Tom Ford Italian Cypress – not a review

Well, I’d like to say that I’ve done more than cursorily sniff the new Milan store Tom Ford exclusive, Italian Cypress, but I haven’t.  Just on the cursory sniff, it is very, very woody and cypressy, and it leans much more masculine, though I do like it. That’s as far as I have gone, sorry!

Between being away until today, having a sore throat that’s threatening to ruin my week, running to cooking class tonight (Italian!) and trying to catch up, yes, this is another lame post. But let me make it worth your while. 

First, winner of the Le Labo Poivre 23 and Amouage Homage samples is:  Janet.  Hit the Contact Us button on the left and let me know your address.

Next, I’ll give away three samples for the new Tom Ford Italian Cypress to three lucky commenters in a drawing. So just drop a comment, and you’ll be entered.

Third, the recipe for that Roasted Red Pepper Sauce that is to die for:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2-3 red peppers, roasted, peeled, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 Table spoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2-3 Tablesppons Pernod (tarragon can substitute)
  • Salt and pepper

Place butter in a large saute pan and melt over medium heat.  Add the onions and a pinch of salt and saute until soft, being careful not to brown.  Add peppers and cook just to combine.  Add stock and simmer 5 minutes to meld flavors.

Place enough of the mixture into the blender to fill it up halfway.  Puree and strain through a coarse strainer into a clean pot.  Repeat with remaining sauce. Whisk butter into warm sauce and flavor with Perond, salt and pepper. 

You can easily freeze this if you want to make extra. It goes great on any meat, any pasta, your breakfast, Cheerios, you name it.  Just use it as a dipping sauce for bread.

  • hk401 says:

    i ordered it online, i dont know how it smell, i hope it won’t let me down

  • phillip says:

    Ginger juice! ! ! . . It’s great for sore/strep throat! It always works for my family. get fresh ones at the market. Use a teaspoon to peel it crush, mash, or process it to small pieces, then boil water with it. The more – the more potent and effective. After boiling just strain it and reserve the juice water in jars for future use and refrigerate or freeze. Mix your drink with calamondin(calamansi or sour orange) or lemon and add honey to taste. You can even add tea to it. Hope you feel better ! ! !

    Thanks for the recepie, hope this one works for you. and pls enter me to the drawing. Ciao! ! !

  • Mimi says:

    Is the Tom Ford Italian Cypress at all like L’Eau Trois by Diptyque? And would you know if L’Eau Trois has been discontinued? I have seen conflicting comments regarding production.

  • Sara K says:

    The sauce sounds really good – though I don’t think I will try it on breakfast cereal!

  • Maribeth says:

    Would love to try some new scents, and some good yet easy recipes
    Please enter me in the draw

  • Melissa says:

    Just had a boring dinner of reheated stir-fry and now I’m hungry all over again! And craving a new Tom Ford. Please enter me in the draw.

  • Heather Bryan says:

    I have to say, Tom Ford has yet to make a fragrance I don’t like. I’d love to try this one!

  • mikeperez23 says:

    Take care of that sore throat!

    I’d love a chance to win some Italian Cypress from Mr. Ford – thanks! Your description sounds like Cypres Musc by Creed. Is it?

  • Jubilee says:

    That sauce sounds terrific. I’ve been on a cooking-with-Pernod kick lately (I must have made gallons of a tomato-olive-basil-Pernod sauce this summer). Cooking and perfume– hurray for one-stop blog shopping!
    I’ve been eager to try Italian Cyprus interesting… I’ve found that the private blend stuff is either great or awful on me, very little in between. I’d love to be entered in the drawing, please.
    Feel better soon!

  • Tara says:

    Hope you feel better soon! Please enter me in the drawing, thanks!

  • Billy D says:

    That recipe sounds delicious and please enter me in the drawing!

  • Mary says:

    MMM…yummy! And the scent sounds fabulous! Count me in too!

  • tmp00 says:

    Reminder to watch it blitzing hot sauces in the blender- don’t overfill unless you like hot sauce all over your walls, ceiling, surfaces and you..

    I’ve done it. It ain’t pretty. :((

    • Francesca says:

      An immersible blender is one of my favorite kitchen implements. You can stick it right in a pot of hot soup (as long as you are careful not to lift the gadget while the power is still on) and you don’t have to worry about the dreaded exploding blender. And they are only about 30 bucks, plus come with other attachments.

  • Please enter me in drawing—just bought wonderful red peppers at the farmer’s market. Tarragon can substitute for Pernod?….who knew?….love Pernod in bouillabaisse……un peu de Pernod peut-etre?

  • Anthony says:

    I’d love to be entered into the drawing Patty 🙂 Thanks 🙂

  • lunarose says:

    comment dropped!

    ~:> “hhhmmmm……chicken stock……?”

  • Natalie says:

    I wish they sold decants of Pernod — it’s the kind of thing I need a tablespoon of for a recipe once every five years, and it kills me to buy a full bottle! The sauce looks luscious, however…

    And I would love to be entered in the drawing — thank you!

