Ormonde Jayne Vanille d’Iris Review

Ormonde Jayne Vanille d’Iris is the latest release from Ormonde Jayne.  Being one of my favorite perfume houses, I’m already inclined to like this.  Throwing vanilla and iris on that potential love bonfire?  I am as ready to fall in love as a giddy 15-year-old girl.

Ormonde Jayne Vanille d'Iris

S. Lyman iris Cove 2003

Notes of coriander, bergamot, carrot seed, pink pepper, orris, jasmine, magnolia, osmanthus, vanilla, cedar, vetiver, amber and musk go into this Geza Schoen creation.  A great peppery citrus open is quickly joined by a really buttery iris.  For those of you that aren’t crazy about iris when it is powdery, this isn’t that, so throw those powdery fears to one side – didn’t happen.

I was most interested to see how the vanilla was handled in this as Linda Pilkington doesn’t devote much of her line to featuring vanilla.  For the base and feel of the OJ line, I think that’s a good choice – gourmand’ish anything just wouldn’t fit with the materials she prefers.  There’s a lot of subtle floral shades spiked with vetiver and pepper and carrot seed.  Too much vanilla would have, well, made it weird. It’s got just a dollop of vanilla to smooth out some of those rougher edges of the carrot, pepper and vetiver.  And by smooth, I don’t mean erase.  I get the pepper and spikier notes all the way through, they never go away, they just get softened.

It’s got a nice woodsy feel to it that floats under the iris,  So basically a peppered woody iris with a dab of vanilla.

If you’re a fan of the line already, you’ll love Ormonde Jayne Vanille d’Iris.  It’s got all of her line’s signature base with the spotlight on a woody iris.  I find almost all the Ormonde Jayne line to have a beautiful waft, and Vanille d’Iris is the same.  It is beautiful to wear because it floats with you and gently trails you, making it better on the float-through than sniffing it up close.

Ormonde Jayne Vanille d’Iris hit my favorite list for the fall and beyond. It is a great staple that isn’t too loud or shy. It makes a soft buttery iris statement that feels exactly right.

Winners of the Arquiste Nanban samples – greennote2, Mary K, and Recovering Perfectionist.  Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog, send me your name and address and remind me what you’ve won.  I’ll send you a quick “got it” e-mail so you know it didn’t drop into my spam filter and then get it sent to you.

So do you like Ormonde Jayne?  Ever tried it?  Favorite if you have?  Note you’d like to see her take on next? I’d pick gardenia, but I’m not sure that will work with her base and preferences, but I think it could be pretty interesting to see.  I’ll do a drawing for four samples from commenters.

45 Comments

  1. I’ve not yet tried a single Ormond Jane! Horrors! Must remedy this soon and this one sounds lovely. I’m an iris fan (and currently falling for my sample if SHL 777 Khol de Bahrain which is a lovely iris which leans a bit gourmand).
    Thanks for the draw and the enticing review!

  2. Absolutely love Ormonde Jayne Woman. My favorite scent for fall and winter. I really want to try this new one.

  3. Yet to find a vanilla but …… I am partial to iris. I guess Woman is my favourit but I only wear it in freezing temperatures. xx

  4. i haven’t been able to try ormonde jane but i would love the chance.i am a big iris fan and carrot seed intrigues me.thanks for the draw : )

  5. I like OJ Woman but I love Orris Noir! Especially now its starting to get colder here. Thanks for the draw.

  6. Oh, I would love to try the new OJ scent 🙂 I have Woman and Tolu but must say that the rest of the line failed to make a huge impression on me. Still, the Iris vanilla combo sounds great.
    Thank you for the draw!

  7. I’ve tried only OJ Woman and Tolu so far and OJ Woman was spicier and warmer. Tolu has a bitterness whichis a bit too much for me. Iris but not powdery? Sounds good to me! Thank you for the draw.

  8. I love Orris Noir and I’m almost sure I will like Vanille d’Iris- thanks for the draw

  9. The only OJ I’ve tried is Taif, which is pretty great. I like my iris with a little sweetness or warmth, so this sounds like something I’d like to try.

  10. I’ve tried oj woman and would love to try this new one based on your review, the picture, my love of iris and my quest for gorgeous perfumes!

  11. I love iris in almost any form. I have Orris Noir from OJ. Your wonderful review made me very interested Vanille d’Iris.

  12. My pretty rad husband bought be the OJ sample set one year for Valentine’s Day. Tolu is my favorite, followed closely by Ormonde Woman. I always thought the same about Tolu – it smells better in the waft than it does up close. This new one is going on the test list. 🙂

  13. I have never tried Ormonde Jayne (haven’t got it around here), and this one sounds great. Especially with the vanilla.

  14. I’ve tried Tolu and T’aif, both of which I love. Tolu is one of the only frags I’ve worn that has gotten compliments from strangers! I love iris and this one sounds gorgeous.

  15. I have both Tolu and Woman and adore both. I have a friend who goes over to the UK fairly frequently so I’m hopeful to get some additional scents from this line. The iris sounds fabulous!

