The beginnings of Ormonde Jayne are far from glamorous, started almost by chance and at the time little more than a passionate hobby. Founder Linda Pilkington’s interest in perfumery started as a teenager. 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 created beautiful scented cushions for birthdays and Christmas presents.
The following fourteen years were spent travelling and working in South America, Africa and the Far East. 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 her own 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 2001 in London’s Old Bond Street.