Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Tom Ford’s “first” fragrance, a floral amber launched in 2006 was something that took some time to grow on me. It’s a weird one but of course, I didn’t think it was weird enough initially. Now I see it. Tom Ford Black Orchid is glamorous, a statement fragrance – the presentation, the packaging, the “loud” notes. Because it is described as a statement fragrance, it is a fragrance that I go in and out of wearing. Sometimes I feel like this fragrance is too bold; I’m feeling shy. Other times Black Orchid is exactly what I want; it’s me. Despite my many moods, this is always a fragrance that I like. I just may not wear it often.
I have to get this out first. I like Black Orchid but I am really disappointed at the lack of truffle played up in this. Nothing can describe the taste and the smell of black truffles except for black truffles. This underground fungi is very unique. Because it is so unique, it is my favorite smell of weirdness. I’m guessing that the truffle used in Black Orchid is Périgord or a perfume-y black truffle. So imagine something earthy, nutty, and musky…dirty. What I’m getting at is I don’t really get truffle from Black Orchid, I get earthy. Some people say that this is “mushroomy”, well, truffles don’t smell like other mushrooms. So the fragrance failed in the area of fungi.
Black Orchid opens with this strange incense cucumber-melon wrapped in ylang-ylang petals. This top is a fruity floral amber and fresh but with an unusual dirty earthiness. With time I get cucumber floral amber with dark cocoa powder and patchouli. The base is dry, cocoa powder earth – mainly patchouli. Overall, Black Orchid smells dark and has depth.
Black Orchid has above average sillage and is very long-wearing. It’s one that smells different from afar and up close. I actually like it from a distance better which is good because this one leaves a trail.
Notes listed include truffle, ylang-ylang, black currant, bergamot, orchid, fruity notes, lotus wood, dark chocolate, incense, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, and vetiver.
Give Black Orchid a try if you like loud fragrances or floral ambers like Cartier Baiser du Dragon, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Femme, Estee Lauder Spellbound, Dior Addict, and/or Tom Ford Private Blend Noir de Noir. Because the florals bloom on me, I see this as a feminine fragrance. However, I know many men that wear this and it is more earthy on them. Surprisingly, Black Orchid can be unisex. And I love the deco bottle.
EauMG’s Final EauPINION – A strange, bold cucumber floral ambers with a dark, earthy cocoa powder base. This is one you’re going to love or hate. I’ve had people tell me this is their favorite perfume ever and I’ve had people tell me that it is traumatizing. I think it’s one of the most interesting mainstream perfumes on the market.
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