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 warm, like a cup of hot herbal tea. Italian Cypress is very dry and green. I love it. It wears like a blend of dried aromatics for hours. The dry-down is smoky resin and woods. It smells of amber incense with a heavy dose of moss and dried evergreen needles. It’s like a smokier version of the heart. It’s subtle and very beautiful.
Italian Cypress is polished. It’s a well-dressed, rich, and attractive dream man in a bottle. He’s a little broody, over educated, and pretentious, but this makes you like him even more. He’s not very attainable. This adds to the allure.
I love Italian Cypress, but it is very masculine. It’s wearable for me, but does come across like I’m trying hard to be original and broody. There’s absolutely no florals, making Italian Cypress seem even more masculine. My husband loves Italian Cypress and it wears perfectly on him, a dry green with incense woods. If you are looking for an old-fashioned and polished masculine, try Italian Cypress.
Notes listed include citrus, basil, mint, cypress, woods, and resins.
Give Italian Cypress a try if you like dry greens/dry woods/aromatics or if you like fragrances such as original Ralph Lauren Polo, Penhaligon’s Sartorial, original Aramis, Tuscany Per Uomo, Donna Karan Labdanum, and/or Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme.
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