Linda Pilkington of Ormonde Jayne
Originally Published on http://www.cafleurebon.com 18 September 2018
The very best thing that can happen to a perfume reviewer is getting a surprise; that moment when you are not sure about a certain perfume, but then the reality steps in and knocks you sideways but in a GOOD way. That was the case for me with the second fragrance, Rose Gold, in the three-perfume group that comprises the “Gold Trilogy Collection” from British perfume house Ormonde Jayne. With Rose Gold, Brand Owner, Artistic Director, and Perfumer Jane Pilkington has created what to my novice nose is hand’s down, a masterpiece of olfactive art. Part of my over-the-top reaction to this extraordinary parfum is likely my heretofore love/hate relationship with Oudh. Well, truth be told mostly hate. I can count on one hand the number of oudh-centric fragrances that I absolutely adore and the thought of another migraine-inducing rose/oudh combination didn’t excite me. And then I sprayed the sample of Ormonde Jayne Rose Gold and what can I say? It blew the top of my head off with its creamy and perfect balance of T’aif Rose and warm and sexy oudh. I wore it four days in a row on both arms, until my two samples were bone dry, and that rarely happens.
Released in 2016, and following the success of Black Gold, Ormonde Jayne Rose Gold wisely predicted the popularity of rose gold products that would boom in 2017. Accessories, Jewelry, iPhone covers, even the most popular color of 2017 “Millennial Pink” all helped rose gold become the “it” hue of the year, and saw various shades of rose gold become firmly entrenched in the zeitgeist of the 21st Century. Rose Gold itself, as a precious metal, is an amalgam of copper alloyed with yellow gold that glows with an inner warmth and beauty.
three of the many colors of gold.
There really is nothing quite like it. Completely on trend and on point, Ormonde Jayne Rose Gold Parfum is a perfect example of a perfumer using top-notch ingredients, and with ultimate care and determination, blending a fragrance which to my mind, is a joyous and awe-inspiring singularity amongst the few thousands of scents currently released in a year’s time.
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Ormonde Jayne Rose Gold smells rich and luxurious, gleaming and sparkling like a luxe piece of 22 karat gold adorned with pink or yellow diamonds. Rushing through the citrus top notes, Ormonde Jayne Rose Gold plunges immediately into the glorious heart of blowsy rose and an oudh without any barnyard or synthetic plasticky notes, is smooth as burnished copper reflected in candlelight, replete with woody nuances and an almost-but-not-quite sweet caramel/vanillic note. As the fragrance progresses the oudh steps back allowing the Taif rose to really shine with slight wisps of tea-like tannin and a slightly aquatic/watery but very intense floralcy. The drydown maintains the rose and oudh, but adds a creamy sandalwood seasoned with pink pepper, giving a cool and spicy vibe that is nothing short of delicious. Now longevity is not something I tend to focus on, but Ormonde Jayne Rose Gold happily lasts all day on my skin and living up to its name provides a scented cloud of bling with zing that has me smiling like a fool. This is one scent that is going right to the top of my “must-have-at-any-cost” list. Notes: Sicilian Lime, Orange Blossom Absolute, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Taif Rose Absolute, Carnation Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Orchids, Water Lily, Oudh Absolute, Sandalwood Absolute, Labdanum Resinoid, Ambrette Absolute, Pink Pepper.
Disclosure: Many thanks to Ormonde Jayne for the samples.The opinions are my own.
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