Tom Ford London changes the long history of Tom Ford not really selling sex IN his perfume. He’s long sold sex in his advertising, but has steered somewhat clear of the trickier waters of sloshing out a rather skanky scent on an unsuspecting Tom Ford public.
There’s been a lot of near-sex perfumes full of tobacco and lilies and jasmine and sandalwood, etc., but nothing has come close to making my toes curl even slightly with “oh, that’s naughty” pleasure. Then Tom Ford London hit my nose. I’d read the list of notes and noted the “cumin” and went, yeah, right, he’ll wimp out on that. Tom Ford just doesn’t throw cumin in with wild abandon. What else is in there? Madagascan Black Pepper, Saffron, Cardamom, Coriander Seed, Cumin, Coffee, Egyptian Geranium, Jasmine, Frankincense, Cistus, Oud, Musk, Birch, Cedar and Balsam Torchwood.
And that’s exactly what it is – a spiced incensy leather all sexed up and ready to roll its undulating, come-hither hips on the street corner. Why in the world did Tom pick London as the exclusive home for this fragrance? Oh, don’t get all mishish, I’m not saying Brits aren’t sexy at all. I know a lot of Brits, and they are naughty for sure, but oozing sex is not the first thing that comes to mind as a prominent common trait. Yeah, sure, once you get to know them! But not on first sniff.
After the open, this smooths out beautifully, so you don’t have to fear that the cumin will drive you insane after 20 minutes and drive off decent folks in the office with its sweaty sex aroma. It blends in beautifully with the wood and incense, creating a very sexy smoked fragrance, with the sex getting more subtle and warmer. It’s lovely to wear, probably better suited for fall and winter, but wearable for me right now. Do I love it? Yeah, deffo do.
Luckily for the rest of us skank-loving monsters, eventually Tom Ford London will find its way to the United States. I’m not sure when that happens, about six months after it debuted, is what the release says. Fragrantica says released in late 2013, but I’m not sure if that was exactly when it released. Any Londoners know so we can predict? I’m guessing by fall.
Winners from last week’s draw of Malle Eau de Magnolia – Lynlie, edpgypsy, Kandice and puhfume. Click on Drop Us a Note clear at the top, remind me what you’ve won and include your shipping address. I’ll confirm once I get your e-mail to make sure it didn’t land in junkmail, and I’ll get the sample shipped out to you.
Let’s do four samples of Tom Ford London too to four commenters drawn at random. Favorite Tom Ford? Hate them all, love them all, mixed bag? Am I alone in thinking the rest of his perfumes are blatantly sexual?
I should be back this weekend with an update on my Menopause cleansing adventures. I took a break because the pressure was mounting to lose something every week and I was getting a little too obsessive about it. So I’ve continued cleansing, feel great, but had to ditch some of the obsession. I’ll probably check in every 2-3 weeks on that to let you know how I”m doing because that is helpful, but every week wasn’t. You know!