Atelier d’Orient is a collection of four Private Blend fragrances from Tom Ford that has been inspired by Asia. Each scent has been blended using ingredients that have been treasured in the Orient for centuries, some of the ingredients were traded on the ancient silk and spice routes and include voluptuous florals, precious fruits, aromatic spices and rare oils. I did mention Fleur de Chine in a post a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get a preview of the collection and even luckier to get a bottle of Fleur de Chine, which I have been using for the past few weeks.
Tom Ford says, “This collection is quintessential Private Blend: It is an olfactory exploration of Asia’s fusion of cultures and influences that is extremely beautiful, quite unexpected, and a reinvention of the region’s most precious ingredients. Atelier d’Orient is an artisanal collection that captures subtle qualities of Asia—its elegant discretion, refined mastery of details and classical eroticism.”
Fleur de Chine
“For Fleur de Chine, I imagined the romantic and mysterious women from Asia’s cinematic past—from the ’30s femme fatale in a cheongsam and dark lipstick, to the’60s Hong Kong heroine of In the Mood for Love. I wanted to capture that fascinating, exquisite and slightly scandalous femininity.”–Tom Ford.
I love that when Tom Ford is blending a new scent he gives the wearer of the scent a character, I am not sure that he had a 6ft male makeup artist in him imagination when he made Fleur de Chine! But I love it! It is a deep floral scent that has a beautifully rich scent. The ingredients include the HuaLan flower and star magnolia, fresh clementine and bergamot, blended with the soft, green effects of hyacinth. Sublime Eastern treasures—jasmine tea, syringa, plum and tea rose balanced with wisteria, white peach and soft tree peony. The richness of hinoki wood, Chinese cedarwood, amber, rare benzoin Laos, styrax and vetiver give it its wonderful woody scent.
“In reading about the Orient’s rituals and history, I became entranced with the refined art of gift-giving. Rive d’Ambre is inspired by the tradition of presenting precious citrus fruits as gifts. True to my nature, the sparkling fruits are wrapped in rich and warm sensuality.” —Tom Ford.
Rive d’Ambre is an eau de cologne with citrus fruits beautifully highlighted by a warm amber background. Exquisite citrus fruits—bergamot, lemon and bitter orange oils, surrounded by the uplifting textures of tarragon, cardamom and Moroccan spearmint oil. Pear wood has been used to give it a fruity woody base note.
“I have always been fascinated by unusual ingredients from exotic cultures. The ume plum is an exquisite ingredient that has great meaning in Oriental culture; in Japan and China, it is a sacred symbol of Spring. I wanted to craft a fragrance around the ume, because it has a texture and aroma that is so luscious.”—Tom Ford.
Plum Japonais reveals the extraordinary beauty of the ume plum by juxtaposing it with a lush and unconventional mélange of exotic Asian ingredients. Plum Japonais is a rich and luxurious fragrance for true scent connoisseurs. Saffron, cinnamon bark Laos, everlasting flower and sawara cypress create an unforgettable journey across distant lands. The voyage unfolds from India to Laos and then to China and Japan, where the tart, dark nuances of ume plum are discovered. This breathtaking ingredient becomes infused with velvety plum liqueur, beguiling camellia japonica flowers and rare agarbois, casting an irresistible spell of ravishing beauty—before the journey ventures into a warm and sensual terrain of amber, benzoin Laos, fir balsam absolute, vanilla absolute and infusion.
“This fragrance began with a dream of the Silk and Spice Roads—the ancient, Asian trading routes for luxurious and precious goods. I imagined caravans piled high with treasures, and being surrounded by a multi-sensorial abundance of opulence.”—Tom Ford.
Shanghai Lily is a floral Oriental scent that transports the senses into a world of rare and opulent ingredients from the historic Silk Road and Spice Route. Bitter orange, pink peppercorn and rich black pepper blend with the warm richness of clove. Jasmine, rose and tuberose, combined with the very contemporary addition of vetiver and luxurious cashmeran, create a sensual coupling of spices and florals. The golden treasures of benzoin Laos, castoreum, cistus labdanumand guaiacwood are touched with addicting vanilla and captivating frankincense, creating a hazy reverie of glamour and temptation.
The TOM FORD ATELIER D’ORIENT COLLECTION will be available from Brown Thomas Dublin Cork from July. Cost €165.00