YAY Perfume Posse! It’s my BIRTHDAY! Well, yesterday was technically my birthday but you can bet your life I’m still celebrating today.BFF Kath has organised a small crew of us to go see Australian actor, writer and comedian Celeste Barber. Most famous for her hilarious real life approximations of iconic pop-cultural advertising and self aggrandisement on Instagram. If you don’t know her then you MUST check her out, six million followers and climbing. It’s taken me years but I finally put down the money and bought myself a bottle of Sampaquita. Though it hasn’t been on the list per se, it has always been a strong love and I went through a 10ml travel in a couple of years. It was finally time. So I’m going to wear it on my birthday.
Sampaquita by Ormonde Jayne 2004
Ormonde Jayne gives these featured accords:
Top: Lychee, Grass Oil, Bergamot, Magnolia
Heart: Sampaquita Absolute, Freesia, Muguet, Rose, Water Lilies
Base: Musk, Vetiver, Moss, Ambrette Seed
Sampaquita is the Polynesian jasmine, like but unalike the jasmines we are used to.
That super green opening is astringent and fruity. It makes my lips pucker in happy anticipation. Any juicier and my mouth would be watering. Bittersweet, like so many of the best things in life and crisp. Sampaquita opens like a fragrance from another time, its oiliness like the shimmer of aldehydes across citrus and vetiver.
Once the snappy opening recedes I am given a beautiful resinous green bouquet of which I can mainly smell lily, freesia and some dewy jasmine. It’s a cool tropical bouquet, maybe a shady dell after a rainstorm, surrounded by lush tropical growth but shadowed and eerily green. Also picking up an extra creaminess that didn’t used to be in my older iteration, a bit ylang-ish. It’s a welcome addition and very pretty.
I think ambrette seeds give my nose a particular smell, it’s animal and vegetal and catches me unawares in a bunch of fragrances till I read the notes list. It’s as if a tree had armpits and we are smelling them about 3/4 of the way through a warm workday.
Sampaquita is totally unisex and not so big that it would be uncomfortable in a workplace, unless you have a zero fragrance policy.
Surrender To Chance has Sampaquita samples
Do you have any of the Ormond Jayne fragrances? Did you ever try Sampaquita?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies