Celebrity of our area…
Jo Malone… The famous candle lady lime basil & mandarin in my favourite. What’s yours?
She was brought up in a council house in Bexleyheath, as a child, she helped her Dad sell paintings at the local market. she left school age 15 to look after her Beautician Mother who had suffered a stroke.
Her teacher told her she would never make anything out of her life. Jo had dyslexia which was a largely misunderstood condition at the time.
At an early age Jo discovered that she had an acute sense of smell while helping her mother mix creams and fragrances for a skincare clinic, she couldn’t read the labels on the jars but memorized every ingredient by smell! This is where she invented the scent Lime, Basil & Mandarin.
She started mixing bath oils at home, sold one to a customer who later asked for 100 bottles to give to guests at one of her dinner parties where 86 of them ordered more.
Jo opened her London Knightsbridge store in 1994 and five years later she sold her booming company to Estee Lauder for undisclosed millions in 1999.
This quote was in The Telegraph paper only 3 days ago,
Jo Malone: ‘Walking away from my business was the biggest mistake of my life’
She feels like she has lost her best friend, she also said she had no control or say in what direction her business went in. This made her anxious.