9.15.2008

Tom Ford Black Orchid- A Review


Over the past few days I’ve had the pleasure of sampling both Tom Ford Black Orchid eau de parfum and Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur. Both scents are wonderful and evocative in their own right as I soon discovered in their very different dry down.

My interest in these perfumes peaked- even before I was able to sample them- for various reasons; the first being, I love orchids. Aside from the rose, the orchid is my favorite flower- I tend to have them scattered throughout our house year round, adding a touch of exoticism and vigor to the décor. Also, before I smelled the scent, I fell in love with the packaging: a sleek, vintage looking art deco style black bottle with a lovely gold name plate (Voile de Fleur has a black name plate).

Tom Ford Black Orchid is a deep, sensual fragrance- very heavy but not too overpowering, making it perfect for fall and winter or even early spring when it is still cold outside but the warm weather is burgeoning and on its way. The scent is rich and luxurious, making one feel as though perhaps they were a femme fatale riding the Orient Express in Agatha Christie’s famous novel. The spicy accord to the scent suggests one who has visited exotic places.

Black Orchid Voile de Fleur is the shimmering and sparkling sister to Black Orchid. It is a much lighter fragrance- one that would perhaps wear better in late spring and early summer. Even though this is a lighter scent, it didn’t fail to move me. No, wearing Voile de Fleur, one could feel as though they were sipping champagne on the Italian Riviera- the scent’s light effervescence suggests that a celebration is in order.

Today, there is a little chill in the air so I am going to adorn my wrists with the eau de parfum and let the fantasy begin…

Tom Ford Black Orchid contains notes of: bergamot, citrus, mandarin, black gardenia, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lotus wood, black orchid, patchouli, sandalwood, incense and vanilla.

Black Orchid Voile de Fleur has notes of: black truffle, bergamot, honeysuckle, gardenia, black orchid, black pepper, lotus wood, a noir gourmand accord, vanilla tears, patchouli, balsam and sandalwood.

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8 comments:

Jenavira13 said...

Quite the femme fatale scents you have going there. I have tried the Black Orchid, but not the Voile de Fleur. I highly suggest you try BBW's new Black Amethyst which is wonderfully in the same family as Black Orchid.

Rose said...

The Tom Ford bottles are to die for aren't they. They would match with your Art Deco decorating as well!

Unfortunately Black Orchid is a bit too heavy on my skin :-( but I really like VDF.

ScentScelf said...

Heads up...we learned at Chicocoa that Tom Ford reps would be at four Nordstrom locations, giving "personal consultations" and bringing along the Collection line. If you are in Chicago on Wednesday (yikes! tomorrow), then there's an opportunity for you.

(Sorry, I don't know other locations/dates.)

Okay, so now I've put Black Orchid at the top of the "try this" sample pile... :) ..right now, I'm juggling a strange pair, with a vintage Rochas Femme edt on the left and a brand spanking new Caron Montaigne edp on the right.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Jenavira- Someone else recommended Black Amethyst- I have it on my sample list to try... Voile de Fleur is really great for those who think Black Orchid is too strong...

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi Rose- Yes the bottles are so beautiful... I would probably buy the perfume even if I didn't like it so I could just look at it every day :) I have heard from a lot of other people that Black Orchid is too strong for them too... For some reason it really works with me.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Scentscelf- Oh no! Can't make it to Chicago tomorrow but if they are in L.A. anytime soon I would definitely go... thanks for the heads up! Good luck with your juggling of scents today- can't wait to read your reviews for them.

Juliana said...

Your descriptions are so luscious, it makes me want to try the perfumes just to spark my imagination if nothing else:)

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Juliana- Thank you so much! That is exactly why I am falling in love with perfume again... I think certain scents are so evocative that one can't help living out a fantasy by wearing them :) Welcome to the blog!

 
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