Some of you may remember I really liked the mystery and 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.
Gauguin, “the magician of Hiva-Oa” Musée d'Art moderne courtesy of wikimedia commons