I’m not sure how I’ve been deeply entrenched in the niche-fragrance “game” for the better part of 5 years, but I am just now becoming acquainted with this fragrance. I believe that we’ve crossed paths years ago, in the midst of a niche-sample haul. I could imagine with the amount of pepper and refined “matureness” running through the veins of Ormonde Man, I’m positive that I swapped that sample immediately or threw it in a goodie-bag for someone else to enjoy, or loathe.
Fast forward to present year, 2016, I am more seasoned to say the least. After chasing down every hyped fragrance to ever grace the channels of YouTube and forum pages of basenotes, I think it’s time to revisit, re-discover, and settle in with some lesser-mentioned, cult favorites.
Ormonde Man has signature scent written all over it. It checks every box under Signature Scent Requirement; versatile, masculine, mature, refined, understated, etc, etc.. I’m not the fondest of peppery fragrance, hence, the reason I probably tossed a sample of Ormande Man to the side years ago, but the old-school citrus (bergamot), red-pepper, and cardamom opening of Ormonde Man draws you in – it’s fresh and invigorating, with a nose tingling spicy kick. It’s undoubtedly masculine; pinstripe suit, tailored, self-assured, no matter the age-range kinda man.
Everything about Ormonde Man points to it fitting a modern-man, no matter his age, this composition is timeless, but mature. There aren’t many fragrances I would like to be remembered by, considering many of us in this hobby possess tens, or hundreds of bottles, decants, and samples, but this right here- Ormonde Man is signature-scent worthy. From the peppery opening, all the way down to the creamy-woody, sandalwood and cedar infused base. I can’t lie and try to describe black hemlock, as if I were familiar with it before discovering this fragrance, and I also will refrain from mentioning oud – there is none! So fret not oud loathers.. Ormonde is similar in execution to a few other fragrances, not necessarily smell, but I do get the same vibe from Spice & Wood, Royal Oud, MFK Oud, and the like that are of the; distinctly masculine, versatile, woody and understated variety. If you are a fan of that genre, give Ormonde Man a shot.