Hello and welcome to fragrance friday! 😀 Today I am reviewing Tom Ford Noir EdT. This perfume was released in 2013 (the EdP was released one year prior) as a part of the regular Men’s line (so, not the expensive Private Blend line). However, in my personal opinion, I find that every Tom Ford perfume I have smelled so far is pretty unisex.
The official notes list is vague on what Noir EdT actually smells like, only mentioning citrus oils and fresh herbs. It certainly starts off with citrus and is soon followed by herbal green notes, yes. But it’s really a rich, spicy oriental perfume and not the fresh cologne that the words “citrus oils and fresh herbs” imply! Quite soon, about 15 minutes in I start sensing the base out. It is still dancing with the herbs (I think I’m also getting lavender?), but slowly the fresher notes die off and I am left with a deep, sweet, woody base. And that base, I think it is part of the Tom Ford handwriting, because I have smelled similar things in many Tom Ford perfumes. If Guerlain has their special tonka-bean Guerlinade, I guess this is the woody-smoky-chocolate Fordinade…😉
It smells really good and also calming. It’s sweet, but not sticky. It’s smoky, but doesn’t choke you.
The base lasts very well. I’m getting about nine hours of wear time.
All in all, this is lovely and not overwhelming. Is it unique? Certainly not among the Tom Ford line. I’m not sure why there are so many Noir perfumes in the lineup, honestly. It also goes along the vein of Dior Homme (Intense, Parfum, etc), so while those aren’t dupes, it’s not like you’ve never smelled anything similar. But is it good? Yes, I think so.
Lastly I want to point out the notes list contains Evernia Prunastri (oakmoss) and Evernia Furfuracea (treemoss). This is interesting because from time to time people will claim these ingredients are completely forbidden. Well, using in perfume moss is not totally forbidden. However, it has to be listed (for the allergic people) and you can’t put in more than a certain percentage, which why you’ll usually find it at the bottom of the ingredients. But it’s still there. 🙂