Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Tobacco Vanille -Tom Ford Private Blend

While I could not find any official sales numbers for Tom Ford Private Blend, it's probably safe to guess that Tobacco Vanille is the biggest hit in the collection. It's hard to go wrong with tobacco leaf, spice notes, tonka bean, tobacco flower, vanilla, cocoa, dry fruit and sweetwood sap (famous last words, I know), and this scent is very easy to love (and wear).

Tobacco Vanille is sweet, of course. And boozy, but not as much as Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille. It seduces with its richness, shows a lot of depth and thankfully stops a few notes shy of comfort scent territory- it's inviting, but not snuggly. My skin showcases more of the dry fruit and woods, both saturated with a delicious vanilla liqueur and just a hint of faraway smoke. The man of the house has a skin chemistry that brings the tobacco forward. And that's probably the secret of Tom Ford's success with this perfume: it works equally well on most, changing its character with the wearer. It can be masculine or feminine, but it remains quite sexy.

Creating a rich vanilla fragrance is a good step on the road to selling lots and lots of bottles. It's a safe bet, but one can't really fault Tom Ford for making this choice with at least a couple of his Private Blend perfumes (the other one is Amber Absolute). After all, we know what happens to perfumes that don't sell.

Tom Ford Private Blend perfumes ($180 for 50 ml) are available from the better department stores around the world and at Tom Ford boutiques. I own the 12 pack of mini roll-ons that was sold last year. It has proven to be a good buy.

Art: Ana At The Bar by Fabian Perez


  1. Wow that sounds like such a lovely fragrance! I am a sucker for a good vanilla ♥

  2. It's really frustrating how difficult it is here to get to try some Tom Ford without actually purchasing a whole bottle. I'll definitely have to try harder if some of those are on the road to perdition. They all sound intriguing.

  3. Tobacco Vanille has cocoa?

    Really??? And here I was swearing that I'd never bother with a chocolate note. I don't actually smell the cocoa, and this is a good thing. It's primarily pipe tobacco with spices, and a hint of vanilla, on me. I suppose I'm smelling the nicotiana too, because I do get something vaguely floral.

    You're right, it's close to delicious. Luckily for my bank account, I really preferred SSS Tabac Aurea, with its less-sweet, outdoorsy vibe. I'll wear every drop of this 4ml TV decant, though.


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