Rich and delicious, Van Cleef & Arpels Orchid Leather is a powerful and textured unisex Eau de Parfum that will intoxicate you from the first spritz long into the night. It’s a decadent collision of floral sensuality, enhanced by the amber and animalic nuances of leather-scented botanicals with a scattering of spices and a dollop of fruits for sweetness. Intrigued? I bet you’ll love it as much as I do; read on for my full review…
This Fragrance Smells Like…
Orchid Leather smells sweet, smoky and incredibly rich. It starts with the sensual and candied accord of plum before the precious petals of the orchid flower, producing the vanilla pod for a sweet floral uplift. The fragrance is warmed through by a leather accord, made using the exquisite musky tones of cistus along with the cosy and creamy essence of vanilla absolute; this blends with cistus to recall the feeling of warm leather, enhanced by the smokiness of incense and the spiciness of cardamom. These amber notes collide to create a rich and full-bodied scent that exudes a unique luxury with every sniff.
What’s The Story Behind This Scent?
Van Cleef & Arpels are renowned for their luxury jewellery, which reveals the majesty of some of the world’s most precious and rare gemstones, so it’s no surprise that their perfume collection also pays homage to nature’s riches and wonders. Orchid Leather – a part of the coveted Collection Extraordinaire – creates the alluring leather accord using a unique blend of two botanical ingredients: cistus and vanilla pod. This unprecedented composition is the first of Van Cleef & Arpels’ fragrances to feature an alluring leather accord; it comes from Julien Rasquinet, who reveals plants’ sensual and animalistic accents to create something utterly unique, sophisticated and captivating.
You Will Love This If…
If you’re looking for your new signature scent that exudes class, sophistication and luxury, then you’ll love the latest addition to the Collection Extraordinaire. It smells rich, full-bodied and expensive.
This Perfume Smells Similar To:
To me, this smells like sweet plum liqueur poured over smoky coals; it’s sweet, rich and warm, accented by spices.
Is Orchid Leather Unisex?
Absolutely! The way this fragrance plays with smokiness, sweetness, spiciness and warmth makes it a truly unique and sophisticated scent that I think all genders will be captivated by.
What’s The Longevity Like?
This is a powerful and long-lasting Eau de Parfum! I could smell the sweet smokiness on my skin many hours after I sprayed it, and I was complimented on it hours after the first spritz.
What’s Special About The Bottle?
The luxury begins before you even get to the scent! The bottle comes in a sleek white box; you remove the lid, and the lacquered black bottle lies elegantly inside. When you pick it up, the bottle feels heavy, sleek and refined, with a brown ribbon necklace adorning its neck, with a silver diamond-shaped charm embossed subtly with the iconic VCA lettering. As you run your fingers over the sleek black glass, you can tell that even the label is made from thick and high-quality paper, while the black lid feels weighted, too. It simply exudes elegance and understated sophistication; it would stand proud on any dressing table.
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