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Wee Valentine’s finds: The perfume

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I know … a bottle of perfume isn’t the most wildly original or personal Valentine’s Day gift. That’s why the department store counter is probably best avoided at this time of the year. However, the extremely clever people at Ormonde Jayne, arguably London’s best-kept secret perfumery, have got Feb 14 all wrapped up with their genius engraving service.

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What I wouldn’t do for a hand-blown glass flacon of their signature parfum with my initials engraved onto the exquisite gold and glass stopper … heaven! And I’d happily settle for Ormonde Woman, which was described as “truly great” and awarded five stars by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez in their recently-published fragrance handbook, Perfumes: The Guide.

But it doesn’t come cheap. A bottle of parfum with personalised engraving will set you back £130. Allow five working days for engraving and delivery in the UK and two weeks for international post.

Ormonde Jayne
12 The Royal Arcade
28 Old Bond Street
London W1S 4SL
Tel. 020 7499 1100
Nearest Tubes: Piccadilly and Green Park.
Click here for a Wee Birdy map.

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm

For more shops in Mayfair, click here.

  • http://www.cult-beauty.blogspot.com Jess G.

    I love Ormonde Jayne! Linda is a genius. If people don’t want just one bottle of perfume, they can also try the sampler set which comes in a beautiful box that has all sorts of pulleys and mechanisms to make the entire collection pop out when you pull on the satin tab on the outside of it. Beautiful.
    The shop itself is a perfect, pint-sized bit of old-fashioned London glamour as well. It’s tucked away in an arcade and has the most Victorian winding staircase. It’s tiny but perfect that way. Love the black walls too.
    xxx JG

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