When I first laid eyes on this new fragrance, I was instantly drawn and in love… and when I heard its name, I knew it was going to be something very special indeed. And so it was, Tom Ford Orchid Soleil is the latest brand of sexy and it is irresistible!
Tom Ford Orchid Soleil comes in the iconic flattened fluted glass bottle that has been the signature of the cult classic Black Orchid [reviewed here]. Whilst the former is dark and mysterious, the latest Orchid Soleil is dressed in a luminous pink gold, adorned with an embossed golden plaque in the front and completed by a golden cord around the neck. The glass has a translucency to it which shows off the sparkling liquid contained within, a visual representation of the sensual skin-like quality of the brew.
The original inspiration for this, Tom Ford Black Orchid, is my personal favourite fragrance of all time. It is something I reach for when I want to make an impression, both night and day, boardroom and nightclub alike. I feel confident and feminine, and luxuriously chic all at once. And even though I enjoyed the summer Soleil Blanc [reviewed here], it was not quite as enduring as Black Orchid. After awhile, I found Soleil Blanc a little too sweet and overt for any occasion other than poolside lounging and day outings. To take it down to the night, I found myself layering the two… that was until Orchid Soleil arrived.
My very first impression upon spritzing Orchid Soleil on my skin, was sublime bliss. This was the stuff of my dreams, the perfect marriage between Black Orchid and Soleil Blanc! It has the beautiful warm, sensual, sun-drenched quality of Soleil Blanc… and the creamy spiciness of Black Orchid in its dry down. Orchid Soleil starts out with a burst of spicy pink pepper, tart bitter orange and aromatic cypress. This gives way quickly to a big fragrant heart of red spider lily and tuberose, the latter taking prominence against a creamy base of chestnut cream, vanilla and patchouli. A hint of orchid weaves the entire fragrance together, reminding us of its parentage.
Tom Ford Orchid Soleil has an impressive sillage, and lasts a good 8 hours on me before fading gently. I have been wearing it ever since I got it, and it surprises me because some days it feels more Soleil Blanc whilst other days it feels more like a day-version of Black Orchid. It is this duality that makes Orchid Soleil so interesting to me, and I can’t seem to tire of it. Tom Ford Orchid Soleil will be available in Singapore from August, and priced from SGD127 (30ml) onwards.
This post featured a product that was kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.