A Primark Jo Malone Dupe?

I’m going to fully admit it, I’ve never purchased a Jo Malone product. They are on the pricey side, but I know the quality of the product is well worth it. I lust after their colognes and candles, and even just last week when I was heading to Italy on holiday I had to sample nearly every product at Edinburgh Airport.

When I was browsing my local Primark I decided to head to the beauty section- as you get some decent beauty bargains there- and I kept smelling this gorgeous aroma. I eventually found a new stand which had a selection of reed diffusers, perfumes and home sprays. I was really impressed with the range of scents and how amazing they smelt.

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They have very similar scents to the Jo Malone products, such as Primark’s mandarin & basil, which smelt almost identical to Jo Malone’s lime, mandarin and basil cologne.

This was obviously a very popular product as the majority was sold out. But I managed to get my hands on the mandarin & basil room spray and the eau de parfum rollerball fragrance collection which was perfect as I was able to try out each scent.

The eau de parfum rollerball fragrance collection set came with 6 miniatures of each of their scents. This included; Vanilla Absolute, Amber Noir, Mandarin & Basil, Rose Out, Pomegranate & Black Tea, and Jasmine & Honey.

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I’m fully aware that the quality of these perfumes don’t match Jo Malone products, however I was very impressed with the actually scent of them. The only thing that I have noticed is the staying power. They are strong when put on, but the scent doesn’t stick around for long. This ended up making me apply more perfume as a top up throughout the day, but I didn’t mind seeing as I only paid £8 for the roller ball set.

Overall I’d probably buy the room sprays again and I’ll definitely be back to try out the reed diffusers. I’d say the perfume is good if you just want a light scent, but I can see myself treating myself to a Jo Malone cologne in the future.

 

 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 3-Little Grandma’s Shortbread Recipe

Day 3 is a special family recipe that I’m going to share with you. I’m sure lots of families will have the same tradition of baking a batch of these at any time of year, but especially during Christmas time. My family call it whipped shortbread, but I also find they are quite like sugar cookies, so call them what you like!

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Ingredients 

3 cups softened butter 

1 1/2 cups icing sugar – sifted 

4 1/2 cups flour 

1 1/2 cups corn starch

Coloured Sprinkles (I used red ones) and/or Candied Cherries for decoration 

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Method 

Pre heat oven to 180°c.

Line a flat baking tray with grease proof paper. 

The key to getting this dough right is making sure all the ingredients are whipped for a long period of time, and ensuring all the icing sugar is mixed well from the bottom of the bowl. 

Whip up the icing sugar and softened butter until very fluffy. Slowly add in the corn starch bit by bit while still mixing, followed by the flour until well blended. 

Once the dough is formed, lightly dust your hands with corn starch and roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them evenly spread out on the baking sheet. 

Dust a fork in flour a gently press onto the top of the dough. Either top with sprinkles or candied cherries. 

Allow to bake for around 22 minutes- checking regularly. 

Remove from the oven and allow the shortbread to cool before sharing! 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 2-Chocolate Chip Snowballs

I like to describe this recipe as a chocolate chip cookie with a festive twist! They are very simple to make. Give them a go, and let me know what you think.

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Ingredients 

2 cups sifted flour 

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter 

1/2 cup sugar 

1 egg

1 cup chopped nuts (I used chopped pecans) 

1 cup chocolate chips 

Powdered/Icing sugar 

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Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°c. Line a flat baking tray with greaseproof paper. 

Sift the flour and salt together. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, then add in the egg and mix well. Blend in the flour and salt mixture, along with the chocolate chips and chopped nuts. 

Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and spread them evenly onto the baking sheet. 

Bake the cookies for around 15-20 minutes. 

Once baked, remove from oven and let them cool. Once cool, roll the cookies in powdered/icing sugar.

 

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