Arabian Wood (2009)
    by Tom Ford


    • Launched: 2009
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
    • Perfumer: Unknown - Let us know
    • Bottle Designer: Unknown - Let us know


    Average Rating: 3.5

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    Arabian Wood is a unisex fragrance by Tom Ford. The scent was launched in 2009

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    Darvant's avatar

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    The name Arabian Wood is misleading since (as already noticed by others) this fragrance is neither "arabic" in a modern acceptation (or particularly woody) nor conceptually eastern. All i detect is a refined "classic in structure" but in a modern style orchestrated (i'm tempted to write "re-orchestrated") aromatic fougere (bergamot/citrus-lavender/patchouli/greens) with woody accents, a touch of undurable earthiness (orris roots and patchouli), some (tobacco flavoured) spices, hints of secret fruits (peaches?), a rosey/soapy/honeyed twist (rose/ylang ylang/jasmine/honey) and a typical almost incensey (galbanum) mossy complicacy conjuring me classics as Mitsouko, La Perla or V&A First (in a cleaner and easier to wear structure). Nothing darkly spicy or mystic but rather something slightly "yes" barbershop or mannered (slightly stuffy, stale, exotic but a basically wearable one and anything but really mouldy). Uncompromisingly feminine to me (but a man can dare to wear it proudly), slightly floral and with a classic mossy twist which conjures me a bunch of pillars of the french classicism. One of the best of the line. Classy and elegant, with a good sillage and a great lasting power.

    21st December, 2013 (Last Edited: 22 December, 2013)

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    As with all of Tom Ford's private blend scents, this reminds me strongly of something and I cannot recall what. The opening notes recall a wonderful women's perfume that I seem to remember smelling--and loving--in the 70s. There is a slightly animalic/civet note up front which is unusual as I associate that more with a scent's basenotes. It then drifts into a very nice floral woody scent--a drier Zino, in some ways. There is rose, but not too strong--a bit like C&S's No. 88. Very nice, a little sweet, totally unisex and, as with all of this line, seemingly may up of very good quality ingredients (as you would hope for the price!).

    19 December, 2013 (Last Edited: 02 January, 2014)

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    Arabian Wood

    Great fragrance. Some people may not like it, but the majority do. It can't be worn for every occasion, but the same is true for all fragrances. Its one that should be used for special occasions, and is a great addition to any collection. Despite many that say it is "too feminine", I completely disagree, and think that it is extremely masculine. It truly is a representation of what Tom Ford wants his fragrances and entire brand to be, and he did a great job with this one!

    Pros: Great smelling fragrance
    Cons: Can't be worn everywhere (but is the same with all colognes)"

    22 September, 2013

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    Some habits that you just can't lose

    Recommended by an amazing Maven at the Ala Moana Neiman Marcus store I have been dipping into this to find her well of promise. Along with Champaca Absolute this was my equal favourite sample of the TF Private Blends. If I was hard pressed would i remember this fragrance against stern competition? Probably not. Does a fragrance need to be utterly distinctive to strike a lasting chord? Perhaps it only needs to be twenty something for the duration of its bloom before becoming an overblown rose. It's lovely, very wearable and appealing but not bottle worthy at this stage of my education.

    'Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

    Old Time is still a-flying:

    And this same flower that smiles today
    To-morrow will be dying'

    Robert Herrick

    Pros: Instantly appealing
    Cons: I can't tell you why"

    10th July, 2013

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    barbershop

    Arabian? This smells Arabian in the manner of a Penhaligon's fragrance, that is to say, British.

    First and foremost, can we dispense with "Arabian" unless we’re referring to horses or history? I assume Tom Ford uses the word because it’s Fashion Fantastical. Ariabian, you know, like A Thousand and One Nights. It’s the orientalism of early 20th century perfumery all over again. Stale, offensive exoticism. Also, the imagery and allusion is just cheesy. Makes the line seem like a spin on The House of Creed. Replace the tassels and epaulets with glossy pseudo-mod and you still have the same thing: hot air and cuff links.

    The perfume is nice, though. I can't say that I smell lavender per se, but I do smell the soapy, herb-on-hay sweetness of a fougere. At the same time there is a dry bitter green angle, like a tight-assed chypre. Maybe galbanum dressed up as lavender and took its place in the fougere. This tinderbox-dry woodiness balances the moist feel of the fougere, but in the end the fougere wins, and a fairly dark, minor chord similar to that of Rive Gauche pour Homme's basenotes lasts until you wash it off.

    Arabian Wood is a fine old-school barbershop fougere. Simplicity is a virtue in the classic aromatic fougere. Messing around too much with the basic formula diminishes the stride of the old boy. Ford have added enough to make it stand on its own, but haven’t muddied the waters. The name is a bit of misdirection, but the perfume is straightforward and handsome in a classic, soapy, manly fashion. Women, give it a try.

    from scenthurdle.com

    24 June, 2013

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    This needs to be called Arabian Rose...the rose is front and center and very powdery -- it IS however not as feminine and as soapy (in my opinion) as something like Lyric Man from Amouage.
    I really enjoy rose based fragrances and I enjoy Arabian Wood A LOT.
    Go light on it...it's definitely a scent monster and can be overwhelming.
    The woods come more to the front during the drydown but the rose is always there.

    22 April, 2013

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