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Fragrance Friday: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud

L1000644-2Released in 2013, Tom Ford Tobacco Oud is a flanker in Tom Ford’s Oud line, acting as the mature fragrance in the lineup, with a retail price of $225 for 1.7oz and $305 for 3.4oz.

Tom Ford’s Tobacco Oud is best described as a more masculine, mature incarnation of Tom Ford’s venerable Tobacco Vanille. The Tobacco notes are rich and full-bodied and the overly sweet Vanilla notes are replaced with a dark and mysterious Oud, which pairs beautifully. Tobacco Oud initially opens a bit sour and funky, with the oud coming on far too strong, but luckily this is short lived as it quickly mellows. Within minutes, sandalwood, spice and whisky start to make their presence known, providing warm and inspiring layers of depth and unique cL1000649-2haracter. Projection is strong and offensive for the first ten minutes, but quickly settles to moderate projection for six to seven hours. After seven hours, it becomes a skin scent, and by ten hours is faintly detected.

Since it is a robust and warm scent, it is best suited for the winter and fall – but can be used in the Spring, provided temperatures stay south of 80 degrees. Above 80, the scent becomes a bit heavy.

 

Description from Tom Ford’s Website:

REGAL. RICH. ADDICTIVE.

PRIVATE BLEND TOBACCO OUD EXPLORES A SECRET HISTORY OF ADDICTIVE ARABIC PASSIONS – CRAFTING FRAGRANCES FROM PRECIOUS OUD WOOD RESIN AND SMOKING AROMATIC TOBACCO. IT INTERTWINES MESMERIZING OUD WITH AN IDEALIZED ARABIC TOBACCO ACCORD INSPIRED BY “DOKHA” A BLEND OF HERBS, FLOWERS, AND SPICED-LADEN TOBACCO.

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The atomizer on this bottle, like other Tom Ford Private Blend bottles is adequate, but nothing special – the travel atomizer offered with the 8.4oz bottles is far superior. Given this fragrance offers moderate projection, three to five sprays work best for me. The bottle is somewhat interesting, as the grey glass offers something a bit different, but uninspiring compared to the likes of Creed, Amouage, Roja Dove, Dunhill, Chanel and others.

L1000636-2Would I buy it again? I’m really not sure. When I first started wearing it, I really fell in love, and thought it might be one of my favorite scents, but after wearing it for several months, I find myself more drawn to other Oud’s, including Tom Ford’s Oud Wood featured in a former Fragrance Friday. Frankly, it’s more of a Tobacco scent than an Oud, and while I like Tobacco scents, and this is one of the better Tobacco scents, having dabbled into more exotic offerings lately from Kilan, Roja Dove, etc – I find myself reaching for this bottle less and less. It’s still one of the best Tobacco scents I’ve discovered, and it is worthy of high praise, but as my collection grows – I become more discerning about what I’d buy again. I’ll update this review in a few months after I’ve had more time with it. While I’m not sure if I’d buy another bottle, I would however recommend this to any die-hard Tobacco fan – but a word of advice. Reserve judgment until you’ve worn this on your skin for at least an hour, the opening is not indicative of what’s to come.

Tom Ford Tobacco Oud

Tom Ford Tobacco Oud
8.05

Scent

8/10

    Complexity

    7/10

      Projection

      7/10

        Silage

        8/10

          Longevity

          7/10

            Uniqueness

            10/10

              Reputation

              9/10

                Personal Opinion

                8/10

                  Consistency

                  10/10

                    Value

                    7/10

                      Pros

                      • Rich, robust and mature scent.
                      • Superb longevity.
                      • Incredibly unique.

                      Cons

                      • Average projection and longevity, especially compared to other Tom Ford Private Blend's.
                      • Funky opening.

