I bought Tobacco Vanille this week. I am pleased with it. Aromatic Pipe tobacco for a very long time. I could smell it on my wrist 24 hours later.
It dawned on me that I know this scent from another time..The drydown is identical to Escada Pour Homme..
That is too funny....the bottle resembles Escada Homme also don't you think?
Escada Homme is my SOTD. I love it really. It can be had cheap at Marshalls, TJMaxx, or Perfumania. It smells classic and smooth with a boozy cognac note at the top. I think it is certainly not a 'bad thing' if Tom Ford for Men smells similar in the drydown although I am sure that it may be a bit boring to some as well. The rap on Escada Homme for some is that it is nice but not exciting/edgy at any point. It kind of goes along with your insight on Tom Ford for Men to this point.
Just was curious if your impressions of TFFM had changed at all? I'm thinking about ordering this one blind, as my Saks here in Portland is telling me they won't have it in stock until early October. The overall feedback on TFFM so far seems to be not very positive however, so I'm admittedly a bit nervous about purchasing it without sampling first. Based on the ad campaign, as well as the notes, I was honestly expecting a potent powerhouse, but it sounds like that's unfortunately not the case. Looking forward to hearing more impressions!!
I wore it again Saturday night and last night (to a dinner party). Another Basenoter PM'd me a similar question as yours, so I will paste my reply to him, here. The question was, did I change my mind about Tom Ford for Men, and my reponse was:
I wish I could say yes - but honestly, no? I gave it an extremely full wearing today (7-8 sprays from those little card sample spray bottles) and let it do its thing...and it only confirmed what I experienced last night. Really light and fleeting, lemon, tea, perhaps the musk base was slightly stronger (due to the over application).
Please try this. As you know, I have a pretty edgy scent barometer. Many scents that many men on BN wear and love (Himalaya, GIT, M7, probably the entire Hugo Boss, Burberry and Polo lines), I really don't like at all.
TFFM is a nice scent. It's not repulsive - on the contrary, I imagine there will be many men who find it perfectly wonderful. I, however, find it extremely mainstream and...boring, I guess. This is TOM FORD we're talking about. But, as you might remember in my review of all 12 of the Private Blends, I don't find love in all of his scents. Honestly I had such high expectations of this scent, mainly because he has HIS NAME on the freakin bottle, I thought it would be a keeper. In addition, I loved his last Estee Lauder scent (Azuree Soleil) and of course I love many of his Private Blends (Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Velvet Gardenia...) and many others (Black Orchid, Rive Gauche PH, Rush, GucciPH, Youth Dew Amber Nude...).
So - I am waiting to try the Tom Ford Extreme for Men, before I ultimately make my decision.
Hope that helps.
Unfortunately, that is not the case, as to my nose, TFFM is nothing more than a bland, over-hyped fragrance that is destined to become another in a long line of mass produced “non-fragrances”. For all the powerful descriptive nuances accompanying the overtly sexual advertising campaign for TFFM, there just isn’t any significant detectable olfactory element that makes it special. The top notes are citrusy and last a very short while. The mid notes….what mid notes? There doesn’t seem to be any. The base notes are unquestionably the star of the pyramid, exuding a warm woody aroma, with just a small hint of leather or amber (it’s hard to tell because the projection is so faint). I’ve been wearing TFFM on the back of my hand for less than an hour, and it’s already almost undetectable; perhaps it’s just my skin chemistry, but I’m really struggling to get much of anything from this fragrance. Not at all what I expected.
I’m afraid this is just another case of style over substance, and perhaps the biggest disappointment of 2007 for me. The emperor truly has no clothes. Your mileage may vary, but I wanted to offer many thanks to Mike for warning me not to purchase this one blind.
Last edited by Bloom; 11th September 2007 at 09:38 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
I also had Very high hopes for Gucci Pour Homme ll. Huge letdown. I have used over half of the 3.4 0z and it just fades to zero. Total waste of money. I was banking on TFFM but now?
Last edited by Michael Picasso; 12th September 2007 at 05:18 PM.
I am over 3 hours in to my full wearing of Tom Ford for Men and cannot even review this fragrance. There is nothing to review really. This scent has no character or personality on my skin. At first I got a light version of L'Instant Pour Homme and then just a small glow of musk and amber. I can get that same glow with all the other scents sitting on the shelves at Macys that people on here rail against everyday.
I am not sure what this fragrance is all about. Maybe it is above my understanding or too special for a 'novice nose' like mine to see the elusive beauty it may hold, but the drydown of Polo Explorer is much more interesting and holds more longevity. This is the most let down I have been about a release since I joined basenotes.
I hope others find something I cannot see in Tom Ford for Men, but I am already tired of looking for it.
