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.
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.
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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.