Tom Ford introduced his new Atelier d’Orient series recently, and I’d like to talk about all of them, but I can’t get past Tom Ford Shanghai Lily. I am such a big old Lily ‘Ho, it’s not funny. You’d think I’d gotten my fill with the Le Labo Lys 41, and while I really loved that one, the Shanghai Lily is enough like Yves Saint Laurent Opium, without the ’70s hair and disco boot hangover that sometimes comes with it that it just is enchanting in a darker, smokier, spicier way.
The dark lily. White floral over notes of bitter orange, clove, pepper, jasmine, rose, vetiver, guaiacwood, amber, benzoin, castoreum, frankincense, and vanilla. You get the pepper and clove all the way through giving the lily some bite, the orange providing a little sunshine, while the incense smokes from under it, and all of it smoothed out with the other floral notes and a dollop of vanilla. I keep expecting the notes in this to overpower the lily or the lily to become so pungent that it beats all the other notes into indolic submission. But no, not at all. They find this amazing tension that lets all of them exist happily – especially me.
Not just a bit of love for this one, but a big burning love. It is the perfect smoked spiced oriental lily. There are very few of the Tom Ford Private Blends that I have loved, several I’ve liked okay, a lot more than I’ve detested. Velvet Gardenia was perfection. Cafe rose pretty much rocks when I’m in the mood for rose. I think there’s another one or two that are mood ones that float to the top of the list. Tom Ford Shanghai Lily is at the top of the list for this line and at the top of the list for a lily perfume. It is amazing. It’s still summer, so a great time for white florals. As a bonus, with all the oriental notes, this thing will just have me clutching my pearls all winter long. Lord, it is a wonder, and I take back all the bad thing I’ve said about Tom Ford just for this one scent. You can also read a Tom Ford Shanghai Lily review at Bois de Jasmin.
And of course a giveaway! I haven’t forgotten about the Neela Vermeire giveaway on her glorious new scent, Ashoka, but I sorta misplaced my teeny vial with the scent in it, so I may have to do that winner when I get my hand on more. Sorry! Let’s pick six winners this week of the Tom Ford Shanghai Lily sample, drawn from comments on this post. Tell me how your summer is going, if you’re sad to see it end or happy, or if you love or hate Tom Ford perfumes and if you love some, what’s your faves?