Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Beauty news: East Day Spa and Spring Spa win big at World Spa Awards

One of my all time ‘happy places’ is East Day Spa in Auckland’s five-star SKYCITY Grand Hotel - along with its sister spas under the name Spring Spa in places like St. Heliers and Queenstown, New Zealand and Seminyak, Bali. I’ve had the pleasure of whiling away an afternoon in one of them several times over the years, and often actually didn’t want to leave! To say I was so relaxed/transformed that I almost had to be peeled off the floor would be an understatement – these places are transformative, and then some.  A beauty destination that is definitely top of my bucket list is East Day Spa’s five-star East Residence in Bali. I have heard nothing but amazing things about the seriously heavenly spot, and photos of it don’t look real – the stuff of dreams for sure.
And it is clear that I am not the only person that thinks this way, with East Day Spa winning the prestigious award for New Zealand’s Best Hotel Spa at the World Spa Awards 2018, marking the third year running that they have taken the category title.
Alongside East Day Spa’s award, hip sister spa and lifestyle brand Spring Spa in Seminyak Village, was crowned Asia’s Best Day Spa 2018 in the hotly contested category, also for the third year running.
The awards were announced on Friday evening at a gala ceremony in the Maldives following a record number of votes that were cast by leading spa and wellness tourism professionals, as well as hundreds of thousands of spa consumers from across the globe to determine the winners.
East Day Spa and Spring Spa are the brainchild of founder and CEO Ina Bajaj, who is naturally delighted to add two more awards to her impressive collection.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 16 years. To see both East Day Spa and Spring continue to impress on an international stage and receive the ultimate recognition for operating to the highest standards is a remarkable achievement,” says the astute businesswoman and spa connoisseur. “The categories we have won at the World Spa Awards are highly competitive and reflect the strength of our world-class and independent spa brands that have been founded right here in New Zealand.”
As an innovator in the spa industry, Ina’s spa brands have seen enormous success through her focus on creating unique spaces that appeal to the target consumer. While the East Day Spa brand appeals to a luxury consumer housed in a 5-star location that is a calm haven of East and West, the Spring brand brings a contemporary touch to the traditional spa environment with an effortless fusion of beauty, design and lifestyle, situated in vibrant locations.
If you haven’t visited one of these stellar destinations in a while then I highly recommend that you do – you definitely won’t be disappointed. And remember too that Christmas is coming - a gift voucher to any of these stunning locales will make you the most popular gift-giver on the block!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Daily delight: Keira Knightley for Chanel 'Coco Crush'

Love it: Hair by Sam Knight Easy Up-do

The name Sam McKnight is pretty much synonymous with great hair. Be it retro-tastic disco curls, effortlessly tousled beach hair, elegantly sleek ponies, top knots or sharp as a knife bobs, chances are he’s done it all – and superbly. 
It is said that the super stylist’s signature “done, undone” look owes much to his early days working at groundbreaking London salon Molton Brown in the late seventies. “They taught us to work with our hands and not to rely on hair dryers, tongs and tools,” says the Scottish-born stylist, whose big editorial break came with his first cover for British Vogue in 1977. “It’s something I’ve carried with me ever since.” At 24, he went freelance and went on to make beauty history with collaborations and covers that have been deemed iconic and rule breaking in turn. He was even Princess Diana’s most trusted hairstylist in the nineties, and was responsible for the cropped pixie style that became one of that era’s most iconic looks. He worked with the princess for seven years, helping her prepare for public appearances, charity events, even humanitarian missions. “I was incredibly privileged to be part of her world,” he told W magazine.
“Sam’s work has a special sensual expression,” says Karl Lagerfeld in the foreword of Hair By Sam McKnight, a dazzling and comprehensive career anthology of McKnight’s work since the very beginning. Published in 2016, it also formed the basis of a spectacular retrospective at Somerset House that same year. “As a photographer and as a designer you feel more gifted if he is around,” Lagerfeld wrote.
Now the man who has worked with a bevy of supers like Kate, Cindy, Gigi, Bella and Adwoa can lend us all a little of his signature style in the form of Hair By Sam McKnight, a must-have capsule collection of four essential hairsprays that help busy girls on the go achieve the same finesse he creates so effortlessly behind the scenes. And lucky for us it’s available at your local MECCA and online at, so wherever you are you can have a little McKnight in your day (or night).
When it came to creating his own collection of simple, clever hair care solutions, McKnight says he wanted it to be “ easy to use, lightweight and ‘brushoutable’,” so it’s easy to use backstage and at home. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to play with his Easy Up-do of late, which was used at Fendi during couture and is great for backcombing and giving hair extra grip. Affectionately referred to as ‘hair grips in a can’ by McKnight himself, the spray makes it easy to style and hold everything from braids and buns to fancypants chignons, all while giving locks an enviable movement and texture. Perfect for use during the upcoming party season, the texturising hairspray is also a delight to be around as it’s lightly scented with fresh, botanical green leaf, herbs, watery flowers and pepper, against a backdrop of frankincense, cedar and juniper wood. Too delicious, and it works a charm! At $55.00 it’s not cheap, but a little goes a long way and hey, you can’t put a price on having a little McKnight in your life, can you?
Next on my ‘must try list’ is Cool Girl, a very light texturiser that the stylist uses on Kate Moss to “mess her hair up a little bit,” and Lazy Girl, a dry shampoo that gives some volume and hold as well. If you haven’t tried this line then I highly recommend that you do.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Daily delight: Kaia Gerber for Vogue Japan

