Jeg Har tatt et dypdykk i harddisken og fant en novelleaktig short story om trolig min første episode ekte parfymert crazyness. Ikke nok med det, den er skrevet på temmelig wierd engelsk.. Datert Oktober 2008. dette var altså før jeg oppdaget The perfumed court / surrender to chance. enjoy!
I’ve taken a deep dive in my hard-drive, and amogst the bits and bytes, I found a short story written after inspiration about my first-EVER encounter with the perfume-obsession-coveting-crasynezz. Written in very wierd english I must add, I appologize beforehand 😀 Translated into my Norwegian first language, it didn’t quite capture the experience. So I didn’t change it here.
This was before I knew anything about the decanting services, like The Perfumed Court and Surrender to Chance. Dated October 2008. Enjoy.
DUFTBILDE: JASMIN, YLANG-YLANG, FRUKTPULP, BLACK ORCHID-AKKORD (TROPISKE BLOMSTERNOTER), TRØFFEL-AKKORD (KAKAO/MØRK SJOKOLADE), VARMT TREVERK (SANDELTRE, PATSJULI), KRYDDER, VANILJE.
«…Tom Ford Black Orchid really is a wierd chapter of my rather obsessive must-buy perfume mania. It is actually THE FIRST ever expirence of the kind. Many more followed. But back to the Black.. I can’t actually remember how I first got to know Black Orchid, but I do remember the shopping mania for it. I think I read about it online, when I got to «know» Tom Ford, the designer known for his uber hars provocative sexiness in almost all his work, the reinvention of Gucci and YSL and their rise from almost bankruptcy to successful commercial ($chiching$) companies, and now his own label TOM FORD.
I took a blind-buy chance on TOM FORD for men first, because at that time I wasn’t so much into all fragrances, just the ones marketed for men. I now know better, and consider almost everything unisex until I try it for myself and define after my own standards, taste and what I want to wear. And I wear whatever I want. TOM FORD for men didn’t quite live up to my expectations, would like it more dirtier, and probably thought it would stand out more from all other classic colognes, a genre I now despises(all this citrus soo booring). I would blame it on the advertising, almost porn if you ask me(but It’s just TOM FORD, what can I say..)In the end I wanted something more.. slightly different and really.. REALLY dark and dirty.
That was probably the reason why I turned to Black Orchid. I read many reviews hating it for its rather dirty pungent odeur, and likewise many who praised, loved and swore by it for its uncommoness and placed Black Orchid as a definitive love/hate perfume only some people could and would wear. Not only women, but men alike! I knew I had to at least whiff it once. I feel myself excited and attracted to perfumes that people hate, are uncommon and not always reviewed positive, described too dirty in an ubersexy way or something other just really wierd. I trailed the web for info, pictures..you name it. I even turned to eBay, the dreaded webauction site I always thought I should stay away from. Instead I created myself a profile, and started browsing through the goods. Found some hits, but they were either really expensive or unable to ship to Norway, and I really didn’ trust the site and my instincts about eBay yet.
At one point, Black Orchid was the only perfume I was interested in and every other perfume wanished slightly. Then it was time to travel. This time it was for summer holiday to Prague, and I maked sure I had some time at OSL Oslo Dutyfree Departure, because I knew they had it according to www.duty-free.no. I really do love the Duty Free at Gardermoen. It’s light and open, spacy and has a lot of mainstream to offer everyone. Navigation is easy, the brands collected nicely, and you actually find what you are looking for. I found Black Orchid, or at least that’s what I thought…
I can remember seeing the Tom Ford’s placed little by themself, since the offerings in the mainline was then only Tom Ford for men, Black Orchid and Black Orchid Voile De Fleur. Only one black tester bottle stood there and without further ado, i sprayed my wrist twice. Hmm..I thougt the scent was different, but not strikingly controversial. It was actually nice and definitely wearable, but quite on the feminine side. I was of course disappointed, and didn’t for one second consider it as a must-buy. Safely arrived at the hotel in Prague, I still found myself sniffing my hand, because I didn’t want to give it up so fast after obsessing over it for months. I detected this pleasurable odeur somewhere in it that I liked (slightly gourmandish/chocolate/dirty/ripe), but I felt it was masked, or toned down a notch, covered with some kind of flowers. Overall quite likeable and I would think many more people than I read about would buy this without mutch further ado, even non-parfumania people. Something was very wrong..
