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.
The Hermessence collection will introduce a sixth fragrance called Paprika Brasil this fall. The perfume was "inspired by the book Tristes Tropiques. Written by Claude Lévi-Strauss, the anthropologist discusses the precious wood called bois de braise (from which the name "Brazil" is derived) and the effects of the introduction in Europe of American and oriental spices." Jean-Claude Ellena, Hermès in-house perfumer, is the author of the composition. (from cosmeticnews)
A new line of fragrances has recently come to my attention. Nez à Nez Parfums (see the English version of the catalog) currently offers 10 fragrances with names like Ambre à Sade and Mille et une Figues. Rosier Ardent with its notes of cardamom, rose and cedarwood has captured my attention in particular. If you have tried it or any other fragrances from the line, please share your impressions.
Add: There is no connection between Nez à Nez and Parfums Pierre Guillaume.
Amouage Cirrus has been launched this month. The press release describes it in the following manner: “Inspired by the ethereal, ice crystal-bearing clouds in the high jet-stream of the earth’s atmosphere, Cirrus is for the man without boundaries, for the man who dares reach for the azure zenith far above the ordinary, the mundane and the earth-bound.” Cirrus features notes of lemon zest, mandarin, green apple, blackcurrant berries, ozonic notes, geranium, lavender, cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood, oakmoss, amber, and musk.