Tiare is the last of the Ormonde Jayne florals up for review. I needed a long time and many wearings to get my bearings with Tiare – for it surprised me.
Tiare flower, the Tahitian Gardenia, is a tropical flower and that is how it is presented most often in a perfume. Ormonde Jayne does something entirely different with it. I was expecting hula-dancing and palms, coconuts and beaches, but Tiare gives me cool, green, thoroughly European class.
That is not a bad thing, on the contrary, I love it, but it immensely confused me. Do you know that feeling? You have a fixed idea what to expect, what to get from a perfume and it is just not that?
Tiare hails from 2009 and its notes include mandarin, orange flower and sicilian lime, tiare, freesia, water lilies, jasmine, orris, ylang ylang, cedar, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, moss and musk.
“Like precious jewels resting on dark green foliage, the unsurpassed beauty of the Tiare flower is hand picked whilst still unopened and laid in oil for 15 days to extract the fragrance. Like the woman who wears Tiare, this is a perfume that totally ignores seasons and the time of day, a perfume so artfully blended and infinitely refined… but with a dash of scintillating appeal.”
-from the Ormonde Jayne website
That “dash of scintillating appeal” Linda Pilkington speaks of, that is exactly the hook tiare has me hanging on. Tiare smells shimmery, sparkly, bubbling like champagne, courtesy to the brilliant flower boutquet in the heart assisted by the exuberant citrus notes in the top, but it is grounded by a soft, velvety moss drydown, that never drifts off into swampy as many moss based scents tend to do on me (like Estée Lauder Jasmine White Moss or Chanel Cristalle).
It is not helpful to me at all that this is one more excellently made perfume by Ormonde Jayne, since it does not make my wishlist from this brand any shorter. I now own Frangipani and Ta’if (as well as Tolu), but one day Osmanthus, Champaca AND now Tiare are going to be mine as well. What an extraordinarily well-edited line!