Are you looking for something that makes you feel good? That effortlessly takes you to the feeling of a summer day, no matter what the temperatures outside?
Are you looking for something that equals wearing a white cotton dress, no shoes, hair flying loose? That sounds like laughter and bird song?
Are you looking for something that spells blue skies, white clouds and warm sunshine? That smells like freedom and simple happiness?
Look no further than Sloane Square – Ormonde Jayne Champaca is bottled summery wellbeing.
A tiny pale orange flower from India. Related to the magnolia and deemed sacred in the Indus Valley, Champaca flower absolute is a heavenly, creamy floral scent – both elegant and intimate. Blended with neroli and bamboo and underscored with fragrant rice and green tea notes, this is a distinguished perfume of rare beauty.
-from the Ormonde Jayne Website
Notes include neroli, pink pepper, bamboo, champaca and freesia absolutes, basmati notes, myrrh, green tea notes and musk.
Champaca is off to a sparkly start with lots of pepper and crisp neroli. When they have worn off, a soft, almost milky note emerges (must be the basmati, although it is not “Ah, rice!” for me) that wraps itself around the floral notes of champaca and freesia. After that milky state a very clean and pure green tea note takes precedence and remains in the foreground for the rest of the development. The base is soft, creamy, a little indistinct and smells like green tea with a woody touch.
Champaca is unusual and not easily found elsewhere. It is light, but not fleeting at all. It is transparent and airy, but has substance and presence.
Sometimes the drydown has a tendency to go a bit soapy on me, it is not off-putting, but it is there.
Champaca is a great feel-good perfume, one of the most smile-inducing perfumes I ever encountered.
Champaca dares you to keep a straight face.
Image source: harrods.com, Magnolia Champaca via wikimedia.commons.com