Penny Ong and Tina Tagle are just two of my friends who love Jo Malone, a British fragrance brand known for elegant scents, luxurious candles, and bath and body care products.
It was Penny who gave me my first Jo Malone fragrance, which she purchased in London.
Last month, I was excited to receive an iconic cream and black box and tied with the black grosgrain ribbon—it was a gift from Jo Malone announcing its opening in Manila.
When I posted it on Instagram I was surprised how many women were excited for the news.
Inside: a Red Roses candle, Lime Basil & Mandarin body creme, and my favorite Nectarine Blossom & Honey cologne
Last June 22nd, some of Manila’s finest (or should I say, luckiest) entered the world of Jo Malone when they were treated to an evening of British luxury at Blackbird, Nielson Tower.
Guests were treated to a relaxing hand and arm massage at the Tasting Bar where they learned about Fragrance Combining.
A preview of the brand’s line up of scents was available at the Discovery Bar where stylists assisted guests to find their own bespoke scent.
Guests were then ushered into their seats for a sit down dinner prepared by Chef Colin Mackay.
The Bench Group/Suyen Corp. came in full force as retail partners of Jo Malone in the Philippines.
Present were (clockwise from left) Ben Chan, Miguel Pastor, Mons Romulo, Lucy Torres Gomez
The Lim family—Christine, Suyen, Virgilio and Nenita, with Doris Ho and Brian Lim
Estee Lauder Country Manager Mel Lerma, Philippine Star Lifestyle Editor Millet Mananquil, Donnie Tantoco (President of Rustan’s Commercial Corp. Inc.), and Jo Malone Brand Manager Camille Flores-Oloan
Virgilio Lim, Rhoda Aldanese, Richard and Lucy Gomez, Nenita Lim and Pia Campos
The evening’s host, Angel Jacob, welcomed Jo Malone Studio global speaker and Lifestyle Director, Debbie Wild.
Jo Malone opens its doors in Manila in October 2015 at Greenbelt 5, Makati.
(Photos: Elaine Ojeda-Subido)