Has it been over a year now since the Tom Ford Private Blends first showed up? Well, they keep adding scents, the newest is Champaca Absolute. Now, right off the bat, I am predisposed to loving this as I love Champaca, but Tom Ford does annoy me beyond belief.
First let’s go to the marketing material to get our notes: “Tom Ford has always been partial to the color white for the indelible impression it makes in everything from fashion and decor to flowers. Now, with this new floral oriental composition, he has created his homage to the eternal, seductive power of white. An ‘olfactive millefeulli.’ It reveals many layers of complexity starting with the opening notes of Tokajii wine and cognac to the sensuous heart of champaca absolute to the final warm notes of vanilla bean, amber and sandalwood.” I’ll not pull any other “Tom Ford is a God” quotes from it.
It starts off a little sweet, I guess the booze notes, but my nose isn’t registering them as much as booze notes as odd-sweet’ish, but not a sweet I don’t like – a pretty floral sweetness that’s elegant with a wild undercurrent, playing in what I think of as a funkier Tom Ford base. Compared to the other Tom Ford Private Blend’s, it’s a nice departure into a white floral rather than some of the weirder and heavier scents he’s done.
But I’m still going to Ormonde Jayne’s Champaca as my favorite champaca of all time – it just has a timeless beauty and elegance and sillage to it that charms me completely – but Tom Ford’s Champaca one has some interest beyond just a straight-up champaca to recommend it, and I think it will find more than a few fans.
My question today, now that we have lived with the Tom Fords for a while, including his White Patchouli (which I won’t even review, I detest it so much), what is our opinion, and do you have favorites, or do you just give Tom a complete miss?