Isfarkand is a mysterious thing. Its structure is simple and relatively linear ? peppery citruses over grassy vetiver and radiant woods ? but it transmits such a laid-back, uncluttered appeal that you’ll find yourself wondering if there’s more to it than meets the eye. Ormonde Jayne’s signature opening notes of pink pepper and citrus burn even brighter than normal here, giving the scent the exciting zestiness of a freshly-peeled lime. The peppery spice hugs the toasty cedar and vetiver tightly, the result being a close-knit mélange of clean woods, citrus, grass, and spice that is so pleasurable to wear that it doesn’t really make sense to try and pick it apart.
Isfarkand is as easy to wear as a favorite shirt, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for it, again and again, even over fragrances that you think you like better. It sounds simple – and it is – but somehow a certain Ormonde Jayne magic ties it all together, making it one of the classiest and most versatile everyday options for the modern man. As a subtle, my-skin-but-better woody vetiver for all seasons, Isfarkand is hard to beat.