How Perfume Pioneer Jo Malone Does Christmas Eve

Candles and caviar is a tradition we can get behind.
IMAGE Courtesy of Jo Malone

In her new memoir, Jo Malone writes about building a fragrance business from scratch, fighting breast cancer, and starting over after selling her eponymous brand to Estée Lauder. She's back in the scent game with Jo Loves, an elegant new line that will be coming to the US in full force next year.

Jo Malone: My Story opens with a preview of sorts, a scented page perfumed with Pomelo, an exotic citrus that has become a bestseller in the UK. "You couldn't read my story without it," she says. Here, Malone shares with T&C how she spends the holidays in London.

"I love Christmas Eve. I'm a shopkeeper, and Christmas Eve in the shop is a really special time. All the men are rushing in in panics and needing gifts. I love the sense of community, all of our neighbors drop off gifts for each other and everybody shares something. The wine shop shares a bottle of wine, the cake shop shares their minced pies, I share my candles.

This Christmas we've done a scented candle which is in layers. It starts off with fresh Christmas trees then it goes in plum pudding and then it burns down into log fire. So it tells the story of Christmas through a single candle, through the nose. The middle layer really smells of Christmas pudding, which you don't have here, do you? It's a very British thing, and it smells as though it's a really rich, crispy, plum pudding.

At midday, the whole of the house goes into candlelight, so we don't use any electric light at all, except for the ones on the Christmas tree. We have a spiral staircase where we have big glass storm lanterns and candles going all the way up the staircase. We watch a movie, my favorite one is A Christmas Carol, and we have a wonderful TV supper which is we have a little pot of caviar, a Vacheron cheese baked in the oven and bread. You sit there and watch a movie by a crackling fire. We scoop up anyone that's left in London and they join us."


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