Every home has a story to tell. Come on in. Put your feet up and discover ours with the new Townhouse Collection: a selection of scents created especially for the home. Taking inspiration from the scented scenes and celebrated moments within a London townhouse; from freshly baked temptations in the drawing room to colourful stories among the vines in the garden room. A house that becomes a home for all those who dream.
Comprised of six scents, each one capturing the unique mood of a particular room or occasion within the home. From the welcoming Wild Berry & Bramble to the scent of Glowing Embers to create the perfect atmosphere for a cosy night in, to Lilac Lavender & Lovage in the bedroom to comfort and soothe. Each candle has been curated with the utmost care and consideration. From the meticulous science involved in the fragrance development to the creation of the elegant ceramic vessel; where a bespoke formulation has been developed specially to balance the wax and fragrance for each new scent to diffuse and fill a room. To the hand pouring of each vessel and the careful selection of a 100% cotton wick, each element in the making of the candle is a lesson in precision and artistry, to ensure the Townhouse Collection is rightfully the star of any shelf of coffee table. And this being Jo Malone London it’s hardly surprising that modern technology has been sidestepped in favour of a handmade approach to ensure that every candle is just so.
Carefully crafted from earthenware, the designs reference the finer details of Georgian architecture, from cornicing and columns to mantles and fireplaces.
Each candle is finished in unglazed ceramic as a nod to the decadent textures seen in the most luxurious homes of Britain in the 1700s. The intricate designs demand the gentlest of touches as each candle vessel passes through eight stages of hand-made production and takes approximately 10 days to complete.
For the candle vessel a special mould has been designed for solid clay to be shaped within, it is then left to allow the clay to contract before being removed. Next up is the sponging process (where a dampened sponge is uses to form texture and clean the ceramic surfaces) to ensure the vessel is smooth and uniformed in pattern, before it enters the kiln for its first firing. Once out of the kiln the inside of the vessel is then glazed and the decal application is lightly sanded to ensure the pure colour of the clay is at its best. A final second firing then takes place resulting in a textured bisque finish. Ready to be lovingly hand-poured in the UK.
The devil really is in the detail, so take a little extra care when handling your candle so as not to mark the delicate ceramic vessel. Use the decorative lid as a snuffer and keep the wick trimmed to ¼ inch/6mm to minimise sooty marks. For when the process is this arduous and intricate, you’ll want to put your best candle forward at all times.
Now, Leo – be honest. You know that when it comes to matters of the heart, you are something of a speed-freak. You see something you like and you go after it. Normally we would applaud all kinds of romantic recklessness, but in this instance, we’re going to suggest a light application of the emotional breaks. Here’s the thing. Uranus is in retrograde until the 23rd, which suggests you should take things a little slower than usual. Think of yourself as a peony bud, taking your time to unfurl your petals and stun all interested parties with the sweet scent of your hypnotic allure. You never know, you might enjoy this more considered approach. Cheerily, Mercury is going to pay a visit to your money house this month. It’s a summer full of exclamation marks and Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne for you.
Venus is effectively on her bi-annual solstice, pausing this month before she changes direction, possibly signalling a new career on the horizon. You’re as ripe as a pear for it, Virgo and ready to drop from the tree, so be ready to act. May we recommend Pomegranate Noir for that first interview.
With your planets in the sector of the Self, you are now ready for a bit of me-me-me time, Libra. Treat yourself as you would have others treat you – buy yourself some flowers (preferably freesias) and something very expensive you absolutely do not need (because oh, why not?)
You’re feeling rather intellectually curious this month, Scorpio, so why not plunge that brilliant mind of yours into some stimulating reading – but in the bath, because then you can lock the door and sink back into some Lime Basil & Mandarin Bath Oil while you reacquaint yourself with the Titans of literature.
Patience is the order of the day, Sagittarius, in spite of Mars rushing into your 10th house of career and putting the hustle on you. Even the wildest, saltiest sea can lap calmly onto the shore when it needs to – so dig deep and watch what happens when you take a step back.
It’s time for a clear out, Capricorn – your 8th house demands it. We’re not just talking about that chaotic cupboard under the stairs, we mean a mental detox too. Long walks in woodlands where bluebells emerge and people think fairies live in the flowers – that sort of thing. Time to fling open the windows of the mind and blast away the cobwebs, perfectly scented with a Grapefruit Home Candle.
You are in a deeply social mood at the moment, Aquarius and are keen to host garden parties with glorious gatherings of friends. Cram all this jollity in before Uranus goes into retrograde mid-month and you find yourself only wanting cosy films bath’s lit by Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne Intense Home Candles and early nights.
SWell, someone around here has a spring in their step, Pisces. You’re zingier than a grapefruit at the moment and that’s because the Sun has moved into your 7th house of love and you’re feeling charged. We suggest hearty morning runs followed by a indulgent wash with Lime Basil & Mandarin Exfoliating Shower Gel to leave you bright-eyed and sprightly for the day ahead.
If things have been feeling a bit overwhelming recently (planets are in retrograde, you know the drill), perhaps it’s time to place your focus elsewhere, Aries. We’ve heard on the grapevine that someone has their eye on you. Might be a job, might be a date…wait and see.
This month is all about the good times, Taurus. Mercury and Venus are in leisurely moods, so you are free to spritz yourself with Blackberry & Bay and seek mischief long into the night. Now is not the time to be sensible. Adventure calls with her Siren song.
Your 4th house of family and home deserves the spotlight this month, Gemini. If you were planning on doing some repainting, learning a new recipe or switching all your furniture around just to spice things up, now is the time. Light some Orange Blossom Home Candles and let the optimistic scent of warm evenings abroad spur you on.
It’s summer. We should all be lying down somewhere – a beach, a sofa, it barely matters. Take life at a leisurely pace until the 23rd when your financial planet moves into Virgo. No more fooling around after that – you’ve got worlds to conquer.
The allure of the grape is not to be underestimated. Depicted dangling over the mouths of adoring Gods, heroes, emperors and kings in art, in pottery, in poems and beyond, they are the symbol of opulence, decadence and the desire for more, as ancient as civilisation itself. Droplets of temptation, easily plucked from the vine that burst with sweetness in one bite.
In Greek mythology, Dionysus, the god of wine, transformed a lost lover into a grapevine. In fact, mythologies, folklore and religions across many cultures all have tales to tell of the grapevine’s prized gift to the world. Symbolising abundance and prosperity, the ancient world could never get their fill of these juicy jewels, the red and black varieties are said to be particularly rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Cultivated since 6,000 BC, grapevines spread their tentacles through Egypt to Asia Minor, flourishing across the Roman Empire and captivating all who whose paths they crossed with all the forms they could take.
The sap from the vines was traditionally used by folk healers in hope of soothing skin ailments and treat eye infections, while the leaves were applied to wounds to stem bleeding. A natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory ointment of sorts, it was said to bring a radiance to the skin and to detoxify the liver. A veritable jack of all trades.
With such a distinguished history, it’s only right that the grapevine takes a starring role in our new collection. Said to have been grown in the Hanging Gardens where a noble king created a special garden for his beloved queen full of lush greenery. A paradise to escape to, with its glimmering waterfalls and wondrous verdant terraces. Where fruits from the grapevines are said to be enjoyed during social receptions. We have paired the unusual entwined grapevine note, woody with a hint of warm amber and juicy grape notes with the freshness of the Cyprus. Bringing a twist on the classic fougère. A reimagining of a scented garden, famed throughout the world for its astonishing beauty and created as a gesture of overwhelming love.