Beauty news: Environ named Top Medical Skin Care Company

In huge news for the well-respected, multi award-winning brand, Environ Skin Care has been named the “Top Medical Skin Care” company in the prestigious and highly revered Aesthetic Everything Awards.
Voted on by consumers, the 2018 Aesthetic Everything Aesthetic and Cosmetic Medicine Awards is a global competition run from the USA that recognises excellence across a range of categories. This year’s competition saw more than 30 000 votes cast between September and October 2018 to battle it out for the sought-after aesthetic industry titles. The announcement of Environ’s prestigious win was put up in lights in New York City’s famous Times Square: “We are honoured to be named the Top Medical Skin Care company by the Aesthetic Everything Awards. This award recognises our mission to future-proof skins across the globe and the efficacy of our products, which help create the appearance of more youthful, healthy-looking and beautiful skin,” said Dr Des Fernandes, Founder and Scientific Director at Environ Skin Care.
Since 1990, the brand has used the science of beauty to change the way the world sees skin care. Cape Town based, it has received over 100 other recognitions for outstanding products worldwide. It was also awarded the Swiss Vitamin Institute seal, verifying the strength and effectiveness of their vitamin A moisturisers and serums. 
Today the brand has over 140 products in more than 70 countries. “We have a track record spanning more than thirty years using science to change skin and transform lives. Because I have seen incredible results using vitamin A, I believe that, with this ingredient, everyone can have beautiful skin,” says Fernandes, also internationally acclaimed plastic surgeon.  
Today Environ continues to build the legacy of scientific innovation, which is celebrated and respected globally, through the launch of new innovations and powerhouse product formulations. It recently unveiled its most targeted approach to the specific skin conditions of ageing, sensitive and dry skin, through its Focus Care™ Ranges, respectively, Focus Care™ Youth+, Focus Care™ Comfort+ and Focus Care™ Moisture+. It also unveiled the new Focus Care™ Skin Tech+ Electro-Sonic DF Mobile Skincare Device, a revolutionary and convenient hand-held device designed to make a lasting difference to the skin’s overall appearance.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for Dior beauty

