The beginnings of Ormonde Jayne are far from glamorous, started almost by chance and at the time little more than the passionate hobby of an uncompromising perfectionist.
Linda’s interest in perfumery started as a teenager, intrigued by the passion and romance of perfume and perfume bottles. This passion led Linda to her first career, growing and selling flowers by the roadside outside her Cheshire family home. She also learnt to make scented candles and bathing oils from craft sets and courses, and created beautiful scented cushions for birthday and Christmas presents.
The following fourteen years were spent travelling and working around the world. With a keen business sense and an eye for detail, Linda gained invaluable experience working in South America, Africa and the Far East, owning and running a boutique hotel, a soya bean farm and even a small chain of ice cream parlours where she created her own exotic ice cream mixtures. It was in these fantastic locations, surrounded by luscious flora and intoxicated by heady scents, that Linda first learnt to appreciate and research exotic oils and essences – an extension of her childhood hobbies.
On returning home, Linda continued with her love of scent and began creating a breathtaking new collection of perfumes which were shown at a London trade show. For two consecutive years, she was awarded the first prize for style and innovation. When later asked to create ‘the perfect scented candle’ for Chanel, she rose to the challenge. It wasn’t long before her inspirational vision thrust her into the limelight. Spurred on by her own demanding standards, Ormonde Jayne’s breathtaking perfume range was born. Each product is passionately created by Linda and bottled and packaged by hand in her London workshop. The Ormonde Jayne perfumery opened on 30th November 2002 in London’s Old Bond Street.
“In creating Ormonde Jayne, my goal was to combine elements which I consider define true elegance: The quality of English craftsmanship, the art of French perfumery and the sensuality and natural harmony of the Orient.”