Smile! – Review: Ormonde Jayne Champaca

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.

Other Ormonde Jayne reviews: Tolu, Orris Noir, Osmanthus;

Image source:, Magnolia Champaca via

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31 Responses to Smile! – Review: Ormonde Jayne Champaca

  1. Marla says:

    My favorite Ormonde Jayne. Though Ormonde Man and Woman tie for a close second. Great review! I really love the rice note.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I have a hard time pinpointing a favorite. They are all lovely. I know the one I don’t like though, or rather it doesn’t like me – Ormonde Woman. There is something in it that doesn’t agree with me, although I can see what a great perfume it can be on others.

  2. Tara says:

    Champaca and Osmanthus are the 2 Ormonde Jayne florals I’m most looking forward to trying when my sample swap gets sorted. Like Dee, I am hopeful that these OJs will turn out to be good for people who don’t normally like white florals.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Absolutely! Those are the best anti-white-floral white florals ever! 🙂
      I just wrote up the review for Sampaquita, and it is another of those highly wearable white flowers for people afraid of white flowers. I have such a hard time deciding which one I like the most!

    • deeHowe says:

      Like B. said, these are the best anti-white-floral while florals ever! (that is a mouthful 🙂 )

      Tara, I especially like Champaca from the OJ white florals—I’m glad to hear you’ve got samples on the way!

  3. deeHowe says:

    “That effortlessly takes you to the feeling of a summer day, no matter what the temperatures outside?”

    Perfectly said! I love Champaca, and have been giving it lot’s of skin time in the past weeks. It really is bottled summer 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Have you picked a favorite of the white florals yet?
      I will go to the OJ boutique soon, then I will have to know. So it is all OJ, all the time for me now. 😉

      • deeHowe says:

        That is a surprisingly difficult question to answer! I knew so little about OJ when I got my discovery set, I was disappointed when I realized how many white florals were in the line… until I started testing them, and experienced how spectacular they are. Champaca I really, really like. But I’m not sure if I like it better than Tiare; the one that is the clear winner for “least favorite” is Sampaquita, but even that one is really good.

        Have I successfully not answered your question? 😉

  4. Victoria says:

    I love it, one of my favorites from OJ hands down!

  5. I love OJ Champaca! It’s so lovely. A perfect warm-weather scent. I really like Comme des Garcons Luxe Champaca as well, but OJ’s version is much lighter and is perfect for every day, is office-friendly, and everyone seems to comment on how good it smells.

  6. Undina says:

    I saw in my RSS reader that you reviewed this perfume and before reading it decided to wear it again. I like it. It’s not one of my most favorite OJ’s scents but I like it. But today I was very surprised for how short was a period for which it stayed on my skin – less than two hours after quite a generous application from a spray sample. I didn’t remember it being the case during my previous tests. How was it for you?

    • Olfactoria says:

      Due to its nature it is no all-day perfume, but I enjoyed it for around four hours, then I reapply (with pleasure I might add, I love spraying on perfume 😉 ).

  7. vanessa says:

    I own a half bottle of this, and agree that it is refreshing and very distinctive. Like Amaranthine (though that is a much bigger, more tropical scent) I genuinely haven’t smelt anything like it!

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