To my surprise, and my fumehead friends, I have fallen hard for the Ormonde Jayne florals. This is surprising because I’m not typically attracted to florals, especially abstract florals. I tend to like attars or straight forward white florals. Ormonde Jayne has introduced me to florals all over again.
Champaca opens up as a spicy floral with some wetness. There’s pink pepper, but it isn’t overpowering. It smells more like “floral zest”. The heart is a warm floral that creates an atmosphere. I feel I can smell the flowers, the bark, the leaves and feel the direct sunshine on my skin. I get basmati, a note I wish I sniffed more in ‘fumes. The basmati note adds this warmth, a really hot “humidity” to the spicy florals. Champaca’s crisp green tea note appears. This adds a “grassiness” without being too grassy. It reminds me of a watered down green tea latte. The dry-down is soft and warm.
Champaca wears very closely. It’s soft. But, I think it needs to be. These spicy tropical florals could overpower the wearer. But, the way that they are, they’re perfect. It works. Champaca is very unique because it is lush but light. And I see it being very seasonless.
Notes listed include neroli, pink pepper, bamboo, champaca, freesia, basmati, myrrh, green tea, and musk.
Champaca reminds me of those turn of the century postcards of Japan. It’s that image of the geisha with pale, milky skin and red lipstick pouring green tea. It’s proper and beautiful.
The 1.7 oz. EDP of Champaca retails for $126 and is available at Ormonde Jayne’s on-line boutique.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A spicy abstract floral with warmth and lushness. I love it. I’m loving all of the Ormonde Jayne florals. I’m trying to compose my final favorites list but it changes weekly. So I need a bottle of each 😉
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