Tom Ford Black Orchid and Tom Ford Private Blend : New Fragrances


Tom Ford Black Orchid is about to make it debut this fall. The fragrance was created by the Givaudan team and it “has top notes of French jasmine, black gardenia, ylang ylang, bergamot, mandarin and effervescent citrus; a heart of Tom Ford black orchid, spicy floral orchid accords and lotus wood, and a drydown of patchouli, incense, amber, sandalwood and vanilla.” Tom Ford bought rights to a special black orchid, the scent of which was then extracted via headspace technology. “This [fragrance] is not about an ordinary orchid, it’s about something a little more strange and rare. I wanted the blackest orchid, and those aren’t easy to find,” shares Tom Ford in WWD.

Ford is also planning a launch of Tom Ford Private Blend, a collection of 12 unisex fragrances that will be released simultaneously on March 12, 2007. As Ford notes, “These are fragrances for fragrance connoisseurs.” The fragrances are going to be sold in special concept stores within larger venues. “[In those store-in-stores] you’ll be able to have a custom fragrance mixed up. We’ve designed the shop-in-shop concept, all the fixtures. The point is, we’re launching a beauty brand, not just a fragrance.” From WWD.


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  • Elle: The Private Blend scents sound like they have potential. Will be interested in seeing if they live up to it. July 28, 2006 at 1:42pm Reply

  • bianca: all my favorite notes….jasmine, gardenia, patchouli (yep I like it when done well), incense and sandalwood. Yay!!

    Also can he please bring back the Azuree body oil that seems to be out of stock and never to return. Please? July 28, 2006 at 1:48pm Reply

  • Tania: BLACK ORCHID. Another black. Oh well. It could be worse. It could be Orchidée Noire and confuse everyone by sounding too much like the new Ormonde Jayne. Fragrance has gone so goth lately. I’m looking forward to it, though. I trust Tom Ford. July 28, 2006 at 11:07am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Tania, I cannot agree more! I keep thinking of the expression you coined, “noir is the new black.” Like you, I am a big admirer of Tom Ford, and I am looking forward to this release. July 29, 2006 at 1:20am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Elle, I feel the same way. I am already anticipating March of next year. July 29, 2006 at 1:21am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Bianca, I have seen bottles of Azuree body oil in Bergdorf Goodman in New York. It is such a wonderful scent. July 29, 2006 at 1:32am Reply

  • michele bergman: I guess Imitation is the best Flattery!!! However I am surprised that THE TOM FORD copied “Little ol’ me” ! yes I Michele Bergman Named my Absolutely Intoxicating Gardenia Fragrance…BLACK GARDENIA years ago! Tom Claims to have Black Gardenia as an ingredient! Too bad there is no such Flower! Good Try though! Gardenia Lovers Check me out on…!!! Cheers
    Michele Bergman September 17, 2006 at 12:19am Reply

  • Demetrue: I JUST got to try the tester for this at Neiman’s (fragrance doesn’t come out till Nov.) and I am IN LOVE with this scent!!! It smells like rich Renaissance Faire oils, lots of warm incense, spicy florals, something almost like dark chocolate/woods, amber, something almost like eucalyptus in the top notes – it smells so different & unusual, yet warmly familiar at the same time. If you love incense and wanted more from Black Cashmere, I think Black Orchid will float your boat. I am head-over-heels addicted, but then I’m a child of the 60’s and burned a lot of sandalwood and patchouli in my day. October 20, 2006 at 4:49pm Reply

  • LadySlipper: I smelled this fragrance for the first time on Sunday morning and all I have to say is ish. At first whiff it’s really different from many others, with its strong chocolate note (and something very, very vegetal and sharp). The chocolate (and did I detect vanilla?) were slap-you-in-the-face strong.

    When worn, the middle notes were lovely, but the dry-down? Absolutely common. Still, I was on the fence about buying it until I used my “Is it just the marketing?” trick: imagine that I was coming across this fragrance in, say, the Love’s Baby Soft bottle at CVS, for $9.99. Would I feel like I’d scored an amazing find, or would I imagine that it was cheap chemical reek? Put that way, I mentally put that bottle right down. God, I wish it smelled good – it’s soooo pretty.

    That said, I still think it’s going to be a winner for a lot of people. Maybe his twelve unis will be better for me? November 1, 2006 at 6:59pm Reply

  • vivian: i started doing ebay searches already on this perfume and found a bottle here going for under retail price if anyone’s interested November 1, 2006 at 9:51pm Reply

  • Ricardo Julian: I didn’t know that he has a fanpage website ( Just found it last week. Also his nude picture. He is so adorable! November 3, 2006 at 9:02am Reply

  • Karen McHenry: This fragrance is WONDERFUL. It smells fabulous on me, and I plan to make it my signature fragrance! December 18, 2006 at 9:52am Reply

  • ShayShay: Man, I don’t know what Tom Ford was trying to create with Black Orchid, but he really had me thinking I was pregnant. Never have I reacted so violently to a smell unless I was with child. I was in the Dr’s office for a routine checkup and picked up February’s Vogue. One whiff…let’s say the Dr is going to need her carpet cleaned. It is awful! Like perfume sprayed on Chinese food that’s been in the refrigerator too long. When I went into the doctor’s office, I requested a pregnancy test. She shrugged and ordered one. I’m not expecting, by the way. I wish I was, then that would mean something other than a horrible scent. Or maybe a bad sample. January 30, 2007 at 11:48am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Scent strips are never a good way to judge a fragrance. They are not representative, plus that issue had quite a few strips, and by the time I received it, I could not smell them apart. January 30, 2007 at 1:53pm Reply

  • Sue: Devine – Saks department – Sunday before christmas – crowds – had to go back monday before flying home to uk. Stops you in your tracks kind of aroma – brought it home. Love it April 9, 2007 at 8:41am Reply

  • Debi.T.: Fenwick of Newcastle have launched TOM FORD’S BLACK ORCHID thankyou!Have 1 want 2! looks gr8 on dresser design is classical,luvin’ it admired and used (2 often by friends-buy ur own!)thanx Tom from a gr8ful & fragrant Geordie x October 5, 2007 at 5:48pm Reply

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