  16. I love the notes in this. So far I have tried Tolu, Woman and Man. I ended up buying Qi and Tsarina as they are so unique.

  17. I haven’t tried any of the OJs yet, and they sound right up my alley. I love iris. It’s one of my favorite notes, and so is vetiver.

  18. Taif is my favorite of her line….Arabian roses without being over the top. Iris is a big hit with me generally, so would love to try this new one.

  19. I’d love to try this one! I’ve also been waiting to try Tsarina Intensivo by OJ, which also sounds woodsy iris-y, but also has jasmine and suede notes, both of which sound interesting. If you get a sample, I’d love to hear your take on it, too!

  20. I had the OJ sample set and Tolu and Taif were my favorites. I’m interested to see what the house can do with iris and a drop of vanilla; Orris Noir was nice but not great on me.

  21. Osmanthus is probably my most worn OJ followed by Champaca. I’m working on sample of Tolu and Woman to see if they are gong to join the club. I am lusting after the Nocturne candle being promoted after their website but find the price daunting. A nice sample of Vanille d’Iris might keep my brain occupied and my wallet safe :^)

  22. I really haven’t tried the OJ line, but this sounds like the perfect gateway fragrance. Thanks for the drawing!

  23. I’m wearing Ormaond Jayne Woman today – not a shocker, as it’s my go-to for fall. And early spring. The hemlock just plays really well with cool misty days. Would love to see what a peppery woody iris does! Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

  24. It seems I cannot do Iris in any form, therefore, I doubt I will try this. My fave is TOLU….oh how I crave more of it now!

  25. I generally dislike rose but I love Ta’if and I have a decant of Ormonde Woman and bought a bottle of Man for my SO…but I haven’t had a chance to try anything else in the line. This sounds lovely, I like the combination of carrot and iris.

  26. I’ve tried a couple, and liked Tolu. I find it a more wearable oriental than, say, Shalimar, which is a lovely perfume but which I couldn’t wear on an everyday basis. This new perfume sounds truly intriguing, I find the carrot seed note especially exciting in this combination.

  27. I was in London last month and, fangirl that I am, made a little pilgrimage to the Ormonde Jayne boutique. It’s a lovely, little jewel box, and Linda herself was there, so I got to meet her! The Vanille d’Iris wasn’t out yet, but I heard it was coming…my fingers are crossed that I get lucky in the draw.

  28. I never tried any of her perfumes. I would love to. Thank you for the draw!

  29. I’ve only tried OJ woman, which I liked very much. Thanks for the chance to try this new iris OJ, and for the review.

  30. Tolu was not love at first sniff, but when finally it hit me, I was enamored. I haven’t found an iris to love yet, but the addition of vanilla makes me hopeful that this one could work for me. Thanks for the opportunity!

  31. I´ve never tried anything OJ, but would love to. Thank you for the draw, Patty. Iris being my favorite note, I´d vote for it, but since here it is, so I´d love to see them doing a not too sweet neither too straight forward tonka bean.

  32. I love so many Ormonde Jayne perfumes! Tiare is my favorite, but Ta’if is a close 2nd. If you count the exclusive stuff, her perfume for 20ltd (Seraphim) is my favorite. I’m just dying to try this! Please throw my hat into the draw!

  33. Another one here who hasn’t yet tried any OJ! Love me some Iris so would love a shot at this one!

  34. I have the sample set but have yet to find the one from this line that is a match… Perhaps this one is it?

  35. I had a full bottle of Orris Noir, but sold it on evil-bay as I never gave it the wearing it deserved. I do miss it a little. This sounds really lovely though – you can never have enough Iris scents.

  36. Without question my favourite from this line is Frangipani, but I also have a few others from her collection: Champaca, got hubby some Zizan. The Orris Noir is really beautiful, and what I consider a night-time, black dress and high heels perfume.

  37. Ormonde Jayne Woman is pure magic–if I had to pick one scent, it’s an enchanted forest in a bottle to take with me to a desert island and make it green. please count me in, I love vanilla and OJ and GS!

    • I agree, so beautiful and satisfying! OJ Woman was among my very first samples and remains a favorite fall scent. I tried Orris Noir and oddly found it neither Iris nor Noir on my skin, but still aching to try her other fragrances. Thank you for the chance!

  38. I have a sample of Ta’if and Woman and really enjoy them both. The Ta’if was my intro to OJ (via Fairy Godmother!) and I liked it sooo much I wanted an FB. Until I saw the price, that is.

  39. I’ve never tried an Ormonde Jayne fragrance, but have been meaning to get a sample pack one of these days. The florals sound so original, and Vanille D’Iris sounds absolutely delicious (have been looking for a good vanilla-iris combo).

  40. This sounds like something I’d enjoy– thanks the review, Patty. I don’t remember how many roots it takes to make an ounce of orris butter (concentrate). I am sure you know. Or Lisa (remember the iris farm trip with Sniffapalooza?)

    OJ Woman is one of my favorite niche fragrances to introduce to a budding perfumista — someone who hasn’t yet learned how many great fragrances exist outside of the mainstream designer choices in US department stores. OJ Man is a favorite, too. I also own Champaca.

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