Photograph courtesy of Nathan Branch
Perfume is such a personal thing and it's one of those things you don't buy unless you have the sample in your hand and fall in love with it. That said, I still couldn't resist blogging about my most favorite scents. I came across the London perfumery Ormonde Jayne four years ago while on vacation. I left the shop with two new scents that are my favorite to this day - Osmanthus & Champaca.
"The story of this unique luxury perfume house is one of uncompromising perfection. Known for the rarity and purity of ingredients, sourced personally from growers in far flung climes such as Indochina, Arabia, the Amazon and Madagascar, and alchemised in our own London laboratory, Ormonde Jayne has attracted the admiration of the perfume cognoscenti and fine fragrance lovers worldwide.
When asked to create "the perfect scented candle" for one of the world's leading luxury houses, Ormonde Jayne rose to the challenge. It wasn't long before inspired vision thrust Ormonde Jayne into the limelight. Spurred by her own and her clients' demanding standards, Ormonde Jayne's breathtaking perfume range was born."
My two favorite scents:
Osmanthus: A fruity floral white flower from Japan and China
Like a deliciously crisp spring day, this uplifting creation with Japanese Osmanthus absolute is a beautifully composed boquet of flowers, embellished with golden citrus notes. Layered on a bed of Egyptian sweet herbs, it is intense, fresh and yet uncomplicated.
- Top: Pomello, davana (sweet Egyptian herb), pimento
- Heart: Osmanthus absolute, water lily and sambac (Indian Jasmine)
- Base: Cedarwood, labdanum resin, musk and vetiver
Champaca: 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.
- Top: Neroli, pink pepper and bamboo
- Heart: Champaca and freesia absolutes, basmati notes
- Base: Myrrh, green tea notes and musk