Ormonde Man (2004) Eau de Parfum

Ormonde Man (Eau de Parfum) by Ormonde Jayne
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Ormonde Man (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Ormonde Jayne for men and was released in 2004. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Geza Schön

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Cardamom, Coriander, Pink pepper, Juniper berry
Heart Notes Heart NotesOud, Hemlock fir
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedar

Ratings

Scent

8.2 (175 Ratings)

Longevity

7.6 (137 Ratings)

Sillage

6.6 (139 Ratings)

Bottle

7.5 (122 Ratings)
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NikEy

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NikEy
NikEy
Greatly helpful Review    24
For all the boys out there...
After a long time with Parfumo and hours of extensive testing, it becomes - as most people can confirm - more and more difficult to find a fragrance that really excites you again. Not only is it great for testing, almost exhausting and without special attention on the test hand, but with 7.5 points it is not passed on as good for you to wear, but it is passed on to you in such a way that you want to spray yourself completely with it. Ormonde Man made it! The statements are very mixed, I couldn't get a real picture of how it smells on my skin at the end. Woody-fresh or rather green, dry or even too classic?

At first apply then the surprise. Ormonde Man is absolutely airy-transparent and modern, the only thing that combines it with a classic men's fragrance is the combination of freshness, wood and green spice - but completely modernised. Nothing here is bitter or old-fashioned, on the contrary. What makes him so special is his charisma, which on the one hand is absolutely perfumed and precisely composed, but on the other hand looks as if the scent would simply be around you without being radiated by yourself. A bit like rubbing yourself with an absolutely high-quality, fragrant body lotion and carrying a delicate fragrance around with you. Not at all absurd perhaps, because with Ormonde Man I am one of the first components to make out a clear creaminess, very gently ambered, soft and fluffy. Accompanied by wood warmth and soft notes of fir balsam. Gentle flower cream and an undeniable sweetness let him move a bit towards unisex. Anyone who thinks this could be difficult or luxuriant is wrong, because he always keeps a certain freshness and his absolutely airy-transparent nature. The base changes to warmer, musk and sandalwood fuse sexy with the skin, Ormonde Man becomes lovelier but never heavy.

I cannot understand the classification which clearly assigns the older gentlemen to the fragrance. On the contrary, I find here the otherwise classic 3er combination wood fresh seasoning so modernly converted that I can imagine Ormonde Man much better at younger men (to me with 25 he fits perfectly). Light-heartedness, modernity and joie de vivre, for everyone. The fragrance matches the suit as well as the casual outfit, for every day - signature worthy!

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ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
3
Ormonde Meh!
The opening of Ormonde Man is quite bold and almost overwhelming at first; all I smell is a slightly syrupy sandalwood note, citrus, spices (a load of cumin and red pepper), vetiver, cedar, and a strong salty note with a slight camphor aftertaste that I guess comes from musk. Basically, imagine a bold woody-spicy scent with a sweet-salty vein, and a vibrant Mediterranean aromatic herbal breeze (juniper?). The oud note is really light, more just a dark medicinal feel on the base. That’s pretty much it, for hours. Frankly this fragrance left me completely indifferent: I find it quite static, cloyingly thick, and too “powerfully generic” to be at least “safely” refined or elegant. Honestly it smells to me like whatever spicy-fresh-boisé designer scent, just “on steroids”, louder and more concentrated. Not bad, but... meh!

6/10
Rickbr

190 Reviews
Rickbr
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Modern Classic
It's interesting the sensation that Ormonade Man transmit me on skin, because there is a kind of classic aura to me at the same time it seems totally modern. Ormonde Man is not one of those fragrance that opens with strong notes, that seems to pull an impression. It simply keeps itself harmonic, with a more discreet charm, a classical one. To me, the spices aromas dominates its smell: the creamier side of cardamom in contact with the sweet spiciness of pink pepper and the herbal and driest aroma of juniper. The opening has a citrus side and green aroma very delicious, that a little bit after develops into the spices dominance. The base is what makes me think of Ormonde Man as modern instead of classic: altough they list notes like vetiver, cedar and sandalwood, what is the main aroma on it is a mineral shiny woody aroma that seems very modern and synthetic, but that fits well the composition.
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Epimedes

