Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir


At last… a new Ormonde Jayne! I’m a diehard fan, so it is beyond unlikely that I’m going to utter a derogatory word about any creation of theirs. While I don’t love them all equally and some are just like, I do admire what she has done with this line of beautiful perfumes, ones that I always enjoy wearing. I’ve found if you love the base in their perfumes, you’re bound to at least strong like their creations.

Orris Noir has top notes of Davana, Pink Pepper, Coriander Seed, Bergamot. Heart notes of Iris, Sambac Absolute, Pimento Berries, Bay. Base notes of incense, myrrh, patchouli, chinese cedar and gaiac.

This is far less sweet than many of the Ormonde Jayne perfumes… pretty much not sweet at all except very briefly on the open, just enough to let you know it is an Ormonde Jayne perfume. It goes on spicier and drier, and I get more incense early on, which stays for quite a good length of time. It’s beautifull blended and is far, far less opulent and overpowering as some from the line, like Ormonde Woman or Ta’if (hey, I love ’em like that), and not at all sweet. I wind up getting very little of the OJ base that I normally smell with their perfumes in the drydown. It stays dry and spicy, and really understatedly beautiful. Soft, spicy and warm, and they’ve used the spice and iris together not the same as Iris Silver Mist, but in a similarly charming way. The longer you wear it, the more enchanting it becomes, a quite spicy iris whisper.. It’s a hit with me, partly because it rounds out a line of perfumes that I already love, but it’s a keeper on its own as well.

You can read Ina’s review, Marina’s review and Robin’s review.

Okay, today is the Restylane day. Eeep, I HATE needles, wish me luck, and you’ll hear all about it on Friday.

  • BBliss says:

    I can’t wait to try this – sounds really lovely!

    I’m late but hope you are faring well post-needles – can’t wait to hear the results tomorrow! And what did you think of the finale of PR?

    As an aside to Leopoldo – same thing happened to my father – it was a totally strange thing – really, really smooth skin – he had several circular patches in his beard. After many doctors it was diagnosed and pronounced as “stress-related” – his beard went back to normal but it took a few months AFTER the stress factors were eliminated -it was a bad year at his work. Good luck to you!

  • Victoria says:

    Loved this one! It was beautiful from start to finish.

    Good luck with your procedure!

  • sariah says:

    Good luck Patty!

    I was lucky enough to visit the teensy OJ shop in London this spring. It’s amazing to go into a store devoted solely to 10 or less scents – you can just focus right in on something (or several things) to love with expert assistance.

  • Masha says:

    ūüôĀ What is in the OJ base, in general terms? I love the smell of OJs in the bottle, but on me, that base turns so sour I might have bathed in bug spray and vinegar. Why oh why??? This happens to a few other Basenoters as well, but not to most. What is that base????

  • Robin says:

    Reminds me that I need to give ON another try to see if I need to buy it. I have a feeling I’m sticking with Ta’if, although ON is gorgeous too.

    And good luck!

  • violetnoir says:

    I am not, sad to say, an OJ fan, but I am happy that you love her new creation.

    To the important part of my reply: Take care and have a great day. I await your news about your results with the Restylane.


  • tmp00 says:

    I have a feeling that you’ll be very happy- I’ve had friends who’ve had it done and the end results were spectacular, with practically now downside other than slight redness at the injection site that lasts about a day.

  • chayaruchama says:

    ūüôĀ Oh, Leopoldo-
    I will love you no matter what your beard looks like, and cover it with kisses…
    I hope it’s nothing major.

    BTW- you may not be an observant Catholic [nor am I , for that matter !], but for any ailment in the head region, you’re supposed to pray to St. Ita [Brendan was her acolyte, circa 800 AD]…

    It takes a Jewish mother to tell you that- sick, huh? Anyhoo, it works for my neurology peeps !

