Probably one of the most sought perfumes of all times, the first masculine fragrance released by Tom Ford under his own label (and manufactured by the cosmetic giant Estée Lauder) could easily be considered my “white whale”. The fact that I had one clear opportunity to purchase it and changed my mind in the last moment says it all.
My story begins in the autumn of 2008 (it actually started the time when Tom Ford For Men was launched!), in a beautiful October morning on which I was travelling. While being inside London Heathrow Airport I planned the acquisition of 2 fragrances, one of which being my obsession from the previous year. Actually, my excitement for Tom Ford was so big, that I would have bought the fragrance without even smell it. So, there I was, testing Tom Ford For Men, loving it, and for an unexplainable reason I ended up at the cash register with Sean Jean Unforgivable (instead of my target!) and Hilfiger Est. 1985 (an excellent choice, I would re-new my collection with it any time!).
Tom Ford For Men was introduced in 2007, as a woody floral musk fragrance, developed by perfumer Yves Cassar. The idea to combine the classic elements with contemporary influences unveiled a fantastic creation, which could only be envisaged by Tom Ford. The description on the official website says “Like a second skin, this innovative Classic Woods fragrance is sensual, refined and luxurious” and to offer you here another interpretation would be only unfair.
From the first accords of Tom Ford For Men I sensed that I was witnessing something different, the vision of contemporary masculinity seen through Tom Ford eyes. The fragrance opens with Mediterranean hesperidic notes combined with Italian bergamot, lemon leaf oil, mandarin zest, fresh basil, ginger and violet. The aroma of bergamot at this stage is simply divine. Then, as the mid development happens, you will feel seduced by the floral notes of Tunisian orange flower absolute and Morrocan grapefruit flower in a fusion with black pepper and tobacco leaf absolute. The dry down that happened after a couple of hours felt “rich and exotic”. The combination of leatherwood (a Laos resine that generates an opulent leather aroma), cypriol (used for the first time in a fragrance!), amber, cedarwood, patchouli, oakmoss and vetiver, provides the fragrance with an “animalic sensuality” that haunts your olfactory memory.
The bottle in which Tom Ford For Men was presented brings to mind the design introduced by Black Orchid. The ribbed transparent glass reveals a soft brown color liquid and is decorated with the golden plate bearing the name of the scent. The packaging box that emphasizes on black chromatic conveys sober elegance upon this image.
Tom Ford For Men is a fragrance for which words remains insufficient. Dedicated to the man with an innate sense of style, this absolutely sensational scent is the type of signature scent that empowers you with magnetic sensuality.
Tom Ford For Men Perfume Details
- Tom Ford For Men is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 75 ml After-Shave Balm; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours) and the sillage is exceptional.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Floral Musk
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2007
- Perfumer: Yves Cassar
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual