Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP


92 reviews

67% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$$


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.

on 3/5/2013 4:14:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I can usually wear strong perfumes, actually they are the only ones that don't disappear in 60 sec. when I put them on. So I was looking forward to my new sample of Black Orchid. Initially it had a strong chocolate smell that became sweet and rather nice. After a half hour or so I,like a previous reviewer, smelled like a tree. It was a pleasant odor of warm newly cut cedar but maybe not what I had expected. My husband walked into the bedroom and commented that the house had smelled like wood a lot today and asked if I had a new perfume. I said I did and I smelled like a cedar tree. He corrected me and said it was sandlewood. The next morning I still smelled like a tree. Occasionally I get whiffs of floral. But I still smell like a tree.

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I love this during the winter. It's deep, dark, spicy, SEXY and unexpected on a woman. This isn't a little girl's perfume, nor is it anything I could smell on a grandma. All that's needed is a little black dress, no cleavage required.

One spritz goes a looooong way, so this bottle should last forever. My boyfriend got this for me as a birthday gift, but maybe he shouldn't have because this scent makes men follow me like lost puppies.

My only gripe is that I don't love the bottle, but that's rather petty on my art and it won't prevent me from buying another bottle.

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 2/2/2013 9:57:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Dark, Warm

Hair: Brown, Kinky, Coarse

Eyes: Black

Tom Ford's Black Orchid is a rich luscious fragrance which lasts beautifully and is definitely not for the fainthearted. Warm, unforgettable and always remarked on by men....not for everyone, but it works for me. :)

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 2/2/2013 2:49:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Red, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Black Orchid is a huge chocolate flower.

The composition is constructed around spicy black orchid, and all of the other components (citrus, jasmine, gardenia, black current, spice, fruit, chocolate, patchouli, and amber) exaggerate each facet of the flower. The result is an enormous 3D black orchid: dark and psychedelic. Woodsy notes are barely detectable, but there is definitely something almost swampy lurking behind the onslaught of sweet chocolate. Also, there is a loud, constant stream of piss coming from the black currant and/or jasmine.

Nicely done, just keep it away from me.

10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

on 1/18/2013 6:36:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Dark, Warm

Hair: Black, Kinky, Other

Eyes: Brown

I wanted to give this a try because I really like unique sensual fragrances (usually woody florientals). Well this is indeed unique and in some ways sensual. It really does need to be sampled on the skin and not a paper strip. It changes ALOT. Starts out kinda strong, for me it was an instant turn off . . .then it settled into this really warm sensual sweetness. Then just as I was about to put this on my short list of "gotta gets". . . all I could smell was DIRT, TREE BARK, all those woody things that I DO NOT want to smell like. Very disappointing because I actually thought i may have found "my scent" but in the end there is just too much woods in the soul for me. Same thing happend with Lolita Lempicka. . . HEAVEN then DIRT . . . .*clears throat*. . . I mean earth! ;-)

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 11/27/2012 8:56:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

quite delectable,yummy gourmand,particularly heavy on the, plum jam to be exact...
I didn't expect anything from B.orchid, and got so much!!
special,very unique- one of the kind -scent of raw,untamed and earthy notes that go so well together...
it is extremely potent and sexy, extremely sweet,extremely in the center of anyone's attention...and I looove it...
the most non-cohesive part of this perfume is the begining where top notes collide, smelling like hot mushroom, or truffle as the notes is oily shroom,mixed with dark,sweet plum jam, jasmine and ylang-ylang which gives the spine to this overwhelming and heavy darkness...I can detect sandalwood,incense,patchouly but not apart from the lighter notes, and they compliment each other in a very flattery way....I could imagine this one on a woman or a man, but one thing's for sure...don't overdo it, and don't wear it in places whrer people dine, ok...

once I was eating my dinner in a small restaurant and there she was-a heavy leather-ed girl with black lips and goth make -up...wearing Black Orchid...all I could smell was her perfume....and all I ate that evening was her was a very unconfortable situation and if I didn't started to hate it then, I never will....

and I didn't, but just discovered that BO is not supposed to be worn in crowded places,small clubs or miniature wants to breathe...cold weather,wind and lots of space is what it takes to makes this blossom!...

absolutely-try before you is very edgy but if you like it, it will be so kind to like you back,because it is not an exclusive and mysterious in a way that it picks it's own public or is not simple and cutsie,but modest and special....

definitely a winner but in the right circumstances...

