When it comes to fragrance, two of my favourite ever scents are by Tom Ford – these are Jasmin Rouge and Black Orchid – so as soon as I heard that Orchid Soleil was on the cards, I knew I had to snap it up as soon as I could.
I bought Orchid Soleil ‘blind’ as soon as I saw it on the Selfridges site, meaning I hadn’t tried it before purchasing – that’s how confident I was that I would love it!
Orchid Soleil is described as a summertime version of the gorgeous Black Orchid, originally launched in 2006. A radiant and sensual force of nature, the new scent captures the seductive warmth and reflective bare skin of the TOM FORD woman…
‘Orchid Soleil is a vibrant, radiant and sensual scent that is said to capture the magic of the most brilliant sunshine. The composition opens with spicy notes of pink pepper, bitter orange and cypress. Its vibrant heart blooms with red spider lily and tuberose, enveloped by the warm base of chestnut cream, vanilla, patchouli and orchid.’
Well… I hate to say it… but I have to be honest and tell you that Orchid Soliel is not for me 🙁
I’m not sure if its just the chemistry – as you probably know scents smell different on different people – or what it is, but I really am beyond disappointed. Just because I was SO excited about picking this up. Unfortunately it does nothing for me, and I would even go as far as to say that on first try I just plain don’t like it – and I really wanted to like it so much!
I’m trying to put my finger on what it is that doesn’t titilate my nostrils – though I must say the longer I leave it on, the more I
like don’t mind the fragrance, so maybe there’s something in the top notes that isn’t working for me? I’m not sure.
- Top Notes: Bitter orange, Pink Pepper and Cypress.
- Heart Notes: Tuberose.
- Base Notes: Vanilla, Chestnut cream, Patchouli and Orchid.
On the other hand, the bottle really is to die for. I know packaging isn’t everything – and really isn’t anything if you don’t like the product – but I am a total sucker for pretty packaging, and Orchid Soleil really does tick all the boxes. The bottle is the same classic Art Deco shape as the Black Orchid bottle, but this time finished in wonderful metallic rose gold – what more could a girl want?
Ok so after a good few hours of wear, it is quite a pleasant scent, but I must admit I still do regret buying it. It’s nothing like the Original Black Orchid at all (to me anyway) and I guess I was expecting it to be fairly similar. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Orchid Soleil and what you think of it?
Tom Ford Orchid Soleil is from £54.00 for 30ml at Selfridges.
I hope you enjoyed my post xxx