Soo,... I'm now writing about a Tom Ford fragrance, a brand that offers both damn good fragrances and damn horrible ones! Uh, and of course also "normal" fragrances in between :D
"Oh, no!" you're gonna say! "He'll talk about how bad he thinks Black Orchid is." I have to admit, I've mentioned this 100 times before... but with this I underline how bad I find Black Orchid :D
Well, so the other day I sprayed Black Orchid on a strip of paper to show it to a perfume that had actually told me that Black Orchid wouldn't smell as heavy as I would always say. So she had to sniff it again! The result: She ran away and didn't come back until today!!!
All right, okay, that was a bit exaggerated, but Black Orchid really REALLY smells, well, let's say "special", because the perfume also turned up its nose. It's bad enough if you use this scent in autumn and winter, but in summer it's deadly :D
But there are other ways, as proven by fragrances such as Neroli Portofino, Mandarino di Amalfi or just this fragrance here, at least as far as summer fragrances are concerned. Now comes Soleil Blanc, a fragrance that seems to have been created for the summer. Whether I agree, you'll find out now. And by the way, I also try to enumerate some differences to the Eau de Blanc Soleil.
At the beginning I smell jasmine and tuberose, two quite sweet, flowery scents. The bergamot is hardly perceptible. Right at the beginning, there is a big difference to the "Eau" version of this fragrance, because the Eau de Soleil Blanc starts with bitter oranges more citric and therefore fresher.
A little later I also smell the Ylang-Ylang (which at first smells about as intense as the Eau Soleil). This scent makes the fragrance slightly heavier and also a bit sultry, whereas it is not as extremely intense as in some other scents with ylang-ylang.
A little later the benzoin works, which makes the fragrance wonderfully smooth and gentle, this resin simply "feels" wonderfully on the skin. The tonka bean also makes the fragrance more powdery, which makes the fragrance even more pleasant.
Unfortunately, the ylang-ylang becomes (unfortunately) a bit more intense (but not as intense as with other fragrances), which makes the fragrance feel muggier to me. Without this flowery note I would feel the fragrance very beautiful throughout (and more unisex), but at least the resinous and powdery notes soften the fragrance a bit, so that it is still quite pleasant despite the heavy flowery note and also comes across a little creamy. By the way, the base is very similar to the Eau de Blanc Soleil, whereby one can still smell some oranges in the background while the Ylang-Ylang is more intense here.
The Sillage and the shelf life:
The air's fine, but it's not a blast. It is average and will therefore be perceived reasonably well from close up to normal distance.
The shelf life is quite good as the fragrance lasts over eight hours.
Like most TF bottles, the high-quality and beautifully shaped bottle has the shape of a (in my opinion) Tuscan column, with the lid of the bottle representing the capital of the column. It is white, which makes it stand out well from the green/blue and black flacons. On the front you can see a golden label with the name of the fragrance. A very nice bottle as usual.
So, Soleil Blanc is a nice fragrance that sometimes looks a little sultry (because of the ylang-ylang), but weeeeit is far from smelling as horrible as Black Orchid, he he he :D
Anyway, I feel like Black Orchid was composed just to torture poor guys with it. Especially at upcoming events like the soccer world cup at the moment, where men seem to pay a little less attention to their girlfriends or wives and the beautiful "curves" are exceptionally related to the leathery ball, even if 22 sweaty guys should follow this one like stupid :D
And as revenge for the lack of attention, women can now intensively fog themselves with Black Orchid (not that I want to bring some on stupid ideas...!), especially on the very hot days, mu ha ha ha ha. This,... yes THIS is one of the few moments where I don't find it so bad to be a permanent single, mu ha ha ha ha :DD
But back to the fragrance: Soleil Blanc is really nice. It may not be citric, but despite its flowery and resinous notes it is not really heavy, so that it is easy to wear in summer, of course only if the dosage is not exaggerated and it is not exactly 30 degrees. In my opinion, it's the best all-rounder you could ever wear (although I would prefer to wear it in autumn because of the sultry ylang-ylang). If the ylang-ylang had not been, I would have rated the fragrance even higher!
In my opinion, what is more beautiful, the scent here or the eau (which I will describe in a few days)? You can't really answer that here, because the scents smell quite similar from the heart note and especially in the base. The biggest difference lies in the top note, where the eau is slightly fresher due to the bitter oranges. Otherwise, both scents are very nice, but you just have to stand on a slightly sultry Ylang-Ylang. Oh and I think that the purchase of the other fragrance is not really worth it if you already own one of the two fragrances.
But roughly speaking, if you like more intense ylang-ylang and resinous notes, you should use this fragrance. If you want to smell some oranges instead and have a slightly fresher start, then the Eau is the right choice.
Yes, a test is definitely worth it. The floral notes, however, make the fragrance more feminine than unisex for me