9 Reviews
Epimedes
Epimedes
7
The very model of a modern urbane gentleman
From the opening of Ormonde Man I get a jolt of a very realistic coriander, followed after a minute or two by pepper that becomes dominant in the spicy mix. Luckily, the fragrance never smells like an Indian food store, as these notes dissipate quickly and don't contribute much in the later development. Within five-ten minutes, Iso E Super firmly takes over, with some green and coniferous notes blended in (I guess that would be the 'black hemlock' and 'fir'). There is slight sweetness throughout, and I think I can smell some relatively shy musk underneath, but don't get even a semblance of 'oud' here. The scent produces an aura of abstract transluscent greenery for many hours, owing to its high-quality synthetic base. Use with caution if you think you might be sensitive to the synthetics used in the formula, as subtle they are not; they are also pretty resistant to washing off. Overall, Ormonde Man is a confident and polished performer that lacks any weird, out of character elements. Nothing dated here, just a well executed example of a clean and coherent modern design. Not surprisingly, Ormonde Man wins many positive reviews and I agree it can be quite a versatile wear.
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JManDave

10 Reviews
JManDave
JManDave
4
My New Favorite Formal
Bottom Line -
The characterizations I've seen multiple times of Ormonde Man being "James Bond's cologne" is spot-on. It is SO good, and classy. This one goes on my must-buy list after only a couple of wearings, and although its a rarity for my ratings, it gets full marks of 100%. Men 30s and up looking for a big-boy cologne for multiple purposes, but especially for dressing up, will appreciate this one.

Scent -
Ormonde Man starts extremely green and woody, with piqcant spiciness for added character at the top. Yet it never comes across as a "look at me" scent, it is ultra-smooth and full. The mids sweeten up just a tad as the greenness from the top recedes a bit, and the woodsiness begin to exert itself. I'm not sure what hemlock smells like, but if that's part of what I smell in the heart of this fragrance, then other houses might want to avail themselves of this little morsel in future offerings as well. I don't smell much, if any smoky oud, it may be that its just supporting the woodsy notes in this implementation. The base seems to feature a nice creamy sandalwood, and spicy cedar - not overdone, as it is in many other men's fragrances. I don't get any overt vetiver or musk either, but then again it's so well blended, I probably just can't distinguish them.

Whatever is going on with the notes in each stage, the net result is pretty fantastic, I really can't deduct any points at any time during the scent life for smell.

Wear Performance -
Sillage and projection are substantial enough to make a conservative statement, but not loud, so I believe it hits the intended mark dead-on. Longevity was moderate, even though this is labeled EDP, and I might've expected a bit more. The scent projected well for 2hrs, but stays put solidly for a few more. Under typical wear conditions, it seems that longevity should see you through a full business day, 6-8hrs. The shorter-than-expected longevity as an EDP concentration is a small compromise, but if it were labeled an EDT, it would be exactly what I'd expect. In either case the smell more than makes up for this limitation, and I'll just carry an atomizer.

Wear Scenarios -
The aroma is quite flexible, and should work to dress up or down. I'd have zero issues wearing this out to a day spent shopping in jeans, and I wore it out last night to a friend's wedding, dressed to the nines - and it worked perfectly.

Not sure this is particularly a date night fragrance, like a DHI or Straight to Heaven, because it's not especially sweet or fresh. A woman that appreciates a man with top-shelf class would probably have an appreciation for it though.

Like other similar masculines in the same category, Le Labo's Poivre 23 comes to mind, I believe Ormonde Man would wear easily across at least 3 seasons, with only Summer days being questionable if it's quite hot.

Other Notes -
Unfortunately, Ormonde Man appears to be rather difficult to get ones hands on. Manufactured in London, it is available in several Euro-based boutiques, but so far I haven't found anyone in the US carrying it. I'll be in Europe again next month and will attempt to get a full bottle to add to my decant, but failing that, I will definitely pay the rather stiff shipping to have a bottle sent to my home here.
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Drseid

679 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    5
Classy To The Extreme...
Ormonde Man opens with a soft pink peppercorn and juniper, supported by a very subtle bergamot undertone. Joining the pink peppercorn in the early heart notes as the juniper and bergamot recede are a combination of coriander, cardamom spices and cedar wood. The spices take the fore with the cedar acting as the backbone of the scent. As the heart develops, the spiced cedar almost becomes incense-like, as it mixes with sandalwood and musk from the base, giving the scent a relatively smooth woody incense vibe that is ever-so slightly sweet, but only just so. Projection is average, as is longevity.

Ormonde Man is an extremely well-done composition of subtle spice, gin-like juniper and incense-like sandalwood spiked cedar. The combination of the cedar and spice is hardly earth shatteringly innovative, but the difference here is in the superior execution. The parfumier Pilkington really gets the balance of the scent "just right", and her skill really shows just how important that is when you witness it done properly. The sandalwood and musk in the base notes really also meld quite well with the wood and spices giving the composition just a bit more structure. Ormonde Man has gotten a lot of love by many and is well-deserving of its high praise, earning an excellent 4 stars out of 5.

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Emorandeira 122 days ago
Classic and elegant. It smells Woody and creamy. However the performance is not the best so for me doesnt worth really the high price...
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