Why you need: Clemency Alice's award winning Rosa Camelia Face Oil

The woman who introduced me to the incredible Therapie Roques O'Neil brand over four years ago, facialist and skincare creator Clemency Alice is a force to be reckoned with.
Based in Christchurch, Clemency's passion for the arts, fascination with biochemistry and her background in Aromascience were all the inspiration for what powers the talented skin specialist today. 
Famed for her bespoke facials and intuitive approach to skin, in 2015 she visited Paris to further her knowledge and gained much insight into both new techniques and old after numerous visits to exclusive perfume houses and luxury spas. Returning revitalised, she now works in her seaside-based atelier, utilising the highest quality botanical essences and organic extracts sourced from all around the world to create the beginnings of the Clemency Alice luxury skincare line.
Like me, Clemency is a huge fan of twice-daily skin soaking, and has a passion for products that are "artisan blended and created in small batches to ensure freshness and quality".  The first product to roll out of her beautiful space was Rosa Camelia Face Oil, which just a few short months after its release received the Editor's Choice - Beauty Shortlist Awards, an international recognition that the product is well deserving of, and more. Judged by a team of beauty experts from London, New York and Sydney, it is testament to Clemency’s passion and attention to detail and yes, it’s also just fabulous to use. 
So what’s in it, and why is it so great? Well for starters, the delicate, hydrating, organic face oil blends the floral harvest of exotic Morrocan, Bulgarian and Egyptian rose with what she calls “an exhale” of opalescent jasmine. Add to that oil from the fruit seeds of the camellia japonica - a beauty secret of the Geishas – and you have one heady, Paraben-free, Silicone-free, Sulfate-Free, and Phthalate-free mix.
Light enough to use even in the summer and suitable for all skin types - including sensitive skins -the stellar aromatic face oil serum is the perfect blend of ten luxurious oils that helps restors the skin’s lipid barrier and provides a youthful, restorative glow. To get the full aromatherapeutic benefits be sure to warm a small amount of the oil in the hands and slowly inhale before application – you won’t be disappointed!
To use, apply a small amount AM and PM to a cleansed, pre-soaked (or misted) skin, then gently massage using upward, sweeping movements. The oil is so gentle that it can also be applied around the orbit of the eyes, which makes it perfect for travel and those that love a no-fuss beauty routine.
You can also press 1-2 drops over makeup to provide a dewy radiance, or even add a little to liquid foundation for increased hydration. For the full aromatherapeutic experience, Rosa Camelia can also be applied on the temples and pulse points to bring a sense of wellbeing and calm.
Convinced? I was from the first drop. This beauty comes highly recommended, and I can’t wait to see what Clemency creates next.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Daily delight: Dua Lipa for adidas ‘Here to Create’

Hair how to: Jawara for KMS, Peter Pilotto SS19

There was a distinctly nostalgic glow about the collection that designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos created for the Peter Pilotto label’s SS19 outing at London Fashion Week. Its 1970s feel was louche and sexy, and hair stylist Jawara Wauchope for KMS created the perfect hair look to go with.
Jawara  - whose client list includes the likes of Solange and Cardi B – designed a look he described as “lived-in party hair, with slick, no-volume roots, and naturally textured ends”. It is the perfect style combo for the party-girl who’s carefree and effortless – but still chic – and is surprisingly easy to re-create at home. Perfect for summer, it too can be yours in a few simple steps, using some of KMS’s greatest hits:
Step 1: Section the bottom layer of hair and spritz THERMASHAPE 2 in 1 Spray right at the root – keeping the product 1-2 inches from the scalp.  Apply heat directly where product was sprayed and use a flat brush to pull hair straight, ensuring no heat is applied to ends.
Step 2: Spritz HAIRSTAY Anti-Humidity Seal at the root and layer with HAIRSTAY Hard Wax – smoothing hair down to create a super sleek and flat finish.  Continue until you get to the top section of hair. 
Step 3: When you reach the top section, use a tail comb to create a clean, off centre parting.
Step 4: Lightly mist more THERMASHAPE 2 in 1 Spray over top of the hair and apply gentle heat to the hair, using hands to shape around the front of the face and pull behind ears – smoothing, but going with natural kinks of the hair for a more effortless and lived in look. 
Step 5: Spritz a little HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray onto the mid-lengths and ends, then tease (backcomb if more body is needed) to bring out natural texture and create the ultimate second day, post-party hair. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Daily delight: Emily Ratajkowski for Paco Rabanne ‘Pure XS for Her’

All about: Davines's magical new Liquid Spell

Magic by name and magic by nature, Davines’ new Liquid Spell is definitely one I’ve fallen under.
First up, it’s a wonder to behold. Concocted to grant texture and body to fine or sensitised hair, it miraculously transforms in texture before your eyes - from liquid to mousse – as it strengthens and compacts hair fibres, providing body and enabling strands to hold shapes for longer and shine in natural light. Want hair like Ms. Cindy C. above, then this will give you a head start, and then some.
Designed specifically for fine or sensitised hair (of which I have both, just lots of it), the liquid turns into a mousse when dispensed and grants instant texture and body to even the most limp, lacklustre locks. Thanks to a complex of amino acids, it boosts hair’s external structure to boost body, enhanced by a ‘thermo-activated molecule’. This helps to defend hair from heat damage: the formula ‘compacts’ your hair fibre to minimise damage while granting softness, shine and tone and boosting enviable vitality. 
My hair has been on the limp side lately (could be the weather, stress, or just the fact that I’m overdue a haircut), and this miraculous little number has improved its condition and overall look exponentially. I love that it can be used alone or in conjunction with your favourite Davines haircare formulas depending on your needs, just a few examples being: 
  1. Combine it with OI All In One Milk to immediately strengthen and boost your hair while reducing blow-dry time and leaving your mane magnificently fully-bodied and shiny.
  2. For texture and fullness, add More Inside Sea Salt Spray.
  3. For super straight locks add More Inside Relaxing Moisturising Fluid.
  4. For strong and full bodied curls, add More Inside Curl Building Serum

