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My Most Complimented Perfumes – 2014 Edition

most complimented perfumes

I’m not going to go into depth about this in this particular post (maybe at a later date), but I wear fragrance for me. I get pleasure from perfume. I like to wear what I love. My goal is to not get compliments from my husband or from anyone else (oh, so punk). I’m not a parading peacock looking for other’s olfactory acceptance (OK, huge punky exaggeration). Now saying that, I’m human. I have been complimented on perfumes in the past and I admit that I rather… Continue reading | 43 Comments


Ormonde Jayne Tiare EDP Perfume Review

Ormonde Jayne Tiare

Like most people that have tried Ormonde Jayne Tiare, I expected Tiare to be a coconut gardenia fragrance. You know, another “beach” scent. Tiare surprised me because it’s like a “tropical chypre”.

Tiare opens with a heady blend of orange blossom and citrus peel over dry cedar. Limes with dewy florals. Peachy, transparent tropical flowers. The dry-down of Tiare has to be an homage to classic feminine chypres. Mossy and green with sandalwood and musk.

Tiare reminds me of perfumes like Chanel Cristalle


Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus EDP Perfume Review

Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus

Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus is a gilded, glimmering citrus floral. I view it like the sun setting over a tranquil body of water.

Osmanthus opens as an aquatic grapefruit floral. The sulfuric grapefruit is really prominent but it has enough juicy sweetness for me to like it (really does smell more pomello vs. grapefruit). The florals are dewy, light. There’s a peachy jasmine over a pencil shaving cedar. The fragrance with time gets fuzzier with peach and warm golden musk. After a many hours of wear, I’m… Continue reading | 3 Comments


Ormonde Jayne Woman EDP Perfume Review

Ormonde Jayne Woman

Ormonde Jayne Woman has not been an easy one for me. I’ve tried Woman many times and each time it has never “grabbed” me. And this made  me sad because all of my fragrance friends love it. And then it hit me. This is one of those perfumes that smells much better from about 2 feet vs. sniffing up close.

OJ Woman opens as a spicy and woody cardamom and pink pepper. It’s very spicy and dry. These spice market spices seamlessly tranform into the spiciness of evergreen needles… Continue reading | 8 Comments


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… Continue reading | 7 Comments