Ormonde Jayne Four Corners of the Earth Collection ~ new fragrances

Ormonde Jayne Four Corners of the Earth Collection

British niche line Ormonde Jayne will launch the Four Corners of the Earth Collection next month. The set includes Montabaco, Tsarina, Nawab of Oudh and Qi. All four fragrances were developed by perfumer Geza Schoen.

Montabaco ~ inspired by Latin America, with tobacco leaf, leather and florals.

Tsarina ~ inspired by Russia, a floriental with amber and vanilla.

Nawab of Oudh ~ inspired by India and the Gulf, with oudh and rose.

Qi ~ inspired by China, a light green fresh floral with freesia and tea notes.

Ormonde Jayne Four Corners of the Earth Collection Montabaco, Tsarina, Nawab of Oudh and Qi will be available in 100 ml Eau de Parfum.

 (via fashionmonitor, britishbeautyblogger, reallyree)

Update: more information from the Ormonde Jayne blog:

The inspiration for the new perfume collection ‘The Four Corners of the Earth’ came from the indigenous flora of different parts of the world I have visited on my travels. The notes capture the spirit of what I call the ‘four corners’ and bring together some of the world’s rarest and most elusive scents: from the deserts of the East, the jungles of Latin America, the ancient walled cities in China, and from Russia of the Romanov Tsars.

Montabaco ~ "Montabaco is a perfume to capture the essence of Latin America: leather, suede, wood and tobacco leaf repeated over and over again creating a suggestive sensuality and Latino temperament. It sits above the rich floral presence of magnolia, jasmine and rose. It is all unashamedly seductive yet profoundly simpatico." With air note, orange absolute, bergamot, juniper, clary sage, cardamom, magnolia, hedione, rose, violet, tea notes, tobacco leaf, iso e super, suede, sandalwood, moss, tonka and ambergris.

Tsarina ~ "Tsarina captures opulence and passion. It demands fur, leather, brocade, heavy silks in sweeping dresses and fabulous jewels to go with her haughty heritage. To call it a floral oriental is to misunderstand its rich complexity, it is more baroque. The perfume is profund, blending leather notes, rich Madagascan vanilla, amber and orris butter. This is a powerhouse perfume, ravishing and regal, distinctive and synonymous with the glamorous world of luxe." With mandarin, bergamot, coriander, cassis, hedione, freesia, jasmine, sambac, iris, suede, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla bean base, labdanum and musk.

Nawab of Oudh ~ "Nawab (Ruler) of Oudh is a province of central India. Our perfume is inspired by the Nawabs who once ruled over it. It is a potent blend of amber and rose with a soft oudh edge. Yet surprisingly not one ingredient stands out from the others. It achieves a perfume synergy that defies traditional analysis, releasing a pulsating pungency, brooding and hauntingly beautiful, a rich tapestry of fascinating depths, a jewelled veil to conceal its emotional complexity and extravagance." With green notes, bergamot, orange absolute, cardamom, aldehyde, rose, magnolia, orchid, pimento, bay, cinnamon, hedione, ambergris, musk, vetiver, labdanum and oudh.

Qi ~ "Qi (pronounced “key” or “chi”) means Breath of Life. It’s an ancient word that permeates the Chinese language and everyday life. This perfume is inspired by the Chinese people’s love for the lightest and most delicate scents. Qi is constructed to make no great statement thus offending no-one, it does not tear down any great walls but is rather something more spectacular, like an amazing dawn, a softly-scented fragile breeze, Qi is an honest, open and natural perfume, it makes its mark for those who don’t want to be too obvious but may feel unfinished without it." With green lemon blossom, neroli, freesia, tea notes, osmanthus, violet, hedione, rose, mate, benzoin, musk, moss and myrrh.

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  1. lucasai says:

    I’m excited about new Ormonde Jaune fragrance quartet. I hope my friends in London will be able to get me some samples because I don’t want to wait until August (when I’ll be in London) to try them.

    They all sound great, every one has something appealing in it.

    • Robin says:

      They do sound great. I think they’re considerably more expensive than her regular line though.

      • AnnE says:

        Yikes! My credit card is cringing since I want to try them all.

      • lucasai says:

        You’re probably right, it’s almost a sure thing they’ll be more expensive.

  2. pigoletto says:

    I’m sure they’ll probably be good, but part of me cringes at the multiple releases as it’s signified more often than not the importance of revenue over quality.

  3. Zazie says:

    Am I wrong or this is the first time an external perfumer is authoring (or given credit for) Ormonde Jayne fragrances?
    Anyway, my pick from this quartet would be Tsarina. I wouldn’t mind trying Montabaco too.

    • pigoletto says:

      If it hadn’t openly been credited, I don’t think it was much of a secret either that Geza Schoen authored all previous ones (to my knowledge).

