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