|Black Orchid by Tom Ford|
|Daring, glamour, elegance, Hollywood in the 30s! Tom Ford captures that feeling with his stunning new fragrance. From the name, "Black Orchid" to the jet-black, art deco bottle, this perfume promises exotic allure and sensuality. The opening note is incense, which quickly glides into a rich, fruity, yet very brief nose of bergamot, citrus and ylang ylang. The black orchid peeks through this bouquet, but shifts into enveloping, yet never overpowering woods and a whisper of patchouli, without the 60s patina. A hint of sugary sweet vanilla and then a powdery, long lasting finish of incense.
The collection and blend of notes in this scent is impressive. For instance, the sandalwood, lotus wood, patchouli, and vanilla are nicely sweetened by a gardenia, jasmine, orchid, and ylang, which masterfully keep the scent in perfect balance. The fragrance is never bitter nor too floral.
Reminiscent of Oscar de la Renta`s floral incense concoction, "Ruffles" from the 1980s, Ford`s "Black Orchid" could use a longer mid-range, as the scent evolves rather quickly. It doesnít quite achieve the smoky depth that you would expect. However, "Black Orchid" could be a smashing success on the right woman. On some women, the fragrance smells sweet, while on others it takes on the sexy overtones that the name implies.
The bottom line: For a touch of Hollywood glamour, Tom Fordís Black Orchid will cast you in the spotlight.
Can be bought at: Neiman Marcus or Nordstromís and online at sephora.com