Tom Ford Black Orchid

Tom Ford Black Orchid

TF Black Orchid

 

from the Tom Ford website:

black orchids, sultry woods

from Macy’s.com:

top: bergamot, cassis

middle: orchid, ylang, fruits, black orchids

base: sultry woods (patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver), vanilla, oliban, dark chocolate

from the little nose:

top: bergamot, warm spices (nutmeg)

middle: jasmine, ylang ylang, iris, peach / apricot

base: incense, amber, olibanum, labdanum, patchouli, vanilla

Dry powdery notes of spice and woods are sprinkled over a thick molasses endoskeleton of labdanum laced with floralcy.  Classically seductive ylang ylang and peach make this distinctly feminine, and it seems to me a modern Opium.  After a few minutes the dry-down reminds me of Kenzo Jungle Elephant due to a distinct signature: spiced prune, leathery and tobacco-like.  Black Orchid is sexy, rich and exotic, but it has a dark Goth appeal that calls to mind the supermodels of late with deep plum lips, pale skin and live beetles pinned to brooches at their collarbones.  Intriguing.  ♦♦♦ Three stars.