Arabian Wood was a Kuwait exclusive and there is a little story behind it saying that Arabian Wood was a bespoke fragrance for a “sheik”. I think the name of this perfume really throws people off. People are expecting something with roses, oud, frankincense: a woodsy “Arabian” styled perfume. Instead Arabian Wood is an old-fashioned green floral that is so incredibly 1970’s. I think Arabian Wood could benefit from a name change.
Arabian Wood opens up as mossy woods and greens. This perfumes settles, I get something… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Tom Ford Private Blend Azure Lime is a “citrus floral” perfume. Reading the notes listed, I imagined this being more a feminine fragrance or at least a unisex Creed Virgin Island Water type perfume. After experiencing this fragrance, I see it on the more masculine end of the spectrum. It’s still unisex (but very masculine). I think of it as “fresh citrus-musk fragrance over woods”. Should Azure Lime have a Private Blend price tag? No. It’s just an OK fragrance. The world doesn’t need more “fragrance fillers”.
At first the… Continue reading | 8 Comments
Tom Ford Private Blend Italian Cypress is dry woodsy fragrance with herbaceous and spicy notes. It’s dry, woodsy, and smoky. It’s a bit antiquarian. It reminds me of being in an 19th century study: polished woods, leather bound encyclopedias, and a cup of hot herbal tea.
The opening is herbaceous and masculine. I get Earl Grey bergamot citrus with dried mint, like a bergamot mint tea. I get old-fashioned dry mosses. There’s a bit of clove spice in all the dried greens. This makes the fragrance feel… Continue reading | 5 Comments
Tom Ford Private Blend Tuscan Leather is an earthy, chypre leather fragrance. I’m completely in love with the first few hours of wear. It’s a rugged, foresty leather that makes me swoon despite its simplicity. Tuscan Leather should be my dream fragrance but I’m not impressed with this perfume’s dry-down. Tuscan Leather is a perfume that is rugged and masculine but with a feminine smoothness. It’s a modern interpretation of those classic 20’s-30’s masculine-feminine tobacco-leather-woods perfumes that “young, modern” women used to wear. I think of Tuscan Leather as a now… Continue reading | 10 Comments
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… Continue reading | 20 Comments