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Tom Ford for Men (2007)
by Tom Ford


Tom Ford for Men information

Year of Launch2007
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 388 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

Another magical melange of woods, spices, florals and citruses from Tom Ford! Wonderfully softly spoken, humble and ever so slightly sweet, but with complexity and richness underneath.

It’s such a shame it’s also another one that gives up after an hour or so.
01st March, 2019
Overall, I get a nice citrusy-woody thing going on with a mostly orangey feel...fresh and aromatic...laid back and more classic vibe...not as in your face like some TF creations...too bad , because this lacks the longevity and projection...this smells really nice and I wish it had more oomph...perfect all occasion scent...
21st October, 2018
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 DNA here with Gucci Pour Homme (2003), 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. Tom Ford for Men has nowhere near the same depth of amber or incense-like dryness as Gucci Pour Homme, and there are too many notes for a proper breakdown, but I get the listed 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 keeps it bright and ginger make feel a tad 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 composite 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 sharp 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 chypre. 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: 09th March, 2019)
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

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