I really love this fragrance. It was a love at first sniff. Velvet Orchid is sweet, a bit boozy even, and fairly clean but still has that suede leather note and the labdanum that grounds it and keeps it out of the soapy, generic florals category. It’s an unforgettable scent, which I love. And unique florals are becoming difficult to find (and create as well I’m sure).
It opens with a burst of oranges with rum and honey. The orchids are immediately noticeable and a bit sharp.
The rum and honey develop well on my skin and are very well balanced with the florals so it’s not overly boozy nor too sweet, though it is on the verge. On drydown, it warms up and really rounds out.
The vanilla begins to beautifully develop in the heart. It’s sweet but deliciously warm and buttery. The whole composition is very sexy and sultry, like a curvy woman with nice hips, full breasts, and pouty lips to match. It’s full bodied but not overkill.
This is what I would imagine Mata Hari to smell like. Not Mata Hari on stage dancing and entertaining but Mata Hari the double agent spy behind closed doors. Using her beauty and charm to seduce gentlemen of high standing out of their secrets.
The sillage is intoxicating with good projection for the first 4 hours, then it retreats to a delicious vanilla and sandlewood skinscent for another 6 hours.
This is a seductive and provacative fragrance best reserved for evenings and weekends. It can become cloying if oversprayed so I recommend using no more than 4 sprays.
Top notes: Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Rum, Honey
Heart notes: Orchid, Jasmine, Rose, Black Orchid, Orange Blossom, Magnolia, Hyacinth, Narcissus, Heliotrope
Base notes: Perú balsam, Labdanum, Vanilla, Musk, Myrrh, Suede