A labor of love for Ormonde Jayne, Black Gold was years in the making due to the long and often fraught journey to find the very best qualities of its prime components. Linda Pilkington wouldn’t rest, for example, until she had located a santalum album (Mysore sandalwood) oil that was 20 times better than its nearest competitors. Undeniably expensive, the natural question to ask of this fragrance will be: is it worth it? Our unequivocal answer is yes.
Sometimes, when you come across something this mindblowingly good, you just have to treat yourself. The signature touches of Ormonde Jayne are all there – the effervescent citrus, pepper, juniper, and clary sage – but woven into such an intricate network of creamy woods, spice, amber, and florals, you will find yourself sucked into a thrilling vortex of scent where you struggle to place even the familiar. It is a dizzying, almost 3-D experience, with sparkling lemon and pink pepper fizzing into warm, spicy carnation, and then expanding outwards into a heart that features flowers the nose cannot identify, all backed by a milky sandalwood, hints of warm, ambery resin, and a tough, brusque cedar. Despite the presence of flowers, it never smells flowery or feminine. But one thing’s for sure – no matter your gender, to wear Black Gold is to know what it feels like to be a king.
Black Gold Notes: Bergamot, lemon, mandarin orange, clary sage, juniper berries, orchid, rose, water lily, jasmine, carnation absolute, agarwood (oud), pink pepper, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, labdanum, moss, musk, cedar, ambrette (musk mallow), amber
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