Skip to main content

Ormonde Man – The perfect green - March 18, 2013 New Fragrance Listing

Photo - Wikipedia - 18th Green at Pebble Beach Golf Links - Tewey, July 2006

It was Luca Turin who turned me on to Ormonde Jayne perfumes. When I read his review of Ormonde Woman in his book ‘Perfumes the A-Z Guide’ in 2008 I knew I would love it and I did – and I do. It is one of the fragrances that I have worn and bought over and over again over the years.

Now, I don’t always agree with Mr. Turin, but he has introduced me, and many others, to some great fragrances. My life is richer for it and for that I am thankful to him. So, since Ormonde Woman made it on to my desert island list along with a few other frags and a boat (why do people choose things like CDs or books for being stranded on a desert island? Why don’t they choose things that will get them off the island? But I digress…) I went back to the well (The Guide) and read Turin’s 5 star review of Ormonde Man:

“Ormonde Man, derived from their signature feminine, is a sultry woody floral that sounds a muted, tourmaline-green chord from top to drydown. Hear it once, and you’ll want it again.” SOLD! – and here’s why….

It opens fresh and citrusy from bitter bergamot and whiff of gin/pine from juniper berries. Juniper berries are the only spice that comes from conifers which is why pink pepper, cardamom and coriander seeds complement it so beautifully here, adding spicy warmth and a hint of anise. As it blooms, oud, sweet and deep, comes forward and blends with black hemlock creating a heart that is deep, dark and green with the oud never getting loud or sharp. Vetiver and cedar at the base carry the green vibe through to the drydown while sandalwood gives it a woodiness. Musk balances it all while making it warm and sensuous.

Ormonde Man is a walk in the forest - deep, green, woody - warmed by a soft light. It isn’t brash or bold, but a complex, smooth and sensuous skin scent that smells so wonderful on a man.

Linda Pilkington, founder and creator of Ormonde Jayne has gained a reputation for using quality materials and for being the first to use specialty oils, like black hemlock, which makes her fragrances truly unique. But it’s her deft hand as a perfumer that make Ormonde Man and Ormonde Woman so FBW.

Ormonde Jayne perfumes are very hard to find with limited distribution outside of the UK, but if you sign up for their newsletter, they sometimes offer free-shipping worldwide. Now you have no excuse not to own Ormonde Man, except of course that you are buying a decant first so you can decide if you want one bottle or two.

Today, we’re adding Ormonde Man to our Decant Store. Decants are $6.00.