The Best Tom Ford Colognes: How to Choose the Right One for You | FashionBeans

Although it is a bold claim, there is truth in the idea that there is nothing Tom Ford can’t turn her stylish hand to, be it fashion, film or, in this case, Tom Ford cologne.

While many designers have successfully established a presence in the fragrance world – Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Christian Dior among them – few have had the same impact in such a short time as the designer-turned-director-turned-director – all-round modern renaissance man.

Far from a flash, or rather a splash, in-the-pan, the best Tom Ford colognes are as impeccably edited as his own wardrobe, not to mention as sharp, uncompromising and luxurious.

The 10 Best Tom Ford Colognes

Patchouli Absolute

Patchouli has long been a mainstay in fragrances for men thanks to its earthy aroma, but Tom Ford’s Private Blend interpretation rounds things off with hints of amber, musk and leather so you don’t smell like someone who just went to Woodstock.

“Like all Ford fragrances, Patchouli Absolu is essentially genderless, but it smells particularly good on a man’s skin,” says Fairley. “On a woman, the creamy, suede-like notes come out, but when men wear it, it’s the woodiness that comes out.”

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Neroli Portofino

With inspiration drawn from the sparkling blue waters, cool breezes and lush foliage of the Mediterranean, it’s no wonder that Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino has become one of the best-selling Tom Ford colognes for men.

A wonderfully fresh blend of Sicilian lemon, neroli, bergamot, lavender and amber, the scent’s emphasis on uplifting citrus notes means it’s the perfect pick-me-up for travel, sports or those disappointing summer days when all you see are clouds. Think of it as sunshine in a bottle.

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Neroli Portofino

Noir

Built around a huge violet floral note, this 2012 fragrance starts out powdery and spicy due to a combination of iris and black pepper, before maturing on the skin into something warm and creamy, thanks to its use of vanilla and amber.

As well as offering good longevity on the skinthe notes of Tom Ford Noir add up to an evening scent worthy of any fragrance collection.

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Noir

Orchid Soleil

“The original Black Orchid was a fragrance marketed to women, but men have taken to it fully,” says Gilbert. And it’s easy to see why with this summer version that blends floral notes of tuberose, lily and orchid with pink pepper, vanilla and patchouli.

Borrowing from or sharing scents with the fairer sex is nothing new, but it’s fair to say that Tom Ford has made it not only acceptable, but desirable. “I think men could embrace any Tom Ford fragrance, but I’m a particular fan of this one, which smells like a tan.”

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Orchid Soleil

Oud Wood

One of the standout Tom Ford perfumes from the Private Blend Collection, Oud Wood takes one of perfumery’s most recognizable yet polarizing ingredients – oud – and makes it accessible to everyone.

Exotic and sensual without being overly rich or strong, its smokiness is tempered by citrus notes, cedar and patchouli. “Already something of a classic, Oud Wood is rich, lush and warm – everything you want from a men’s fragrance,” says Jaye.

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Oud Wood

Bois Morocco

Hot, spicy and thanks to a huge dose of incense, Bois Morocain was originally launched in 2009 before disappearing from the shelves, only to reappear for another shot at success in 2017.

With cypress, cedar and thuya (a tree found in Morocco), it smells like a cross between a hot, dry sauna and an old pew. Quirky and demanding rather than downright appealing, but it’s worth a try.

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Bois Morocco

Gray Vetiver

Based on one of Tom Ford’s favorite notes, this contemporary interpretation of a classic vetiver cologne benefits from a tangy, fresh, citrusy opening, meaning it works equally well during the day as well as the evening.

“I absolutely love Gray Vetiver,” says Gilbert. “It’s crisp, clean, perfectly woody and very well balanced.”

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Gray Vetiver

Tuscan leather

Loved by men and women alike, Tom Ford’s powerful version of a traditional leather fragrance oozes sensuality with notes of saffron, black pepper, jasmine, tobacco and amberwood.

But it’s the unexpected addition of raspberry – a move that takes it in an unexpected direction and one that’s very ‘Tom Ford’ – that keeps Tuscan Leather from being another beastly number. It’s potent stuff though, so be careful not to overspray.

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Tuscan leather

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Already 10 years old (which practically makes it a modern classic) this woody, spicy signature cologne is everything a Tom Ford fragrance should be – sensual, heady and complex – but comes at a price most fans can afford.

The twist comes with the addition of Moroccan grapefruit blossom – a precious ingredient hand-harvested from flowers only three weeks a year – to top notes of ginger, tobacco leaves and bergamot.

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Fucking Fabulous

Released in late 2017, this deliciously creamy, almost edible Tom Ford perfume blend of almond oil, tonka bean, and clary sage garnered the kind of publicity most brands can only dream of.

“The scent isn’t as amazing as the name suggests,” says Jaye, “but it’s worth wearing just so you can say ‘Fucking Fabulous’ when someone asks what scent you’re wearing.” Somehow, we suspect no one would love the reaction you get more than Tom Ford himself.

