Sunday, July 18, 2010

ormonde man

Some of you may remember I really liked the mystery aFile:Paul Gauguin 038.jpgnd dark depth of Ormonde Jayne woman, but complained that its longevity left too much to be desired to justify Full Bottle Status? And then the lovely Mrs. Trefusis recommended OJ man to me in the comments, suggesting that might give me the satisfaction I crave? Well, a long, lingering encounter with OJ Woman’s masculine counterpart has lead me to conclude that this is the real candidate for possession!

As witchy as Woman, but considerably more bold, this is a soft, sweet, dusty, cardamom, vetiver, birch tar party. A good, mysterious scent, perfect for any shaman you know, or you could wear it yourself, whoever you may be. I see it as definitely unisex, as well as well-composed—no component or note stands out from the rest in the composition. The oudh--sometimes a stand-out centerpiece in fragrances in an annoying way-- is blended in here very well—it does not scream oudh. Rather, I find myself wondering—what IS that faint woody smell? I love that….

I find it to be a bit tight in the opening, then it  opens up richly and dangerously like a back flower a half hour in.

I like it a lot, see it as a more intense, longer-lasting interpretation of the signature scent of OJ woman, which is a delight, but fades far too quickly.

CREDIT:

Gauguin, “the magician of Hiva-Oa” Musée d'Art moderne courtesy of wikimedia commons

9 comments:

  1. Oooooooo! I'm intrigued now.
    Another lemming is born, screaming with it's devil baby head. :P
    Your review makes me wanna get on this asap.

    ;)

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  2. This sounds wonderful! I have not tried either so your review will give me a point of comparison.

    Great post!

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  3. I'll send it, Tamara!

    Josephine, they're both worh a try, for sure!

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  4. perfumes for shamans - quite brilliant. Wish I had a PhD in Medieval Literature at Cornell University ;) Sounds fascinating, although I don't know if Chaucer fits that category - you know, the "brook and knar of bone" fellow.

    Not one for musky scents and my former signature one "Diorissimo" has become an aniseed cake - that's what it smells like, not Summers in Tuscany as it once did. Peace, X.

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  5. I have a generous decant of OJ Man, but for some reason tend to reach for my bitty samples of OJ Woman, which does feel slightly more feminine, even though they both - rather splendidly - contain hemlock. Your post has made me think to give it a spin again!

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  6. Dear Clarity,
    Chaucer is definitely part of the medieval lit crowd, and one of my main weapons in my arsenal for getting a job....

    Sorry to hear about the sad death of your beloved Diorissimo!

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  7. Dear Flittersniffer,
    I love that mysterious hemlock myself, in both of them! Let me know what you think of your revisited sample!

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  8. i'm so glad you like Ormonde Man - it's a tremendous scent on a woman - all mystery and intrigue. x

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  9. Yes! Thanks for the recommendation!

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