WHAT I SMELL: Sensual Orchid opens with this gourmand almond which is lightly sweet and a bit candied, mixed with a wonderful floral bouquet. The fragrance seems to dances of your skin in this rather bright and melodic way. I love how cheerful it is to me in the first few minutes. As the fragrance starts to settle it becomes more grounded with a warmish base that helps to radiate the floral aspects. At first I was thinking, where the sensual aspects of this? But after around five minutes you can see where it is…it’s slinky, sexy and has a “come hither” feeling to it. After around fifteen minutes, Sensual Orchid starts becoming bigger; a combination of a sweet vanilla, coconut and a gourmand floral that’s really explodes off of the skin. The fragrance then stays in this sweetened state through the dry down, with a little less projection and just a slight bit of soapiness.
From the LM Parfums website:
Like a model on a fashion show catwalk, Sensual Orchid captivates your senses with its incredible aromas. This second essence of perfume will take you to the front of the stage. The carnal pleasures evoked by this sumptuous arrangement of natural sophisticated fragrances awake all the sensuality surrounding. This sweet bouquet of fragrances will exhilarate you..
A first subtle scent of citrus fruit and Almond leads you into a refined heart of orchid, jasmine sambac, lysilang, peony and heliotrope then leaves a voluptuous final touch made of Vanilla, Musk, Blonde Wood, White Cedar Wood, Labdanum and Benzoin.
TOP NOTES : Mandarin, Almond, Nerolii
HE ART NOTES: orchid, Jasmine Sambac, Lisylang, Peony, Heliotrope
BASE NOTES : Vanilla, Musk, Blonde Wood, White Cedar Wood, Labdanum, Benzoin
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE SENSUAL ORCHID: sweetened, rounded, obvious
BOTTOM LINE: I had heard a great buzz about this fragrance and when I was in NYC for Sniffapalooza I really wanted to check it out, only to find that Osswald was out of stock. Luckily a fragrant friend sent me a sample. I think this is a case where I was expecting the world, but it just wasn’t meant to be. You can tell from my writing above that my journey started with promise, but then dwindled to more of a “I like it.” To me, Sensual Orchid is extremely feminine which isn’t a bad thing; but it’s just a bit too sweet for my taste. However, not being familiar with the LM Parfums line, I am looking forward to testing out some of their other creations.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Oriental Floral
- Nose: Jerome Epinette
- Classification: Leans feminine
- Expense: $225 for 100ml Parfum Extrait