My favorite Disney movie as a child was Sleeping Beauty, and, like many of you out there, my favorite character was Maleficent. So when I think about “green” notes in a beautiful perfume, it’s not much of a stretch for me to think about that beautiful maven.
When I first wore OJ Woman, I felt a distinct green-ness under the plush oriental background; my first thought was wormwood (the stuff used to make absinthe), but that was off. I have since learned that the unusual note is actually Black Hemlock. Woman has an air of familiarity (hello amber and sandalwood, old friends!), yet that hemlock note makes it slightly odd—in my opinion this is exactly what makes the perfect beauty. It sort of jabbs you. Like Maleficent’s beauty: her sharp jaw, humped nose, aggressively arched brows, and green skin should together create a nightmare. Instead those slightly off-kilter features add depth and a sense of wonder that Princess Aurora’s golden ratio quite frankly lacks. Maleficent is arresting. I think she would wear Ormonde Woman.
Notes, compliments of Ormonde Jayne: Cardamom, coriander and grass oil, black hemlock, violet and jasmine absolute, vetiver, cedar wood, amber and sandalwood.