Tom Ford Black Orchid
Scrolling through Insta in the lead up to Valentine’s Day this year, I couldn’t help notice an orchid competing with the swathes of red roses. Not that an orchid really competes, does it? It just erects itself and we all bow down. The most captivating, erotic, yet mostly scent-less of flowers, there’s one fragrance in particular that owns the orchid’s sensuality.
Tom Ford Black Orchid has been reviewed to death and by much more nuanced reviewers than this self-confessed softie (PSA: Go read What Men Should Smell Like’s typically well structured and sophisticated dissection). But I was kind of entranced to see this 80’s-inspired powerhouse re-rendered by a new generation of style-makers, including my personal girl-crush Gemma Watts.
I talked at length yesterday about niche fragrances and now I want to talk about a classic, long-time firm favourite- Tom Ford Black Orchid. It’s spicy, earthy and a bit balsamic with notes of truffle, patchouli, incense, musk, amber, vetiver (my favourite) and hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. It’s sexy in a bottle. Good for Valentine’s Day regardless of who or what your plans are. @tomford #TFGifts #sp
So yeah, we still all acknowledge that wearing Black Orchid on a date will pretty much guarantee that you get laid (if that’s your goal), but also, there’s now a new perspective that grabs the fine gold filament of Ford’s creation and threads together a conception of Black Orchid as earthy, classic, perfect moodygram fodder to match back with that zodiac pendant.
I’m completely on board.
I’m wearing Black Orchid again and on high rotation. Instead of feeling bashed about the head with blackcurrant and balsam topped with swirls of creamy vanilla, my nose is self-selecting earthy truffle (probably because of Une Rose‘s education), burnt caramel, velvety sandalwood, and a dark curl of incense. It’s given Black Orchid a personal re-branding for me, the new look is working.