    • Shelley says:

      That’s genius! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that!! I think I’m about to create a local industry… 😕

      Won’t stop me from making big batches of homemade liqueurs for the holidays, either…

      • Natalie says:

        Aren’t I brilliant?! Seriously, they make minis of Wild Turkey and Jaegermeister, you’d think they could put cool liqueurs in the little bottles too. I’m constantly avoiding recipes because I don’t have a tablespoon of Kirsch or Chambord or Pernod lying around.

  • Carol Sasich says:

    Don’t add tomato !!! Too much acid !!
    Set it in front of your guests and tell them there’s no tomato in it
    -it looks just like tomato sauce .

  • Carol Sasich says:

    Martha Stewart’s recipe for roasted red pepper soup is similar , but has a little cooked PEAR for interest . NEVER rinse the peppers after you roast them , all the flavor will go down the drain .
    love to be in the draw .
    Take some Emergen-C for your throat , Patty.

  • Mariannetm says:

    Please count me in too (*):):-&

  • helenviolette says:

    :)) Will definitely try the saus…and hope to try that Tom Ford!

  • divinemama says:

    Ooopsies! No tomatoes in your recipe. May have to try adding some. I love to play! More coffee please! :”>

  • divinemama says:

    Patty, please enter me! I will be trying your recipe in lieu of my usual spaghetti sauce soon. Thanks! I heart tomato and peppers…spicy goodness.

  • amanda says:

    That recipe sounds delicious! Please enter me in the drawing, thanks.


    I am a newbie perfumista and am just loving all the perfume blogs and reviews. It feels great to be part of this exclusive group. I am from India and have not heard of most of the great fragrances that u guys describe. Anyways, all this makes me long for MORE!

    • divinemama says:

      Welcome to perfumistahood Uma! If you haven’t already, you may want to look at 2 online sites that offer samples or decants…The Perfumed Court and Luckyscent. Both offer a wide range of scents and have reasonable shipping rates to India. Shanti!

  • As far as I’m concerned Tom Ford’s Private Blend was the biggest bomb of 2007.

    Neroli Portofino is amazing though. So I still want to believe, but I have my doubts… [-(

  • Francesca says:

    What else is good for a sore throat, in addition to the salt Musette recommends above: two tablespoons of chopped fresh sage in a cup, pour boiling water over, cover, let steep for 20 minutes, strain out pressing on the leave, make sure it’s not too hot, and gargle with that. With a little honey and lemon added, it makes a soothing cold-time drink. And to make this about fragrance, it’ll make your kitchen smell wonderful.

    That recipe looks fantastic. Mmmm—I’m thinking of trying it on sauteed grey sole.

    Feel better!:x

  • mj says:

    Love the recipe! Please enter me, too!

  • Sharon says:

    Yummy recipe…Thanks! Please include me in the drawing.

  • Musette says:

    Salt water garrrrrgle for the sore throat. Me for the cypress, please! The sauce sounds lovely, too – thanks for the recipe!


  • sherobin says:

    The fragrance sounds lovely – and I’m getting to be quite a Tom Ford fan.
    Please enter me in the drawing.

    Thanks, also, for the recipe! When I first got into fragrances, I thought how oddly natural it was for someone who enjoys cooking/eating so much to turn to scent for it’s own sake. I suppose it could work either way.

  • Ines says:

    Uh, love the recipe. 🙂 Have to try this one.
    Please enter me in the draw. 🙂

  • CC says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Patty … it sounds delicious. Please include me in the drawing. Thank you.

  • multitasker says:

    Mmmmmm! Yummy–I will make that one! Recipes–who knew?


  • Bobby says:

    My firs time to be here. And I may say that your site is lovely :”>

    I’m going to spend more time to read your previous post.
    By the way thanks for the recipe. this looks tasty with toasted bread


    Make Homemade Fragrances

  • Louise says:

    Mmmmm, I am still imagining that sauce on roasted winter veggies, particularly over some fennel…and now you give me an excuse to buy more Pernod :d/ Thanks, Patty!

  • Anne says:

    This is starting to be my all-in-one blog! Perfume…….wooohooo! Cooking……..yippeeeeeeee! Do you think you have time to take up knitting?

    I almost forgot. Free things too……….< :-p Please put my name in that hat! :)>–

  • Nancy says:

    Hi, I would love to be entered in the drawing, and am looking forward to red Cheerios.

  • dinazad says:

    I’d love to be in the drawing, of course. But I’m equally thankful for the recipe. Sounds great! (*Adds red peppers and tarragon to ever-growing shopping list, would rather die than use Pernod – uggh*)

  • jonathan says:

    Cypressy and woody…is it Hinoki-y?

  • Alica says:

    Hi, thank you for entering me in the drawing.

  • Bryan says:

    Miss Patty,
    I can’t wait to try this little sucker….and the Champaca Absolute…so pleae include me.
    Love you.

  • GGS says:

    LOL at Cheerios. The recipe sounds like a must-try.