Perfume Reviews

Positive Reviews of Tom Ford Noir by Tom Ford

Total Reviews: 20
The noirness of noir
Distilled from all his noir stuff
Then asked, "What is noir?"
25th October, 2017
As many have said, this is not the most surprising or bold of perfumes, but to my nose it is a pleasant one. Soapy and powdery, but creamy on the drydown, it has a relaxing vibe on me. It feels like a clean scent, but a warm kind of clean.
16th February, 2017
I won't give a long review of this, having already provided a review of the little brother, Noir EDT. There really isn't much to note about the EDP, as I find the differences minimal. The only difference I could find, in fact, is that the EDP has a brief stage near the beginning where the general "fatness" of the scent is flattened and a more austere phase comes into play where the pepper and iris are highlighted. This doesn't last long, though, and we're soon back into the realms of sweet, powdery, musky and woody power as per the EDT.

Look, I won't beat around the bush: there are more fulfilling things out there, and just plain better too: if I was to part money for something in this genre tomorrow, I would more likely buy (in order of preference) Histoire's 1725, Guerlain's Heritage, or Dior Homme Intense. But the Noir line really isn't bad to my nose. If the Tom Ford name is important to you, and you want to obtain something Guerlain-influenced but a little more up to date, and that will get you noticed, then this is a consideration.

I find the EDP more noir-ish, whatever that is supposed to denote, than the EDT.
21st December, 2016
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This is one of the better ones from TF. I find his regular collection better than the Private Blends.
It is midway between Shalimar and the spicy modern ones like Spicebomb or The One. And more wearable too.
Basenoter apixiefan got it right. It is Shalimar Pour Homme.

22nd August, 2016
basically?...this is "Shalimar Pour Homme". A VERY dark, dense, smokey, sumptuous scent. And it reeks of something very personal and sexy. Alluring, is the word, Im reaching for, regarding 'Noir'. Spices, smothered in civet, amber and dark florals. A favorite.
18th November, 2015 (last edited: 09th February, 2018)
Absolutely great. This fragrance is by far the most delightful I have worn. I couldn't stop smelling myself. It is powdery and dark, yet sweet at the same time. It lasts all day long with one spray. Great for fancy occasions but not for casual use. Save this one for those special moments.
13th September, 2015

Trail of mystery in the evening air.TOM FORD NOIR is the distinction between the men and the boys.The man wearning this is very sophisticated.It is very sensual as well as manly.Rich,Classy, Powdery,Expensive,warm,Luxurious, Complex and Thoroughly masculine.

Bergamot,violet and pink pepper top notes blend with caraway over a spicy black papperand nutmeg,warmer and mysterious due to bulgarian rose,while a purely sensual base is provided by notes of vanilla,amber and patchouli and a blend of woods that leaves an impression and anyonewearning it will get attention most ladies.

In my opinion this scent is more a orintal spicy than aromatic spicy.This EDP is a perfect blend to wear during special occaasions or evening outings. not the best TOM FORD but it is so nice and if i dident have PRADA AMBER PH INTENSE definitely to buy this one. anyway if you are looking for a scent of confidence,sexiness, and nice clean,manly scent i recommend this one.


Longevity?Very Good on my skin.

11th May, 2015
I changed my opinion of TF Noir from neutral to thumbs up. In late spring, my wife surprised me with a bottle of Tom Ford Noir EDP as a gift. She says she tried the fragrance at a retail shop and loved it. The first wearing I thought it was sort of dull and a bit like an elderly face powder, so I didn't wear it for five months through the summer. It's not a hot weather fragrance IMO, but on a rainy cool down day, I decided to give it another go for a semi formal dinner. While it's not a sillage monster, it is a quite refined, modern scent.

To me the main theme is the middle floral notes of iris, geranium and rose. It's got a complex base that reminds me of the creamy vanilla, vetiver and patchouli Chanel Pour Monsieur, and it drifts a bit towards powder, but not elderly as I took in my initial wear.

TF Noir is a fall and winter scent, but highly discreet in sillage and projection. About 5-6 hrs longevity close to the skin, so wear it when you aren't looking for a challenge. Not a mainstay, yet a easy to wear cool weather option.
25th March, 2015 (last edited: 15th August, 2015)
EdP - Good all-round fragrance, if a little better suited to evenings, maybe. It has very good longevity on my skin and the ingredients are of a good quality.

It's a smooth, slightly spicy and very powdery Oriental with a soft rose. The patchouli and civet are prominent on my skin, the patchouli especially so in the dry down. I don't overspray as the civet becomes too much for me otherwise. The dry down is lovely, I have to say.

I am partial to a powdery fragrance - there's something warm and comforting about them, so I like this.

I now own Habit Rouge EDT and Héritage EDT. I prefer those but Noir EDP is a nice, modern take on a classical theme. It's great when I'm in the mood for that twist and so I'm glad to have this choice in my wardrobe.
24th January, 2015 (last edited: 28th August, 2017)
I hear a lot of people put this tom ford frag down, however I have to disagree. To me this smells of expensive nights out on the town, if you want something that will go well with a suit and a fancy dinner this is what I would choose. Not really a day or summer fragrance but for expensive nights out can't go wrong...unless you spray too much as it can get quite sickly. Very sweet and creamy. The price tag is not too bad for what this is too, great silage and longevity and rich smelling experience.
27th March, 2014
Decent, if unexciting fragrance, most people would like this - smooth bodied creamy vanilla and spicy peppery scent with a very pleasant citrus and patchouli note on top to rough it up a bit. Quite versatile, can be used day or night although I think it probably leans a bit more towards night time. Lasts most of the day on my skin and gets a lot of compliments - I'm just not sure its exciting enough for me.
13th February, 2014
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United States
Yeah, I like this one! It starts with a burst of citrus, but not the standard you're used to smelling. There is a vintage (yet very modern) vibe in there that really comes to the fore in the dry down. Once it settles in you have a great leathery, vetivery, modern-take-on-a-vintage masculine fragrance that isn't quick to fade into the background like a lot of others.

