I really struggle with perfumes and to be honest for a lot of years I've stuck to wearing a light men's aftershave (issy miyake for men) because it's 'fresh' and not overpowering. I normally hate girly flowery smells.
BUT when I tried black orchid I just fell in love with it - yes it's quite strong and spicy but it's a lovely dark and feminine scent that makes me feel all french and alluring.
Everyone comments on it when I put it on to go out (it's a bit much for during the day so best for evenings) and the bottle has lasted me absolutely ages as the scent stays on all night. So you don't mind paying the price because it's quality not quantity on this occassion.
I absolutely love it but realise perfume is very much in the nose of the beholder and everyone has their own taste but this is the winner for me. I really feel like I've found my scent. If your sick of flowers and candy style scents and want something a bit grown up indulgent that will make you feel like a woman, give this a try - you may be suprised.
I purchased a 100 ml bottle of this, for a whopping £80 in Selfridges. It is definitely NOT worth the price that I paid. It's a perfume that you buy because the bottle looks good, or that it is of the Tom Ford brand. Easy marketing made me disillusioned of this product and I fell into the trap of forking out £80 for something which I did not need. I was rather annoyed at myself as if I had saved a bit more, I could have bought a bottle of Creed cologne, which is terrific
Tom Ford Black Orchid is obviously one of the most popular cologne's of Tom Ford's but I feel it is too over-powering. When you spray on Black Orchid, you only need to spray twice, otherwise you will start smelling like a Tom-Ford skunk. If you spray 5+ the smell will loom with you for days and just keep in your clothes. People will know when you're wearing Tom Ford. When I sprayed it and wore it down Oxford Street, even I could smell myself. To be honest, this sometimes becomes beneficial in the sense that you need not spray so much to get a positive smell. Unlike some weaker colognes and perfumes, like Jo Malone; Black Orchid looms with you and is always in the background of your shirt.
It is a pleasant, forestry smelling type of cologne and is rather definitive. I've had girls that have asked me "Is that Tom Ford you're wearing" Obviously, I loved that. People know what the smell is about and obviously this has made it very popular.
If I was you, I would just buy the smaller bottle for £45. This way you can still spray it on for special occasions or when your'e really smelling!
For a cost so insanely high, I expected very much more of this perfume than what I was given, as I have never been so disappointed with a fragrance before, really struggling to find any positive factors to mention regarding it. First of all, I found the bottle that this fragrance crom Tom Ford comes in to be very off putting, I didn`t like the design and look of it at all! It has a very heavy, pretencious and odd look about it, the design just not appealing to me at all! And when it comes to the fragrance itself, it was made uf such a strong blend that it ended up burning my nostrils and thinking to myself that I couldn`t detect a single smell in the fragrance that I actually enjoyed!
The only reason this perfume is given two stars instead of one star, is the fact that the intention of this perfume is good! The combination of scents put into the bottle really has potential of being lovely, but ends up drowning in themselves and what I can only describe as a smell of perfume like alcohol... What can be detected over the explosion of intensity, are the following scents; jasmine, bergamot, mandarin, blackcurrant, lemon and a combination of spices. Now, normally, these scents would appeal to me a lot, as they have been very nice in other fragrances, but in this bottle from Tom Ford, they drown in the attempt, and in the end this fragrance just ends up by me feeling a bit nauseated... When sprayed onto your skin, the fragrance will linger and last for give or take 3-5 hours, and on a more positive note, when having rested on your skin for about two hours, the smell becomes milder and with that more pleasant and actually quite nice... But this doesn`t stop me from believing that this fragrance is just not worth the 85.99 I spent on it, and I struggle recommending it at all!
The Tom Ford line has an extremely complex range of scents.
Black Orchid is undeniably one of the more popular fragrances. The ambiguity between which gender this perfume is angled for adds to its mystery. The perfume, may seemingly at first be too overpoweringly sweet, however, its true personality is made harmonious when deeper tones kick in. After this, the true affluence and class of the perfume can be realized.
