Sunday, January 29, 2006

REVIEW: Ormonde Jayne Tolu

Notes: juniper berry, orange blossom, clary sage, orchid, Moroccan rose, muguet, tolu (a Peruvian tree resin), tonka bean, golden frankincense and amber.

Pros: Rich oriental, great for amber lovers. Excellent lasting power and not overly floral. The perfect balsam (wood resin) scent.

Cons: Perhaps a little too sweet for anytime wear, or those who prefer their scents drier or spicier.

Bottleworthy? Absolutely. One of my favorite from the Ormonde Jayne line. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but I think it's worth it - a little goes a long way!

Where can I buy it? 50 ml Eau de Parfum (25% parfum) £54.00; 17.5 ml Parfum £78.00 at

The Bottom Line: Another winner from nose Linda Pilkington of Ormonde Jayne. Sweet, resinous, amber fragrance with a smoothly blended (and subtle) floral bouquet in the opening, and a longlasting powdery sillage. Perfect for cooler weather and for those who love vanillorientals (I want copyright for that term!).

Rating (out of 10): 8.5

Tolu balsam is an intriguing note - know of any other scents that use tolu?

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