“This is not about an ordinary orchid, it’s about something a little more strange and rare. I wanted the blackest orchid, and those aren’t easy to find.” Tom Ford
Recently I discovered Black Orchid by Tom Ford. It was lust at first smell. It’s a shockingly wonderful, beautiful, mysterious scent that lasts forever on your skin.
Black Orchid starts off with a bang – it’s a statement fragrance, make no mistake about it. There is citrus, lots of sugar, heady floral notes, and some jammy fruit. Tempering all of that is a strong undertone of something earthy and dark (the black truffle accord, presumably). As it dries down, the earthy-dark stuff fades, the vanilla steps up and the florals turn creamy and smooth. For me, this is when the fragrance becomes utterly captivating. The packaging only adds to the glamour with the retro-glam fluted black glass bottle complete with an engraved metal plate.
To me, Black Orchid is a deep, sensual, rich, luxurious fragrance. It’s quite intense and heavy, making it perfect for evenings out or the colder months. I normally spray it on my hair or scarf for more staying power.
Notes: Bergamot, Citrus, Mandarin, Black Gardenia, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Lotus Wood, Orchid, Spicy Floral Accord, Orchid (Tom Ford Black Accord), Patchouli, Sandalwood, Incense, Vanilla.
Available from Stuttafords Sandton and Stuttafords Canal Walk at R730 for 30ml, R1025 for 50ml and R1425 for 100ml