Envision a young woman with a pale complexion, her hair away from her face with flashing black eyes. On each earlobe, a perfect pearl, seemingly incandescent, hypnotizes as you are drawn to her seemingly subtle charms. This is the image I imagine when wearing Vanille d’Iris, the latest addition to the Ormonde Jayne repertoire.
There can be no Oriental without vanilla and perfumer Geza Schoen in collaboration with Ormonde Jayne Creative Director Linda Pilkington creates a vanilla accord that glows and radiates like priceless pearl earring seemingly from another time. Herr Schoen works like Vermeer to scrape a Tahitian vanilla pod of its seeds and cover them in nacre layers to mold one of the most sophisticated parures in Linda Pilkington’s jewel box.
Vanille D’Iris never turns too sticky or warm, giving the illusion of a cool vanilla. The pearl gets as dark as vanilla pods, intense and dry, wears flawlessly on a man as well, like a black pearl cufflings on a white shirt. It is one of my favorite Ormonde Jayne’s in recent years, a masterpiece of subtlety, light and shadow.
Vanille d’Iris has incredible longevity despite its softness. Think of the way pearls smell after they have been worn next to your skin for hours,the sillage is discreet and intimate.
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