It’s ideal as a styling product to prevent damage caused by heat, and the pros recommend that before application gently towel dry your hair using a blotting rather than rubbing motion. I’m guessing that has something to do with keeping the hair cuticle nice and smooth, and to aid the application of 3-4 pumps of Liquid Spell from root to tip. Finally, blow-dry and style as desired. 
Magic? It just may be, and it’s in salon now  with an RRP of $54.00.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Daily delight: Penelope Cruz for Chanel resort 2019

Beauty q: can you eat your way to great skin?

They say what you put on your skin is only half the story, and ingestible beauty products are huge right now. Part of that is due to the endless flogging of them on Instagram by Women In Stretchy Pants, and part is due to the fact that for some people, they really do work.
In 2014 Elle Macpherson launched The Super Elixir, a supplement produced by WelleCo, the wellness company she co-founded. Taking two teaspoonfuls a day of the green powder is supposed to increase vitality, aid digestion, and ostensibly, give you Macpherson's bod, all thanks to the fact that it keeps your body running at an alkaline level. Alkalinity basically means that everything is working optimally, so in theory, you should expect better skin as an added bonus. Many I know have applauded its ability to control bloating, but at $169 for a 300g caddy it’s somewhat of an investment. 
The Beauty Chef is an Australian company created by Carla Oates, a woman who has been writing and teaching about organic beauty and healthy living for over a decade, and their GLOW Inner Beauty Powder has been designed to deliver exactly that. Common ingredients in there include chickpeas, lentils, chia seeds, ginger, turmeric, quinoa, and more "fermented foods and probiotics". There is real evidence that probiotics alone can be good for the skin, with researchers saying that good bacteria in the gut can help eliminate the toxins and free radicals that can damage skin and cause early signs of ageing.
Closer to home, Bestow Beauty Oil is an “edible cosmetic” that really does put your skin on the fast track to a makeup free summer and a happily “plump” winter. Flaxseed oil – which is what Bestow is made up of - can help with the skin’s condition because it allows your body to build healthy new skin cells, healing from the inside and strengthening the membranes surrounding the cells. Conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis have been known to respond well to a regular dose of Flaxseed oil, and when you take it in liquid form it’s the much more potent than your average capsule.
One think to avoid if you’re aiming for optimum skin health is sugar. When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body's cells and attach onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation. The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so good: collagen and elastin. When those proteins meet sugars, they become less supple, showing up on the skin's surface as wrinkles and a loss of radiance. 
Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red grapes, shows promise in both skin cancer prevention and anti ageing, and other skin-friendly foods with increasing results to back them up include:
Olive Oil: A higher consumption of olive oil (2 teaspoons a day) has been associated with 31 per cent fewer signs of aging compared to people who ate less than one teaspoon. 
Kiwifruit: This little fruit packs a wallop of vitamin C – as in, nearly 120 per cent of your daily needs – and this stimulates collagen synthesis, which keeps skin taught and smoothes fine lines.
Eggs: these offer up a hefty dose of protein without tons of fat, and less fat is a good thing for your skin. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a 17g increase in fat intake increased your odds of developing wrinkles by 28 per cent.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Daily delight: Lady Gaga for ELLE magazine

