Those still searching for their signature summer scent might like to give Tom Ford’s Orchid Soleil a try. It’s heady but not cloying, exotic but in the “steamy, sexy nights” way instead of the “I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts” sort of way. You know the exotic scents I’m talking about: Pina Colada crossed with a blowsy white floral. Perfectly lovely – and popular for summer – but this is not one of those.
Though Orchid Soleil is heavy on the white florals – it’s absolutely drenched in tuberose, for a start – it seems to have a sunny, happy disposition rather than anything that takes itself too seriously. Which is unusual for a Tom Ford scent – I don’t think I could describe any of the others, Private Blend or non, as “cheerfulness in a bottle”, but I’d stick that label on Orchid Soleil in the blink of an eye. It’s like a flask of condensed sunshine. A flacon of liquidised holiday vibes.
And just look at that rose gold bottle with its fluted sides and its inlaid label – true dressing table eye-candy. I thought at first that the glass had been covered in a sort of foil, but in actual fact when you hold it to the light it’s completely transparent. Rose gold in the light, transparent against it. Very chic.
You can find Orchid Soleil at most big department stores and online at Selfridges here – it’s £54 for 30ml or £76 for 50ml. If you’re not crazy about the tuberose idea, then I can highly recommend these sexy and sultry summer scents. And there’s always the classic Bronze Goddess from Estee Lauder to carry you through to autumn if you prefer the whole “lost on a desert island” kind of vibe…