In general, orchid notes tend to have a floral, powdery, and vanilla character. But to be fair, orchids are in fact, the largest family of flowering plants, consisting of over 25,000 species with an astonishing variety of flower shapes and colors. Each orchid subspecies has a special little something that sets it apart, so you’re bound to come across one that smells entirely different from the rest. The smell of orchids can range from warm spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla; to sweet gourmand tastes like chocolate or sophisticated floral blends of jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, and roses.
There is also, of course, the most famous orchid of them all, vanilla. Warm, comforting, and decadent, vanilla is one of the most popular ingredients used in modern perfumery, particularly in gourmands and Orientals.