Faux glow Friday: meet COOLA’s Sunless Tan Firming Lotion

It’s THAT time of the year when the layers start falling off, so if you’re not working with some kind of tanning product now then I suggest you get to it – stat! And, if you’re as rubbish as I am at applying most self-tanners then it’s high time you made a gradual tanner your friend – the best of the bunch are pretty much foolproof, and great for your skin to boot.
One I’ve recently fallen love with that is designed to “make you look like you just returned from a tropical yoga retreat” is COOLA’s Sunless Tan Firming Lotion, which little had me at the words “yoga retreat”.  A lightweight, fast absorbing formula that truly is “goof proof”, it gives a gentle, gradual glow while visibly sculpting and toning. 
Like many a COOLA product (one of my all-time favourite brands), it is Ecocert® Cosmos Organic Certified, which means it meets an international standard for organic and natural products that is designed to serve the best interests of the industry, its customers, and the environment. It is arguably the most rigorous cosmetic certification in the world, and when you use a product bearing its stamp you know they are processing and manufacturing in a way that is clean and respectful of human health and the environment. Go COOLA.
Sunless Tan Firming Lotion is formulated with 70 per cent plus certified organic ingredients, 99 per cent plus natural ingredients, caffeine for its firming and smoothing properties, vitamin rich Baobab oil and skin loving Shea butter. It’s also vegan and reef safe, the latter being an absolute essential for me when it comes to respecting the seas.
It’s amazingly transfer free so your clothes stay pristine, and you can use it often as you like – even as your daily body lotion to maintain a low-key tan year round. After exfoliating well I’ve been using it daily to build up a great colour akin to the one I had in Morocco just a few weeks’ ago, and now mixed with my favourite body moisturiser arsenal to keep things fresh. When things start to fade a little I’ll be back at it, guilt free! Oh and did I mention it has a Pina Colada fragrance, instead of the typical self-tanner scent? If that’s not enough to convince you that this is a winner then I don’t know what is!
This baby is available right now via and at selected stockists, RRP $85.00 (and worth every cent).

Friday, October 5, 2018

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for Burberry's ‘Her’ campaign

NYFW Hair how to: Wella Professionals for Zimmermann S19

Zimmerman Creative Director Nicky Zimmermann’s ideas for the label’s beautiful spring collection started with an Australian soap opera from the Seventies called Number 96. Her parents wouldn’t let her watch it at the time so naturally, she was obsessed. 
“It was naughty and irreverent and hilarious,” she says, “and it was even more appealing to me because as a really young kid I definitely wasn’t allowed to watch it! It was set in an apartment block of four in Paddington in the inner city of Sydney and explored storylines that were considered taboo at the time – sex, adultery, drugs and homosexuality. For a girl in the suburbs, it was all too brilliant.”
So for Spring 19, she re-imagined what the cool, confident, sexy tenants of Ninety-Six would wear now, infusing the collection with loads of paisley, minis, billowing dresses with lantern sleeves and crisp safari suits. The line up that took to the runway at New York Fashion Week was less scandalous than flirty, fresh and unashamedly pretty, and leading editorial stylist, Renya Xydis, Creative Director for Wella Professionals ANZ, brought to life Zimmerman’s subdued glamour of soap-scene suburbia through a hair look that complemented the outfits perfectly.
“I layered Wella Professionals EIMI product to create the Zimmermann S19 look, which gave us that heightened glamour that the show gave, yet still retained a soft and sweet ‘girl next door’ look,” said Xydis.
So, how to re-create the look at home? Try the following…
1. For big, sexy - but still natural - texture, apply EIMI Perfect Setting throughout the whole head, to give the hair grit.
2. Next, apply EIMI Ocean Spritz around the crown. This gives the hair ‘tease’ factor and creates a great base to build volume.
3. Dry the hair and create volume by rough-drying. 
4. Once fully dry, apply EIMI Dry Me liberally under small sections, to give the hair a dusty, sexy texture.
5. Using a large barrel tong, create irregular loose curls, around (and away from) the face, using the fingers to tease height into the front and sides.
6. Use spread-out fingers to loosely pull the hair back on one side, and pin or hook over the ear.
7. Fasten and decorate with a clasp, retaining a soft natural look as the hair drops around the accessory.
 8. Finish the look with new EIMI Mistify Me, for firm hold with natural movement

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Daily delight: Dakota Johnson for AnOther magazine

