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BDK Parfums launch Velvet Tonka exclusively at Selfridges

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

Velvet Tonka is characterised by its trilogy of Tonka bean, orange blossom and almond. When worn on the skin, it coats it like an oriental delicacy dusted with icing sugar. The balmy Tonka bean is adorned with almonds and rose petals for a velvety touch, and with a hint of tobacco absolute to give it a honeyed feel.

Top notes: Orange Blossom, Almond.

Heart notes: Absolute of Rose, Absolute of Tobacco.

Base notes: Absolute of Tonka Bean, Absolute of Vanilla of Madagascar, Amyris Wood, Amber Wood.

“To enrich the Collection Maîtres, I wanted to focus on the Tonka bean, a material often used in perfumery but too rarely claimed. It’s a deep material, full of contrasts, sometimes reminiscent of vanilla leather, sometimes the sweetness of almonds, or even revealing chocolatey facets. For Velvet Tonka, I wanted to pay homage to my Moroccan origins but also to the iconography linked to this region of the world, through its flavours and landscapes, like a gourmet breath coming straight from the Atlas mountains. The Velvet Tonka perfume is built around a trilogy of tonka bean, almond and orange blossom on an amber background. The woody velvet accord, built around amyris wood, expresses itself through a honey vanilla note, softly but with an addictive and powdery trail”.

David Benedek

“I’ve always loved the smell of the Tonka+ bean. The Tonka bean absolute from Brazil is for me an emblematic material in perfumery, it enriches the perfumer’s palette with its warm and sensual almond notes. I am particularly fond of its balmy character and its hay milk side which makes it so addictive”. Alexandra Carlin, perfumer Symrise

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