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

on 11/24/2012 10:57:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I really wanted to love this scent, my husband thought it was so sexy. But unfortunately it gives me a huge headache. It smells really pretty on and has good staying power but I can't wear it.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 11/16/2012 9:17:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I am not sure what I can add that hasnít already been said, but this fragrance completely surprised me (in a good way) and I am utterly obsessed with it, so I just wanted to share my thoughts. I am not very knowledgeable in distinguishing fragrance Ďnotesí, nor am I very eloquent in my fragrance descriptions, so I will try my best to describe what this invokes for me. Damn, this is sexy. But more importantly, it makes me feel sexy. My husband always compliments me when I wear it. Itís an acquired scent. It took me a long time to even muster up the courage to wear it. I had been using a drop on a sachet to scent my underwear drawer ;) and only just recently tried it on myself. I have a little .14 oz splash bottle, and after wearing it a few times, ordered a 1 oz EDP spray (for a great price off of Ebay). This is the rare exception where I actually prefer the smaller splash bottle, as a dab behind my ears and in the crease my elbows is more than potent enough. I will apply it in this manner, and have worn it on several non-sexy occasions (work, church) and I have not found it to be inappropriate or overpowering. I save the EDP spray for going out or for more formal occasions. The staying power is amazing; I can still smell it at the end of a 12+ hour day, and it lingers even longer on clothing.

So what does this smell like? It smells expensive. And womanly. It definitely says, ĎIím wearing perfumeí. Yet is meshes beautifully with my body chemistry and transforms into something rich and unique and luscious once it hits my skin. So, try before you buy, and give it time and perhaps a few uses before making a decision. I did not like this when I sniffed it out of the bottle, it just smelled too earthy and masculine. But when I tried it on my skin, I noticed more floral and fruity notes. After looking up the fragrance notes, I suppose I can smell the orchid and black currant, yet its grounded by the earthy notes of patchouli and dry vanilla. It is a bit reminiscent of Calvin Klein Euphoria, though less sweet. I find the mix of masculine and feminine notes appealing. It does change on me throughout the course of wear. I actually like this best at the end of the day, when it has had plenty of time to soften and become one with my skin.

This is a strong fragrance, the will undoubtedly invite strong opinions. Itís definitely out of my comfort zone of sweeter, vanilla- and amber- based scents. This is by far the most Ďadultí fragrance I own. The fragrance, the name, the sleek black packaging, everything about this is elegant and sophisticated and sexy, and I canít get enough of it!

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 11/14/2012 6:31:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I've been looking for a perfume to replace Gio by Armani - not necessarily one that smelled the same, but one that evoked the same sense of femininity wrapped in power and high-class sex appeal - nothing loud or trashy, please. Black orchid isn't quiet, but it's not brash, either. Unlike Gio, which I swear is like a perfume mood ring that can change just as unpredictably as the woman it's meant to represent, black orchid is faithfully sexy, sweet, and unmistakably powerful. Unlike some florals, it's a serious fragrance for a serious woman. Which isn't to say that you couldn't wear it for a fun night out on the town, but you'd better have some designs on seducing the man you're with. This could be hard to pull of during the day, but it's perfect in the cold months after the sun goes down.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 10/21/2012 2:41:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Having gone through three samples, I can't wear this anymore. The opening is AMAZING, like an earthy truffle with cocoa, leather, and liqueur. The drydown used to smell to me like a faintly sweet vanilla/sandalwood aroma, but now all I get is a weird chocolate cucumber smell. If only those opening notes had lasted longer, this would've been a winner.

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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