On first application to your skin you get a really invigorating blast of fresh spicy juniper berries and bergamot which leads into a spicy creamy heart of woods and pepper. Mixed in with this is the oud and cardamom and other spices. The opening is really good then it seems to settle down to boring creamy woody accord. But this is where I nearly misjudged this fragrance because I was smelling this up very close on my wrist. When I went out the scent transformed and unfurled into a amazing haze of subtle green sappy spices and creamy woods all around me. It was subtle but smelling this scent when it takes to the air was very different from up close. It smelled really good but in a enigmatic way where I was at a loss how to interpret what I was smelling as it was different from what I'm used to. It must be the oud and hemlock notes in this giving the green spicy notes a air of mystery. Good fragrance and one that must be smelled when it takes to the air and surrounds you and not judged too quickly by smelling it up close.
Ormonde Man by Ormonde Jayne, 2004
Rated #478 in Fragrances
A great woddy aromatic perfect for everyday use. Its very versatil you can wear in any ocasion and any weather (on summer just a couple of sprays will do the trick). Its not linear but it doesn't evolve significantly eather. It opens very green and fresh, I detect cardamom and juniper the overal felling is woody, dusty and has hints of cut grass I also smell somenthing sparkling and earthy here almost like coke. Then the aromatic accord fades and you are left with the dry woddy heart. Now here its all about ceder, sandalwood and I dare say oud (eventhoug i'm not sure it is realy here) Its very creamy, dry and cedery, like if you where smelling wood that was recently cut, and I must say it is somewhat a bit resinous too. Very whell done! Now the bottom is the olnly part that I don´t love, but I like. Its very sinthetic and almost cheap, but they menaged to escape the green sinthetic woods accord that you find in other fragrances, and I guess this is mostly because of the sandalwood used here. Its like walking on a fine line withouth falling (writting this I just remembered the french guy who crossed the Twin Towers on a line). I think Ormonde Jayne managed to create a chic and modern fragrence perfect for the young english gentleman 4 out of 5
this is beautiful woody floral masculine scent, not too many masculines have floral heart with unmistaken masculine DNA,which here comes in form of the peppery note...which spices up the whole thing, the best pepery scent there is...layerd on beautiful cedarwood note, example of perfect balance of ingredients one of the top 10 masculine scents
What a wonderful green juniper and sparkling citrus opening, gone in minutes ... and then nothing. Is it possible to be anosmatic to almost every note in a fragrance? What I do get is a headache-inducing dose of iso e super. If I sniff my wrist very intently I pick up soft, very soft nondescript woods. In the first moments I thought it might be an interesting take-off on Baldessarini, but then it pretty much vanished without a trace.
This smells good and I would wear it if it were easier to get and/or not so expensive. There is something a little medicinal going on which appeals to me (maybe that 'hemlock' note). It's a little on the ponderous side for me but made with high quality, I believe. And anything woodsy is already a likely win for me, for the most part. I think this is somewhat similar to Declaration but heavier and darker. Ormonde Woman, on the other hand, is beautiful and worth seeking out. That's the one I would choose over the two.
Ormonde Jayne's masculines all seem like variations on the same basic citric/spice/woody structure, with the graphic equaliser set differently for each one. This one is all about the spices, chiefly coriander, cardamom and pepper, with pine providing most of the scenery in the woody backdrop. Intensity is of the 'low hum' variety; longevity is about 8 hours from 8 sprays. All told, very pleasant but rather subdued.
Ormonde Man opens with a soft pink peppercorn and juniper, supported by a very subtle bergamot undertone. Joining the pink peppercorn in the early heart notes as the juniper and bergamot recede are a combination of coriander, cardamom spices and cedar wood. The spices take the fore with the cedar acting as the backbone of the scent. As the heart develops, the spiced cedar almost becomes incense-like, as it mixes with sandalwood and musk from the base, giving the scent a relatively smooth woody incense vibe that is ever-so slightly sweet, but only just so. Projection is below average and longevity is average. Ormonde Man is an extremely well-done composition of subtle spice, gin-like juniper and incense-like sandalwood spiked cedar. The combination of the cedar and spice is hardly earth shatteringly innovative, but the difference here is in the superior execution. The parfumier Pilkington really gets the balance of the scent "just right", and her skill really shows just how important that is when you witness it done properly. The sandalwood and musk in the base notes really also meld quite well with the wood and spices giving the composition just a bit more structure. Ormonde Man has gotten a lot of love by many and is well-deserving of its high praise, earning an excellent 4 stars out of 5.
Grey-green by an "aqueous-fluidy" kind of citrusy vetiver, herbal, slightly barber shop, averagely resinous and woody-incensey with all those listed high quality ingredients. Located in the middle of an ideal olfactory line conjoining fragrances as Monocle Scent One: Hinoki, some Dsquared2, CDG 2 Man and others, Ormonde Man is basically an aqueous (lemony-cedary) and dusty vetiver with dark mossy and smokey accents, a touch of bitterness and a widespread freshness from coriander, resins of pines and balsamic mountainous elements. It starts so minty and piquant with that peppersack full of dry spices (cardamom, juniper berries, pink pepper and coriander), aromatic notes, resinous conifers and herbs. The cardamom is prominent and imprints a sort of cool, mystic and exotic far in the memory aura around. This kind of introduction , with the support from citrus and bergamot and yet barely sweet, is compelling but restrained and moderately intoxicating. The juice proceeds piney, spicy, herbal and complex but in a subtle and refined way that i would call so british but in a modern sense. The woody presence starts soon to express its reasons, some oudh turns out delicately woody rather than strongly medicinal or gassy and some soft, spicy and cedary mildness comes out with elegance in the general shadowy atmosphere with a touch of soothing balsams, labdanum (or oakmoss?) and incense. The scent holds on cool, austere, boise' and basically sharp. The sillage is medium. Refined.
First impression Cardamom possibly the most abused note in Noughties perfumery quite flattens the sprightly juniper in the opening with its lardy might. Slowly the pusillanimous woods gather muttering in demure tones, shepherded by a cross, sour-tongued resin. Subsides to a muted, gently spiced sweetness thats barely there, before slinking back up a few hours later. Someone elses idea of sensuous, maybe. Second impression Haunted. Forget the notes progression. This fragrance just blooms with an addictive cashmere-soft complexity. Smells like nothing else. More. Gasp. Pant. More. There goes the bank balance. Third impression Try not to trust first impressions and live for this perfumed moment. That heart of oud and black hemlock is just so otherworldly, ringed as it is by soft , powdery, blissed out sweetness. This is what rapture smells like. Close your eyes, be transported to a clearing in the woods where magic is waiting to happen.
I can't give this a thumbs-down, due to the fact it is very high quality, and smells really good. On the other hand, this is a foolish purchase. Ormonde Man is nothing but a EDP version of Lalique's Eau de Lalique. Identical except for the fact that Eau de Lalique is a tiny fraction of the price, and outlasts Ormonde Man by several hours.
Ormonde Man by Ormonde Jayne, 2004
By: Ormonde Jayne
|Top Notes||Juniper Berry, Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Cardamom, Coriander Seeds|
|Middle Notes||Oudh, Black Hemlock|
|Base Notes||Vetiver, Cedar, Sandalwood, Musk|
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