Orlov Perfumes are something I completely blame YOU people for! I was blissfully unaware of these until a commenter had to mention Cross of Asia or Flame of Gold or Star of the Season maybe? Pretty sure it was Cross of Asia. Perfumes named after diamonds. Yeah, yeah, yawn.
Googled because there. Orlov perfume founders were in love with Dominique Ropion perfumes and insisted that ONLY Dominique would make their perfumes.
Ylang perfume, musk & woods perfume, jasmine, Orange blossom and tuberose perfume.
No no no.
Cinnamon, clove, cumin, caramel, vanilla, chocolate patchouli gourmand… cumin — WTF?!?!?! A Ropion skanky gourmand.
Wallet and credit card are still hiding from me. So how good are they? If you’re not a fan of rich, luxurious perfumes, you’ll save yourself some money. If you like your perfumes with some depth and posh plush, hide your bank account. They are Ropion perfumes, but dabbling in a few new places with some unique twists.
Cross of Asia puts ylang in the perfumed crosshairs and then surrounds it with pear, green apple, spices, sumptuous white florals and then flings leather at it. It’s Ylang, but with some interesting tweaks. And it is stunning. It veers feminine, but I wouldn’t rule this out for guys. Yeah, it’s full of ylang, tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine, but the leather and fruits tone down the femininity, and I think it really puts it right on for men to wear. I’d love to smell this on a guy.
Flame of Gold is all musk buried deep in the wood pile – sandalwood, gaiac, cedar. This is completely unisex, veering a little masculine. The longer I had this on, the more I loved it.
Star of the Season is the Ropion sexed-up gourmand. I was quivering as I opened it. Listen, I’ve hotly anticipated some stuff before, but a cumin-dusted Ropion gourmand is at the top of the list of things I knew I would love once I knew it existed. And I do. It is deliciously cumin-skanked gourmand. Not over the top gourmand – soft caramel vanilla, some almost boozy spiced fruit notes, then just the right dusting of cumin on top to make you giggle wildly over how great and kinda dirty this is. Sandalwood, cinnamon, cumin, clove, caramel, iris, vanilla, dark chocolate, patchouli, amber, Turkish rose berry and mulled fruit.
Now, the cumin does settle down after a while, but the softened skank note lingers on. I think this is how I would smell waking up with my powder-dusted nose buried in a beignet at Cafe du Monde after an evening I could remember only from my laughing friends trying to wake me up with chicory coffee. Seriously brilliant. And incredibly wearable.
Orlov is the BWF of the bunch. Tuberose, jasmine, orange blossom, bergamot, musk and vanilla. It’s big, it’s white, but it’s not just that. It’s got restraint in all the right places and the other notes play in to make it so much more than a white floral. It’s really beautiful. Not my favorite of the bunch (hello skanky gourmand!), but it is delight to wear and would rank really high in my BWF universe that I still haven’t created.
I did not smell Sea of Light, though I may need to change that omission.
Okay, now for the details. $330 for refillable 100 ml bottles. Not sure what the refill cost is, the guy repping them at BG wasn’t available by phone on New Year’s Eve to answer my questions. I mean, really, the nerve of taking off on NYE. If someone would chime in with the refill cost, that would be great. Available now only at Bergdorf Goodman – still not on their website so you gots to call – but the Orlov website mentions they will be available online on their site at some point, not sure when. I assume their distribution will get wider in the next few months. Good because everyone needs a wearable booze-addled beignet wake-up call.
Fun and beautiful, and perfume doesn’t get better than this. Are we giving away sample sets on this in a drawing? Why yes! Glad you asked, Four of them. So drop a comment to be entered in the drawing. Tell me which one has you most intrigued.
Winners of the sample sets of MDCI Les Indes Galantes and Kilian Royal Leather samples are Diana, Noskoz and Heidic. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you!