Perfume guru Jo Malone says her sense of smell is so strong she can tell when it is going to rain 

A perfume expert says her sense of smell is so strong she can tell when it is going to rain and even predicted her father’s affair as a child.

Jo Malone, 55, created her eponymous brand which creates richly scented candles, perfumes and creams in 1994. 

And she blames her perfume success on ‘muddled’ senses which left her able to predict rainfall as a child, she told Stella Live yesterday.

Jo Malone, 55, created her eponymous brand which creates richly scented candles, perfumes and creams in 1994

Jo Malone, 55, created her eponymous brand which creates richly scented candles, perfumes and creams in 1994

Jo Malone, 55, created her eponymous brand which creates richly scented candles, perfumes and creams in 1994

She said: ‘All my senses are muddled but actually that has caused me to change the world because I think very, very differently.

‘I remember as a child, I was like “Mum, it’s going to rain today” and she would say, “How do you know?” I would say “I can smell it.”

On one occasion her father came home and she told him she could smell something on his shirt.

When she lost her sense of smell during treatment for breast cancer in 2006 she left her company - by then owned by Estée Lauder

When she lost her sense of smell during treatment for breast cancer in 2006 she left her company - by then owned by Estée Lauder

She blames her perfume success on 'muddled' senses which left her able to predict rainfall as a child, she told Stella Live yesterday

She blames her perfume success on 'muddled' senses which left her able to predict rainfall as a child, she told Stella Live yesterday

When she lost her sense of smell during treatment for breast cancer in 2006 she left her company – by then owned by Estée Lauder

It turned out he was having an affair with another woman and it was her cologne Jo could smell on his collar. 

‘I could smell if the dog was sick and smell how to make face creams,’ she added.

Instead of creating scents through reading formulas Jo would use her sense of smell.

When she lost her sense of smell during treatment for breast cancer in 2006 she left her company - by then owned by Estée Lauder. But a week later she could smell again and she launched Jo Loves in 2011

When she lost her sense of smell during treatment for breast cancer in 2006 she left her company - by then owned by Estée Lauder. But a week later she could smell again and she launched Jo Loves in 2011

When she lost her sense of smell during treatment for breast cancer in 2006 she left her company – by then owned by Estée Lauder. But a week later she could smell again and she launched Jo Loves in 2011

She added: ‘Because I was dyslexic, I couldn’t read the formulation, but I could smell. I learnt to trust my nose like it was my best friend.’ 

When she lost her sense of smell during treatment for breast cancer in 2006 she left her company – by then owned by Estée Lauder.

But a week later she could smell again and she launched Jo Loves in 2011. 

‘My smell came back in a very different way,’ she added. 

‘There’s this real guts to the fragrances I create now.  I work with notes so extreme that I would never have chosen before.’  

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