm saving up for one. :P
    I like that this one has zero floral notes!

  4. Loooovee Joe Malone, but sea salt? That sounds so unusual, and tempting! Going to have to check it out... <3

    x x x

  5. I have never tried Jo Malone's perfumes or any other product. My favourite perfume at the moment is Coco Mademoiselle.

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  6. I've got a sample of this before and I absolutely adore its smell. Happy Wednesday dear! :)


  7. Wood sage&Sea Salt smells amazing, really nice one! I want to try their other scents too, first orange blossom... x


  8. I'd love to try this one! Such an intriguing combo again from Jo Malone.

  9. yea fragrances are harder to feature. sometimes i don't know how to write them up but it doesn't mean i don't have loves. I'm liking the idea of this combo! will have to sniff next I'm in holts.

  10. This sounds like it smells amazing xo

    Emily | emsalice.com

  11. I love Jo Malone fragrances! My favourite is pomegranate noir :) x

  12. Love!!!!! Like Jo Malone!


  13. Sounds great♥♥ Love the review♥♥


  14. I love the way you described it, and it's definitely rare to find a perfume with no floral notes! I think that's really unexpected - I've been thinking about trying cologne that's a bit more on the feminine side, but have yet to actually find anything I like.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

  15. I love Jo Malone products, and I will make a note to try out the perfume!

    - Deniz

  16. I agree it's really hard to describe perfumes in reviews but you did a great job, I really want to sniff this now!

  17. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  18. I am really tempted to place an online order for this because almost everyone in the beauty world raved about it but I'm hesitant because it's not cheap! Glad to know that you love it too, I'll need to bring this up again for my Christmas wish list. :-P

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  19. Jen, I wish I didn't click on this link because now I WANT!! That's never a good thing considering I just dropped quite a bit of money at IMATS, and now the holiday season is upon us!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

  20. Blackberry and Bay is my favourite Jo Malone fragrance though it was hard for me to choose just one the day I was in Holts. I love it so much that I have been hoarding it since it is such a luxury to purchase!


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