Monday, July 25, 2011
Ormonde Jayne- A Personalized Visit in London
In the center of the boutique is a stand that houses the perfumes and more black porcelain stoppers. This is the preferred way that Ormonde Jayne lets guests smell their fragrances and is probably one of the most effective presentations that I have come across. The “stopper” on the underside of the square is left unglazed and really soaks up the scent. When you turn it over and bring it to your nose, you experience the perfume in its longest phase – the drydown. It is the most accurate representation of the Perfumer’s vision for the fragrance and allows the buyer to get a truer sense of what it is they are sampling before the ultimate skin test.
The appointment came to an end and I thanked Monica for her time and for the amazingly informative Perfume Portrait. Like any good American, I then pulled out my credit card and asked for 3 bottles. I decided to buy a bottle of Ta’If - a glorious rose fragrance and their best seller; Zizan – a fantastic dry, woody vetiver concoction which was designed by Linda Pilkington as the answer to dozens of interviews with men as to what they would want their ultimate cologne to smell like; and Ormonde Man - the signature men’s fragrance that centers around one of my new favorite ingredients – Hemlock.
I bid Monica farewell and gleefully skipped towards the Picadilly line Tube station with my purchases in hand, beautifully packaged and my best friend Deirdre, covered in Gold and shimmering in the London sun. Yes, sun.
http://www.ormondejayne.com/ ( and they do ship to the US).
MARK DAVID BOBERICK - "MD" is an Interior Architect and Perfume Enthusiast who has been in love with scent for as long as he can remember and has been collecting fragrances since the age of 12. He is an alumnus of The Art Institute of Philadelphia. MD has written extensively on perfume, especially for Sniffapalooza Magazine and has been published in Men's Health Australia. For his article "Scents My Sister Loved" published in Sniffa Mag in October of 2009, MD earned a spot as one of the Top 5 Finalists for the American Fragrance Foundation’s prestigious FiFi award. He is also the first person in ten years to be granted an exclusive interview with Fragrances of the World author and perfume expert Michael Edwards. In 2009, MD conducted the first of what has become an in-demand workshop entitled "The Poetry of Perfume" in which he familiarizes his guests with perfume history and composition, and introduces them to many different perfumes from the classics to the niche and obscure. A lover of art and music, MD frequents museums, theatre, and the opera. He is also an accomplished theatrical set designer having already amassed a large portfolio of work for only being 26 years old. MD is an avid supporter of Nationwide Greyhound Rescue programs and adopted his 9-year old retired racer in 2009. MD currently resides in Cape May County, NJ.