I make no secret of going week at the knees for anything and everything Jo Malone. In fact, every single gift guide I’ve created features one or more product that I’m lusting after.
I wholeheartedly blame this love affair (and the strain on my wallet) on my best and oldest friend Tors. Getting married a few months apart and bridesmaids for each other’s weddings, we thought we’d book in for a scent layering session. It’s completely free and an utter delight. Half an hour of total luxury, ending in a hand and arm massage using your chosen fragrances. Honestly, it’s total heaven. (Book an appointment here)
I chose English Pear & Freesia for the daytime and Red Roses to add a bit of umph for the evening. I’ve worn English Pear & Freesia every day since our wedding day and we are a week shy of our 5th anniversary. That’s is a heck of a lot of perfume!! At £88 per 100ml an empty bottle induces groans of pain from my (well, mostly Oliver’s) wallet and ((very) slight) guilt from me.
On a recent meander through the new West Bridgford Oliver Bonas shop I noticed their roller ball perfumes at the counter and discovered that not only do they include Freesia & Pear as one of their scent range but it is an absolute dead ringer for the Jo Malone scent and only £10 for 20ml!!! Winner winner chicken dinner!!!
Yes, I am really cool and actually say that in real life…I also say gosh and wally far far too much. Where is the hands over eyes emoji on a computer keyboard???!!
I was informed by the shop assistant that they are in fact made in the same factory although I can’t categorically say that that’s true however. There is a barely distinguishable difference to the scents but it still has the same top note of pear, heart note of freesia and base note of patchouli which works beautifully as a day to day fragrance so that I can keep my Jo Malone for days when I will need my fragrance to have a little more staying power. I also carry the roller ball in my bag all the time now for a convenient refresh rather than taking out a bulky bottle which I will invariably lose/break.
They also stock a Blackberry & Bay which I am reliably informed is also an amazing match for the Jo Malone fragrance.
The only problem I can find is that they don’t stock the full range of roller balls online so it means a trip to a store to stock up. They do however, stock the Freesia & Pear hand duo online. I’ll be trying that out soon and will let you know how it compares to the Jo Malone ones.