Ormonde Jayne Ta'if is my favourite 'bad girl' fragrance. I describe it this way; if Jo Malone Red Roses is the Jennifer Aniston of rose fragrances, Ormonde Jayne Ta'if is the Angelina Jolie; madder than a sackful of badgers, tricky to handle, but a heck of a lot of fun.
The top notes are pink pepper, dates and saffron, the heart is of rose, freesia, orange flower and jasmine, and the base is of broom and amber. Ta'if is a earthy rose scent; the broom, amber and saffron in the blend make an accord that gives me an olfactory impression of the warm earth from the Arabian town of Ta'if where the roses are grown. The rose in the scent is voluptuous and full blown, supported by the warmth and spice of the rest of the blend. This is definitely a warm fragrance, rather than a cooler rose scent.
Ta'if is a heady, flirty fragrance; this is the fragrance to wear if you intend to dance until dawn and then fall into bed with your make-up still on. Of course, I'm much too sensible to do that anymore ;), but when Mr London and I went away together for our 10th wedding anniversary last February, Ta'if was the fragrance I packed. This fragrance is absolutely in love with life. If you are looking for a feminine rose scent that is definitely grown-up rather than girly, Ta'if is well worth a sniff, and it's one of Miss London's favourites on me too, I think because it does smell very feminine.
Summary: a warm, spicy, grown-up rose scent. Not for those who like to fade into the background! Ormonde Jayne fragrances are available in the Royal Arcade boutique, and from www.OrmondeJayne.com.