    Love you, tiny angel…(%)

  • Patty says:

    Dusan — I am absolutely covered in Fleur de Narcisses today, so I’m all set! If I’m feeling low when I get done, I’ll have a dish of ice cream with Hershey’s chocolate syrup on top and spritz on more. ūüôā

  • Patty says:

    Judith — you and Marina, OJs just are never going to work for you, unless they change the base, I’m quite sure of that. Andy’s is some kind of gorgeous, I can’t wait for it either!

    Well, I’ll let y’all know on Friday! My DH is skeptical and can’t imagine why I’m being so vain about this. tough to explain to him whem I’m not even sure why.

    Just goes to what I said about the face to L. You get used to thinking of how you look a certain way, and when it changes slowly over time and you finally notice how big one change has been, it bugs you. I see myself as “old” now in the face when I never did before.

  • Patty says:

    Elle, haven’t tried the parfum at all, but I was happy with the EDP. It lasted several hours, just fading away like most of the OJs do over time. I’d be interested, too, if there’s a difference. This is one that I could almost think about getting the parfum for.

  • Patty says:

    Marina, I’m so sorry! But based on the things that you do like, I would have always been surprised if you found an OJ to like or love. It just doesn’t fit the other things you like at all!

  • Patty says:

    Leopoldo, that sounds odd. I’ll discard all my flip replies and just say I hope you find out what it is! Having things go disturbingly wrong, especially on the face, is so hard on the ego and strangely just makes the rest of my day bad. You get used to your face looking like X, so changes are unsettling.

  • Patty says:

    March, that sounds, um, slightly dirty?

  • Dusan says:

    P, don’t worry, you’ll be fine and so puhretty afterwards (not that you aren’t already ūüôā ). Just slather y/self with a favourite perfume, it works great as anesthesia!
    You hate needles, me, I abhor going to the dentist’s — the whine of the drill’s enough to send me jumping through the window!
    Hugs, dear.

    Chaya, how I wish you were my dentist…

    Leo, hope it’s nothing serious. Take care man.

  • Judith says:

    I am with Marina on this and the OJs (except for O. Man on DH–swoon:). I can’t wait for Andy’s (which I loved) to come out. And I can’t wait to hear about the Restylane (Good Luck)!!! I have been considering something like this myself and DH is very against it, so I am gathering ammunition!:)

  • Elle says:

    This one worked fabulously w/ my skin chemistry. Total love. Have you had the chance to compare the parfum and the edp? I only have tried the parfum so far, but my budget would be infinitely happier w/ the edp, so I’m hoping it’s as divine. Or at least close.
    Good luck w/ the needles! I’ve had needle phobic friends do it and they said it really wasn’t bad at all. And the results were fantastic.

  • Marina says:

    It leaves me cold :(( Like basically the whole OJ line. :(( Why, why, why? So unfair. :((

  • Leopoldo says:

    Tried ON in the new store last weekend as promised… store is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. And ON is beautiful… for you ladies, anyways.

    Good luck with the ole needles. i’m off now to get some blood taken. I have mystery bald patches in my beard. Baby skin underneath em. Doc has no ideas, she says, none at all… Hmmm. Any needle fear I had was removed last year by having Arterial Blood Gases taken daily…

  • March says:

    oooh oooh oooh! It sounds like loooooove:x

    You’ll be fine. I saw you in action in NYC and you’re no wussy. They’ll probably give you some little balls to squeeze…

  • Patty says:

    Morning, Chaya!.

    Compared to Andy’s. Hmmm, I really don’t compare the two in any close way, they’re very different, and I love them both. My ON is washed off now, but it’s more incensey, though they are both dry. They are both subtle in how they are put together. I mean, I think you have to have them both! ūüôā

  • chayaruchama says:

    Mornin’, little beauty-
    Good luck with those needles, my friend.
    [I wish I were doing it for you- my teenager had me draw his fasting bloods a few days ago, and said,”Damn, Mama- you’re good !”]

    I loved your review of this.
    Sadly, I, too love a good iris.
    How would you compare this to our sweet Andy’s Orris ?