Ormonde Jayne Black Gold Extrait & Parfum d’Empire Corsica Furiosa Reviews are coming up, but first! (sorry, it’s full-tilt Big Brother season, and as much as I hate myself for watching it, I just can’t quit you, BB) let’s do winners from past giveaways.
Winners of the Serge Lutens L’Orpheline samples – Bastet, Angela, Ingeborg and Neva.
Winners of the two Tom Ford samples – MaureenC, foxbins and Kaijsa. For all of you, click on Drop us a Note at the top of this page, send me an e-mail telling me what you have won and your address. I’ll send you a quick confirming e-mail so you know it didn’t land in my spam filter (it’s crazy how much stuff does!). Then I’ll get the samples mailed out to you.
So le’ts go through Ormonde Jayne Black Gold extrait. the bad news, it is available only at Harrod’s in London. Created by Geza Schoen with notes of bergamot, lemon, mandarine, clary sage, juniper berry, orchids, rose, water lilies, jasmine, carnation, oud, pink pepper, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, labdanum, moss, musk, cedar, ambrette seed and amber. This has the distinctive Ormonde Jayne base, but is drawn from luxury materials and is in the extrait. A herby-citrus open with pepper and peppery carnation punching olfactory holes in that sparkling open. Florals and oud smooth out what could be a little masculine. Give this time, and the beautiful incense/sandalwood/moss base lets all of these notes that have been dancing wildly rest.
Ormonde Jayne Black Gold is just gorgeous and easily the best release they’ve done in a long time. The downside is how hard it is to get ahold of. My hope is eventually it will go in wider distribution. It’s still well worth pursuing if you are a fan of the line. I am, and I really love this. Also check out Mark’s review at Colognoisseur.
Patrfum d’Empire Corsica Furiosa is the latest 2014 release from this creative perfume line. I’ve expected great scents and innovation from Parfum d’Empire and worry with every new release that I might be let down. With Cosrica Furiosa, they have focused on lentiscus, native to Corsica. Notes of Lentiscus oil, eau-de-vie, nepita (a local variety of wild mint), lentiscus absolute, tomato leaf, pepper, lentiscus extract original, cistus, oakmoss make up this tribute to the homeland of the line’s owner, Marc-Antoine Corticchiato. This isn’t shy. It lays waste to everything you thought you wanted in a perfume with smoking hay and tomato leaf and pepper. I had no idea you could light fire to the earth and all of its greenery and let it just smoke around your nose, but Parfum d’Empire Corsica Furiosa does just that. The first 30 minutes are spectacular and unique, and I can’t think of anything else quite like it, and I’d happily keep reapplying all day just to get that bit of amazing originality. It does settle into a bed of oakmoss and stops huffing green smoke so furiously, settling into an almost figgy smell. You do keep the smoking green monster, but it is tamer, gentler and equally interesting.
This is one of my favorite Parfum d’Empire scents, and that’s saying a lot because I love so many. Unisex and ready to go in any season. Green perfumers are normally not favorites of mine, with a few notable exceptions, and this is one. This may well hit the top of my favorites list for the year.
So! Will do a drawing for two winners getting a sample of each from commenters. Have you tried any Parfum d’Empire, and do you like what they do or no?