Hi Posse. I first tried Velvet Tonka by BDK Parfums at the Sydney Libertine release. It blew my mind and I asked for a larger sample to really spend some time to write. A boxed manufacturers sample popped into my hand, happy days. Well, I just found that little box fallen down behind my sewing machine, untouched. Well, all you northern hemisphere perfumistas will be excited. A super warm, near gourmand, vanilla rich, tonka perfume is exactly what autumn calls for.
Perfumer Alexandra Carlin has put her name to some famous frags including Amouage Beloved man, Honour woman and Honour 43 woman. She also did Diptyque Kyoto, upcoming Tonka Blanc for L’Artisan and about 85 other fragrances.
Velvet Tonka by BDK Parfums 2021
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Almond, Orange Blossom
Heart: Tobacco, Rose Oil
Base: Tonka Bean, Bourbon Vanilla, Amberwood, Amyris
Cool, sweet, almonds in nougat is my very first, fleeting impression. At Christmas we used to get nougat in our Santa Bags. Mum would put it in the fridge so it would be teeth shatteringly hard by lunchtime. It would crash and crunch in our mouth until the warmth crept in and everything became a gooey, nutty, sugary mess that we would suck on till it disintegrated and we would have to swallow. Part of our Christmas legend was that this is how it is in cold Christmas like in the movies. Gah! We felt like we were there.
Velvet Tonka is sweet, it skirts the sinkhole of cloying without ever falling in. I’m thinking rich and thick are better descriptors. Without being obnoxious it’s a fragrance with presence and sillage. The heart and dry down are dominated by nut, vanilla and a caramelised tobacco. If you and sweet aren’t friends then this will probably be a scrubber.
Unisex but leaning heavily into what we expect to be marketed towards women. Projection and longevity are well above average. I can still smell soft wafts over 24 hours later. Obviously your mileage may very but a little goes a long way with Velvet Tonka. A good choice if you dislike the animalic labdanum in amber but love gourmand.
Perfectly named, Velvet Tonka wraps you in a warm blanket of fragrance.
Does Velvet Tonka sound like something you’d try or wear?