I write this on a cold spring day in March but have held off publishing for a fortnight. I’m not in the business, really, of telling you about a fabulous new beauty product unless you can, should you choose, go and buy it. I’m itching, though.
This limited edition Sakura Cherry Blossom scent by Jo Malone arrived with me today, wrapped as you see in Japanese cherry blossom paper tied with a fine pink ribbon (I know I have a nice job). It arrives to buy in early May. Its inspiration is cherry blossom, which is I’m told is on the cusp of blooming through Japan – April is the big month. And the delicate almost-pink flower marks the start of spring for even the most urban of the urbanites among us. Its association with Japan is steadfast and its arrival this year will surely be more cheering than ever.
Jo Malone‘s perfumer, Christine Nagel has worked rose, mimosa, bergamot and mandarin together to create a fabulous floral shout. It is neither girly nor heavy, due in part to the bergamot and mandarin. For the floral scent fan, this is really one to try. Meantime, I found this film of cherry blossom with wonderful instrumental music to it. Haunting.