THE IN-TRAY

An olfactory trip with Jo Malone London’s Celine Roux

WITH JO MALONE LONDON LAUNCHING IN SELECTED MECCA MAXIMA STORES THIS MONTH, WE ASKED THE BRAND’S HEAD OF FRAGRANCE DEVELOPMENT CELINE ROUX TO EXPLAIN THE DNA OF THIS QUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISH BRAND. THE MARSEILLE-BORN, LONDON-BASED ROUX ALSO REVEALS HER MOST INTOXICATING SCENT MEMORIES.

TM: What do you do at Jo Malone London?
CR:
“I head up fragrance development, so I work on concepts for fragrances and products for the whole brand, and then track development until it’s on the shelves.”

What makes Jo Malone London fragrances so special?
“I would say three things. Firstly, they always have a story that ties to an emotional link—that’s really important. Secondly, we focus on ingredients and maintain an authenticity to those ingredients. Thirdly, our fragrances all have an unexpected twist, therefore they can be worn by men or women.”

How has Jo Malone London stayed quintessentially British?
“In every fragrance, there is always a link to Britishness, whether it’s the inspiration of a place, a cultural significance or something from history. Wood Sage & Sea Salt was inspired by the English coast, and Blackberry & Bay was inspired by blackberry picking in the summer. There’s always something that resonates with the British people.”

What three beauty rules do you live by?
“A lot of laughter, a lot of water and always go to bed with clean skin.”

Tell me about your skin and hair care regimen?
“I have used La Mer Crème de la Mer for a very long time, morning and night. For my hair, I use the Aveda Be Curly line – the full range: shampoo, conditioner, styling prep, curl enhancer, mask–I use it all!”

If you could only wear one scent for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“If I could capture the scent of my two boys when they first wake up, that scent in their necks, that would be the scent I would like to wear for the rest of time.”

Scent quiz: Finish these phrases

Christmas smells like … “Clove and fireplaces. Every year my mum bakes cookies with cloves.”

New Year’s Eve smells like … “Party poppers!”

Travel smells like … “The homemade English lavender sachet that I always put in my suitcase.”

Summer smells like … “Watermelon and figs. What I eat all summer long!”

Happiness smells like … “Candy, no doubt!”

The Jo Malone London terrace smells like … “Our Peony & Blush Suede scent.”

London smells like … “Our Earl Grey & Cucumber scent. It’s reminiscent of a cup of Earl Grey tea.”

Paris smells like … “Croissants.”

Monday morning smells like … “Something fresh. I always like the start of the week with good resolutions.”

Sunday smells like … “A bunch of flowers from the flower market. Right now, I have tuberoses and I adore them.”

Nostalgia smells like … “The sea, where I grew up.”

Love smells like … “A beautiful red lipstick.”

Heartbreak smells like … “Something I don’t want to smell ever again.”

Success smells like … “Wood Sage & Sea Salt, a fragrance I worked on that does very well.”

To celebrate, Jo Malone London landing at Mecca Maxima we’re rolling out the flower cart at Mecca Maxima Chadstone, Melbourne Central on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December 2018 and Wintergarden on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd December 2018. Join us for complimentary flower posies and Scent For You consultations to help you discover your new bespoke scent. With this gift comes another: receive a complimentary deluxe 9ml Cologne with any product purchase from Jo Malone London.* Head to our event page to find out more.

*One per customer, while stocks last.



Interview by Alexandra Whiting
October 2018

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