2014 is drawing to a close (this year really didn’t “register” for me…as late as last month I wrote “2013” on a personal check)! In an effort to wrap-up some reviews before Christmas, and 2015, I’m tackling three fragrances this week.
Bvlgari Man in Black
Bvlgari recently launched Bvlgari Man in Black — a flanker to 2010’s Bvlgari Man (and let’s not forget Bvlgari Man Extreme either). I was excited about Man in Black for one reason: its notes list1 included…TUBEROSE!
Man in Black goes on smelling sweet…
Quick reviews of three recent niche releases: Eau d’Italie Graine de Joie, Memo Kedu and Van Cleef & Arpels California Reverie. Do comment if you’ve tried any new or interesting niche fragrances lately!
Eau d’Italie Graine de Joie
Is anyone here a massive fan of Eau d’Italie? I admit I’ve mostly lost interest; nothing they’ve done since Baume du Doge in 2008 has really impressed me, and the shampoo-ish packaging is a turn-off. Graine de Joie, intended to celebrate love, is a sweet ‘n tart fruity floral…
The old saying has it that “everything old is new again.” Tom Ford Velvet Orchid, a salute to the grand oriental perfumes of the 1980s, seems to have taken that saying to heart. Lovers of Yves Saint Laurent Opium, Estée Lauder Cinnabar, Boucheron de Boucheron, and other room-permeating, spicy-woody-ambery fragrances will want to give it a try. Fans of Velvet Orchid’s older sibling, Black Orchid, will probably see no reason to switch.
Velvet Orchid’s notes include bergamot, mandarin, honey, vanilla, orange blossom, rose, jasmine, narcissus, magnolia, Cattleya leopoldii orchid, heliotrope, rum, suede, labdanum, sandalwood, and myrrh — not that any of these notes stand out distinctly. Even without the gorgeous deco bottle and “orchid” in its name, a single whiff ties Velvet Orchid to Black Orchid.
Although Velvet Orchid has the guts to take the ring with any of the big orientals, it’s billed as a floriental fragrance…