And after secretly wanting to try Black Orchid again, I scouted around Prague in every Parfumerie I happened to bump into on my way around town. Nothing! And after comming home filled with memorable moments of the golden city of Prague, I sat down at my computer and watched photos. On a whim I again did a search after the scent almost forgotten, Black Orchid. And I watched photos popping up on my screen, realizing what was missing from the all black tester at OSL Dutyfree. The Golden Plaque! I instantly felt hopefull, and a little irritated. This may sound confusing. This is the revelation, the dark secret concidering The Golden Plaque..
Tom Ford «Signature line» have the same bottle finish on all the perfumes, (the design differs slightly on the new Tom Ford White Patchouli) and are instantly recognizable. Tom Ford Black Orchid is a black beautiful modern-retro bottle with a Golden Plaque stating its name and size in ml. And then you have Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile De Fleur, in the same black finish but here the Golden Plaque is deep black, making the bottle absolutely black. Conclusion: I didn’t try Black Orchid, but Black Orchid Voile De Fleur, which also happens to be in Eau de Toilette.
I started my search on eBay again, and for the first time I bought somthing on buy-it-now sale! Four days later a little brown envelope appeared in my mailbox. I was soon holding a little original 4 ml. sample of Black Orchid in a nice black velvet pouch in my hands. I opened the cap and sniffed hard the precious liquid. That was something else.. And so I tried it on, one generous dab on my wrist, and let the perfume flow free. Woooow! Pretty much sums it up. It was fullbodied with lot of scent, dark and delicious. I fell for Black Orchid when I was about 30 minutes in the perfume, when the heart emerged. I was in Heaven when the drydown started. It lingers on forever and the dry Black Orchid is absolutely fantastic! You can smell it even on your clothes or anything it happened to come in contact with literally forever… In this case my pillow where my hand lay.
This was in the middle of July. I wore a dab of Black Orchid almost every day for the remainder of the summer. Still not quite satisfacted with only my 4 mls, I searched now and then on the net to find a retailer that carried Black Orchid. Nothing..yet. And then October came, and it was travel time again, destination Paris..
What could be more suitable. And again on OSL Dutyfree just hoping it was in stock, I nervously scanned the offerings. This time I knew what I was looking for: a golden box with a black label TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID. And there it stood silently, this time with a tester. I sprayed twice my wrist and there was no doubt what so ever. I grabbed myself a bottle greedily, and went around shopping taxfree in a state of pure scented bliss. In Paris, I found Black Orchid almost everywhere of course, and always sprayed my wrist whenever I got the chance. Black Orchid smells like Paris to me now, and I will always forever own a bottle of TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID from now on..
And the point with this story?
If you really, really..REALLY! want a «hard-to-get», rare perfume hard enough, the «perfumania» can essentially be a drive that sends you straight ahead on the next plane to Paris.. (if I just knew what perfumed bliss I really missed, the Guerlain flagship and the Salons.. 😯 I cry every time! Ignorance certainly is bliss!)
Thanks to Black Orchid, I overcame my eBay fears, learn the thing, got myself a paypal account..essentially started this serious perfume obsession for real. The only perfume before this that I had a similair lemming to, though reasonable milder, was Viktor & Rolf Antidote in 2007 when it was a «large city exclusive». Funny now, It’s everywhere.. and so is Black Orchid.
Shortly after I came home from Paris that autumn, with my precious bottle Black Orchid in hand, the stuff came available to order from strawberryNET.. ofcourse!
Poenget med historien? Hvis man vil ha en vanskelig-å-få-tak-i parfyme sterkt nok, kan parfumanien drive en avsted ens ærend til Paris.. (hadde jeg bare visst hva jeg EGENTLIG gikk glipp av..!) Takket være Black Orchid lærte jeg meg eBay og paypal. Den Eneste andre parfyme jeg har hatt en lignende obsession med, var V&R Antidote. Nesten litt morsomt å tenke på nå når jeg ser den overalt. Kort tid etter jeg fikk min flakong, ble også Black Orchid å få på strawberryNET.. selvfølgelig!