I see what Tom Ford was going for here, and I'm a fan.
25th December, 2013
I can't get enough of this, it's fantastic!

I'm not sure whether I'm missing something,but I think this is amazing! As soon as I sprayed this I bought it on the spot. The opening is fantastic and it just gets better..I do love patchouli which attracted me but wow! Sorry I can't as yet give you all the individual notes and details but I've had so many compliments whilst wearing it, from men and women... Does remind me of another of my favourites, Prada Amber Intense, I'm just happy to have two frags that tick all of my boxes!

Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing "

27th October, 2013
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An interesting mix of smells. I personally think the notes list is a bit useless at describing what this actually smells like. On me, it's based on that immortelle note made famous by Dior's Eau Noire, with its weird mix of booze, curry, and maple syrup. To that, add some smoky rubber and pie spices from Fahrenheit, and top it off with some vaguely powdery flowers. Given time, the rubbery notes fade and some dark greens come in, but it does feel fairly linear.

I can see why some people just don't like this - it's miles away from the typical aquatic dreck, and it's frankly a bit weird. In true Tom Ford fashion, it manages to take some smells that really shouldn't work together and somehow makes them pleasant, though it hasn't won me over enough to want a full bottle.
05th March, 2013
Noir is not hard to describe, as soon as you take a whiff you will be remained of several fragrances that walk the same alley, the powdery, mysterious, dark evening/date scent.

As soon as you spray it you'll be able to pick up every note from top to base, just as if a train crashed and all the notes ended up splattered in the same mirror, so yes, this feels like an accident rather than a well thought of scent, if you're expecting a well done pyramid with an impressive development you are in for disappointment, but, if you are looking for a single stage scent, something that doesn't turn around from beautiful opening to disgusting base, basically a what you see is what you get then Noir delivers and it delivers very good. Having all the notes in one stage brings depth to the fragrance instead of having very thin layers of notes that fade away in no time. There is a little bit of every note in Noir, there is civet, but no Leather Oud civet, there is Iris, but no Dior Homme iris, there is vanilla but no Spiritueuse vanilla and so on. Noir is safe, a good quality safe fragrance and there is nothing wrong with that, this can easily be a signature scent and it's very easy to enjoy.

To me this seats in between TF for Men and Grey Vetiver and i'm ok with that, let's face it... with the things that are being released these days, it could've been much worse.
15th February, 2013
I don't see why people need to compare this to the TF private blend line. It's much cheaper and of course that shows but in this day and age were it's all about fresh, sweet and wood this stands out. Yes it is on the expensive side for a designer (I got a fair price for it at duty free). Perfect for the cold weather we've been having lately.

Just test it out for yourself but I think if you enter with an open mind you'll find that it smells pretty good! ;)
18th November, 2012
I love this. On my skin, on first application I get this deep, dark red rose, and cocoa vibe. Once it dries down the chocolate comes out more, and smooths everything out. I love it. Very sensuous.
08th November, 2012
26th October, 2012
I will admit that the first sniff of Noir caused me to recoil in disgust. My reaction made the counter lady at Neiman Marcus very upset. It could have been her fault for telling me about how Tom Ford had outdone himself, and it should have been part of the exclusive Private Blend line...

Sales 101 - Know your product and it's intended target and MANAGE EXPECTATIONS.

After a business lunch (during which I sniffed my hand 100 times and garnered more strange looks) I walked back over to the counter and spritzed some more onto my hand. As much as I disliked the first go-round, something in it appealed to me. It stunk, but in a way that I actually enjoyed.

I got home 2 hours later, and the stink had evolved into a vanilla and vetiver combo that I thought was delicious - but there was still that lingering tidbit I was uncertain of that made me want to wash it off. That little tidbit happens to be civet.

I am not sure I own anything with civet in it - and to be perfectly honest, it still has not grown on me. Nevertheless, I went back to Neiman and bought a big old bottle of the stuff. As much as I did not like the musky civet note...part of me ONLY wanted to smell the civet note. It's an odd little stink, but so is gasoline and I dont dislike that one either.

I have been wearing it occasionally and it's hit and miss with the compliments. I can tell when it's not liked by seeing the same recoil that I showed that counter lady. I can see myself wearing this to a formal event. That's about it. So for the price, it is not the greatest value - but it is well made...just a bit difficult to understand.

08th October, 2012 (last edited: 17th October, 2012)
surge Show all reviews
United States
Awesome stuff! At first sniff it reminded me of Extreme, but a bit more well founded and floral with less incense.

But then about 30 minutes later it turned into something completely different -- very fresh and spicy, but still floral and musky.

I think this is probably more versatile than the original Tom Ford for men or Extreme; I could see myself wearing this to the office or for a night out -- or even making it a signature scent.

Projection is average...not good but not bad. Longevity is great...8+ hours.

Price...well, we all know TF commands a premium, but thankfully it's not that bad compared to the private blend line. Still -- for a non niche, it's priced rather high.

Don't let the first blast fool you -- it will change!


Over the past few weeks this has slowy become my new signature...what can I say, I love it.
Yes; it's feminine -- yes, it's powdery. Is it a masterpiece? No. Would I buy a bottle of cat urine if it said tom ford on the side? Probably...but that doesn't change the fact that Noir is def. awesome :)
27th September, 2012 (last edited: 20th October, 2012)