Ormonde Jayne is a very well regarded London perfume house launched earlier this century. After hearing about my search for long lasting fragrances, the company sent a sample of its signature scent for men, Ormonde Man, and I promptly sprayed it on.
Released in 2004, Ormonde Man arouses strong feelings, both positive and negative. Of the 19 reviews on the Basenotes.net fragrance site, eight were positive and six neutral and five negative. Most of the positives were raves, and most of the negatives just the opposite. And the people that post on that site know something about fragrances.
Now I do not pretend to be an expert on scents, but I do wear Creed's Tabarôme during the winter and anyone who has sniffed that understands strong feelings about these things. On my own skin, Ormonde Man is modern and very well put together. I was puzzled it by initially and then my puzzlement began turning into a favorable impression.
Ormonde Man opens with a burst of spices that dry down to a masculine woods and musk scent that on me lasts as long as my Creed products, hitherto the longest lasting I had found. The stuff is also priced comparably to the Creed parfums. 50 ml is £68.00 (about $95 ex VAT) at the company's web store.
Well worth a sniff.