Imagine you are a dancer on the stage and you've just finished the best performance of your career. Adoring fans throw flowers at your feet. You scoop them up and your arms are full of every kind of flower imaginable, from precious, exotic blooms tossed by well-heeled patrons to modest bunches of violets thrown by students in the cheap seats. You bury your face in them and inhale deeply. It's impossible to pick out one scent, it simply smells of flowers."Flowers" with a capital "F"; the Aristotelian Ideal of flowers. This is Ormonde Jayne Privé.
Many of the fragrances Linda Pilkington - the perfumer behind Ormonde Jayne - has developed since her early days as a perfumer such as Champaca, Frangipani, Tolu, or Ta'if celebrate a single ingredient while an all-star supporting cast of notes allows them to shine. Ormonde Jayne Privé is different. Linda describes it as, "an out-of-this-world abstract floral." It is an action painting of floral notes, moving and darting, not settling too long on anyone. It opens fresh, green and exciting with pink pepper and citrus. It soon smooths out with notes of milky rice, osmanthus and freesia. Floral notes reassert themselves an hour or so into wearing, and play on your skin for hours. Just when you think you've captured the gardenia a violet pixie traipses through the scent, being followed by a languid jasmine. After many hours I can finally smell the base that has been supporting the bouquet of florals, a smooth vanilla and tonka layer that rests on your skin like silk. This dry down period is quieter but still flowery and very interesting. Blended at 32% strength this perfume has excellent longevity.
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