Damask by Ormonde Jayne

Hey Posse. Back in 2020 Ormonde Jayne released a capsule collection La Route de Soie (Silk Road) that came in beautiful ombre bottles. At the Libertine Perfumery product launch for the set we were offered a bottle of our choice from the line. I chose Tanger but have wished that my choice was Damask ever since. I kept telling myself that I had chosen my roses and didn’t need more. So I grabbed an amber! GAH! The most prevalent note in my collection by far. As I’ve been cleaning up the samples for New Idea 2023 Damask has come back to light and I thought we could share the wear together. Looks like I might be hunting new game.

Damask by Ormonde Jayne 2020

Damask by Ormonde Jayne

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Black Currant, Pear, Italian Lemon
Heart: Rose, Pink Pepper, Jasmine
Base: Musk, Mineral notes, Vetiver, Amber

A spicy fruit rose on open is already backed by a modern niche amber/vetiver. The rose smells close to real and everything else smells fabulously unearthly. I know most of you are aware that pink pepper is a berry rather than a pepper proper and adds fizz. I’m surprised that I also get the black pepper dry ache here.

As we hit the heart I get a smell that links directly to my memory of BarBQs. It’s a savoury, dry, smokiness but not charred. So interesting to be lurking within this fruity floral and wakes my nose up. Still it is overshadowed by the fruity rose that at this point skirts pot-pourri, not quite falling.

The base is that modern niche blurry scratchy amber with metallic bells & whistles that can drive people crazy. I like it though. Yeah, it has become ubiquitous but there’s a reason for that, it smells nice, especially as you come across it in the wild. There’s something in it that triggers a warm response from me and I’ll often compliment it on wearers. The fruits don’t dissipate and linger as a light overlay to the dry down, adding the cotton candy accord. There are moments of pronounced Baccarat Rouge 540 references in the dry down. If that is noxious to you but you wish you could wear it then Damask could be a softer, less irritating version.

Damask by Ormonde Jayne

A unisex leaning modern femme. Longevity is extraordinary and sillage is moderate after the first hour or so. If you were to wear this to work I’d say it could be overwhelming if sprayed with gay abandon.

Does Damask sound like something you might like?
Portia xx

  • Belladonna says:

    Love reading your Blog posts! Damask is one of my favorites – I do love OJ and had the opportunity last year to meet Linda P. who is beyond gorgeous & delightful. That juicy pear note in Damask combined with Roses and the other fruit is LUSH. Other faves are Tolu, Woman, and Rose Gold.

  • Tom says:

    Oddly enough I think this is something I would like. Good on you with the free bottles!

  • Musette says:

    You know I love those roses! Like others on here,though, I struggle with OJ and this sounds like yet another struggle.
    Baccarat Rouge,on the other hand…yum!

  • March says:

    I love that bottle and it sounds fantastic — what a treat that you have been able to play with these! I’ve not tried any of them, boohoo… “my” OJ is Champaca, love that one, and I liked Woman more than most … hugs to you.

  • alityke says:

    I’m a bit in the fence about OJ. I liked Tolu but flogged it, I have travels of Ta’if but prefer Lyric so rarely reach for Ta’if. I do love Tiare but there are other white flower/citrus/mossy things out there so I only have travels again.
    New OJs sorta left me cold though all the Silk Route ones should by right up my alley, they just aren’t. I think maybe that Geza Schoen’s style just isn’t for me. I’m not into the Molecules line either

  • cinnamon says:

    Hmmm, I don’t think this would work on me — and I’m not that partial to black currant or pear as notes (or they aren’t partial to me). I don’t think OJ is my house (like Caron wasn’t) — I’ve tried quite a number of the perfumes and none has really sung. Many are great in the bottle and on paper — I certainly admire what she does.

    • Portia says:

      Hiya Cinnamon
      Yeah, I think you either love or meh the line. I’ve not met anyone who really hated it.
      There’s so much other to love that really songs for you
      Portia x