Yes folks, I’ve gone trolling in my own collection, yet again. It’s coming up on Sniffapalooza time, and much as I would have liked to be there this year, I’m sorely disappointed that I will not be able to make it. I’ve been missing New York quite a bit lately, mostly because I became a great aunt last month, and I was hoping to see my great nephew before he leaves for college. Alas, his christening will be in January; barring any unforeseen blizzards, I’m hoping to make it back for those festivities.
Sniffa got me thinking about my 4 ginormous Tom Ford Private Blends. I bought them at Bergdorf’s, where I sniffed them for the first time at the spring Sniffa 3 -1/2 years ago. Neroli Portofino, Tobacco Vanille and Purple Patchouli were the ones I instantly fell for, but Noir de Noir grabbed me almost as hard. It is classified as an “oriental chypre”, and much as I like to stay far, far away from anything chypre, it doesn’t smell like one to my nose. The notes are saffron, black rose, black truffle, vanilla, patchouli, oud wood and tree moss. My nose picks up mostly saffron, rose, vanilla (of course) and a bit of patchouli and wood. No moss, and no truffle note that potentially reads skank on me.
As I’ve said before, I find the Private Blends well done in the same vein as Serges, and sometimes almost as challenging to wear. I don’t wear these scents very often, with the exception of Neroli Portofino – I wore it fairly regularly this past summer – but when I do, I revel in their complexity. They’re great scents for this time of year, as well as winter when you need a good snuggler to keep you warm.
So, who’s going to Sniffa? Tell me which scents you’re looking forward to sampling, and any other details you care to share. I’m a shameless voyeur…indulge me!
Disclosure: All Tom Ford scents mentioned are from my own collection.