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Monday, April 4, 2011

Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir

I've made my way through my Ormonde Jayne Discovery Set a few times now, and as I go back and revisit each scent, my impressions seem to change slightly every time. In the case of Orris Noir, my affinity for the fragrance has been steadily increasing.

Notes list, from the Ormonde Jayne website:
Top: Davana, pink pepper, coriander seed, bergamot
Heart: Iris, sambac absolute, pimento berries, bay
Base: Incense, myrrh, patchouli, Chinese cedar, gaiac

Orris Noir can easily be worn by women or men, like many Ormonde Jayne fragrances. Pink pepper and bergamot really set the stage for the blend, and the acidic spiciness at the outset gives way to the beautiful Iris. This perfume plays warm against cool, but they play so nicely together. I am particularly fascinated with the scent of the iris and am enjoying seeking out the note in many perfumes currently.

I have admitted in the past that I have a lot of problems with floral notes, but I'm working on it. Orris Noir is perfect for someone like me, who is a touch floral-phobic, because the spices, woods and incense notes are comfortable territory for me. This perfume is grounded in all the things I find most appealing in scent, and does not force too much of any one thing, it is extremely well-balanced. Orris Noir maintains an effortless marriage between the notes throughout the wearing, and instead of sharply going through stages, it simply lessens in intensity over time. When you find a scent you really enjoy, this is somewhat of a blessing. I don't want to let any of these notes pass through into oblivion, I want to hang on to all of them. Luckily, I am able to do just that.

After a couple of hours, there is a gentle sweetness apparent on my skin that wasn't present before. That's my signal that the end is approaching. How I've managed to get around this is by spraying on my hair and clothing as well, the intensity lasts longer. I was even lucky enough to wake up one morning to the mesmerizing scent wafting gently from my hair sprayed the night before. I cherish my sleep and resent having to wake up, but when I must, this is the way to do it. The soft remnants of Orris Noir is incredibly seductive.

Orris Noir is definitely one of my favorites of the Ormonde Jayne line (the top spot still belonging to Ormonde Woman). It is a seasonless and sophisticated, multi-faceted perfume that I think could please a wide range of people. I think it can be worn day or night, and is work-friendly. It is a bold fragrance, and while it may not exactly speak softly, it is eloquent and grounded. I will be picking up a full bottle of this eventually, that is a certainty.

Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir is available at OrmondeJayne.com, a 50ml bottle of eau de parfum is 70 GBP. Also available in the tempting Gold Creme (15ml for 58 GBP), Pure Parfum 50 ml (184 GBP), as well as bath and body products, travel sprays and candles. Sample was provided by the company for review.


  1. Like you, Carrrie, my favorite OJ scent remains Woman, but a couple scents have been battling for second place, Orris Noir being one of them. I love it! To me, it basically smells like Woman with a purple cast, rather than green, if that makes sense at all! :)

  2. Dee, that makes perfect sense. I wouldn't have thought of it that way, but there's your unique creativity coming through!

  3. Now, here's something really strange. Having just received my sample set, I opened it with all the greed of a kid on Xmas morning, and lo and behold, two reached right out and grabbed me - Tolu and Orris Noir. Whereas I can't, I simply can't wear Ormonde Woman. One, it's pure poison (not spelled with a capital for obvious reasons!) on my skin, and two...it has, shall we say, certain associations...;)

    But Orris Noir. OMG. 28 La Pausa and Terre d'Iris has some dangerous competition. Because, as Dee said - it has that purple-velvet feel, and I'm another convert to OJ. Linda Pilkington had me at Tolu. And did me in with Orris Noir...The full bottle can't come soon enough, and all the other incarnations, too! :)

    Silk-velvety, rich and seductive - what's not to love?

  4. I am a big iris fan and the iris in this one is really blended in a unique way. With complete disregard to all iris cliches. No powder, no lipstick, no carrots. It highlights a different aspect of this note, the "velvet".
    Indeed a quite unisex scent which is something I enjoy very much. In fact I can easily see myself wearing the exquisite Ormond Woman, thanks to its sophistication.

  5. Orris Noir sounds amazing. WANT.

    Like Tarleisio, Woman is poison on my skin. Ta'if, although totally gorgeous, is just too much for lil' ol' me. BUT I still want to try the rest of the line, especially Tolu and Orris Noir.

  6. Tarleisio- you know how it goes, what's poison on you means more for me! I know exactly how you felt opening up your Discovery Set. My eyes were wide and dilated as I slid the box apart. The presentation is spectacular and the scents it contains are a lot of fun to explore. Tomorrow I'm ordering my bottle of Woman, and henceforth I will plot which of the OJ scents will be conquered next, full-bottle wise. Fumegasm!

    Memory of Scent- I also feel that this is a very unique iris scent. The other notes are placed around the iris as if it were the centerpiece in a wild and exotic bouquet.

    That's the spirit Joanne, don't give up! I think Tolu and Orris Noir will provide you with two wonderful opportunities to fall in love. I really feel that OJ has something for everyone. Don't forget about Champaca, too. It's another love of mine. :)

  7. Uh-oh, starting to think something is wrong with me. Orris Noir did nothing for me. I know I need to try it a few more times before declaring my final verdict.

  8. Fumegasm! OMG, That is hilarious! I love it, and plan to steal it.

    Carrie, I asked my husband to get me a bottle of an OJ scent for Christmas, but I cannot decide which one! I've got Woman and Tolu (on the way) in purse sprays, but Orris Noir keeps getting nudged by Ta'if on the wish list... tough decisions when you can't have them all!
    I guess I should just chose which ever one goes empty first from the Discovery Set...

    Congratulations on your (coming) full bottle of Woman!!!!

  9. Orris Noir is my third favorite OJ's perfume.

    I bought travel purse sprays. I'm not sure if I will end up using all four of them or swap for something else (another OJ 10 ml spray maybe?) but with the price per ml being the same I decided to keep my options open.

  10. Undina and Dee: If OJ doesn't start offering mixed travel spray sets soon, we ought to think about doing a swap. Keep it in mind, ladies!

  11. I picked this out of the discovery set one day and just wore it. Didn't look to see which gender its for, nothing. It is a beautiful scent.