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The clothes in Marina Rinaldi’s (a plus size designer) flagship store in Milano are so beautiful that all free lunch journalist attendig the launch of Tuberose Angelica (**) the new Cologne Intense by  Jo Malone, raided the buffet, made by Tivoli restaurant in Cortina,  to get the right size as soon as possible.

DSC_0066Tuberose Angelica is “modestly beautiful” like Lucia Mondella, the hero of The Bethrothed Lover, a classic Italina novel that ends with everyone wondering how a girl like her could have been the center of a big dramatic love story. It’s a soft, milky and sweet tuberose, with an ambery, cuddly drydown.  I almost can’t smell the angelica. Just like all Jo Malone fragrances, since the brand has been in the hands of ,Estée Lauder’s marketing department, TA is pretty but not really beautiful. It can be layered with other Jo Malone fragrances, to create a scent that would be “personal” if the combinations were not suggested by the salespersons. In fact, you buy a fragrance in two bottles, instead of one.

The best feature of these fragrance is the wellness feeling they convey. This is why they are introduced to clients trough a wonderful hand massage, that lets them experience the varius combinations and textures of fragrance, body olis and creams. I tried Velvet Rose and Oud (**) dry body oil, layered with Tuberose Angelica on one arma and with Peony and Blush Suede (**) on the other. The tuberose/oud combiantion works well, but peony wanishes next to stronger essences.

I recommend the massage to anyone. In Milan you can get it at Jo Malone’s  flagship store in via Santa Maria alla Porta, 13 (angolo corso Magenta) or at Rinascente at piazza Duomo. The dry body oil is a bit more olily, but also more hydrating than similar and less expensive products such as Roger & Gallet Bois d’Orange Huile Sublime, body creams and bath foams are excellent. I don’t think in this line ther eis any fragrance worty of a crime, but a whiff of Lime, Basil and Mandarin (**) can improve a bad day.