"Perfume is the dream that carries me."
There is always the sky to look at
Gee, all these negative reviews are encouraging! It seems that I often like whatever gets panned around here. Maybe that means I have no taste...
Last edited by BlueDevilSF; 14th September 2007 at 03:41 PM. Reason: Clarity
Life is a banquet...and I got botulism! -- Me
Just tried TFfM. IMHO it's an almost generic riff on Millésime Impérial.
MI? really? I didn't get that at all.
..edit.. I was intrigued that MI was gotten from this so I gave it another go.. I could see where you'd get some similar notes in the citrusy beginning.
I actually like it much less this time.. I'm finding the dry down to be a bit like Bond No 9 DNA for men, with a touch of Rochas Man.
Who knows.. prolly won't end up getting it.
And my Saks didn't have extreme yet
Last edited by jrd4t; 14th September 2007 at 10:23 PM.
I'm a colognosaurus. Rawr!
I'm wearing it today and I'm going to have to give it more time, but I can see what Barry is saying. I like it, overall, but I agree with him that I'm having a tough time figuring out what it's all about.
Black orchid had me, literally, at first sniff and I'll admit I was hoping for that with TFfM. It hasn't happened yet.
I still have hope yet, but I also want to try Extreme.
Is there any point in saying everything? -Basho
I had this thought when I left the store, that I couldn't shake. If the fragrance I had just smelled was instead the latest D&G (or Calvin Klein, Armani, blah blah blah) release I would have sniffed it and immediately dismissed it as not acceptable. The sheer fact that I was sitting around, patiently, and waiting for TFFM to become 'good' was a little ridiculous. Yes, just like you, when I smelled Black Orchid I knew instantly that it was something special. Primarily because there is nothing in the perfume world that smells like it. As for TFFM, well that's just not the case.
However - as I have posted on my other thread, I instantly liked the Extreme version. It is not just a stronger TFFM. It is entirely different. If you like Black Orchid (or Oud Wood by Tom Ford...or any heavy musk/oud/wood scent) then I think you will adore TFFM Extreme.
^Thanks Mike; I feel a little better now because I had the same impression and did nearly the same thing as you. I don't live near Saks, so had to order my bottle online without sampling. I paced around until the FedEx man came and immediately spritzed myself. Like you, I just kept waiting for SOMETHING to happen... it's been hours and nothing's going yet. It's just... there... not BAD, by any means (definitely not Acqua di Gio), but not what I expected. I agree with you that my longtime support of Tom's work is the only thing keeping me from being really disappointed; put "Givenchy" or "D&G" on it and, like you, I probably wouldn't even be giving it this many chances. Nevertheless, I'll give it more time, but I feel like I know my "nose" pretty well by now and don't foresee me doing a 180 degree turn.
I'll definitely be giving Extreme a try. But, depending on what happens over the next few wearings of TFfM, stay tuned to my swap list...
Last edited by rach2jlc; 19th September 2007 at 08:36 PM.
Is there any point in saying everything? -Basho
BTW - the Extreme version, which I most definitely WILL be buying in November, is listed on the Tom Ford website as $125 for the 50ml.
Last edited by mikeperez23; 28th September 2007 at 01:09 AM.
I agree that the scent is not groundbreaking....but I think it is a nice and pleasant scent...I can't wait to try out the extreme version as well.
Like most reviews here...I did not think anything special on this one. Main attributes are that is light, fun and very discreet.
I got a sample for my partner and later at night I smelled this sweet vanilla musk on his skin..almost Guerlinade, with a hint of spiciness. I was so amazed at the transformation of this fragrance in the drydown. Very sexy!!! Going to Saks today to get him a bottle
The market here is for the very quiet, yet light, fun and sexy. It tricks you at first into this fruity, citrus bland opening.....but then it seduces you into this sweet lustiness. Nice!!!
I could smell TFFM on my Pullover 4 days after wearing it. Smelled awesome. This one will fool you . I am beginning to really enjoy it alot.
Last edited by Jock_With_Scents; 5th November 2007 at 03:40 PM.
FYI, for some reason it's cheaper at Neiman Marcus ($5 less I think)
I'm a colognosaurus. Rawr!
I wore TFFM all last week and it really grew on me. I really enjoyed its subtilty throughout the day. And it does last throughout the day. I initially thought it faded quickly but it really does last. The musky drydown is rather enjoyable. But it is the frag's restraint that wins my approval. It is finely tailored; a discreet accessory that compliments the wearer and adds that "finishing touch". I am still not a fan of the price point because of the cachet the man's name on the bottle is supposed to bring nor do I think I will buy another bottle when mine is gone, but I'll enjoy it while I got it.