Its sad when a demise of a great scent has nothing to do with the scent itself and everything to do with how it was marketed. Tom Fords Sahara Noir is such a victim. There are rumors that it has been discontinued and it has been pulled from Macy's Flagship store in NYC so this may be true but when you smell it its hard to understand why this gem is being kicked to the curb. Well...until you realize a few things.
First, who at Tom Ford decided this should be marketed towards women only? Men wearing Iris based frags is one thing but the idea that most women would want to smell like this is pushing it. It is far from a sexy type of fragrance and I can't see an occasion where a women may want to smell like this. It's just way too masculine.
The name describes the smell perfectly. That, the team at Tom Ford got right. It's a dark scent and is as dry as the Sahara. Which leads me to another strange choice by the house which was putting this fragrance in a golden bottle. Was that supposed to represent the blazing sun or something? Or is it simply using a color which represents the brand which seems to be gold, black and white? There are a few men who would buy a scent marketed towards women if they like the smell and can get away with it but that tends to be a verrrrrrry small minority of men and putting a scent men could like in a tasseled golden bottle doesn't help. So the bottle while interesting is just way too feminine.
So Sahara Noir ended up being too masculine smelling for women but packaged too "pretty" to attract the more adventurous type of guy. Who was going to buy this fragrance? It was set up for failure out the gate. To me that's a shame because as a designer fragrance it is a top shelf fall scent. It has "special occasion pickup" and "night out frag" written all over it.
This is no question a scent inspired by Middle Eastern perfumery and It's blended beautifully also. Orientals are awesome to me but I really like an oriental which doesn't rely on being overly sweet and this is that type of scent. If u are a fan of dark resinous frags that doesn't rely on OUD this is a homerun try for you. One thing about it though is because it leans on the classier side of things its not as in your face as some may hope. If u hoped this would be a beastly scent you may be disappointed depending on your skin type. While it lasts on my skin for 6-7 hours before dying it doesn't project tooo strong after the first hour which is fine for me. This is a fragrance which if done too strong may offend and be too overbearing. It was a wise choice to play this scent more close to the skin. It may have been reformulated though so maybe this has been tamed but either way it may be one of the best designer incense based frags ever made.
Simply put: A highly underrated, Private Blend worthy designer scent killed by horrible marketing.
8/10- Smells great, performs decently, lacks versatility (I would only wear it in the fall) and isn't a crowd pleaser per se. U would smell unique to most people and you will stand out from a crowd. A lot of people will smell this and just not get it but every now and then a person will walk up to you and praise it for the gem it is.
Incense bomb, but in the best way. It does have a dry, mid-eastern feel to it, very exotic. Performance was great for me, lasted well over 10 hours strong. I'll call this a unisex frag, but have no problem wearing as a guy.
08th January, 2016 (last edited: 21st October, 2016)
Now this is incense. I would nickname this Full Incense Extreme (and I like full incense).The leather and tobacco soon assist this gem to be a projection and longevity beast. 8/10
Aptly named, packaging is on point. This, like other Tom Ford fragrances takes time to appreciate. Hasty reviews will be neutral at best. Let it simmer, sniff often, smell ALL the notes.
Smells like hot sand and spices. Perhaps not enticing, but on an exotic woman of seductive persuasion...it's perfect.
Just beautiful if you love incense. My first try was not promising but after several trials I really got the beauty of the notes. I am loving this. Btw I am a man, I feel the works very well as a masculine fragrance.