Delve into the bohemian world with Mimosa & Cardamom by Jo Malone—mists of honeyed, golden mimosa float above the spiciness of freshly crushed cardamom, while creamy tonka and smooth sandalwood woven under powdery heliotrope and Damask rose picked at dawn make up the base of the mesmerising new scent. Master perfumer, Marie Salamagne, talks about the inspiration in creating Mimosa & Cardamom.
Where did you look for inspiration?
"Jo Malone London took me on a journey to the home of the orientalist painter, Frederick Leighton. Leighton House is a hidden gem in Holland Park, London. It was built as an incredibly decadent showcase for his collection of more than 1,000 tiles collected in the Middle East and is filled with vibrant pattern. One of his paintings, Flaming June, was particularly inspiring. I liked the idea of travelling through the picture to discover the vivid colour, texture and atmosphere of the interiors and wanted to recreate these layers in the scent."
Mimosa & Cardamom is a florential fragrance. How did you give it a Jo Malone signature?
"The classic florential is made with florals like orange blossom, jasmine or rose. All are infused with an oriental richness and sophistication. They stand out because of their unique blend of warmth and sensuality. Jo Malone wanted to update this idea with mimosa as the main ingredient which is innovative in itself. We chose the cool spice, cardamom, as it would add a new energy. We knew we had found the unusual yet perfect pairing; the vibration of the cardamom, an unexpected twist, with the sensual softness of mimosa. They are both radiant.Mimosa is the warm sun, cardamom is the bright light."
The Mimosa & Cardamom Collection is now available at Jo Malone counters. For more information, visit jomalone.com.my.