The wonderful Vanessa at Bonkers about Perfume is having a bit of a rough time right now. In the hopes of cheering her up, I decided that today was the day to review one of her favorite perfumes: Ormonde Jayne Ta’if. Ta’if was named for a beautiful Saudi Arabian city famous for its fragrant roses, which are used by Chanel and Guerlain (in addition to Ormonde Jayne, of course!)
Naturally, Ta’if is a rose fragrance, accented with Linda Pilkington’s signature pink pepper and a thrillingly tart saffron note.
I wasn’t particularly moved by Ta’if when I first tried it. Compared to the bright, clear L’Artisan Safran Troublant, another favorite saffron-y rose perfume, Ta’if felt a bit musty and heavy. But after spending a few months with my sample, I’ve found that my heart has room for two saffron-y roses. Ta’if is a darker counterpart to Safran Troublant, the deep contralto to ST’s airy soprano. Ta’if is not for ingenues. Its beauty is quieter, more sophisticated- which brings us right back to Vanessa!