I am really starting to build up a little cozy family of these fluted bottles. Having reviewed the grand dame of them all – Black Orchid – as well as the summer stunner Soleil Blanc (which is not really a flanker); I feel the need to round things up with Tom Ford Velvet Orchid. Featured in the recent Orchid Collection [see here], there is no better time than now, to take a moment and appreciate the beauty of Velvet Orchid!
Tom Ford Velvet Orchid EDP was first introduced in 2014, as a flanker to the original cult-favourite Black Orchid. Back then, I was still heady from my intense love affair with Black Orchid [read here] and was unable to fully appreciate the new arrival. The truth was, Velvet Orchid has so much in common with Black Orchid, that felt like an affront to my youthful puritanical heart. It has the same warm exotic base notes, and a dense and spicy oriental feel. Velvet Orchid is as punchy and enduring as Black Orchid, so to the extent that I was expecting one to be the more “day”-appropriate light-hearted version of the other, I was sadly mistaken. Instead, Velvet Orchid has toned down the juicy cassis and replaced it with more white florals, positioning itself to be a more overtly “feminine” fragrance.
Velvet Orchid opens with a intoxicating burst of bergamot, mandarin, honey and rum. A big floral heart of jasmine, rose and orchid swirls around; alongside orange blossom, narcissus, hyacinth and heliotrope. The base is rich and gourmand with balsam, myrrh, labdanum, sandalwood, suede and vanilla.
The new Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Lumiere takes things to a lighter, more graceful note, and is appropriately billed as an EDT. Dressed in the same gorgeous purple fluted bottle, it’s main distinction is the frosted finish. At first whiff, Velvet Orchid Lumiere feels very similar to the original EDP, but the thrilling notes of citrus is made more apparent and the brew takes on a slightly translucent quality that feels fresher. For this new Lumiere, Tom Ford has taken a lighter-handed approach with the florals, streamlining things and removing the narcissus, hyacinth and heliotrope. In a complementary fashion, the base has lightened up its load of balsam, labdanum and suede. Everything is made more delicate with Lumiere, and it lasts about 6-8 hours on me before fading gently (in contrast Velvet Orchid EDP lasts me all day!).
For those who did not take to the original Black Orchid, preferring something more floral and feminine, but still looking for a standout fragrance, Tom Ford Velvet Orchid is the perfect gift. But for those who are looking for a less sweet and more light-hearted way to experience this distinctive fragrance, Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Lumiere is perfect. For me, it is what I’ve been wearing every day for the past few weeks since I got hold of it. It is the perfect way to round up my little family of fluted Signature Blends.
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.