Jo Malone Blackberry And Bay Cologne Review

Remember in Eat, Pray, Love when Elizabeth Gilbert describes herself as “the permeable membrane?”

I so respect her for figuring herself out and though her book is hotly polarizing, I’m on the end of the “like it” spectrum. But the person she was in the beginning of the tome? I can’t even with her. First of all, she’s not being the star of her life, which you know is my number one rule. She seamlessly integrated her life with that of her leading men for years until she actually had a breakdown of resentment for the loss of her own identity in the middle of the night, leading to a crisis that ultimately precipitated her divorce and tour around the world solo–and the amazing book about her experience. So there is a silver lining.

In matters of romance, being the permeable membrane is enough to get you kicked off the cheerleading squad that is my life. But in fragrance? That, my friends, is a different story. Jo Malone is known for their luxuriously layerable translucent scents and their latest, Blackberry and Bay is a beautifully autumnal one with which you’ll want to be involved, stat. Created by master perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin, the scent was inspired by autumnal walks in the country picking blackberries in the overgrown English woodland. Its top notes are blackberry and grapefruit. Middle are bay and floral accord, with vetiver and cedarwood at the base. The blend yields a fresh, dewy, unique appeal and mixes delightfully with my favorite Jo Malone scent, Nectarine & Honey. The movie character who’d wear it? Why, Julia Roberts’ Elizabeth Gilbert in the movie version of Eat, Pray, Love–but only after she shed her provincial sensibilities and was true to her inner adventurer.

Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay scent is available this month at

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