Osmanthus is one of my favorite floral notes. It is a flowering tree native to China; a related variety is known as Tea Olive in the southern United States. It has a bright, fruity aroma, with hints of apricot. The notes for the Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus are pomello, davana (a sweet Egyptian herb), pimento, osmanthus, water lily, jasmine, cedar, labdanum, musk and vetiver.
Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus starts with a nice burst of citrus (allrecipes has an article on pomello), and light herbal notes. The osmanthus itself is simply radiant; I do not know of any other perfume that so perfectly catches the beauty of the flower. The water lily and jasmine are more muted, as is the cedar. It has a lovely smoky-resinous undertone from the labdanum that saves it from being too sweet and pretty.
Osmanthus is perhaps more linear than the rest of the line, but it is also one of the most cheerful scents I know. It is fresh, exuberant, and like all of the Ormonde Jaynes, lush without ever coming close to heavy or cloying. Although it rates third in my affections, after Frangipani and Champaca, it is actually the only bottle I have used up and replaced, for although it is very much a spring/summer scent, it is also the perfect antidote for a cold, dreary winter day, and I tend to use it more often than the other two.
I have really enjoyed wearing all of my Ormonde Jaynes in the same week, and again, warm thanks to Linda Pilkington for participating in the interview. Unfortunately, I do not have any Tolu or Sampaquita on hand at the moment, and my memory is not good enough to write a detailed review. Fans of either fragrance, please feel free to add your impressions to the comments.
Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus is available in 50 ml Parfum (shown just above) or Eau de Parfum, and in a variety of matching bath, body and home fragrances. For buying information, see the listing for Ormonde Jayne under Perfume Houses.