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    Default Tom Ford Italian Cypress

    OMG! I sampled this in Selfridges today. This is an absolutely stunning fragrance.

    I haven't fallen head over heals for a fragrance for a while but this smacked me over the head with a cricket bat.

    It is honestly one of the most rich, opulent and audaciously refined fragrances I can remember in a long time.

    Bearing in mind that this very day I'd been working out whether the hype was worth everything about Rose 31 (it is), this was like when Han Solo gets the Millennium Falcon into lightspeed.

    I don't know what all the notes are, I actually don't even really care, this is a fragrance that rivals the first time you smell Bois Des Iles.

    Simply beautiful.
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    I've got Jack Black Silver Mark, which I like. Have you tried that, and if so, how does it compare?

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    Sorry Bigsly no, I've not tried that so I can't compare them. But I will certainly look it out. Let's put it this way, I am trying to talk myself into going back tomorrow and buying a bottle regardless of the high price tag. (£95.00 for 50ml)
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    Oh, I'm totally with you. I really love it! I sprung for a bottle the other night and can't wait for it.

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    It's going right onto my test list. Can't WAIT to try it!

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    Add one here, it's really good. Although the word cypress and chypre are almost alike, they mean different things, though Italian Cypress is a chypre (bergamot, oakmoss) and it's really good!

    It definitely has this 70s 80s vibe without getting stuffy. Good sillage and longevity as well. I was really positively surprised, as I don't like chypres (such as Chanel PM).
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    I was incredibly underwhelmed by this. Full review to come soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I was incredibly underwhelmed by this. Full review to come soon.
    WHAT?

    That really really surprises me Mike, I thought it was amazing.
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    I'd love to try Italian Cypress. When we where on holiday in Tuscany.. every house had it's driveway with cypresses.. soo lovely!
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    I have a problem with most of the Private Blends. All of them smell incredible in the topnotes. When I sampled Tuscan Leather I thought it was one of the sexiest fragrances I had ever experienced, but then I arrived at the heart and base notes. It became overwhelming and cloying; the same thing happend with Oud Wood, Italian Cypress, ect.. I wish they would retain a bit more of thier initial character.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
    I have a problem with most of the Private Blends. All of them smell incredible in the topnotes. When I sampled Tuscan Leather I thought it was one of the sexiest fragrances I had ever experienced, but then I arrived at the heart and base notes. It became overwhelming and cloying; the same thing happend with Oud Wood, Italian Cypress, ect.. I wish they would retain a bit more of thier initial character.
    Hmm, I don't know, this retains a really nice woody base to it. I do agree with the topnotes though, they are incredible, totally captivating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HDS1963 View Post
    WHAT?

    That really really surprises me Mike, I thought it was amazing.
    LOL

    Well, I am a Tom Ford Fan Club member, yes - but, IC was quite boring to my nose.

    In fact, I think Polo Modern Reserve by Ralph Lauren (or even the original Polo) does what IC is trying to do - but better and more affordably. I will go into more detail in my review, to come.

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    Fan here. Most of his line is great.

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    Despite notes being similar, I get perhaps a passing resemblance to Jack Black Silver at best. Jack Black Silver smells rather... Cologney, if such a word existed. Italian Cypress is more warmer as opposed to Silver's coolness/bright notes. IC also is very, very refined--the cypress note in it is really smells like you're in an evergreen forest.

    According to Wikipedia, Italian, or Mediterranean Cyprus "...is also grown for its very durable, scented wood, used most famously for the doors of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, Rome."

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
    I have a problem with most of the Private Blends. All of them smell incredible in the topnotes.
    That was exactly my impression of Italian Cypress. I received a sample from a fellow Basenoter and almost PM'd him to buy the bottle he was selling after I first applied it. But the drydown was completely different than the wonderful topnotes. Almost cheap smelling and something I definitely wouldn't spent "Tom Ford Private Line" money for.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress

    When I hear of cypress as a note, I hope for a very unique woody scent: one that is dry, somewhat resinous and evergreen. It has a compelling, slightly airy-melancholy tone. (Romans thought that the spirits of the dead hovered near cypress trees.) I don't get a sense that is at work here; I look forward to further comments.
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    I'd be very interested to read how or if Italian Cypress compares to AdP Blu Mediterranneo Tuscan Cypress; in more than name that is maybe you can discuss that in your review Mike...
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    Today I went into the Harrod's fragrance hall and sampled this on skin.

    Now, several hours later I have reached a rather unexpected realisation about the drydown.

    It smells like the far drydown of....





















    Yatagan. Honestly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jathanas View Post
    I'd be very interested to read how or if Italian Cypress compares to AdP Blu Mediterranneo Tuscan Cypress; in more than name that is maybe you can discuss that in your review Mike...
    I tested Tuscan Cypress quite a while ago. Honestly I thought TC smelled a LOT like Tuscany by Aramis. The same sharp, masculine, fougere vibe - incorporating citrus into the woods nicely...but nothing to write home about and not as coniferous as IC. Maybe I'll see a tester of TC sometime between now and when I write my review, and I can compare them side by side?

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    Related side note - one can order Italian Cypress from the new Saks men's catalog. Standard Private Blend prices - if anyone wants the catalog number for ordering from Saks just PM me and I'll give it to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    Related side note - one can order Italian Cypress from the new Saks men's catalog. Standard Private Blend prices - if anyone wants the catalog number for ordering from Saks just PM me and I'll give it to you.

    You can also get it at Nordstrom's here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    LOL

    Well, I am a Tom Ford Fan Club member, yes - but, IC was quite boring to my nose.

    In fact, I think Polo Modern Reserve by Ralph Lauren (or even the original Polo) does what IC is trying to do - but better and more affordably. I will go into more detail in my review, to come.
    Oh well it's in the differences between us that we learn more. I'll look forward to reading it! Still love it though, lol. Even if it does smell like the end of Yatagan when it dries down (which is no bad thing IMO)
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress

    I was on fence about this one but I ended up liking it alot. I wasn't sure if it was for me. I don't get along with mint in a fragrance usually. But the mint in this one is nicely matched with something else that makes it work for me.

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    tried it today (it's on my wrist, after a few hours, as i type). first thing that come to mind: Polo. there's nothing in this to keep me interested. green for sure but with little excitement.

    also tried Silver Mark's cypress fragrance (but on a paper strip). i might have to get a sample of that. top notes smelled nice.

    i still prefer the way l'occitane does woodsy scents. i recommend trying them if you haven't.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress

    Quote Originally Posted by union1411 View Post
    tried it today (it's on my wrist, after a few hours, as i type). first thing that come to mind: Polo.
    Bingo! Same here.

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    When I first tried this, I was disappointed. It smelt like a very mundane sweet citrus that could be worn on a humid day. Fast forward to this evening. I get a sweet neroli citrus but with a cigarette skank. Almost like someone smelling of a citrus cologne after a smoke. It's also very retro, very 70's, very Studio 54.

    I like it, but I don't think I'd get a bottle, or decant.

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    When I tried it, Citrus Paradisi by Czech & Speake came to mind. The comparison is from memory, and from very small samples so I can of course be wrong...
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    I smelled it on the card other day and it smelled superb but of course I know that is no real test, but unfortunately I had no room left on my hands and will have to go back another day to test

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    my skin is weird... after about ten minutes or so, this smells like straight up cigarette smoke? i wonder if i'm the only person getting this?

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    This one smells exactly like Z-14. Do an arm by arm comparison and you'll come to the same conclusion. Overpriced and unoriginal.
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