The Orchid Man
Nose: Jerome Epinette
The opening is light and a little floral-fresh after a while (Urgh… I hate myself for using such descriptor, straight form the marketing briefs… Here, however, it somehow makes sense more than it does anywhere else where it is ab/used…). Bergamot, carefully cultivated in the south of Italy, in the region of Calabria, is clearly present and wooing over the nostrils, but less so the black pepper. Hmmmm, I wonder how much more powerful and igniting the composition would be, should the spicy pepper was put up in volume…? (Thinking of it: I would love to sniff that, so it’s a shame I can’t sense any black pepper notes her at all).
The first whiff sits closely to Paradis Perdu, in that tame, matté facet of the bergamot. The first time I sniffed it, I made noted that it recalled Dior’s Eau Sauvage Lite (that is, if there was one such flanker), but more delicate and less tenacious, less aromatic. Having returned to it, I can see why I had that early association. The Orchid Man, like Paradis Perdu, is in this sense a variation on cologne fragrance family, impassioned by a floral touch. The only problem so far is: is that gentleness a positive aspect, or just lack of characteristic ‘that something’? As Penahligon’s series of colognes, it feels to me a little too traditionalist.
Finally, along L’Humaniste and Paradis Perdu, The Orchid Man is the third offer from Frapin Perfumes that I sniff, and which plays with the cologne theme. None of them, however, manages in my opinion, to offer a facet or a nuance that would capture the attention. They all are also sitting too close to each other.
Notes: Calabrian Bergamot and Madagascar Black Pepper // Jasmine and Leather // Amber, Oakmoss and Patchouli
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