White flower perfumes are not my favorite category, as the dear constant reader knows, of the many I tried, most were rejected for their overbearing headiness and in some cases eye-wateringly hefty sillage. I like this one and, as a rule it seems, I like Ormonde Jayne white florals. They all have a lightness, a watery and airy dilution to the dreaded headiness that make them ideal for me – and ideal for the people near me too. Ormonde Jayne’s white florals are absolutely work-safe. But that is not their only or even most important feature of course, but a fact that I like very much about them.
Sampaquita is Ormonde Jayne’s jasmine perfume. I love the scent of jasmine – as long as it is on the tree (or shrub, I am not very informed botanically I am afraid, I realize I could google this fact, but I am also not very botanically interested; as long as it smells good, it is fine with me).
Sampaquita is jasmine for jasmine-shy people like me. The name is derived from the national flower of the Phillipines called Sampaguita or sumpa kita, a variety of the jasmine family.
National Flower of the Philippines, literally translated as “I Promise You”, Sampaquita flower is a symbol of purity and fragility, coupled with fidelity and resolve. The scent opens with an unmistakable summer bouquet, bursting forth with sun-kissed lychee set on a canvas of bergamot, grass oil and magnolia flowers in full seductive bloom. The marriage of these elements, together with a dusky floral heart of sampaquita absolute, freesia and muguet, combine to form a fusillade of fabulous intensity. An inspired quartet of base notes, musk, vetiver, moss and ambrette seed, unify and harmonise this sensational summer scent.
– from the Ormonde Jayne website
- Notes include lychee, grass oil, bergamot and magnolia, Sampaquita absolute, freesia, muguet, rose, water lilies, musk, vetiver, moss and ambrette seed.
- Sampaquita starts with a fresh and bright citrus laced fruit accord thanks to lychee, then segues into a floral medley that for me is dominated by water lily and freesia, with only a little jasmine that is held in check by its floral colleagues, which is absolutely fine with me.
- The drydown is lovely, an earthy, reedy, vegetal musk, that builds a perfect complimentary backdrop to the fresh, never wilting flowers.
- Sampaquita would be a perfect summer scent that does not cause death by sillage, but I can imagine it lifting my spirits in any kind of weather.
- Even cowardly perfume-lovers will be very happy with Sampaquita.
- Although it is certainly no prerequisite to feel cowardly to love this excellent fragrance.