Blog post by Gwen
Photo - Wikipedia - 18th Green at Pebble Beach Golf Links - Tewey, July 2006
It was Luca Turin who put me on to Ormonde Jayne perfumes. When I read his review of Ormonde Woman in his book ‘Perfumes the A-Z Guide’, I knew I would love it and I do. It is one of the fragrances that I have worn and bought over and over again.
I don’t always agree with Mr. Turin, but he has introduced me, and many others, to some great fragrances. So, since Ormonde Woman made it on to my desert island list along with a few other fragrances 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 a shot of gin 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, emerges 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 unique. But it’s her deft hand as a perfumer that make Ormonde Man and Ormonde Woman so desert island worthy.
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