                      Joel

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                      1. Thank you for your reviews. I imagine there is considerable crossover between those of us who like to wet shave and who also enjoy wearing a good cologne. Both colognes and wet shaving products seem to be items that can easily hook you into wanting to try everything there is to offer. I know both my cologne and shave den are much larger then I ever anticipated them being. I appreciate your detailed reviews and your scoring system. You certainly have a great nose, and the scents you are picking to review are great. I love that you are delving into fine niche fragrances. Your honesty is also refreshing. I tend to prefer niche colognes and having a good review to read certainly helps me make up my mind on whether or not something I have been considering purchasing is worth the time. Even purchasing a sample of a niche cologne can be costly, so it is nice to have solid reliable reviews to inform you. Though we can't smell a fragrance from a review those of us who are into them, can get a good idea of what they would be like on our skin as you describe the notes and the experience of wearing them. I am surprised to see that the fragrance reviews are not corresponding to the seasons. I would not wear a Tobacco Oud in August heat. Have you thought about corresponding the reviews to the seasons? Also, if you are looking for a fragrance to review, might I suggest Ciel Man by Amouage. I purchased this fragrance at Q Brothers, after the lady working the counter introduced it to me. For a house that gets as much attention as Amouage, Ciel Man is very under the radar. Personally, I have found it to be very well received and a true gem! Also, I recently purchased Rose 31 by Le Labo. It is a polarizing scent I would love to get your take on it. I love the dirty rose and think it works well as a masculine scent, but it hasn't been well liked by those I work around. Always, a little maddening when you love a scent and want to wear it often, but others around you do not like it. Of course we wear the frag for ourselves, but it is nice to know it smells pleasing to others.
                        Keep these reviews coming! I'm curious to see a GIT review coming since SMW and Aventus have been reviewed. It's easily one of the most iconic fragrances out there so I feel it deserves its own review soon.
                        irfan977
                        I am surprised to see that the fragrance reviews are not corresponding to the seasons. I would not wear a Tobacco Oud in August heat. Have you thought about corresponding the reviews to the seasons? Also, if you are looking for a fragrance to review, might I suggest Ciel Man by Amouage.


                        I did give it some thought, however I have a backlog of fragrances to review, and frankly - I prefer to review scents I have ample time with. A lot of the heavier/winter fragrances i've been wearing for many months, where as the summer fragrances have only been in full swing for a few months. I feel a more through evaluation is more valuable than one that is forced in a particular season. I'll add Ciel to the list, but it may take some time to get to - i've got quite a backlog :w00t:

                        IMightBeWrong
                        Keep these reviews coming! I'm curious to see a GIT review coming since SMW and Aventus have been reviewed. It's easily one of the most iconic fragrances out there so I feel it deserves its own review soon.


                        GIT is definitely in the backlog - as well as two other Creed's: Virgin Island Water and Royal Mayfair.
                        First let me say what a joy it is to peruse B&B. I stumbled upon you band of merry men by accident while researching straight razors (a new found love). I quickly fell in love with not only the great tools and products here but the great enthusiasm the membership conveys for them through attention to fine detail. Usually when I want to enjoy a great read I have to do some real heavy lifting but -DAMN; there is only so much Aleppo, global warming, and Norman Mailer I can stomach. Which brings me to you Joel. Reading your product reviews are a freakin delight! I am not quite at a level to afford a single fragrance I read a review for yet so I haven't actually smelled any of the fragrances. Nevertheless I somehow feel like I know exactly what I am in store for when I finally am able to pull the trigger on a fragrance Friday pick.
                        tznhurr
                        First let me say what a joy it is to peruse B&B. I stumbled upon you band of merry men by accident while researching straight razors (a new found love). I quickly fell in love with not only the great tools and products here but the great enthusiasm the membership conveys for them through attention to fine detail. Usually when I want to enjoy a great read I have to do some real heavy lifting but -DAMN; there is only so much Aleppo, global warming, and Norman Mailer I can stomach. Which brings me to you Joel. Reading your product reviews are a freakin delight! I am not quite at a level to afford a single fragrance I read a review for yet so I haven't actually smelled any of the fragrances. Nevertheless I somehow feel like I know exactly what I am in store for when I finally am able to pull the trigger on a fragrance Friday pick.


                        Some fragrances may be hard to find in stores. You can always order samples! I have samples littered all throughout my bathroom drawers.

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