Perfumer and entrepreneur Jo Malone shares the memories and style secrets of her travel adventures
I love the market in Revel outside Toulouse. There’s a little bar where you can sit with a kir and watch all the men on mopeds, the older ladies in their linen dresses and hats, the gardeners selling fresh herbs. We always eat amazing truffle pizzas when we’re there. The other market I love is Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle. It’s a real spectacle, with beautiful fruit and flowers – and fish, of course!
One of the happiest teenage family holidays I can remember was a trip to Cornwall. We rented a house on top of a hill overlooking Constantine Bay. I loved it – everything smelt of the beach, I had a white bedroom and there was a big kitchen where we all sat around together. It was such a happy holiday. We’d wander down the lane and sit on the beach and play in rock pools. I met my first love there – a surfer!
We go to a ranch in Montana every year – it’s like food for my soul. We fly to either Denver, San Francisco or Seattle, and have a couple of days to get over the flight and do some city things before heading to the ranch. I always ride the same horse, Josie. She is an amazing creature, and I feel as though we would be best friends if she were human. If you ride right to the top of the hill, the clean smell of wild sage floating up as the horses chomp on the grass is wonderful.
The scent I most associate with holidays is pomelo, with its gorgeous citrus tang. It was the first fragrance I really “felt”, and I associate it with Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos. I’d left Jo Malone, the company I’d built, and was feeling a bit lost. As I sat on a lovely beach, looking at sand dollars, a stingray swam by. It was an amazing moment of happiness and the return of creativity. Now I always ship some Pomelo ahead of arriving on holiday to fragrance all the rooms. joloves.com
I have lots of favourite hotels. I recently went to Chewton Glen and stayed in the treehouses (right), which I thought were wonderful. And I stayed in a little place outside Valbonne in the south of France recently, which was simple but beautiful. Luxury is things done very well. I’m very fussy about my room. My husband Gary always says not to take the luggage up until I’ve checked the room.
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