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Ormonde Man (2004)
by Ormonde Jayne

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Ormonde Man information

Year of Launch2004
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 277 votes)

People and companies

HouseOrmonde Jayne
PerfumerGeza Schoen
Creative DirectorLinda Pilkington

About Ormonde Man

Ormonde Man is a masculine fragrance by Ormonde Jayne. The scent was launched in 2004 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Geza Schoen

Ormonde Man fragrance notes

Reviews of Ormonde Man

Ormonde Man by Ormonde Jayne (2004) is the flagship masculine from the high-concept British luxury niche perfume house run by Linda Pilkington and is perfumed by Geza Schön/Shoen. Like everything this house has done since, Ormonde Man contains exotic notes claimed to be from materials rarely used in perfume, and wears very natural whether or not this is due to clever artifice or not. You have to like peppery wood fragrances similar to what Commes de Carçons is known for, plus that scratchy bit of woody-amber that Tom Ford introduced to the West as the oud accord of Yves Saint Laurent M7 (2002) in order to fully appreciate Ormonde Man, and barring those, the extreme "cold spice" treatment of the heart. Also, there's the bit about price, as Ormonde Jayne approaches Creed territory in terms of end user cost at retail, but some deals do abound in the gray market for the frugal gourmet niche collector. Ormonde Jayne overall seems to slip through the cracks for being understated as a brand while the UK seems absolutely rife with all these high-price pretentious luxury houses.

The opening of Ormonde Man is pretty direct with it's use of aldehydes and black pepper. A rouder and thicker pink pepper also enters later as the opening smooths just a bit with a green cardamom and coriander seed, being all pepper and spice that eventually gives space to the oud accord that is the heart. Supposedly black hemlock is here, and hemlock is a poison coming from a flower that in micro-doses can cause delirium (like if inhaled), so I doubt it is being used here but there are no flowery notes anyway so it doesn't matter. Smoky vetiver with a bit of musk mallow and pencil shavings woody notes round out the base, and projection dulls after 4 hours to be a peppery barely-there ambiance depsite such a take-no-prisoners opening. Wear time is about eight hours, and overall this is very unabashedly masculine, with zero sweet or friendliness for the dating scene or casual encounters. Best use is formal in fall or winter for me, but I could also see this being a "bad boy" scent with a leather jacket thanks to the smokiness and dark demeanor overall in Ormonde Man.

Geza Shön really just does his usual abstract thing here, and if I smelled this without seeing the bottle, I would not peg it as Ormonde Jayne or any particular brand, but could see someone like Geza composing it, or maybe Bertrand Duchaufour, who can sometimes also have a very ascetic style when working for conceptual houses like this. Do I think this is worth the price? Well, I like it better than M7, and since stuff like Bang! by Marc Jacobs (2010) is close to the same price because it is discontinued, Ormonde Man sort of becomes a de facto choice due to it still being readily available without haggling down scalpers. I like dry woody fragrances and the "oud" here isn't causing a sneeze fit like Tom Ford Oud Wood (2007), so while Ormonde Man isn't a must-get fragrance, it could be an alternative to something like Creed Royal Oud (2011), since it dwells in similar piquant environs at a slightly nicer price. Classy, controlled, with a nice dark streak if you have the coin to spare. Thumbs up.
16th December, 2020
This is a good fragrance for me. And in the opening it is really great. Spicy cardamom (which I don't normally find spicy, but it lends here), with some coriander, a smear of pink pepper and some powdery waxy fatty aldehydes, built on an airy base of vetiver, in the vein of dry bitter leaves. I found the performance a bit light after the first hour. It initially feels like it will have heft, but the airy nature takes over, and it fizzles.
12th September, 2020
Love this one. A nice low key but noticeable woody/coniferous scent.

Would love this as an office work scent. May have to go back to work just to rock this.

Very nicely blended...the black hemlock is a lovely and pronounced note. If there is oud, it's the vey well behaved type. No real sharp edges on this one.

Pretty decent longevity on me. Sillage seems about average.

Classy for sure and stands out to me as different and distinct from most of my scents and the usual masculine "work style" scents.

Ormande Jayne needs to do some more masculines!

22nd August, 2020
Classy smelling fragrance ruined by terrible performance. This could have been great!
25th July, 2020
Ormonde Man is a beautiful woody, peppery scent. It starts out strong and then in the dry down it becomes a woody scent rounded off by cardamom. It is smooth and complex. Perfect for office wear.
27th May, 2020
Ormonde Man starts off with some promise but ultimately doesn't really go anywhere.

The initial whiff is quite interesting. As others have stated before, it starts off green, but I smell it as a waxy, aldehydic green. What makes the intro of this neat is that the oud, and possibly the hemlock (which is a fragrance I'm really not familiar with, so I can't be sure), give this a little bit of funk that serves to counterbalance that bright green blast. The problem, though, is that whatever semblance of oud there is lasts only the first few minutes, and then you're left with a bright top and a pretty standard and relatively uninteresting base that fails to evolve in any way.

This is certainly a scent that can be unisex, as I think this leans way more on the feminine side than the masculine. It's not a bad fragrance, but not a good fragrance by any stretch, in my opinion. It's not bad enough for me to give it a thumbs down, but I'd say it's pretty close.
19th November, 2019

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