For my birthday last year one of the gifts I received was the Ormonde Jayne Discovery set – a set of samples of all the Ormonde Jayne perfumes presented in a beautiful sleek black box. The only Ormonde Jayne perfume that I had tried before that was Ta'if and I loved it so my expectations were definitely high. The scent from this sample set that I wanted to try the most was Ormonde Woman – I actually didn't think that I would really love it because from the other online reviews and the list of notes I was a bit intimidated by it and I asumed that it would be too spicy, too woody, just too much in every single way. But it is not too much, it is just enough.
When I first tried Ormonde Woman I was taken by surprise – usually, when testing a fragrance I would try to decypher it, think of the notes that are composing it (even though I'm not very good at pinpointing seperate notes). But Ormonde Woman for me is one of those scents that don't make me think of seperate notes that are defining the fragrance – it's just a beautiful and efortless composition.
Ormonde Woman manages to somehow find the perfect balance: the spices and the woody notes never get overpowering, the warmth of the amber base is counteracted with a subtle crispiness of the violet. and the end effect is very smooth, almost oily. I find it very hard to describe and obviously I cannot do tis beauty any justice.
Here is the full list of notes (as listed on the Ormonde Jayne website):
Top: Cardamom, coriander and grass oil
Heart: Black hemlock, violet and jasmine absolute
Base: Vetiver, cedar wood, amber and sandalwood
However, with Ormonde Woman the whole is certainly greater than the sum of its parts, even though the parts are such gorgeous ingredients as amber,cardamom, violet and vetitver.