Okay, I’ll admit it up front. I kindsa want to hate Tom Ford. I find some of his advertising fairly jejune and some of it borderline offensive yet boring. Of course, then he comes out with the movie “A Single Man” which is not only a brilliant adaptation of the source material, but my personal wet dream shopping list: I wanted everything in it, from the John Lautner house (Yes, I’d live in Glendale for that, whatever Veda Pierce thought) to the clothes to the car. Of course I would like Colin Firth in the clothes as well, so I could let him know that there is a future and something to live for by sweetly holding him and feeding him fettuccine carbonara while wearing an angora sweater.
That and he apparently is deeply in love with his partner. I like that in anyone.
Now onto the scents. They’re about 47 of them and some of the ones that I liked (Purple Patchouli) seemed to get the corporate kiss-off. I was in ScentBar (like you didn’t see that coming..) and they had the line. I was sort of thinking “why do they have this when it’s at Bloomingdales and isn’t LuckyScent about bringing people who brew stuff in the back of their motorhome on the way to a festival in New Hampshire and not some powerhouse?” But I have a weakness for hyacinth so I spritzed and asked for a sample.
It’s not like it’s BAD, it has a nice citrus-tinged opening and does a fairly credible job at trying to synthesis what hyacinth smells like (I don’t believe it can be recreated; if it can they should hang their head,) it’s just that it’s not good. It’s not the level of good as in the movie where you feel that every item in the frame has been carefully chosen to be perfect for the story.It’s the level of the oil I’d select at Thorne’s Market back home to scent my bubble bath. And at $210 for a smudge, that’s not good’
My sample was cadged from ScentBar. Image from Wikipedia Commons