Meet Jo Malone London Poppy & Barley Cologne

We chat with the perfumer behind Jo Malone London Poppy & Barley Cologne.

When Jo Malone London launched its limited-edition English Fields collection last year, while all enchanting, there was one fragrance from the collection that stood out from the rest. And now, thanks to its overwhelming success and popularity, the warm and mesmerising Poppy & Barley Cologne has been added to Jo Malone London’s permanent collection of fragrances. Mathilde Bijauoi, the perfumer behind the much-loved fragrance – and a handful of other Jo Malone London favourites including the heady Myrrh & Tonka and Jasmine & Sambac – says she was very excited when she found out the news. “The fragrance itself was quite an achievement,” she says. “And it’s always so nice to know that so many people love and can wear the fragrance you’ve created.”

With its warm, golden notes of barley, vibrant poppies and a contrasting hint of juicy blackcurrant it’s easy to understand why the fragrance has become such a hit. Just one spritz of Poppy & Barley Cologne is enough to transport you to a sun-drenched English field where grains and flowers mingle. “It was an exciting creative challenge and new territory for me — exploring the potential of the ingredients and their combination,” she says.“Poppy & Barley has an element of the unexpected and unusual — a contrast between the vibrant poppies and the nourishing grains, rounded by hints of violet and fig,” explains Bijauoi.

Jo Malone Poppy & Barley

Bijauoi, who says she owes her career to her father who introduced her to the olfactory world through his passion for gastronomy, is well aware of the powerful impact fragrance can have on each and every one of us. It was in her early childhood that she first discovered the power of fragrance and at the tender age of 13 during a trip Osmothèque – the world’s largest fragrance archive – in Versailles, Bijauoi decided that it perfumery that would become her future vocation. When Bijauoi isn’t busy concocting captivating fragrances, she spends her spare time running olfactory hospital workshops for women suffering from cancer.

Bijauoi believes that scent has the ability to help us reconnect with our wellbeing, which could help to explain the affinity with Jo Malone London Poppy & Barley Cologne that many have experienced. Bijauoi says she believes that Poppy & Barley Cologne has resonated with so many because there is something incredibly uplifting about the scent of barley. “There’s something about barley that has a bit of a reassuring effect,” she says. She believes that the world we live in can be somewhat of an assault on the senses and in our hectic lives when need something that can help us find those moments of serenity. For Bijauoi her Poppy & Barley creation does just that. When asked what feelings the scent conjures up for her personally she says it’s most likely the same feelings that lovers of the fragrance have when they were – a sense of reassurance, almost like a security blanket. “People need something comforting in their lives,” she adds.


In Jo Malone London world there’s no such thing as owning too many fragrances as each scent has been designed with the ability to be layered with your other favourite Jo Malone London colognes. Try these mesmerising combinations with Jo Malone London Poppy & Barley to create a bespoke scent. Pair Jo Malone London Poppy & Barley with the iconic Wood Sage & Sea Salt and you’ll be transported to a coastal paradise in just one spritz. Take Jo Malone London Poppy & Barley into the evening by layering it with the opulent and enchanting Myrrh & Tonka Cologne.

Jo Malone London Poppy & Barley Cologne is available now (30ml for $120 and 100ml for $240). Click here to purchase.


The Best New Skincare to Try This Month

Wanting to get your skin luminous and flawless for summer? Our beauty editor has rounded up the best new skincare to try this month.

The Luxury Must-Have

Tom Ford has already amassed a cult-like following within the beauty world thanks to his inimitable fragrances and luxurious make-up offerings. Now Ford is set to change the skincare game, launching his own science-driven line: Tom Ford Research. To formulate the range, Ford teamed with Estée Lauder to assemble his own team of top scientists to create a line that blends cutting-edge skincare science with luxury. The first two products, which will launch the collection – Tom Ford Research Serum Concentrate ($500) and Crème Concentrate ($600) – have been three years in the making. Both have been formulated with white porcelain cacao, caffeine and gyokuro – a unique variety of Japanese green tea – and are said to support the skin’s natural energy for a more radiant, even-toned, youthful complexion.

The Glow Getter

Our skin changed for the better when Elizabeth Arden launched Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum. And now the beauty house has done it again, this time by combining vitamin C with ceramides to boost skin radiance. Each Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum (60 Capsules, $162) capsule has been powered by super-charged vitamin C that works to brighten lacklustre skin, fight pigmentation and protect skin from further damage. And when coupled with ulta-nourishing ceramides, the skin’s barrier is stronger and more resilient than ever before.

The Youth-Restoring Serum

Our lifestyle – from sun exposure, poor sleep and an unhealthy diet – can contribute to premature skin ageing. To combat the unwanted effects that our lifestyle can have on skin, Dermalogica has formulated AGE Smart Phyto-Nature Firming Serum ($290). The clever dual-phase serum is powered with plant-based technology which reawakens skin and safeguards it from further damage. “The Phyto-Nature Firming Serum contains a firming phase powered by Sapphire-bound biomimetic peptides, which help firm skin and reinforce skin defences against your exposome, and a lifting phase powered by modern plant-based technology and ancient botanical wisdom. It works instantly and overtime to firm, lift and revitalise the look of prematurely-ageing skin,” explains says Caroline Parker, Head of Education for Dermalogica New Zealand.

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This month’s best new skincare will get your skin healthy and glowing in time for the warmer months.

The At-Home Treatment

As we age, one of the changes we often notice with our skin is a decrease in luminosity. That’s because with time our skin’s cell renewal process slows right down resulting in dullness and uneven texture and tone. Fortunately, incorporating a powerful-yet-gentle chemical exfoliator into your routine can speed up the process and give your skin a helping hand. Murad’s new Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel ($145 from and Caci nationwide) accelerates the cell renewal process by 33 per cent in just seven days. Unlike other peels that can irritate skin, the clever bi-phase peel features a luminosity-restoring blend of glycolic, lactic, malic, salicylic and tranexamic acids alongside apoptogenic holy basil that helps counteract irritation.

The Life Saver

Unless you’re one of the blessed few that have balanced skin right around the clock, 365 days a year, most of us have moments when our skin does the opposite of what we want it to do. Whether it’s from a change in seasons, stress or long-haul travel, skin can go from being hydrated to dry, irritated and in need of extra attention. Fortunately, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate ($145) has been formulated for those moments when you need it the most. Thanks to clever Chronolux S.O.S technology, in just an hour skin irritation is reduced while round-the-clock hydration is delivered to skin and powerful antioxidants boost its ability to fend off external stressors. Think of it as your skin’s new reset button.

Now that you’ve got your hands on the best new skincare, click here to find out our favourite expert-approved beauty hacks.