21 October 2009

Beauty product of the day: tiare perfume

perfume tiare

We’ve always liked to believe that perfumiers endure some kind of fairy-tale quest in order to gather the ingredients for their fragrances. We like to think our favourite perfume is composed of rare flowers that can only be harvested once a year, in the moonlight, before being mixed with rainbows and unicorn tears.

So we were delighted to find that the tiare flowers for Ormonde Jayne’s new Tiare perfume are so precious that the blooms – a type of gardenia sourced from the island of Tahiti – will only be hand-picked (while still unopened) once a customer has placed an order.

The flowers are then laid in oil for 15 days to extract the fragrance; as Ormonde Jayne founder and perfumier Linda Pilkington says, ‘Tiare is a flower that doesn’t give up its secrets easily,’ but the result is ‘an exceptional perfume’ and, at over £27k a kilo, one of the most expensive oils in the world…

The tiare absolute oil is then blended with patchouli, orange flower and sandalwood to create a refreshing tropical fragrance that so perfectly recreates the scent of a tropical gardenia that it is, as you would expect, more than a little magical…

From 19 November, a very limited amount of the Tiare perfume will be available to buy in the Ormonde Jayne boutique at The Royal Arcade. From £68 www.ormondejayne.com


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