The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Tom Ford Black Orchid


Black Orchid

WHAT I SMELL:  Black Orchid opens with this luscious citrus that dances upon some candied florals.  It’s spicy sweet without being obnoxious .  After a couple of minutes, in comes the orchid, big, creamy and smooth and it’s met with a flattened note that I can’t quite put my finger on, but it might be the chocolate note (see notes below), but after a few more minutes that seems to dissipate.  After around ten minutes, Black Orchid begins to warm and mellow with the vanilla coming forward like it’s covering the fragrance with a creamy layer of elegance.  At around the 30 minute mark, the fragrance becomes more woody that’s dried with some peppered spice. And then at around the hour mark, the patchouli starts to begin to lightly sweeten Black Orchid  again.  When it’s all said, in the end you’re left with this spellbinding concoction that is greatly seductive.

Black Orchid notes listed in Fragrantica:

The top notes are French jasmine, black truffle, ylang-ylang, black currant and effervescent citrus. In the floral-spicy heart, dwells the Tom Ford‘s black orchid, imaginary more than real, and the base combines woodsy notes (patchouli and sandalwood), dark chocolate, incense, amber, vetiver, vanilla and balsam.

1980s2WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Bringing the 1980s back to the present.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BLACK ORCHID:  The Perfume Critic, What Men Should Smell Like, Perfume Posse

BOTTOM LINE:  Tom Ford and I have not always been great friends as his perfumes will tend to overwhelm me.  Black Orchid could do the same, but if you moderate the application, it’s incredibly beautiful.  

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Floral
  • Classification: Feminine, but can easily be worn by a man
  • Expense: $110 for 50ml EdP from the Tom Ford website

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

14 thoughts on “Tom Ford Black Orchid

  1. I surprised myself by liking this one! As much as Tom Ford gets slammed for churning out some really forgettable fragrances at premium niche prices, he has clear winners, some of which are in the mainstream variety and pricing tier – lucky for us!

    I did a naughty thing recently…my Nordstrom SA gave me a V&R travel spray to be filled with my choice of V&R fragrance and I asked for Black Orchid 😉


  2. That “black truffle” note was unbearable for me, despite the beauty and richness of the perfume overall. Apparently the mushroom family will not join juniper berries as something I don’t like in food, but can appreciate in fragrance.


  3. I’m with you. Tom Ford Black Orchid is elegant and irresistible, but to me it’s always been a little too….haughty.


  4. I like this one a lot, although by the end of the day it starts to get to me, because it lasts and lasts on my skin. And then I worry that I’m that person in the room with the overwhelming perfume. I thought I was being pretty conservative with just a spritz to each wrist, but it went from day to night like a champ. I need to try it again, though. Haughty *is* a great word for it. I wore it to work and it was still on like Donkey Kong for a fancy event that night. Worked really well in that scenario, I must say.


  5. I really love this one. I’m with you and Joan; haughty, bewitching, lush are great description for Black Orchid. I always wondered about the “flattened” note as you described… I could never put my finger on it but now I think about it, yes, it smells kind of mushroomy.


  6. I liked Black Orchid, used up a couple of samples and was planning on going for a FB when my mini is over. The other day I decided to compare it to the newest Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid – and discovered that my mini was completely off. Your review came right in time to confirm that the way I remembered this perfume was right and it was the content of the bottle that has changed, not my tastes. I’ll get another sample now.


  7. Oh, Tom Ford fragrances and me don’t get along very well. But after reading your review, I think I should pull out my Black Orchid sample and give it another go.


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