The London-based niche perfumery Ormonde Jayne offers a collection of bath and body products, including Essential Bathing Oil, Hydrating Bath & Shower Crème, and Replenishing Body Lotion, to accompany its fragrances. These body products claim to benefit the skin while equaling the elegance and richness of their namesake perfumes.
I’ve tried the Replenishing Body Lotion in Frangipani Absolute, wearing it with Frangipani Absolute Eau de Parfum for the sake of comparison. The compositions for both the Eau de Parfum and the Body Lotion include top notes of linden blossom, magnolia flower, lime peel; a heart of white frangipani, jasmine, rose, tuberose, water lily, plum, green orchid; and a base of amber, musk, cedar, French vanilla.
Frangipani is a tropical flower, but Ormonde Jayne’s interpretation of this blossom definitely connotes “black tie” rather than “spring break”. It’s a sweetly narcotic floral blend, just as much tuberose as frangipani, with a creamy depth. Wearing the Body Lotion, I noticed some slight differences from the original fragrance. The Eau de Parfum has a more noticeable lime note in the opening, and its heart is a bit more delicate, like a handful of fresh, loose petals, with a cedary edge to its base. The fragrance of the Body Lotion, on the other hand, is more linear and gives the impression of an entire, headily scented flower. Worn under the Eau de Parfum, the Body Lotion adds a more substantial, velvety foundation to the fragrance. (It could also be paired beautifully with other white floral fragrances, such as Robert Piguet Fracas or Frederic Malle Carnal Flower.)
The Replenishing Body Lotion’s formula is one of the most truly luxurious that I’ve ever tried: it’s crafted without mineral oils, parabens, or artificial coloring, using vitamin E, shea butter, and water lily extract instead. It glides on smoothly, like a bias-cut satin gown, and it sinks into the skin quickly, leaving a non-greasy finish. I was surprised to notice how smooth my legs still felt at the end of the day; meanwhile, the lotion’s fragrance had lingered well, outlasting the Eau de Parfum that I had more sparingly applied.
Ormonde Jayne Replenishing Body Lotion sells for 300 ml for £34 through the Ormonde Jayne website.