Ormonde Jayne Ta’if EDP Perfume Review

Ormonde Jayne Ta'if EDP perfume

Rose Week 2012

Ormand Jayne Ta’if is a dry Arabian inspired rose with gourmand notes of saffron, dates, and orange flower absolute. Ta’if is what I wanted so many of the spiced roses that I’ve tried over the years to be.

Ta’if opens up as freshly ground pink pepper, spicy with a little bit of orange flower zest. Ta’if smells dry and hot with a breeze over hillside roses. This rose is dark, delicious, and gourmand. It reminds me of Armenian rose jam spread over crisp, warm bread. The saffron really blooms and adds such a needed character to this jammy rose and toast. The use of saffron in Ta’if is one of my favorite uses of saffron ever in perfume. It adds so much. The dry down of Ta’if is dry, arid amber with a brush of delicate white florals.

Ralph Elmer Clarkson 1912

Ta’if is a spicy, gourmand rose that smells modern, sophisticated. It’s not overly spice market literal like some Serge Lutens scents and it’s not overly “dark” and loud like Montale scents. I find it very easy to wear.

Notes listed include pink pepper, saffron, dates, rose oil, freesia, orange flower absolute, jasmine, broom, and amber.

Give Ta’if a try if you want a saffron-rose or if you like perfumes like L’Artisan Parfumeur Saffran Troublant, Lancôme Magnifique, Amouage Lyric Man, By Kilian Rose Oud, and/or Montale Moon Aoud. I believe that Ta’if is unisex but I feel it leans more towards the feminine end of the spectrum because of its composition.

Projection and longevity of this fragrance is above average. One spray lasts me all day. But, it does wear closely to the skin after a few hours.

The 1.7 oz EDP retails for $126 at Ormonde Jayne.

Victoria’s Final EauPINION: Saffron rose jam on amber toast. A beautiful fragrance and a joy to wear. It’s one of my favorite Ormonde Jayne scents and it just may be my first full bottle purchase from this line.

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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by Ormonde Jayne. I am not financially compensated for this review or any others. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Ormonde Jayne. Painting is by Ralph Elmer Clarkson, “Nouvart Dzeron, Daughter of Armenia” 1912 from The Art Institute of Chicago. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!

7 thoughts on “Ormonde Jayne Ta’if EDP Perfume Review

    1. Exactly! It makes me happy too. And it’s beautiful. I absolutely adore the saffron in this. I really need a full bottle 🙂

  1. This is the only rose fragrance I would buy a full bottle of. It really is beautiful, and it isn’t cloying to me the way that so many rose-based perfumes are. Like other OJ perfumes I love, it kind of makes me hallucinate. I daydream a lot and have vivid images in my mind. It’s a good thing.
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    1. I would own many bottles of rose perfumes, but there is something about Ta’if that is unlike any other. It takes the classic “Arab rose” and does something very special with it. It feels modern, sheer and more breezy than the traditional attars.
      I find it a comforting fragrance – Armenian rose jam and toast.

    1. I hear wonderful things about the parfum. I can’t imagine it could be any better than the EDP! But, I haven’t tried so I don’t know.
      Thank you, Undina. If you ever get your hands on the extrait, I’m sure you’ll let us know what you think!

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