Say $425 dropped into your lap, and you had to spend it on perfume. What would you buy? If you want to smell like a sharply cut ice-white diamond splashing rainbows of light, you might want to consider Ormonde Jayne White Gold Extrait.
Perfumer Geza Schoen developed White Gold, and it’s the third in Ormonde Jayne’s Gold trilogy. Its notes include leaf green molecule, pink pepper, mandarin, bergamot, clary sage, jasmine absolute, carnation absolute, orris butter, orchids, freesia, Madagascan vanilla, ambrette absolute, cashmeran, white musk, amber, moss, tonka, labdanum, opoponax, vetiver and cedar.
White Gold is the kind of grand modern floral I imagine being at home on the stark marble counter of a bathroom in an all-white Los Angeles home in Architectural Digest. It kicks off with an orange-tinted tingle so bright you need sunglasses, then slides into a jasmine-dominated melange of expensive florals complex with spice, wet iris, and a fresh bouquet that a Beverly Hills designer might have plucked straight from the cooler and arranged artfully with Christian Tortu-style leaves wrapping the inside of the clear vase. Now and again a whiff of something fruity rises, then is subsumed by the rest of the bouquet.
White Gold has structure and freshness, and isn’t weighed down by gardenia and tuberose or dragged into more traditional territory with obvious rose. Despite the real-deal materials in its heart, White Gold is angular and assertive. It’s not a stroll-around-the-garden sort of perfume. No, it wants to ride in a Mercedes with white leather seats, gold trim, and music playing a bit too loudly. “Look at me,” it says. “I’m it.” White Gold is Extrait, baby. Nothing EdP about it.
Sure, you can smell White Gold from the Mercedes’ backseat. But what’s the use of a fabulous perfume if it has a mousy sillage? You’ll smell it for hours, too — about six on my skin. It keeps its edge all the way through to its cedar-tinged dry down. No matter how much “oriental” they threw at this perfume, it refuses to soften and give up its modern vibe.
All that modern luxury will cost you. Ormonde Jayne White Gold is $425 for 120 ml of Extrait. For information on where to buy it, see Ormonde Jayne under Perfume Houses.
As for what I’d spend those perfume dollars on, I’d probably buy the bottle of Parfum DelRae Bois de Paradis I keep threatening to get, and blow the rest on Guerlain Vol de Nuit Extrait. What about you?