I have always been a fan of Tom Ford’s creations and it is redundant to say that he is my favorite designer. The early projects of Tom Ford in perfumery field (Envy for Men and Rush for Gucci and M7 for Yves Saint Laurent) transmitted that kind of controversy combined with classic elegance that paved the way for the huge popularity. Naturally, the announcement of Tom Ford’s personal brand in 2005 (in joint venture with Estée Lauder) came as the logical step for a prestigious career.
A little hard to find in the beginning (due to its limited distribution, which turn the brand into more fascinating) I managed to sample the first scent made by Tom Ford under his own name two years subsequent to its great launch. Black Orchid was introduced in 2006 as an oriental floral feminine fragrance, circumstance on which Tom Ford declared: “I intend to create the first true luxury of the 21st century”.
And thanks to the duty free shops I was able to offer my wife an opportunity to sample for herself this sensational fragrance. The first impression on the scent is conferred by the gourmand note of black truffle in a mixture with ylang-ylang. Also at this point you will detect the refreshing aromas of bergamot and black currant. Then, the mid development becomes more floral and dark, communicated by the elegant reference of black orchid, combined with rich lotus wood and fruity notes. The whole construction dries down after a couple of hours into an exquisite mixture of dark chocolate, incense, patchouli and vetiver, sweetened by the blend of vanilla with sandalwood.
The bottle that holds Black Orchid gives a measure of Tom Ford’s creative imagination. The black opaque ribbed-glass comes decorated with a golden plate on which the brand is engraved, while the flask is topped by a black stopper and has at the neck a golden bind with Tom Ford initials.
Regarded by Tom Ford as “the most desirable fragrance”, the aroma of this esoteric flower which is black orchid captivates the audience with its luxurious facets. Subsequent to the test, my wife confessed me that she might spray the whole bottle at once, given that she never gets enough of it. Black Orchid represents the type of signature fragrance dedicated to the sophisticated woman who indulges herself with the finest things in life.
Tom Ford Black Orchid Perfume Details
- Black Orchid by Tom Ford is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 75 ml Luminous Body Lotion; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours) and the sillage is exceptional.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Floral
- For: Women
- Year Introduced: 2006
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual