Hi Posse, Last year at a Libertine/Agence de Parfum season launch we were having to do it through ZOOM so they sent us a book and a heap of new releases. We only had an hour to get all our sniffing and first impressions. Obviously some really stood out for me (Penhaligon’s Babylon, Memo Sicilian Leather) but there were a couple that I liked but they were overwhelmed by other, more boisterous scents. I kept those samples aside to resniff at a later date, then completely forgot about them. Having done a little clean up duty in the perfume room I rediscover them and have been testing. Tanger is my standout favourite and I’d like you to share a wearing with me.
Tanger by Ormonde Jayne 2020
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Italian Mandarin, Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang
Heart: Neroli, Cashmere Wood, Rose
Base: Madagascar Vanilla, Amber, Moss, Resins
The Tanger opening is a lovely burst of citruses and Play-Doh. Do you remember the Play-Doh vanilla/amber from Art Collection #02 by Jacomo? It’s very similar in feel and character but smells more 21st century niche. I’m very surprised this isn’t a patchouli fragrance, it is so reminiscent of a few of the modern patchoulis like Fancy Nights and even DIOR Patchouli Imperial. Not EXACTLY like them but I’m reminded of them. Maybe it’s one of those ubiquitous but oft unmentioned base notes.
Most of the listed notes just don’t appear for my nose in any noticeable amounts.
One very slight problem I had with Tanger was spritzing when I already had a headache coming on. It was fairly uncomfortable. Fortunately next wear was not compromised, PHEW!
It sounds like I don’t like Tanger as I read this back. Not true. I REALLY like it. It’s not groundbreaking or definitive but it’s super comfortable and I can imagine it being a firm favourite.
Totally unisex, lasting power is very impressive and projection moderate. It’s the kind of thing I can imagine being very popular in the gym change room and think it would smell so good on a fit suit, especially at the end of the day when Tanger is just a warm, sexy, slightly salty, amber hum.
Sound good? Do you like any of the Ormonde Jayne oeuvre?