Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia — notes of black gardenia, orange, jasmine, rose muguet, tuberose, dark plum, honey, beeswax, incense, labdanum. Gardenia and I are not friends, we don’t even nod at each other when we pass. But read that list of notes. Anyone who has been reading here for a while knows my least favorite notes ever put in a bottle are gardenia, lily of the valley, and honey. This thing goes on like my worst nightmare — floral roquefort is all I can think of. If you’ve smelled JAR Jardenia, you’ll have a little bit of an idea of what this smells like, there are some similarities mostly in that this is bleu cheese covered gardenia. Do I hate it? Looooooathe this little beastie, but it’s just a little hypnotic in its over-the-top slightly rotten lushness. If Tom were trying to make a perfume that would appeal to me not at all and that I would find borderline to completely revolting, he could not have done a better job.
Tom Ford Purple Patchouli — notes of orchid, citrus, leather, purple patchouli accord, spices, amber, patchouli, Peru balsam, vetiver. The most awful abuse has been heaped on this one. I get a very pretty citrus open sitting on top of buttcrack and leather. A smelly dom wearing Etro Lemon Sorbet? Well, that citrus buttcrack didn’t last long, a shame really… it was sorta interesting! This is such a strange perfume. Hate it? No. Sorta like that ugly kitty nobody wants, there’s something endearing in here. The longer it is on, the more interesting it gets. Mostly get leather, little patch and balsam — sorta like engine-oil soaked gloves. It strikes me that men may find this much more wearable after the open. It is not feminine on me at all, but it’s not horrible either. Are you you hatahs out there sure in your hate? I’m digging this one! It’s a total freak in that way SMN Nostalgia is a lovable freak.