By Liza Ilarde
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Master perfumer Yann Vasnier and Jo Malone’s head of fragrance took a trip through the mythical forests of England for inspiration
English Oak & Hazelnut is earthy, enticing, and enchanting
Evocative of the forest at dawn, English Oak & Redcurrant is bright and bewitching
The English Oak colognes are also available in 30ml bottles
Infuse the compelling scent throughout your room
The Peninsula Manila’s Spices restaurant turned into an English autumn forest for the launch
If you’re launching a fragrance whose main ingredient comes from the forest, there’s no better way to do it than by transporting your guests there. Well, maybe not the actual Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, famous for its tales of Robin Hood and wandering knights, and which was the inspiration for said fragrance. But to give us an idea, Jo Malone transformed Spices restaurant at The Peninsula Manila into an enchanted forest, complete with lush trees, fallen leaves, and floating mist (which smelled really good!). The only thing missing was the actual English oak tree, the noble, powerful, and iconic wood, which acts as the base for their two new colognes: English Oak & Hazelnut and English Oak & Redcurrant (30ml, P3,750; 100ml, P7,500).
While oak has always existed as an ingredient for fragrances, Jo Malone created an exclusive variant of this wood: Roasted Oak Absolute, wherein washed wood chips are roasted at high temperatures, yielding a rich, deep, and smoky-sweet concentrate. And when it was time to find another ingredient with which to combine it (as Jo Malone’s colognes are famous for), master perfumer Yann Vasnier and the company’s global head of fragrance Celine Roux experimented and discovered two compelling scent combinations.
English Oak & Hazelnut, which was the original concept, uses green hazelnut. The resulting combination is spicy and woody, with moss notes reinforcing the natural scent of the forest. The middle note is cedarwood, giving the scent a more “angular” feel and making it the more masculine between the two colognes.
English Oak & Redcurrant, on the other hand, has rose as the heart of its notes, giving the scent a “rounder” and juicier character. You might also get a whiff of amber and white musk, which make it warm, like an embrace. This variant also translated better into other complimentary products, such as the Body Crème (P5,200), Body & Hand Wash (P2,350), and Scented Candle (P3,850).
If you are into Jo Malone’s Fragrance Combining, they suggest you layer the Hazelnut variant with Basil & Neroli for something lively, citrus, and a little bit flirty; and Redcurrant with Blackberry & Bay for a truly fruity combination. And if you end up buying both English Oak colognes, you can actually combine them together for a fresh spicy scent with a juicy twist!
English Oak & Hazelnut and English Oak & Redcurrant are available at Jo Malone, Greenbelt 5, Power Plant Mall, SM Aura Premier, Megamall, S Maison, and at Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza and Ayala Center Cebu. For more information, go to jomalone.com.ph