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Tom Ford for Men (2007)
by Tom Ford

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Tom Ford for Men information

Year of Launch2007
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 382 votes)

People and companies

HouseTom Ford
PerfumerYves Cassar
Creative DirectorTom Ford
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Tom Ford for Men

Tom Ford for Men is a masculine fragrance by Tom Ford. The scent was launched in 2007 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Yves Cassar

Reviews of Tom Ford for Men

Rich, bright signature scent from Tom Ford.

Interesting that TFfM takes on a more classic men's cologne direction than the intense, heavy recipe that is so typical of this Private Blend and other series of scents. What we have is a fresh, spicy citrus formula with floral and woody touches.

This has a quality that is echoed greatly by Vera Wang for Men: Laid back and fairly subtle, but nonetheless noticeable and evokes the "wow, that smells great" response despite not being beast-mode per se. But just like VWfM, its longevity is not great; layering or refresher spritzes could help there.

And that's okay with me! TFfM is a bright, confidence-inspiring experience that stands on its own merits. A great intro for the prolific Tom Ford!
30th September, 2018
It's unsurprising that Tom Ford would take this anachronistic direction with his first standalone masculine since leaving LVMH as creative director to form his own empire. Tom Ford for Men (2007) goes completely away from the flirtatiousness of Black Orchid (2007), his house-debuting feminine line (that guys also ended up liking), by being completely reserved and buttoned down. He even chose Estée Lauder as the parent umbrella to distribute his scents, which is another nod to the old-school in a more roundabout way. Tom Ford for Men is a huge jambalaya of all things "traditionally masculine" as composed by Yves Cassar, and although not 100% stuck in the past due to it's note pyramid, is complex, blended, and understated in ways men's fragrances haven't been in decades. I feel Tom Ford was really trying to tap the pre-powerhouse era of the late 60's and early to mid 70's, when cologne was cologne with a macho swagger but not an unzipped fly swaddled in flowers like the 80's. Tom Ford for Men gets a lot of flack from perfumistos for being subtle and boring, but I feel it's not made for the guy who wants to part the crowd but rather just calmly exude confidence, with body heat turning up the volume much like Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme (1971) or Un Homme Charles Jourdan (1979). Tom Ford for Men really links back to these and Azzaro Pour Homme (1978) in it's use of barbershop aesthetics, but marries them to a more complex oriental design a la JHL (1982) or Jaipur (1998).

There's a lot of similarity here with Gucci Pour Homme (2203), which tells me that Mr. Ford told Mr. Cassar to cannibalized what he still liked about that creation he directed when part of LVMH and build something new around it, something he would do much later when he recycled parts of Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003) into Fougère d'Argent (2018) from his Private Blends. There are too many notes for a proper breakdown, but I get the bergamot, orange, and verbena in the top, then all the kitchen herbs a few moments later. Basil, thyme, black pepper, then tobacco draw this into semi-gourmand territory but the orange blossom and ginger make it more oriental. The top and middle phases are appropriately brief like in older 70's aromatics, showing the level of homework done by Yves Caesar on Tom Ford's behalf to achieve such a classic dry down. The amber-led vibrato of the base notes are what make or break this scent for the studied collector, as it's literally nothing new or exciting, nothing challenging like an 80's masculine floral or modern niche, and nothing self-asserting like a newfangled ambroxan scent. You get amber, vetiver, patchouli, what oakmoss is allowable, and a series of aromachemicals to fill in the blanks like "leatherwood" (a variant of norlimbanol), Iso E Super, and cypriol in the finish. Tom Ford for Men starts with mid-century citrus, then 70's herbs and spices, before finishing in a modern chemical-assisted base that pays homage to the male oriental. The sillage is low, but longevity is a beast, making this a good semi-modern office scent for the classic masculine fan.

Tom Ford for Men is the signature for the guy who doesn't want to leave a trail, but wants you to remember his scent when he leaves. I understand all the negative reviews and indifferent neutral takes considering what Tom Ford helped create for the male persuasion under LVMH. After Gucci Pour Homme (2001), Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003), this seems almost like a let down, but I can't help myself from liking this because I'm a fan of all the classic understated stuff like Arden for Men Sandalwood (1957), Monsieur de Givenchy (1959), Balenciaga Ho Hang (1971), or even Aramis Tuscany Per Uomo (1984), where a genteel manner was preferred over a muscular display of prowess or virility. The amber, tobacco, patchouli, and oakmoss elements of Tom Ford for Men seem to swirl around the most once this hits skin scent territory, pluming quietly off shirt collar all night until it's time to wash up and change out for shower and bed. Perhaps this scent is just too quiet when it should be loud, too blended when it should be more focused, but it has it's place in the wardrobe of a guy who already has aquatics, florals, you name it, and just wants something classy that can be worn as a day wear when a break from them is called for, while saving more potent and pretentious juices for those times when he actually -does- want to make a statement. Regardless of what critics think, this stuff has been in production for over a decade, so I guess it's just a critical failure, which doesn't effect sales apparently. Tom Ford for Men is just a comfortable, well-worn pair of slip on shoes for those days when the polished wing tips can stay in the closet, pure and simple.
19th June, 2018 (last edited: 20th August, 2018)
I had high hopes for this. However, it is a fragrance where it seemed to try too hard and failed (to me). Reminds me of house cleaning products and while it lasted long, I wish it didn't. Though for those who like it, that will be a positive.
26th March, 2018
Complex but boring male type fragrance with plenty of iso E super I should say. One for the masses or those lacking any exceptional olfactory acuity or interest.
31st October, 2017
Tom Ford's amber eyes
Are seen through subtle lenses
This one most of all.
04th October, 2017
A very lacklustre offering from Tom Ford. This is even more surprising considering that unlike the Private Blends, the Signature line is usually well thought out and carefully crafted.

Tom Ford for Men takes all the elements usually present in classic masculine compositions to create a dull fragrance. The main theme is citrus-tobacco-woods-amber with some mild spices, and a barely prominent ginger note. The structure is good, but it's unimaginative and restrained exactly at places where it didn't need to be. It has low key sillage and moderate longevity, but is quickly forgotten.

Off the top of my head, Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (earlier versions) would be a much more compelling and worthwhile composition in this genre.

Tom Ford for Men would be the olfactory equivalent of a bland lunch at the new upstart restaurant in town with some random 'professionals' on a Tuesday afternoon.

Stick to Grey Vetiver. At least, I would.

2.5/5
19th April, 2017

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