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Summertime Brightness, Ormaie 28°

It was just a few days ago when the summer solstice marked the beginning of a summer season with the longest day of the year. Isn’t it ironic that no matter how many plans we’d normally have for the summertime, each day from now on will be slightly shorter? But this year is not normal at all and even though the borders of other countries are starting to open up again, many of us will chose to go on vacation locally instead of grand voyages across the world. To make it more enjoyable you should have some great perfume with you & I have another one, from Ormaie, that is just right for that!

28° has a very harmonious opening, serving a beautiful citrus blend. At first I could smell a cheerful lemon note which is way more complex than one could expect. Not only does it smell like a juicy, yellow lemon pulp but you also get a nicely pronounced zestiness coming from the peel. In addition to that there’s also that sort of powdery, muted back note coming from albedo – that white layer that hides right underneath the rind. After a short moment bergamot joins the composition and introduces a bit of lively tanginess with a little hint of green element, same shade as the citrus itself.

It doesn’t take long until the zestiness is balanced by a mouth-watering sweetness of mandarin. The latter brings the most cheer to the fragrance and also on my skin it feels very realistic – as if you just enjoyed a ripe fruit and some juice spilled on your skin. Pink pepper gives a bit of vibrancy. Later on 28° steps on a path adorned with white flowers growing all along the way but this perfume is also a very unusual way to present these powerful floral tones. Ormaie took the most supple elements of each and put them together into a mesmerizing decoration worthy of the most luxurious resorts.

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Jasmine sambac doesn’t emanate cloud of indole here, instead it scatters in the air around the wearer an addictive scent that to my nose is a perfect combination of pure floral scent, very airy, with the smell of something breezy, summery. It also has a lovely facet of sea minerals – salty, crystalline, beachy. Tuberose gives Ormaie 28° more richness in this floral phase. It also introduces a creamy sensation that has a little bit of a coconut undertone. But don’t be scared, this milky feeling is very faint. It’s also airy like a mousse. Orange blossom turns this perfume into a solar goodness.

Together with a light touch of rose, orange blossom makes 28° a composition that shimmers with light pink and warm orange reflexes. Actually orange flower becomes the most prominent ingredient in this perfume. I love the bright & luminous character it gives to this Ormaie fragrance. Drydown tones down the flowery notes. There’s a nice sandalwood accord – substantive, with nice weight and more smooth than not. Vanilla makes it rounder and more cosmetic-like, to the point that the scent on my skin reminds me of an expensive sunscreen lotion. There’s also a whiff of immortelle.

No matter how difficult are the times we live in, summer still remains the time to enjoy oneself. And what better way than by gifting yourself with a new fragrance. 28° from Ormaie is an ideal choice if you do like summery scents  but you prefer to stay away from hesperidic compositions. This one is a dreamy, summery floral concoction that is ideal for an evening walk when 28°C outside – that’s actually from where this perfume took its name. I sign up with my name under this idea from the brand. I recently learned that Ormaie fragrances are all natural which makes me like them even more. Together with Les Brumes you have an ultimate perfume dream team. Sounds good?

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Spring Forward, Ormaie Les Brumes

I have mixed feelings now. In the current situation around the world, with the increasing number of people affected by Covid-19 virus and more restrictions being put on citizens (in Poland some new ones were added yesterday) there are more important things than perfume. It just doesn’t spark so much joy temporarily. But then again in those hard times when social interactions are limited we need something to keep up the good spirit. Perfume can’t save the world but it can save your own sanity right now. So I have another fragrance from Ormaie I want to talk about today.

Les Brumes (Eng. mists) is a shy fragrance for which the play of subtleties is a key to appreciation. When the first droplets of a fragrant liquid touch your skin, it’s like delicate wake up call, like the ray of a morning sunlight that somehow sneaked into your bedroom through the blinds. Calm but vibrant smell of lemon enters your nostrils with certain laziness. It’s an energizing scent but it’s not straight in your face. Shortly mandarin and bergamot join the composition and since in both cases the perfumer accentuated their juicy facets, the perfume becomes a truly mouth-watering cocktail.

What really gets my attention in this citrus trio of Ormaie Les Brumes is the fact that the opening is characterized by an extraordinary purity. That lemon, lime and mandarin smell really clean, transparent, with absolutely nothing getting in the way of enjoying their aromas. Later on ginger appears in this concoction and adds a little bit of that specific, lemon-flavoured piquancy. This effect of spiciness only makes the citrus part more pretty. After a while citric notes start to dissipate – that’s when the scent starts to make some gentle shifts. Those subtle changes make the scent alive.

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Juiciness subsides and in its place some slightly herbaceous tones appear. There is a hint of sage which has a slightly green, sappy scent with a gently mentholy undertone which is almost ‘invisible’ to the nose. Cardamom also made its way to the heart of the composition but in my case it doesn’t seem to make any serious statement. Sage and the remaining citrus whispers still get most of my attention. I was surprised to see that Les Brumes lists jasmine and tuberose. Yes, I did notice some floral tones lifting up from the top of my wrist but it was more of an abstract accord, nothing specific.

Neither tuberose nor jasmine are my BFFs so let me tell you I didn’t smell anything indolic that would give me an idea that there’s one of those flowers in this very fragrance. Flowery tones, whatever they are, give Les Brumes a thread of plant-derived sweetness. When the base notes come to the foreground the perfume doesn’t lose any of its lightness and airiness. Usually more hefty notes like cedarwood, sandalwood or vetiver are carefully woven into this fragrance. They provide longevity (mind that hours later I can still smell some citrus from the top) and add depth.

Normally I don’t like press materials written by the brands because they are full of unnecessary blabber that doesn’t tell you much about the perfume itself. But in case of Ormaie and Les Brumes, the description is simply spot on. This fragrance is a vision of memories of a morning among citrus trees. It’s a vision of a magical moment when the morning fog vanishes, revealing a citrus orchard and the forests that surround it. It’s a beautiful picture and the perfume really reflects that. Should you search for an extraordinary citrus, this should be one of your top contenders.

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