Asian Dream, Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus Elixir

We desire the most things that are the most out of our reach. I don’t know if you’d agree with this statement but I think that in many aspects of life what it says is quite true. For me it surely applies to travels – places that are the most distant from Poland are the ones where I dream to go someday. That’s probably where my interest in far East comes from. I wanted to visit Japan ever since I was a boy, later on China appeared on my bucket list too. Thanks to Ormonde Jayne I can experience today a small bit of the Orient in the comfort of my home, as I inhale the scent of osmanthus flowers.

Osmanthus Elixir begins with a lusciously tempting fruitiness that is oh so gorgeous and delicious that my mouth waters almost immediately. The scent is sweet but also slightly tart at the same time. This pretty invitation is thanks to pomelo. On my skin it smells more fruity than your average citrus but shares a similar juiciness with orange. After 2-3 minutes a honeyed facet is added to pomelo, making it even more mellow, smooth and delightful. For a little while pomelo is a solinote but then pimento joins the composition at the same time adding a faint spiciness to the juicy opening.

Davana adds a new dimension to Osmanthus Elixir, spreading a complex smell that is a combination of dry, grassy/hay-like, herbaceous bits. There’s something tangy about it that compliments the mildness of pomelo in a really nice way. As we move towards the heart of the composition the perfume becomes lighter and more sheer. Osmanthus steps into the spotlight quite early, and guys, it does smell lovely. It’s somehow fizzy & sparkling yet with some richness. Within it the smells of green tea, flowers and ripe apricots entwine with one another – almost like a dance!


Ever since I smelled osmanthus for the first time I though there’s something captivating and magical about it. Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus Elixir only confirms it. Still staying in a floral area, as osmanthus slowly fades away I could notice some wafts of white flowers – jasmine in particular. Sambac (as brand states) has a subtle, sheer scent that is almost translucent. Similar type as one of my summer favorites – California Reverie by Van Cleef & Arpels. Water lily adds some aquatic floral tones that suggests pastel shades of blue, green and pink. There’s much tranquility in it.

This floral bouquet of osmanthus, jasmine and water lily lasts on my skin for a very decent amount of time. Every minute of Osmanthus Elixir is truly enjoyable. Finally, couple of hours later, the base notes of this Ormonde Jayne scents start to unveil lazily. In my case vetiver is the most significant, effusing the succulent-like smell of the desert covered with dry, tall grass. It’s aromatic, fougere-ish, which is fine for me. The earthy smell of roots becomes one with deep and balmy accord of labdanum. The latter one has a slightly green tinge. Musk & cedarwood complete the picture.

Osmanthus Elixir, a new release from Ormonde Jayne in Elixir Collection, is extremely pretty, naturalistic and a very wearable composition. “Extreme” of this perfume refers to the fact that the formula of original Osmanthus has been slightly reorchestrated and poured to the highest concentration possible. Rumour has it that in Osmanthus Elixir there’s 50% perfume oil. This is a very elegant and sophisticated scent, suitable for a year-round use. It lingers all day on my skin, marking its presence in a very subtle way. Perfumer behind this fragrance is Linda Pilkington.

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16 thoughts on “Asian Dream, Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus Elixir

  1. jilliecat says:

    I am quite a fan of some of the Ormonde Jayne perfumes and so was very interested to read your take on this latest addition. Sounds rather lovely!

    Here’s hoping that it won’t be too long before you achieve your dream and visit the far east. But in the meantime, let fragrance transport you there in your imagination.

    • lucasai says:

      I know you are, especially that it’s a British brand. I never tried many but want to explore some more. Vanille d’Iris wasn’t my type but maybe Orris Noir would be?

      • jilliecat says:

        I could be wrong, but I suspect Orris Noir wouldn’t be quite to your taste – but don’t take any notice of me, especially as I have only smelled the body lotion! I am wondering if you might like Tiare – I have a little of this so will send a sample to you. In spite of it being a floral It is almost “masculine” and I can detect quite a lot of vetiver in it. People have compared it to Cristalle and Diorella, but it is much “darker” then them, I think.

  2. Shelly says:

    I have three of the OJ older scents and love them. This sounds delicious! I used to be able to get tea with Osmanthus and it was wonderful to smell the steam in the morning as I was waking. I do wonder if this exlixir will be “affordable” meaning good similar price to the he older scents because it sounds right up my alley and it has been awhile since I bought a perfume.

    • lucasai says:

      Oh good for you! I had a bag of green tea with osmanthus a while ago and the brew had a nice smell too. I don’t have any perfume with Osmanthus. I think Berdoues Peng Lai could do as a budget option. Or Osmanthus Elixir if I want to spend more.

  3. Perfumelover67 says:

    Thank you for such a beautiful review! I will get a sample and pretty sure I will enjoy it. I don’t have enough osmanthus in my collection, so I have to remedy that.

  4. MMKinPA says:

    I sniffed the entire original OJ line last summer in London. I didn’t pick the original Osmanthus for my travel set but it was in the running. I hope to have the chance to try the elixirs at some point, for sure. I had the privilege of touring Japan with my university concert band in 1987, wonderful trip and hope to return someday as a “real” adult! Someday for you , too!!

    • lucasai says:

      I haven’t smelled the ‘regular’ Osmanthus but Elixir version is just stunning.

      Lucky you for having a chance to travel in Japan back in the day. Hope you can revisit!

  5. Undina says:

    Wow… I want it already 🙂 I hope to try it in a couple of months.

    I’m a big fan of the OJ’s first line – Ta’if, Tiare, Frangipani, Tolu, Champaca and Orris Noir are my favorites. A couple more I do not mind wearing. But I think they all are a little too feminine to your liking. I mean, you might appreciate them but, I think, you usually prefer them more unisex than that. But we’ll see: once it gets a little cooler in the world, I’ll send you at least several samples if you haven’t tried those yet.

    • lucasai says:

      I remembered you’re a fan of Ormonde Jayne! I’ll happily give those a try. I only know Zizan, Ta’if briefly and now also Osmanthus Elixir. Was curious about Orris Noir but Jillie above says I probably won’t like it.

      We’ll be in touch!

  6. Holly says:

    Thanks for another beautiful review, this sounds quite lovely! I’m so with you on wanting to visit Japan and China some day.

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