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Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Wood EDP Perfume Review

Before we get bombarded and tired of oud scents thanks to all the launches from Dior, Caron, and yes, even Comptoir Sud Pacifique, everybody is doing it. Even B&BW played with oud towards the end of last year. I’ve promised myself that I’d start posting reviews of some of my favorite ouds before you guys “tire” of them.

I like woodsy, smoky, and “dark” fragrances. I love all of the notes listed in this fragrance. So, it makes sense that I would like Tom Ford Private Blends Oud Wood. Oud Wood is mysterious. It wears like a close haze around the skin. Women can most definitely pull this off, don’t think this is a “man’s” scent. Some may argue with me, but this is one of those scents that wears wonderfully on me, a lady. I think it’s one of the sexiest fragrances that I own. It’s a  hazy, woodsy fragrance with a soft, sweet base. No florals, making this a very appealing wood. I think the lack of florals is what makes people think of this as a masculine fragrance.

Oud Wood opens up as medicinal, slightly spicy and peppery. And something in it reminds me of aged leather. (Leather isn’t listed, but it is definitely there). There’s an unusual mushroom quality to Oud Wood. I assume this is the synthetic agarwood that everyone speaks of when trying this fragrance. It’s like a mushroom wrapped in plastic in a leather satchel. It’s weird and that’s why I love it. Oud Wood comes across as synthetic, too good to be true, another reason why I like it. It feels modern and expensive. This isn’t one of those “natural” Middle Eastern smelling ouds. It wears as a haze of leathery, smoky woods with a small amount of Indian spices. The base is so beautiful. It’s woodsy with a sandalwood softness and sweet tonka bean and amber. It’s rich and sweet and the woods add some dimension. Overall, Oud Wood isn’t “loud” like other oud scents, like from Montale. This one wears “softly” on my skin. When I wear Oud Wood, I feel attractive.

1954 Picture of Ruth Roman

I really like Oud Wood even though it’s not so “oud”. I love woodsy fragrances and the dry-down of this one is simple but it works with my chemistry. This fragrance lasts and lasts. I can smell 10 hours after wear. This is one of the few fragrances that I get compliments on when I’m out. This scent is very “me” and I think I feel confident wearing it. Perhaps that is why I get compliments?

Notes listed include rosewood, cardamom, Chinese peppper, oud wood, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean, vanilla, and amber.

Give Oud Wood a try if you like Comme de Garçons Wonderwood, Lisa Hoffman Agarwood, Le Labo Oud 27, 10 Corso Como, Byredo Accord Oud, Bvlgari Black, and/or Kilian Cruel Intentions.

And a little rant: I have mixed feelings of this oud “trend”. I love the complexity of the wood and love it in fragrance, but I don’t want it to be seen as a trend or as a note to be thrown into any ‘ole blend for a faux-luxe feel without the luxury. I want it to be debased. I’m both excited and saddened by the recent popular perfume house fascination with oud/agarwood. I feel like in the past 2 years, I’ve lost fig and oud, my two favorite notes in perfumery. I already lost my favorite, patchouli, years ago. I guess what I’m getting at is that I don’t want these notes to be seen as “faddish” and never used again for many years.

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Wood ranges from $190-$465 depending on size. It is available at Nordstrom and Selfridges (UK).

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20 thoughts on “Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Wood EDP Perfume Review

    1. I think you would like this one. On Twitter today, FragranceJUNKIE referred to this as “diet” of ouds (not his exact words, but similar). He is so correct! This is an oud that oud lovers and oud haters can both like.

  1. I’ll definitely give this a try! Sounds fabulous. There’s a great Tom Ford counter in the basement of Bergdorf’s in NYC. I’ll also check out Le Labo Oud 27. I’m going to stop by their shop in NYC to pick up their Santal candle. I need to start saving….

    1. I put myself on “restriction” this month. It’s the 5th and I don’t think I can make it without buying cosmetics or fragrance! It’s killing me!

  2. YES! This is such a gorgeous scent, one of the few full-bottle-worthy scents I can think of off the top of my head. Your assessment of it is one I can agree with.

    On the oud trend issue, I’m just waiting for it to play out so it can have its second (or 3rd, 4th…) coming. That’s what happened to black metal in the 90s, and again a few years ago. The best art is born out of the decayed rubble of its own culture.
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  3. This is my favorite Private Blend! Wonderful review!
    *I’m a woman and this is a very easy fragrance to wear.

    1. Thanks!
      I know. I’m surprised to see how many reviewers say this is the most masculine out of the collection. I disagree. This can easily be worn by any gender.

        1. I know! I avoided it at its initial launch because a few reviewers said it was the most masculine in the collection. Many Basenotes members said the same thing too. So, I waited a few months and happened to try it in store on a whim. I thought it was totally neutral. I assume the lack of florals make people think it is masculine?

  4. Oud virgin, right here. But not for long thanks to a swap w/ Carrie and a sample of Dior Leather Oud I just ordered.

    If all goes well, I may have to sample Mr. Ford’s fragrance. If you feel great and confident wearing it, no wonder you get compliments!

    1. I’m curious about Leather Oud.
      This one is just so easy to wear, that’s a bit of where the confidence comes from too. It doesn’t seem dominating like so many other ouds.

    1. I find it weird that leather isn’t listed, but it’s obviously there. Why play down the leather? That’s a popular note.

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