Ebene Fume by Tom Ford

Hey posse. Another cab from the Surrender To Chance decant pack I bought recently. Ébène Fumé (from here in Ebene Fume) by Tom Ford comes in the most divinely coloured bottle cap and plate. I’ve been lusting after it like crazy. Also, that orange brown juice! So cool. Thing is, I need to smell it without the visual and tactile jolts. To see if the fragrance lives up to the creative. So I added a decant to my cart. Better to check it out first than drop a wad of cash on something sub-par.

Ebene Fume by Tom Ford

Ebene Fume by Tom Ford

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Incense Palo santo Black pepper Violet leaf
Heart: Leather Labdanum Cade oil Papyrus Rose
Base: Resins Ebony tree Guaiac wood

The open is peppery and smells like we are heading for a creamy sandalwood. Very soon a smoking, cool, woodsy incense comes through, very Christian churchy. There is a cool, dusty, longtime wet cement feeling like in a train waiting room in the UK. Tom Ford has always had good openings, interesting and unusual.

5 minutes in and the fireworks are over. Ebene Fume becomes a softer, resinous incense. Very pretty. Still fragrant with moderate to low projection. This heart is beautiful. Nuanced but not focussing enough on any one note to make a statement about it. Dry, pepper scratchy, inviting and with a dark something underneath creating a very alluring contrapuntal. I’m smelling hints of rose but worried that the note list has suggested it to me and my mind is creating it.

Ebene Fume by Tom Ford

Did you ever get one of those lacquered wood boxes or ornaments? When they’re new and you get them up close to sniff. This is what Ebene Fume smells like in the heart. It’s slightly woody but also the lacquer, glue, dust etc that’s gone into making, transporting, storing and selling. Quite a sharp memory.

Dry down is dry woods and still a little incense, cold, awaiting the fire to ignite it.

Patty has written about Tubereuse Nue and Lost Cherry on Posse too.

Does Ebene Fume or its presentation float your boat?
Portia xx

  • Erica says:

    It sounds so unique and meditative! I hadn’t even heard of this one yet. A dry woody incense is right up my alley, and your description is so vivid I can practically smell it already! I will be testing this one too soon thanks to you. xo

    • Portia says:

      Always so nice to see you commenting on a post.
      You’ve nailed it in two words: unique and meditative.
      It could easily be a 6th CdG Incense. Very nice.
      Portia xx

  • Tom says:

    I love his presentations but have yet to fall for one of his scents..

    • Portia says:

      I think we had this same conversation in LA Tom. We were sniffing the newly launched Vert series, if memory serves. No change then.
      Portia xx

  • Maya says:

    I like the bottle and the color of the juice too. Tom Ford has some lovely perfumes, but I don’t have any full bottles. I just get larger decants. I think it would be worthwhile for me to try Ebene Fume. The notes are interesting and depending on how they are put together, I could like this perfume.

  • March says:

    This sounds absolutely gorgeous! You had me at “lacquered wood ornaments” hahaha I love scents that have just that touch of weirdness/memory to them — and the earlier parts sound lovely as well! I’m now trying to remember if I actually saw a couple Tom Fords here somewhere when I was in a rush… maybe one of our high-end men’s stores. Must investigate further.

  • Musette says:

    I love Tom Ford scents – but not enough for a FB. Just loling with a nail polish friend about his (and Louboutin, et al) nail polishes in the $50 “+ range – but the presentation on all his beauty range is gorgeous!

    Are you going to get a FB?


    • Portia says:

      Hey Musette,
      Yes, I’ve a few of them around here.
      You know I’m really glad the nail polish bug never bit. I’m much happier going in to a salon. They scrape all the dead skin from my soles and clean everything up, plus a colour.
      If it’s still available when I can afford it, maybe. It is nice.
      Portia xx

  • cinnamon says:

    That top just sounds amazing. I think I smelled a couple of TFs ages ago and thought they were well done, but (those were) not for me and too much dosh to drop at the time. I’m up to London in September and seriously thinking of putting Harrods on the things to do list simply to find a load of stuff in one place. I’m pretty sure they stock this line.