How Tom Ford Private Blend Scents Actually Smell

Photography: Pixeleyes

From sharp tailoring and crisp white shirts to long-lasting lipstick and mesmerising fragrance, Tom Ford has the Midas touch. Everything he puts his hand to turns to gold. While the iconic Black Orchid usually takes centre stage when it comes to his fragrance offering, the Private Blends collection shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if you’re looking for a new scent.

From Rose Prick’s bold bouquet of roses to the creamy warmth of Tobacco Vanille, Tom Ford has thought of every mood and personality with this luxury line-up. Here’s a helpful guide to shopping the range… 

If You’re Being Wined & Dined…

Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum

Oud fragrances have a reputation for being rich and heavy, but this clever play with notes offers a lighter, wearable scent whatever the occasion. A fresh splash of vetiver lightens the smokiness of oud and warmth of amber. For us, it’s the perfect autumnal dinner party scent. It’s elegant, sophisticated and has just the right amount of warmth.


If You’re Meeting Friends For Lunch…

Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

If you’re opting for a laid back feel on a weekend, this scent is our current go-to. The soft smokiness of tobacco and the creaminess of vanilla and tonka bean offset each other, so you get the best of both worlds. While the former gives the scent a headiness, the latter two cocoon you in cashmere softness that lingers. It’s the kind of scent that people will ask what you’re wearing. 


If You Want To Make An Entrance…

Tom Ford Rose Prick Eau de Parfum

With three types of rose and a sprinkling of turmeric and pepper, this is not your typical floral perfume. It’s bold, it’s punchy and it’s uplifting. You’re bound to lift the mood of the room as soon as you arrive.


If You’re In Need Of Some Winter Sun…

Soleil Neige Eau de Parfum

Sun drenched scents can feel a little out of place when the temperature drops, but if you’re longing for the relaxed freshness of Neroli Portofino Acqua Eau de Toilette, you will love this. With heady white florals intertwined with gentle musk, vanilla and benzoin, this scent is the perfect balance between clean cut freshness and winter warmth. It lives up to the description of ‘bright sunlight beating onto snow’ perfectly.


If You’re Dressed Up & Ready To Party…

Lost Cherry Eau de Parfum 

Whether you’re heading out to a festive soiree or joining a Zoom party, this boozy cherry scent will put you in the mood. While it might sound like a sickly sweet gourmand fragrance from the name and the notes, the dry down leaves you with a warm, woody aroma courtesy of tonka bean, cedar and sandalwood. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a shimmery eye look and satin clutch. 


If You Want To Create An Air Of Mystery… 

F***ing Fabulous Eau de Parfum

The name might have created a stir when it first launched a few years back, but F***ing Fabulous has become a firm favourite thanks to the complex fusion of notes. Leather, lavender, sage, tonka bean and nutty almond are laced together to create a uniquely intoxicating scent that you can’t help but try to catch another whiff of. It’s neither masculine or feminine, or overly sweet or herby. While you might not be able to put your finger on it, you will definitely want to wear it again.