OK, so I'm now finished sampling the Tom Ford Exclusive Blends - I wore the final 3 samples last week. Perhaps I'll create a brand new post next week, maybe just a one sentence review of all 12 - as a wrap-up thread, for future TFEB scent comments and such since the subject title of this thread is a little misleading.
If you've been reading all of my reviews up to this point, thanks for the interest and patience. If you're tired of reading about my disappointment with some of the TF's then stop reading now and move on to another thread (perhaps one of the 16 Creed threads posted in the last 5 days...[just kidding]). If you're interested in my honest feelings about these last 3, well then here we go:
Oud Wood -
Oh, oud. I know very little about this note, and what I know about it I've learned here on BN. Basically its another word for agarwood, blah, blah, blah. All I remember is that its in M7, a Tom Ford inspired scent that I hated from day one (it was gifted to me by a co-worker). Funny that every time I wore M7, I received a compliment, while I simultaneously hated it. Traded my bottle here on BN. So, I approached Oud Wood with some skepticism. Immediately upon application, I was reminded of the top notes of Film Noir by Ava Luxe (if you haven't tried this, it's the sh*t...). But instead of transitioning and sweetening or smoking (like FN does), this just stayed smelling like rubber. Latex glove, inflatable river raft industrial strength rubber. Upon a more closer sniff to my arm...raspberry. Weird combo. I thought it'd evolve more, so I waited. It stayed as rubber-raspberry all through the dry down. A linear rubber raspberry scent - who, but Tom Ford, could charge upwards of $165 for this experience, I ask you?
Disappointment, to say the least.
Maybe the oud note smells like rubber to me (cause M7 smells like burning rubber?)
The strangest of the twelve - this is the evil stepchild. Soapy. Skanky. Um....what does this scent want to DO? The musty almost dirty notes resemble Black Orchid in their 'decomposition' note...but instead of that wonderful fruitiness of Black Orchid enveloping them, PP just kind of clashes them with citrus notes.
I don't get the 'purple' word in the name - I envisioned violet, grape or wine-y notes, none of which exist in PP.
Longevity and sillage were below average too. Really horrible for something this expensive.
If you like Nostalgia or other 'freak' scents, check this out. Otherwise, perhaps another scent of Tom's should be worn with your $15,000 smoking jacket that you just bought at the Tom Ford store.
I joked earlier, that the name 'Neroli Portofino' sounds like a condominium complex to me. And it still does...I kept secretly hoping that I wouldn't like this, since if I bought a full bottle of it and people smelled it and wanted to know what it was, I'd have to say this silly name out loud. Anyway. Really, this is an OK scent. Just OK. I think its best summed up by calling it an Eau de Parfum of 4711, if such a scent existed. I like 4711 (although the CdG colognes have made 4711 almost obsolete now that I own them) but the original 4711 is just TOO light and doesn't have that 'oomph', that I want citrusy scents to have. NP has this. I used to have difficulty differentiating neroli and orange blossom but ever since I tried NP now I understand completely how different neroli is. Just so fresh and bracing.
NP is super linear, which was OK since it smells so goddamn good. But longevity is below average. It is actually, the lowest longevity of all twelve scents. Not 4711 low. But low.
For $165? I don't think so.
I'm out. Peace.