Product Review: Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP

by Gio

tom ford black orchid

Name: Black Orchid EDP
Brand: Tom Ford
Size: 1 oz
Price: $75.00

What I liked:
– sweet and heady vanilla floral scent with a warm woody base
– luxurious packaging
– longlasting

What I didn’t like:
– if you don’t like very sweet, sugary scents, this is not for you
– not very original

She dresses in black. Her clothes are tailor-made, perfectly cut, and luxurious. Her movements are sensuous, her demeanour elegantly smooth. She knows how to make an entrance. When she sets her dainty foot into a room, all eyes turn on her. She’s admired, but feared. She looks like she can kick some serious ass if you displease her.

But it’s all a show. Black Orchid is as sweet as candy. If you piss her off, the worst she’ll do is pour a bucket of too sweetly scented vanilla on you. Annoying, especially because its smell will last for more than a day on you, but hardly dangerous.

Black Orchid reveals her true, sweet, and generic personality the moment she opens her mouth. The first words are a burst of sugar-coated flattery (heady jasmine, ylang ylang, and sugar), enlivened by a few effervescent jokes (refreshing citrusy whiffs) that make the conversation a little bit more interesting. Her voice also has a dark and earthy (truffle) undertone that’s, however, hard to detect.

Maybe she’s noticing she is exaggerating. Or maybe she’s just tired of sucking up so much. But as time goes on, she brings the sweetness down a notch or two. She’s still a very sweet lady, but doesn’t come off as cheap and boring anymore.

The hearty darkness has disappeared from her heart, and her voice is now coming out smooth and rich, like a fruity floral bouquet where vanilla flowers and orchid predominate. As she gets ready to leave the party, she tones down her sweetness (vanilla) even more. An earthy thrill (sandalwood, patchouli, and vetiver) warms up her voice again.

Black Orchid reminds me of Flowerbomb by Victor & Rolf and La Vie Est Belle by Lancome. Way too sweet for my taste, but with some personality and a touch of elegance. But it’s nowhere near as dark, dangerous, and luxurious as the name and packaging imply. And for that, I can’t help but be disappointed in it.

Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP envelops the heady scent of orchid in a warm, sugary, vanilla embrace that lasts for more than a day.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Stavroula DrugstoreBLover March 6, 2015 - 6:22 pm

The bottle is gorgeous!!! 🙂

Gio March 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Stavroula, it is indeed. 🙂

Allison March 6, 2015 - 6:24 pm

This scent is everywhere these days! I think this is the scent that my hair colorist used to wear before Musc Ravageur, and it smelled great on her. On me, not so much. As you said, it is very sweet

Gio March 6, 2015 - 7:33 pm

Allison, it is very popular indeed. I envy those who can pull off these very sweet scents. On me, they smell awful!


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