Tom Ford, Black Orchid Voile de Fleur
I used to really like Black Orchid (OG). I actually managed to use up two bottles of it back when I didn’t have a perfume collection so massive that people must think I’m retarded. I wore it frequently through fall and winter. Then an unseasonably cold spring. Then one day summer came and it was 90+ degrees outside. I wasn’t thinking and I applied Black Orchid. As soon as I left the house I was mortified. It smells like hot ass. Straight up. I had no time to go back inside and shower lest I be late for an engagement. I just hoped where I was going would have AC. Of course it did not and I spent the whole day feeling like a total dick because I was so stank. So stank.
Recently I remembered the existence of Voile de Fleur. I recalled it fondly and decided to refresh my memory by reading about it. Lo and behold it was discontinued a while back. That made me kind of sad. When I feel sad I buy things. So I bought a bottle of Voile de Fleur on eBay. For a reasonable price, I would like to add! Still below retail.
The opening is very similar to the original Black Orchid but the difference comes down to the lack of chocolate and also a lot less patchouli. I personally feel like there’s a strong presence of CLOVE in Black Orchid as well, but nobody else does. Anyway, there is no imaginary clove in Voile de Fleur.
I can’t say that VDF is a terribly original scent, but it reminds me of Lou Lou & Poison in a pleasant way. As much as I adore Lou Lou, I don’t wear it out of the house often. My ex husband actually once said he couldn’t imagine anyone wearing it.. and he tends to like the big white florals. Especially tuberose & gardenia.
In VDF, I actually pick up more ylang-ylang and lily than gardenia. Then plum and some additional miscellaneous fruity accords that feel very “retro”. Or maybe it’s the ylang, but something in here makes me think of banana and in turn, the phantom banana mixed with cinnamon I find in Todd Oldham.
Do you see that “vanilla tears” is a listed note in this fragrance? What the actual fuck.
I feel kinda ashamed to own this now. Ugh. Tom Ford, you so stupid.
Notes: black truffle, ylang ylang, bergamot, blackcurrant, honeysuckle, gardenia, spicy lily, black orchid, black plum, black pepper, lotus wood, succulent fruit, warm milk, cinnamon, vanilla tears, patchouli, balsam and sandalwood