The Perfect Floral Scent — Sexy and Intoxicating
Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is an insanely popular scent and the debut fragrance in the House’s beauty line. This iconic scent came out in 2006, so you’ve likely encountered it before. In any case, it’s been talked about and praised for well over a decade now. And even today, years later, it holds a particular spot of fascination among the hardiest noses in the industry.
Black Orchid was born from Tom Ford’s seemingly impossible quest to find the “perfect flower”. This is a floral ingredient so luxurious, elegant, and sophisticated — an elusive bloom that, when bottled, will never be matched. There’s just one problem: a flower -ike that doesn’t exist, at least on paper. Yet one whiff of this bottle, and you’re inclined to believe that perhaps he was successful after all. That perhaps, in some recesses of a thick rainforest, Ford had finally discovered the mysterious, perfect floral component. All that was left was to bottle it, slap on a label, and call it something sexy (maybe something like “Black Orchid”?).
Anyhow, this is a striking perfume composition, radiating a uniqueness and depth that defines a modern cologne. Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is ambery-floral in nature. It’s a very rich and layered scent, backed by a patchouli and woodsy base. The floral-spice combination is, in a way, very hypnotic. There’s a delicate touch of Mexican chocolate and truffle in there, too. Very sweet; very sensual — this is a perfect dark perfume that smells fresh and streamlined, like a straight blow-dry hairdo with frizz-free strands.
Black Orchid’s first spray gives you a fruity-floral mixture with layers of blackcurrant, lemon, and jasmine. The scent is sweet, almost licorice-like. Cut to the heart of the fragrance, which brings with it something immediately earthy and dark. We’d attribute this to the black truffle (mushrooms!). It’s certainly a welcome contrast to the much sweeter opening. As the fragrance fades, you’ll detect patches of patchouli, followed by floral notes and, finally, a creamy vanilla-sandalwood note. The dry down for Black Orchid is rather warm and, personally, our favorite phase of the fragrance.
Tom Ford’s Black Orchid has excellent longevity, lasting well over eight hours after application. This is potent stuff — no doubt about it. Great projection in the first two to three hours too, with a sillage that trails up to several feet away. And as you might expect, a fragrance of this potency is better reserved for special occasions, rather than being worn every day to work or the gym. An excellent option for a night out, a formal event, or a date.
As a whole, we think this fragrance is an excellent pick for men or women looking to be unique, alluring, and sexy. Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is available as both an Eau de Parfum and a Parfum, the latter of which is much more intensified.
Looking for something new and fresh while still maintaining the comfort and familiarity of this much-loved scent? Dossier has created a replica of Tom Ford’s Black Orchid in Spicy Orchid. Ours is a dense, assertive, and sensuous fragrance, reminiscent of the original’s distinctive notes. Featuring the same patchouli and vanilla base notes, our Tom Ford Black Orchid dupe is just a tad spicier with added notes of cinnamon for a unique twist, without taking away from Black Orchid’s sensual vibe.