Ormonde Jayne is one of the most accessible and wearable lines out there. They offer a great discovery set that every card-carrying Perfumista owns or covets, and their scents are lovely, well-made, friendly and pretty throughout. I like the florals, love the orientals, the only perfume I had my problems with, was their signature scent – Ormonde Woman.
I blamed it on the hemlock…
Created by Linda Pilkington and Geza Schön in 2002, Ormonde Woman includes notes of cardamom, coriander, grass oil, black hemlock, violet and jasmine absolute, vetiver, cedar wood, amber and sandalwood.
Turns out the only one to blame here, is myself. After my evolution towards and new appreciation for chypre scents, I decided to try Ormonde Woman again, and indeed, my distaste is gone, although I still smell the once offending note, it simply ceased offending and started to smell gorgeous.
Woman opens very fresh, with a wonderfully spicy, green and grassy top note and after a few minutes, the hemlock hits and softened by a floral embellishment of sheer jasmine and a hint of green violet, steers the perfume towards its base of vetiver and ambery woods.
After an initial ray of sunshine, Ormonde Woman starts its descent into a dark green, mysterious, damp and secluded forest. Lichen-covered stones, huge primordial trees, barks covered with damp moss.
This is prime fairy-tale estate.
Ormonde Woman is dark, witchy and full of twists and turns. It is darkest green, shot through with rays of light now and again, it is not dense or impenetrable, but you want to carry a flashlight anyway or risk falling prey to your own fears. Because those are the monsters that can hurt you most in an enchanted forest.