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13 Apr 2014

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid



Impartiality pretty much went out the window with this one. I could have easily written this review before I even ripped open the packaging. You know my love for Black Orchid runs deep so any diffusion version is automatically going to result in a positive review.

#sorrynotsorry

And without question, I love this fragrance.

Fancy that eh? :)

It has more than a hefty portion of the original Black Orchid accord - that hypnotic slightly earthy scent - but within seconds transforms into something different. You get honey, rum, and florals like jasmine and rose. The dry down is intensely warm and maybe even a little powdery. It reminds me of a hybrid of TF Noir and Black Orchid - potent, sweet and addictive.

The florals make it feel like a more feminine fragrance when compared to the original but you know what I think? I think this would smell absolutely fantastic on a man as well so the unisex title definitely still holds but perhaps a little less obviously.

I saw a review that described this well: "if you hated the original Black Orchid then you'll probably like this and if you liked Black Orchid then you'll definitely like this".

What's nice is that they have made this different enough to justify the purchase. Sure, the bottle looks exactly the same (albeit with a purple tint to it) but the fragrance goes in a different direction. If I described Elie Saab as the fragrance worn by a Rich Bird then this would have to be what a Sensual Bird would wear.

Velvet Orchid is confusingly not out everywhere at the same time. In the Middle East you can find it at all counters now. Everywhere else it's out from July BUT you can get it on the Tom Ford website now for a not insignificant $112-$159.

I think the best course of action is to make a bee-line for the aggressive sales team manning the department store beauty hall/duty free and give it a spray.

What do you think of this release?

Are you a Black Orchid devotee like me? :) 

33 comments

  1. I am totally a Black Orchid devotee - lusted after it for years and finally got it for Christmas!
    It's unlike any other perfume I've ever smelt and so long lasting! This one will definitely be making it onto my wish list... probably for a few Christmas' time!

    AMANDALOVES.COM | UK Beauty and Fashion Blog

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    1. It is totally unique - I don't think I will ever NOT have a bottle of it to hand. How's that for dramatic :) haha

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  2. Ahh, totally tried picking this up in duty free, wasn't available. Raided Bobbi Brown counter instead. Standard. I need to find this after your review..xx

    Www.beautyclassyfied.co.uk

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    1. Oh well, you lucked out with some good B/Brown. :) Definitely give this a try next time - interested to hear whether you like this or the original :)

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  3. Such a beautiful scent! I adore it xx

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  4. It does sound interesting and up my street. However I splurged on Miller/Harris Tuberose on my last flight to Hong Kong and am completely and utterly captivated by it!

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    1. That does! a) I love MH and b) Tuberose is amazing. Will have to hunt that one down!

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  5. The rum part totally sold it to me. We have a similar taste in perfume, so I shall be making a beeline for this. I think there's something quite effortless about wearing a unisex perfume, just me? x

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  7. I definitely need to try Tom Ford fragrances again!

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  8. No Tom Ford counters near me here in Ireland. This is either a very very good thing (for my wallet) or very very bad (for my poor deprived nostrils). Determined to get a whiff of it some day though! :)

    Fee
    http://pingle91.blogspot.ie/
    xxx

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  9. AH tom ford do amazing perfume, i love the black orchid.

    Jess x

    www.jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Have to admit it Laura, I'm a Tom Ford perfume virgin and haven't tried any of them :( I will however be hot trotting it to my nearest counter next weekend after reading this.

    I'm intrigued! :) Hope you're well and have had a good start to your week over there in the sun!

    Lx

    www.elisabethrilatt.com

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  11. I've never tried anything from Tom Ford, being in America, it's harder to come by. Now I'm lusting over this!

    Frances
    hellofrances.blogspot.com

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  12. Love black orchid, definitely need to hunt this down and have a good whiff! xx

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  13. love the way you have described this, may have to go and try this!

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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  14. I love Black Orchid and will always have it in my life. I can't wait to try this one as well! #happydance

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  15. Timeless parfume

    xx

    www.fashionpeekaboo.com

    Anastasia

    www.fashionpeekaboo.com

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  16. I'll have to give this a sniff. A friend gave me White Patchouli and even though I SHOULD have liked it I really, really didn't. I haven't given another Tom Ford fragrance a chance but maybe I dismissed it too soon.

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  17. I've never tested this so I'll have to try it - I do have his Black Orchid lippy so if I love the fragrance as much as his lip colour then I'm onto a winner! I bought the Elie Saab on your recommendation & LOVE it!
    Hugs xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  19. Oh my, I really liked Black Orchid. I first brought it after you reviewed it on your old blog and talked about it being the lady at the party in the glam coat or something. I've being thinking about buying Neroli Portofino for the summer because Portofino is one of my favourite places in the world but now, I'm thinking I should check out this Velvet version. You've made it sound gorgeous and I do like those slightly powdery scents.

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  20. I actually hated Black Orchid when I smelled it, but I'm definitely willing to reconsider and smell this!

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    1. I hated Black Orchid too, but I love this. It actually, to me, doesn't smell like Black Orchid at all. Onme it is pretty sweet and uncomplicated from the start.

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  22. Gosh, this sounds good enough to eat. (Or drink?) I quite fancy smelling like a Sensual Bird so I may have to try it! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  23. Do you find that Tom Ford perfumes soften within an hour of so of applying them? I find mine smells really different once it settles onto my skin

    Dannie
    life.stylehoney.com

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  24. I have never seen it or smelt it but when I go on holiday in a few weeks I will keep a beady eye out! x

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  25. Cool! I am not on the Black Orchid fan train personally, the perfume I have been using nonstop is super rando, its Jennifer Aniston's perfume! I bought the rollerball on sale at Sephora for like five bucks cause I thought, why not, and it has literally become my favorite perfume! I ordered the full size online! It is light and floral with musky undertones, its perfect for everyday!

    xo Patricia
    skybluesounds.blogspot.com

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  26. I'm addicted to Black Orchid!!!! Can't do anything with myself))) Want to try this) Oh....and also I'm a fan of White Pacculi (please forgive me that wrote this wrong)
    xo
    Stacy

    http://tastyrumors.blogspot.com/

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