Reviewing samples is a sort of eeny, meeny, miny, moe game for me. I spread all of my samples on the table (or bed, depending how lazy I’m feeling) and group them by brand. Then I ask a friend which brand to focus on. I have Broghan to thank for this week’s choice. And what an excellent choice at that! This week we’re taking a peek into three Sephora samples I have of Tom Ford fragrances.

     Regardless of what my takes on the fragrances are, I love Tom Ford as a brand. I admire the man for his artistic work (including his film, A Single Man) and how well he’s been received in the fashion and beauty community.

     Here are my quick thoughts about each of the fragrances:

Tom Ford White Patchouli

1.) Tom Ford White Patchouli: I had absolutely no intention of getting a sample of this. What happened was that the saleslady at Sephora went on a mad spree, making me smell too many things in too little time. I suppose I might have said I enjoyed this one, because before I knew it I was making a break for it with a sample in my hand.

     This is a 2008 release, with top notes of white flowers, coriander, peony, and bergamot. This is a very complicated scent. It’s a mature floral masterpiece, reminiscent of Clinique’s Aromatics Elixir. I would probably buy this as a gift for an older woman, but not for myself. UPDATE: I’ve changed my mind; after wearing this for a few days, I’ve decided I quite like it. Although the opening notes aren’t all that wonderful on me, it dries down into a sweet, herbal tea note that I find to be calming and comforting. 

Tom Ford Noir

2.) Tom Ford Noir: this is the only TF men’s fragrance I’ve got. I got a sample of this in New York, and the lady was kind enough to fill two vials for me.

     This is a 2012 release, with top notes of pink pepper, bergamot, verbena, caraway, and violet. For a moment after smelling this I thought the sample had gone bad – why else would a top-of-the-line cologne smell like manure? I glanced down into the notes pyramid and sure enough, found civet in the base notes. Needlessly to say, I’m not a fan.

Tom Ford Black Orchid

3.) Tom Ford Black Orchid: I knew about this fragrance before I even knew who Tom Ford was. This has been hyped up in fume-head communities, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve already emptied one of the two vials I got, and there’s just enough in the second one to review.

     A 2006 release, this has tuber, black currant, mandarin orange, Amalfi lemon, bergamot, ylang-ylang, gardenia, and jasmine. This is my favourite of the three. I find that my nose skims over the top and middle notes right to the base, where a wonderful concoction of chocolate and incense enchants me to Tom Ford tranquility… what I’m trying to say is, this is great. I will probably purchase this in the future.

Collective thoughts about what I’ve sniffed today: reoccurring notes of bergamot, lots of high price tags, and wonderfully deep and mysterious fragrances. These products deserve their hype.

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