Helpful Review 12
No matter, Black Orchid stays Black Orchid!
Since Black Orchid is one of my absolute favourite fragrances and I have followed its reception continuously, I know not only from myself but also from many other fragrance enthusiasts that the release of the perfume variant was eagerly awaited.
Because I think, for this reason, that there could be an increased interest in a comparison of the two, and because a statement simply offers too few signs for this project, I would like to concretize here, in a rather condensed and brief form, the statement I made some time ago. My impressions here are based on a solo-carry-tag as well as a direct arm-arm comparison.
The head of the perfume version is quite chocolaty. While chocolate was already a chord at EdP that many users (me less) noticed, this note is clearly evident in the perfume's opening. The opening at the EdP, on the other hand, I find noticeably darker, truffier, earthier, even dirtier.
The heart of the new fragrance is also a little rounder, floral, balsamic, fruity, with the newly added plum note contributing to the latter. The more the drydown settles down, the more similar the two variants become, so that with the duration they are actually no longer distinguishable.
I find the appearance of rum in the new perfume disappointing. This can only be guessed a little bit late in the drydown. I had expected a lot more, because I think this rum note could have given the orchid that certain twist, that certain something that made it special and made its purchase mandatory.
As far as performance is concerned, the two versions hardly take anything away from each other. I perceive the Sillage in both equally strong - so they're both Sillage monsters - and in terms of durability, the perfume may have minimal advantages, nothing more.
The bottom line is - and this should be emphasized - that both variants are impressive scents, unique and great! It should also be noted that although Black Orchid in the new version appears unisex for the first time on the market, I consider the old eau de parfum to be the more masculine of the two in the end.