I remember when Ormonde Jayne launched with three fragrances in 2002. I think I’m correct in listing those as Ormonde Woman (just called Ormonde back then), Frangipani and Champaca. And I recall sitting at work trying to think through which one I would buy – because there was so much positive hype around the brand that I ‘knew’ at least one of the perfumes would work for me. I vaguely recall I ended up buying Frangipani and thinking it was beautiful, but then somehow not enough to keep it. I don’t remember where it went. Maybe it was traded away on Makeup Alley for something I liked more. I also ended up later buying a bottle of Ormonde Woman and again I don’t know where that ended up. The point being that while I did and do think Ormonde Jayne fragrances are beautiful and very well done I have yet to meet one that I wanted to keep.
When I recently bought a sample of the new Tauer (see last week’s post) I threw in one of the new Ormonde Jayne Evernia because you just never know. This is from the Signature Collection and was released this year.
It’s supposed to be a riff on oakmoss, that so very important note in perfumery.
Notes include oakmoss, cashmeran, orris root, pink pepper, rose, black currant, jasmine and freesia.
On me, this opens with a mossy, loamy smell which is quite striking. But, that lasts for about 2 minutes. Then, I get this weird aquatic pepperminty thing which is seriously not good on me. Like slightly nauseating and get this off me. I persevered – because I felt I should. As things warmed up a bit I got some rose and maybe a bit of black currant. That sort of helped to mitigate the aquatic/peppermint thing, but not a lot. It does get a bit resiny, but I still can’t get past the water/mint thing.
(Note next morning: This is tenacious and it is really not good on me. Generic men’s cologne smell which didn’t go away even after shower.)
So, alas, another OJ that doesn’t do it for me.
I’m thinking the next couple of weeks should be fairly quiet work-wise. One weekly note I tend to do had a disclaimer on Friday stating readers would next see it in early January. I love European clients who actually think they should have time off during the holidays.
I lit the Diptyque Biscuit candle for the season. It is soft and sweet and very pleasant. Not big and loud but very mouth-watering and enjoyable. Am liking it a lot.
So, have you tried the new OJ? Positive/negative if yes? Are you looking at a busy or quiet Xmas if you celebrate (things will be quiet-ish here)? Best wishes for the season — as I won’t be writing again till the 27th.