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.
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? :)