When we were children, my grandfather’s European neighbor from across the street sent us an advent calendar.
It was a large cardboard greeting card with cutout windows. We cousins excitedly counted down the 24 days to Christmas by opening a new window every day. One day there would be a drawing of an apple, another day, a hummingbird. We were in a tizzy to find out what we would unfold each time.
Fast forward to over four decades later, I felt the same giddiness when I spotted Jo Malone London’s version of an advent calendar, a large, cream and black box in the shape of its iconic townhouse.
Counting down the days to Christmas, one opens 24 little drawers filled with some of the brand’s most well-known treats. Included are some of my favorite scents in various incarnations, Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, Frosted Cherry & Clove Candle, Blackberry & Bay Cologne, Lime Basil & Mandarin Shower Oil, Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub.
Then there are the new sensual Cologne Intense fragrances. Velvet Rose & Oud. Incense & Cedrat. Oud & Bergamot. Depends on whether I want to feel naughty or nice.
Life is good.