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Fucking Fabulous

The history of Tom Ford fragrances

The first Tom Ford cologne came in 2006, with the launch of Black Orchid – a fragrance that was aimed at women, but whose customers grew to be 30 percent men. Just over 10 years later, the impeccably dressed Texan now has over 40 individual, mostly genderless, eau de parfums to his name.

Many were surprised that fragrance was one of Ford’s first proper solo projects (his first menswear collection didn’t arrive until a year later, in 2007), but it turned out to be an inspired move and one that revealed his true love for art form. He even admitted once during an interview that he thinks cologne is more important than clothes.

Much of the success of his bestselling fragrances such as Black Orchid, Noir and Oud Wood comes down to their sheer quality. “They are distinctive, powerful and built to last,” says Marcus Jay, author of The Chic Geek’s: Fashion, Grooming and Style Guide for Men.

The fact that Tom Ford has never been afraid to play with unexpected combinations is also important, whether it is combining raspberry with leather for Tuscan leather, or smoked oud wood with a salty sea accord, as he did for Oud Minérale .

“In addition to a shared sense of opulence and richness, there is a boldness to all his fragrances,” says Josephine Fairley, an award-winning journalist and co-founder of The Perfume Association. “There is not a shrinking violet among them.”

However, the key ingredient in these fragrances is not vetiver or vanilla, it is Tom Ford’s own designer DNA. “He is the absolute master of seduction and really understands the allure and sex appeal of fragrance,” says Jaye.

Meanwhile, the 56-year-old’s legendary perfectionism and eye for detail ensure quality control. “It’s well known in the industry that he’s incredibly hands-on with the development of his colognes, and I think it shows,” says Fairley. “Ultimately, this is why they are considered ‘cool in a bottle’ and why Tom Ford is not just a style icon, but also a ‘fragrance icon’.”

The collections

In an attempt to accommodate both luxury fragrance connoisseurs and casual buyers (not to mention all pockets deep), Tom Ford’s colognes are divided into two distinct series: a premium Private Blend collection and a more accessible Signature line, in addition to several mini-groups within them.

Private mix

Luxurious and experimental, Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection, launched in 2007, is, in the designer’s own words, his very own “personal fragrance laboratory” where he can create original fragrances unfettered by the conventions of mainstream fragrance-making.

“These scents are a little more edgy, a little more challenging and generally more thought-provoking,” says Fairley. “Each fragrance begins with the extract of a single note such as amber, tobacco, black violet, leather or gardenia.”

Tom Ford Private Blend Colognes

Signature

If the Private Blend collection is a laboratory for Tom Ford’s wilder olfactory experiments, then his Signature collection is where the most successful of these experiments are refined and presented to the wider market.

Although more affordable than Private Blend colognes, fragrances like Tom Ford Extreme, Velvet Orchid and Gray Vetiver still have the integrity and complexity of their more expensive counterparts. “Regardless of the collection, Tom Ford’s taste in fragrance is really good,” says Nick Gilbert of the perfume consultancy Olfiction. “Each fragrance is well-constructed and perfectly polished.”

Tom Ford Signature Cologne Collection

Noir

Bound by a shared sensuality suitable for the evening, the Noir collection currently offers four essential colognes: Noir, Noir Eau de Toilette, Noir Extreme and Noir Anthracite. Unusually, given that they share a name, these fragrances are distant cousins ​​rather than brothers, each having a different composition that bears little relation to each other.

The original Noir released in 2012 is warm and powdery, while the eau de toilette version is lighter and more citrusy. Noir Extreme is sweet, spicy and cakey, while the latest, Noir Anthracit, is smoky and woody. To confuse things further, there is also Noir de Noir – an earthy, spicy, rose Tom Ford perfume that falls under the Private Blend collection.

Tom Ford Noir fragrances

Portofino

Like Doctor Who, Tom Ford’s take on the classic eau de cologne, Neroli Portofino, comes in many incarnations, and everyone has their favorite.

Neroli Portofino Acqua has a bitter, almost sporty edge, while Fleur de Portofino is more honeyed and floral. However, the original should be the starting point for every fragrance lover. Consisting of citrus fruits and aromatic herbs, it is one of them best summer fragrance accessible and ideal for guys who like their colognes light, fresh and discreet.

Tom Ford Portofino Colognes

Oud

“The number of Tom Ford fragrances now available has grown massively, but it’s the woods and oud scents that most men associate with him,” says Jaye.

Oud Wood, the star of the collection, has become so successful that it is one of the few Ford colognes to boast its own accessories, including a body moisturiser, bath soap and beard oil. Also worth sniffing are Tobacco Oud (spicy and, as the name suggests, with a tobacco edge), Oud Fleur (floral, with lots of rose) and the shouldn’t-work-but-do Oud Minérale, which combines the smoky wood with a salt sea agreement.

Tom Ford Oud Colognes

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