It is without a doubt that this perfume is one to be noticed. It has light bangs of citrus, with deeper under tones conveying a sensual, earthy statement. The richness of Black Orchid eventually amalgamates with the skin, creating a sweet and creamy scent which lasts seemingly for eternity.
It can be enjoyed by men and women despite its labeling. The mixtures of ingredients are created in such a way that lends itself to either gender. I know many men that love the scent of Black Orchid, be it on themselves or on women.
This is one of the most interesting and recognisable smells i have come across. I first smelt it when my mum bought a bottle in holiday in America. Every time she wore it, i thought wow. I tried to buy some and found it difficult to get a hold of in stores, but eventually found it online, like previous reviews, it does last long enough to not over do it, and its unavailability for me makes it even better, as you dont go out with a group of girls in a cloud of the same scent. Fabulous smell, great value for money and definately worth hunting down, especially for differences in prices which vary considerably. I will definately be looking for more Tom Ford scents as this perfume stands head and shoulders above the many samey, and over done celebrity scents on the current market. But once again, search prices online for best deal.
After smelling this perfume on my sister i definetly had to have it! Its really nice if you like a strong perfume that people always question. I bought this in House of Frasers in Glasgow! Its quite pricey but it lasts long because you dont have to spray it that often because its so strong. You can get a nice set that includes a body lotion which smells the same as the perfume which is also fab!
Since wearing it people are always asking me what perfume im wearing and where i got it!
This perfume is really unusual but great for night time. I mostly wear this perfum on nights out or special occasions because it has that unusual and interesting smell!
The bottle of the perfume is really nice aswell you can get a small bottle which is great for fitting in your handbag and taking ona night out!
Hope this was of help!
Tom Ford is the master of scents, and Black Orchid is truly his best. I purchase bottle after bottle of this emotive fragrance. An intense bold perfume. You just want more and more. I have the hair oil too and people stop me in the street to ask what I'm wearing. A perfect scent for someone woman who loves strong and intense smells. It's beautiful and show-stopping. Very sexy! The bottle fits beautifully into your hand, is heavy glass and worth keeping even when the fragrance has finished. The hair oil comes in a gold glass bottle so they compliment each other perfectly. This is may favourite perfume and if they stopped producing I would be heart-broken. Once you start using it you just need more, it's wonderful. Not ideal if you like light airy scents, but certainly if you are a person who likes strong ones, then go for it.
I first tried this fragrance when it launched in 2006. It is such a fantastic fragrance but definitely takes some getting used to. It mainly smells of strong musk and spice but you definitely notice the floral notes and it develops into quite a sweet scent. Its bottle was inspired by lalique glassware and is extremely attractive. I love the way it feels in my hand and the black and gold design looks great on my dresser. The scent lasts the whole day and I tend to spray it into the air, then walk through it as otherwise it can be quite intense on the skin. Apparently the black orchid is an aphrodisiac too so I occasionally wear it if I'm going out somewhere romantic with my partner but you'd have to be careful with that one in case your date isn't as sure about the scent as you!! I would say that this fragrance is for women who aren't afraid to stand out and are confident they don't get things wrong because you need to not worry whether everyone will like the fragrance your wearing as it is so distinctive. I am a professional dancer and I wear this fragrance to auditions because it makes me feel uber successful.
I got this as a present, and didn't try for a year. It is presented in a quite heavy, quite bland bottle. I thought it looked more like an aftershave bottle than a ladies perfume bottle, so until 2 months ago I didn't give it an honest try.
When spraying on, it has a very strong smell, so you need to be careful of how much you use when applying. I didn't like it on the first smell, its one of those fragrances that grows on you. I wasn't too keen about the strength as I prefer more subtle smells, but after a couple of minutes you can appriciate the wonderful, yet unique smell. It doesn't remind me of orchids but more of roses, musk and nettles. It isn't an easy smell to describe, because as I have mentioned it is very different to other things you can buy.
