Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Heaven scent

If you’re a bit fed up of mass-produced scents from fashion houses, celebrities and the like, then London’s Ormonde Jayne luxury perfumery could be just the company you’ve been looking for.

I was surprised to read that Katie Price’s fragrances have been pulled because of ‘ethical reasons’; likewise, to hear elsewhere that celebrity scents can cost mere pennies to produce. So discovering Ormonde Jayne, which creates its products in London using speciality oils that aren’t widely used in the industry today, couldn’t have come at a better time.

The range includes 12 scents – three of which are for men – that fall into floral, floral oriental and woody categories. Exotic flowers have been collected from all over the world including Japan, the Philippines, Arabia, India and Morocco then mixed with decadent essential oils to create a line-up of truly beautiful fragrances. 

If I had to choose a favourite, I personally love Tolu, which with its ingredient list of pure Tolu resin, golden frankincense, amber, orange blossom and clary sage, is velvety and deeply decadent.  

The prices aren’t as expensive as you might expect: 50ml Parfum is around £180, while Eau de Parfum is £68 – which is actually cheaper than many of its fashion house counterparts. But I think the best option is the Discovery Set, which contains one sample of each fragrance in a 2ml mini spray for £42. That way, you’ll hopefully get a good idea of which one to invest in. 

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