Beauty news: Kaia Gerber, announced as new Makeup Ambassador for YSL Beauté

It feels like almost every other day that the world’s beauty brands are signing up new spokesmodels, with many a savvy decision being made. YSL Beauté is a brand up there in the top five when it comes to the most killer stables, and the beauty mega brand announced yesterday that the rising star with supermodel genes known as Ms. Kaia Gerber is their newest face.
Preternaturally cool and in possession of deep dark eyes, striking cheekbones and a big smile, Kaia is definitely a supermodel in the making. Only 17 years old, Kaia has a natural confidence and self-assured sense of style that has enabled her to create an impact on the global fashion community. 
Now with notable campaigns and catwalks under her belt, the much sought-after model has earned a name for herself in her own right, with covers for trend-setting publications like i-D, Love and Pop as well as well-established magazines like Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, and Teen Vogue already achieved. 
The face of a new generation of fashion stars, Kaia has a serious social media following of 3.8 million, and is already at the vanguard of fashion’s new landscape.  “I think these days, everything you do has to be measured with a degree of responsibility,” she says. “If there are people who view me as a role model, I really hope to be able to create positive images and messages that inspire others to feel confident about the way they look, to look after themselves, and basically to be kind to themselves.” Clearly with a similar EQ and work ethic to her famous mother, Cindy Crawford, Kaia has an innate confidence that makes her aspirational as a modern-day girl, doing things her own way. Whether she’s photographed by paparazzi while on holiday with her family, or pounding the runways with the fashion elite, she’s her own person, a young woman shaping her destiny, and inspiring others to do the same. 
Starting with a campaign in January 2019 shot by renowned photographer David Sims, Kaia will star as the face of Rouge Volupté Shine, the iconic moisturizing lipstick, and will also be the muse for Touche Éclat and Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in forthcoming campaigns. 
“The campaigns were so enjoyable to shoot – David (Sims) and I had both worked with Kaia before, so everything felt very easy, very connected, and we appreciated every moment”, says Tom Pecheux, Global Beauty Director for YSL Beauté.  She embodies the youthful spirit of YSL Beauté, an iconic value of the brand. These new campaigns enhance the natural beauty of this rising star, while allowing for self-expression and makeup creativity. 
“Kaia is a blossoming talent with a unique sense of style and a stunning beauty,” stated Stephan Bezy, International General Manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté.  “The perfect embodiment of her generation’s desire for authenticity and edginess, as a muse and ambassador she will convey these values which entirely resonate with what YSL Beauté stands for.”
“To be the new face of YSL Beauté is an opportunity to write a new story full of fun, colour and makeup. I love the DNA of a brand that is so subversive while being so luxurious and cool!”, underlines Kaia. 
I for one, can’t wait to see what she and the iconic brand cook up together!

(photos copyright Keith Kandell)

Daily delight: Rihanna for Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

Love it: Jo Malone London Honeysuckle & Davana

Lord knows we need a little more happy in the world at the moment, and the wonderful people at Jo Malone London have most definitely obliged with the launch of the beautiful Honeysuckle & Davana, a happy new floral. The new fragrance captures the scent of honeysuckle, taking us on a winding, twisting journey through an English countryside where hedgerows hum with bees and bugs and untamed honeysuckle brightens the day and scents the night. 
“The brief was to capture the exact scent of honeysuckle, which we were able to do thanks to the
headspace we created in the Cotswolds,” said Anne Flipo, Master Perfumer. “We added an unexpected twist to this very English flower with davana, moss and patchouli, turning it into a modern chypre.” 
Global Head of Fragrance Development at Jo Malone London, Celine Roux calls honeysuckle “a quintessential English flower, and it’s not a flower we talk about a lot in perfumery. In England, it’s very rare to not have a story about honeysuckle. It always brings you back to a happy moment. It grows wild and almost surprises you. With a rose, you go to smell it in your 
garden. With honeysuckle it surprises you on your walk”. 

Honeysuckle does not exist naturally in perfumery, so it was very important to Roux to capture English honeysuckle in nature. She, perfumer Flipo and a technical perfumer went to Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, in Gloucestershire to begin creating the headspace they needed for the scent. Having visited Westonbirt myself just over a month ago, I can happily say that it is a perfect place to get in amongst nature and refresh your spirit and your mind, and the new Jo Malone London scent does exactly that.
The Jo Malone London twist to the fragrance is the inclusion of davana. It brings a fresh, fruity, green note at the top of the fragrance that makes it my pick for wearing right now and all through the summer months. Jo Malone London fragrances are designed to be worn alone or layered up with another Jo Malone London fragrance to create a richer, deeper and more bespoke scent. Honeysuckle & Davana is perfect worn alone or layered with Grapefruit or Oud & Bergamot, which takes it into a darker, headier profile that would work perfectly after hours.
Jo Malone London Honeysuckle & Davana is in store right now as a cologne and as a luxe home candle. Both come highly recommended.