Whilst it smells quite pleasing, I don't feel it's worth the large price tag, and there are better things to splurge on.
Group: Oriental floral
:: Introduction ::
This fragrance has received a lot of hype during its launch in 2006. I remember popping into Debenhams to get free samples and I saw a small counter set up for Tom Ford Black Orchid where hostesses were handing out samples. This sample then ended up in one of my drawers without testing. Until now that is. So is this perfume worth it?
:: The bottle ::
The packaging is classy, stylish and very 'designer' for me. The bottle is solid black with a ribbed pattern on all sides including the cap. There's a square golden plate attached to the body of the bottle stating the designer and name of the fragrance. The outer packaging is a ribbed-effect golden carton with the small black square label so the colours have been inverted.
:: The fragrance ::
Top notes: blackcurrant, black gardenia, mandarin orange, lemon, jasmine, ylang-ylang, bergamot
The opening notes of Black Orchid are a mixture of fruity and floral notes that smell like a blend of zesty fruit and ground spices with a hint of dark chocolate and altogether give a fresh oriental feel. These notes were immediately familiar and it didn't take long to find out that to me they smelled like the opening and middle notes of Bulgari Blu Notte, my beloved dark and juicy oriental except for the slightly less citrusy feel.
A few minutes later I get a whiff of jasmine and ylang-ylang that add a fairly powdery and floral tone to the spices. This phase only lasts for about 15 minutes then it gradually fades and blends in with the middle notes.
Middle notes: spices, fruity notes, lotus, black orchid
After about a half an hour to an hour depending on temperature, the fragrance turns into a warm and spicy oriental that's lost its fruits but not the spicy florals. The sillage again reminds me of Bulgari Blue Notte, more specifically of the galangal (blue ginger), an aromatic-citrusy, earthy note. There are no powdery floral to soften or mask the composition so as I cannot detect any new notes developing, for me the perfume smells sweeter and more mellow but just like initially.
Base notes: sandalwood, amber, patchouli, vanilla, dark chocolate, vetiver, insense
About 3 - 4 hours later I'm greeted with a lovely, soft powdery finish of subtle woods and spices that unfortunately were too subtle for me to tell them apart. The most prominent were the vanilla and vetiver notes just like in Lancome Hypnose but had a bittersweet chocolate edge. A lovely combination that wasn't new (see Bulgari Blu Notte) and in Black Orchid it even seemed tired, clearly lacking a punch. A more generous kick of amber or insense would have shaken the drydown up from its turpor had they been given a freer rein.
:: Conclusion ::
However complex Black Orhid trying to be, in all earnest, it doesn't smell like one. It's one of those modern florientals that are designed to have a 'dark side' but one after the other fail to achieve it and always remain on the safe side. By using so many synthetic components that stay unchanged throughout, there's no real development and evolution. The notes are re-used in each phase which tends to wear them out. Black Orhid doesn't make a statement, it just says, I'm artifical and re-heated. If you're into genuine oriental notes with a dark feel, I recommend you try Bulgari Blu Notte, if you're into the dark chocolat note, you'll also find it there.
:: Price / Availability ::
Expensive (from £94 - £120 / 100ml Eau de Parfum) and has limited availability. I don't mind it that way.
Thanks for reading.
©powered by lillybee also posted on Ciao UK
The attention is captured by a sensuous blend of Black Truffle and Ylang mingled with fresh Bergamot and delectable Black Currant.A dramatic signature unfolds with the custom-made Tom Ford Black Orchid blended with dark, tempting florals and rich fruit accords. The heart is deepened with the intoxicating Lotus Wood.The decadent Noir Gourmand Accord is balanced by Patchouli-incense and Vetiver. Vanilla tears add a fluid creaminess to warm Balsam and smooth Sandalwood.