I purchased my Ormonde Jayne Discovery Kit sometime last fall. The first perfume I fell in love with was Tolu, the second Orris Noir. Then I got distracted by other fragrant things, so only now did I have the pleasure to encounter the more spring-appropriate floral scents in the set.
Osmanthus flower, a is a note I recently learned to appreciate and love in Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan and Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau, that is the reason I went looking for this one. And once more Ormonde Jayne did not dissapoint.
Osmanthus is a lovely and cheery spring perfume that brightens those dreary last days of winter.
Notes include Pomello, davana (sweet Egyptian herb), pimento, Osmanthus absolute, water lily, sambac (Indian jasmine), Cedarwood, labdanum resin, musk and vetiver.
A fruity floral white flower from Japan and China. Like a deliciously crisp spring day, this uplifting creation with Japanese Osmanthus absolute is a beautifully composed bouquet of flowers, embellished with golden citrus notes. Layered on a bed of Egyptian sweet herbs, it is intense, fresh and yet uncomplicated.
-excerpt from the Ormonde Jayne website.
Osmanthus starts out with a lot of invigorating citrus along with a slightly herbal-spicy edge that makes the pomello crisp and green, like it is freshly plucked from the tree.
The top notes are followed by the loveliest rendering of osmanthus I have yet encountered. The sweet apricot scent of the flower is tempered by the woody, somehow grassy (looking at you, vetiver) base. It is quite a linear fragrance, after the initial citrus festival, the perfume stays the same for its wear time of about three hours on my skin. I love that the green grapefruit scent of pomello stays – muted of course, and intertwined with the osmanthus – until the end.
Osmanthus is not the most complicated of perfumes, not does it pretend to be. It is just right as a summer fragrance, I expect the citrus notes to sparkle and shine even more in warm weather. I look forward to wearing this on lovely summer days and as long as they are not here yet, Osmanthus gives me a preview.