When I walk through the front door, I love to be hit with a luscious fragrance; a scent that makes me feel cosy and glad to be home. To me it adds warmth and a personality to your property that your guests are going to remember you for.
My favourite scents are strong, woody, spicy and enigmatic. This will be why my go to Jo Malone (J.M) fragrance has always been Pomegranate Noir. I’ve had several of their room sprays which are fantastic. I’ve also had the candles which look luxurious around your home, whether they’re in your bathroom or on your mantlepiece.
When I went to Marbella in 2012, I was obsessed with the smell of News Cafe. It stuck in my head as one of the nicest smelling places I’d ever been to. At this point I hadn’t bought a J.M product before. I remember always seeing their Pomegranate Noir range in magazines and thinking that I was going to have to see what all the fuss was about. I bought the candle and guess what? It was the smell from News Cafe, without a doubt! I was so happy that I could have my home smelling the same. And so my J.M obsession began.
Last Christmas I added the room diffuser to my wish list and luckily my boyfriend treated me to. At £62 they are certainly not cheap. I have been disappointed with it to say the least. I was expecting it to constantly give off a subtle fragrance, I wanted to smell it whenever I walked in. What I found was that I only ever really smelt it if I sat down on the sofa whilst it was on a side table next to me. Not good enough for me. At that price I want to have the smell filling the room but it doesn’t. I wrote it off as a bad choice. A good point though is that the packaging said it would last 4-5 months. I’ve had it 9 months now and there is still a little left in the bottom.
Imagine my excitement when around Mother’s Day 2016 my local Aldi supermarket started selling look-alike candles and in the same fragrance! It quite obviously was trying to copy the J.M brand. (Honestly, I don’t know how they get away with it?) Anyway, I bought one for me and one for Mum. I liked them, they were a good looking candle for £3.99, however they didn’t last very long, even though in my opinion the smell was identical to the J.M version.
This year saw the introduction of the room diffuser dupe. I bought my first one around a month ago and have been so impressed with it. Not only does it fill the room with its spicy, sexy tones but at £3.99 I can afford to have one in every room of my house. Even the packaging is brilliant. You have four to choose from: Lime, Basil & Mandarin, Blackberry Bay, Pomegranate Noir and English Pear.
I’ve only ever had No.3 before so can’t offer my opinion on the others. Also I haven’t owned the J.M version of the other fragrances to honestly compare them. If you’re looking for a gorgeous addition to your home decor and one that can make your home smell beaut at the same time, let your sense of smell come alive with the famous dupes that the German supermarket chain are now permanently selling due to customer demand.
TIP! They’re located in the cleaning products section, not the homeware section as you will probably predict. Hidden gems!
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Until next week, take care. Natalie x