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Tom Ford Private Blends Tobacco Vanille Perfume Review

I love, love, love Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Vanille. I’m a fan of the aroma of sweet, dried tobacco and pipe tobacco scents. I’m always hunting for them. After trying Tobacco Vanille, I really do not know if I should continue my search. All these years and this is what I’ve been looking for. I’m finished searching.

It is described as such “A modern take on an old world men’s club. A smooth oriental, Tobacco Vanille opens immediately with opulent essences of tobacco leaf and aromatic spice notes. The heart unfolds with creamy tonka bean, tobacco flower, vanilla and cocoa, and finishes with a dry fruit accord, enriched with sweet wood sap.” At first this fragrance smells like sniffing grandpa’s pipe tobacco. It is sweet and dry with the perfect amount of spice. It is as simple as that: spicy, sweet dried pipe tobacco. It wears on me like this for some time. I love this stage. It is so delicious throughout the wear. The spice eventually “tames” and you get more vanilla, dried cocoa, dried figs, and very faint smoky florals.  The dry down is delicious. It is sweet and sappy. It smells like a fictional vanilla tree sap. Think an amber but much more gourmand and smooth (yes, smoother than amber). The dry-down is comforting. It reminds me of being at my grandparent’s house as a kid. Grandmother is an excellent cook. It brings back memories of her baking lush Armenian honeyed sweets. Grandpa and his friend join the kitchen. You can smell the sweet pipe tobacco smoke on their clothes from hours before. That tobacco spice is there, so faintly, like the smoke hanging on to soft fabrics. The dry down is creamy and warm like fresh baked desserts.

I’ve never sniffed an old world men’s club, so I don’t know about that comparison. I would think of a men’s club as boozier and more rugged. This is just comforting for me and nostalgic (is that the old world feel?). I have sniffed pipe tobacco and this is dead on. It is “tobacco” throughout in such a perfect way. This fragrance is incredibly long wearing. I would say 12+ hours. That’s 12+ hours of me unable to stop smelling myself. It’s worth the price in my opinion. Yes, it’s a unisex fragrance. I find that it smells wonderful on men and women. It’s sexy but in a very approachable way.

Give this one a try if you want a sweet pipe tobacco fragrance or if you like scents like Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH Mahjoun , Demeter Humidor Cologne, Santa Maria Novella Tobacco Toscano Cologne, Costamor Tabacca, Odori Tobacco, Serge Lutens Chergui and/or Miller Harris Feuilles de Tabac.

Projection and longevity are above average.

Tobacco Vanille is available in a few sizes. The 1.7 oz retails for $225 at Nordstrom and Sephora. 


*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Nordstrom. Post contains affiliate links. Thanks!

9 thoughts on “Tom Ford Private Blends Tobacco Vanille Perfume Review

  1. Say it ain’t so! I wish I could agree with your love of the fragrance, but I just cannot do it. This is perhaps the solitary TFPC fragrance that I cannot tolerate because the vanilla notes are far too pervasive and the tobacco — the smell of pipe tobacco or a cigar making rolling out leaves — never makes it into the mix. I agree that you’re dead on with the conjured memories of grandma’s kitchen, but that being said, this is mostly like wearing a bottle of synthetic vanilla extract rather than simply augmenting the Tobacco that should be more prevalent. Overall, this was a disappointment unless I wanted to walk around smelling like cookies the entire day.

    1. I do like it 🙂 But, you’re right. It does verge on sugar cookie. It’s so strange, but I revisited most of the TFs today and many are VERY heavy on the vanilla. And yes, more of a imitation vanilla. But, I love vanilla and this one wears very nicely on me.

      Hmm…tobacco. Did you try the new A*Men Havane? I wonder if it was too sweet as well.

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