      • Zazie says:

        Oh, thank you for the info!!! Good to know: I had always presumed Linda Pinkerton was her own perfumer.

        • pigoletto says:

          I always assumed she was like Serge in her creations – very involved, but someone else was doing the actual execution. But at the time her stuff first launched there really wasn’t this big perfumer as rockstar thing going on. They were still in the background bar the uber big names being mentioned every so often. Now, I think part of the selling appeal is in the perfumer.

      • Tamsin says:

        Actually I must point out an error here! The previous 12 perfumes were definitely all Linda Pilkington’s creation & she was undoubtedly the perfumer. Geza has collaborated on this new collection but he is not the sole perfumer on them. I know as I have had the pleasure of meeting Linda in the Mayfair boutique and interrogating her several times! I have tried Tsarina and it is truly out of this world!

    • Robin says:

      Pigoletto is right…it is an open secret that Geza Schoen has done her whole line. I have never attributed her scents to him in my perfumer lists because I’ve never seen official confirmation. I think this is the first time he has appeared with her at a press launch, but I’m not sure about that.

    • Merlin says:

      Wow, complete news to me as well!

  4. maggiecat says:

    Is anyone going to London anytime soon? May I stow away in your luggage? I only need small air holes…and a stop at an Ormonde Jayne boutique! When I say I want to try these, it’s not so much because of the descriptions as knowing the kinds of perfumes OJ can create. I’ll be desperately seeking samples for sure.

    • lucasai says:

      Maggiecat, I’m going to London but in August 2013 and I really hope I won’t have to wait until then to try these OJs. But if I won’t have possibility to try them earlier I’ll save some luggage space for you ;)

  5. mutzi says:

    I guess I’m lucky. I’m not tempted by these. I’ve tried all her others and I do recognize and appreciate the quality; but the only one that worked for me was the limited editon Seraphim.

  6. Lys says:

    “Qi is constructed to make no great statement thus offending no-one.”


    Also, all this copy is a bit bizarre and, ever so slightly, uncomfortably Orientalist.

    • Tamsin says:

      i completely understand and appreciate that sentiment in a perfume. it does not mean it is bland or characterless or unforgettable! think of it as the way you might describe a really great friend in the midst of a loud party that offends no one!

  7. hajusuuri says:

    Wow. I hope there is a sample set because they all sound great. (Here I am commenting when I am supposed to be working remotely…but the work remote connections have been overwhelmed by the number of people working from home — no public transpo in/out of New York City and the tunnels were just closed…not that I would ever drive in to NYC even in great weather, let alone in this!)

  8. Omega says:

    Still have yet to try any OJ scents, need to get on it!

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      I highly recommend the discovery set–I appreciate most of the scents, even if I don’t adore them all, and it’s very reasonably priced! (Not cheap, mind you, but reasonable!)

  9. Santemon says:

    Dear Linda Pilkington – this news made my day as a devotee of your line! Very excited. Please could you issue a special sample set of these four for purchase so that those of us who have sampled the rest of your line don’t have to buy a complete sample pack to try these? I think many of your fans from across the world would really appreciate this way of getting to know the new Quartet… and as someone who has trouble getting through your wonderful 50ml EdP’s in reasonable time, the new 100ml EdP’s will take a lifetime!

  10. Marjorie Rose says:

    Most curious about Montabaco and Tsarina, based on notes, but I’d be willing to give any of them a sniff, if they came my way. I echo concerns above about multiple releases, though. Hope it doesn’t mean a reduction in quality.

  11. ClarrisaW says:

    I’ve just come back from Harrods where I smelt the 4 corners of the earth concept – I have to say I think they’re stunning perfumes. I’ve been reading the thread above – I actually visited the Ormonde Jayne studio in London about 8 years ago. Everyone was busy pouring candles and stirring bath oils , no one even looked up or said hello! Linda said they don’t answer the phone or have a conversation when they are producing. I’ve alwasy thought Ormonde Jayne is quite something. Linda told me ages ago that her and Geza go back a long way, more than 10 years and that he used her studio to work from because she has all the equipment, crimp machines, filters, and an alcohol licence. Anyway, I’ll make sure that I get someone to give me Montebaco for Christmas!

  12. turbovivi says:

    I am giving Qi a try right now and so far all I can think of is Febreze. Or Teavana with their rock sugar sweetened tea. Perhaps one of those new flowers fruits infused mate. I am quite shocked that I feel this way, after all I an a big Ormonde Jayne fan and I wear their perfumes almost daily.

    After about 10 mins the sweetness is starting to fade (some) but still makes me think of Febreze. Is no instant love a bad thing?

    • Robin says:

      I guess it depends, but even 10 minutes of Febreze is more than I’d like to put up with. I’m a huge fan too, but still haven’t tried these, I think partly because I haven’t heard or read anything that compelling about them.

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