Wearing fragrance is akin to slipping on a little black dress. It should make you feel good and uplift you. Of course, it should also have that je ne sais quoi which makes you stand out from the crowd.
When it comes to fragrance Ormonde Jayne, a niche perfumer always seems to hit the mark. Linda Pilkington, the founder of the brand, makes scents that manage to break new ground yet are sophisticated as well. Linda is always searching the world for exquisite, rare ingredients for her luxurious scents.
I was hooked on Vanille D’Iris (£90, Ormonde Jayne Perfumery ormondejayne.com) from the moment I first smelt it. This melange of iris absolute fused with a soft vanilla underpinned with vetiver, amber and musk is absolutely gorgeous. I often get stopped and asked what I am wearing.
One Parfum, part of an exclusive collection for Selfridges (£235) is an opulent creation of florals tempered with ambers and wood. This gender-free fragrance fast became another favourite.
The recently-launched White Gold, (Ormonde Jayne Boutique, Harrods & Selfridges – matt white bottle exclusive, £260.) is the completion of the Gold Trilogy. White jasmine absolute, white musk and orchids are the stars of the show that together are sensational. I am not usually a jasmine fan, but this perfume dries down to something special without being heavy and overpowering. It is perfect for any occasion day or night.
I turn a lot of fragrances so they insert do not smell quite right on me but with Ormonde Jayne I have no problem in building up a fragrance wardrobe.
By Daralyn Danns