Monday, December 7, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide: Jo Malone Candle Collection

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Throughout the month of December, The Beauty of Life will be featuring a Holiday Gift Guide. Each gift is one I'd like to give AND get this season.

I have what some might consider an unhealthy obsession with candles. They line the windowsill in my bathroom, crowd my nightstand, litter the countertops in my kitchen. They've even found their way to the top of my entertainment center and my jewelry armoire. But the crowning jewel in my assortment has definitely become the Jo Malone Candle Collection.

This set of six miniature candles in some of Jo Malone's finest signature scents keeps me happy morning after morning, night after night, weekend after weekend. Every day is a new, wonderful challenge -- which to burn today? What scent am I in the mood for? The collection includes:

Grapefruit (a zesty, citrusy explosion of grapefruit combined with rosemary, vetiver and tangerine)
Lime Basil & Mandarin (a spicily exotic combination of lime, basil, mandarin and white thyme)
Pomegranate Noir (an intriguingly beautiful scent with notes of raspberry, plum, pink pepper, pomegranate, patchouli, frankincense and spicy woods)
Nectarine Blossom & Honey (a sweet, saccharine blend of nectarine, peach, plum, blackcurrant, vetiver and acacia honey)
White Jasmine & Mint (A delectably invigorating array of lily, orange flower and rose combined with the aforementioned jasmine and wild mint)
Sweet Lime & Cedar (the perfect balance of aromatic leaves, delicate flowers, spices and nutty woods inspired by Thai cuisine)

My favorite part about the collection is the exquisite presentation. Each 30g candle is delicately nestled into a slot inside Jo Malone's iconic cream and black box -- and the box is finished with the signature black grosgrain ribbon, of course. There really isn't a lovelier gift that could be waiting for that special someone this holiday season.

The Jo Malone Candle Collection retails for $85.

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