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    Default Tom Ford Private Blends: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de Noir

    I got a chance to sample these four offerings from the Tom Ford Prive line today. overall, i felt good about them. each scent had the quality and theme to go with. However, some scents strongly reminded me of other scents, so in that perspective, i didnt smell something entirely new, but then, i found the quality of TF offerings excellent. My 2 cents on em...as always, kindly bear with me

    Tuscan Leather: if there is any scent..and i mean any scent, which can compete with Knize 10, it's Tom Fords Tuscan Leather. straight out of spritzer, it has leather written all over it. With Knize ten, i always had this image of spanking new leather product, polished, toned and finished to perfection, at the same time, i used to get this vibe which is very green. With Tuscan Leather, i dont get any green notes. if i had to set a color to represent tuscan leather, it has to be deep brown. i get the smell of a newly tanned leather sheet. it's supple and soft, ready to be moulded into a wallet or a jacket... i tried hard to find other accords in this scent...but, all i could smell was leather, leather and "only" leather. made me wonder, is this one note frgrance..? coz if it is, then this has to be one of the best scents around which is linear. But, when i say linear, it doesnt mean it doesnt have any other tricks in it's bag. it probably has to do with the quality if ingredients that went into it... This one has a mesmerising sillage..and i mean "mesmerising". close to skin, one could smell the finest leather accord you could possibly sniff and away from skin, this scent swirls up in the air exuding different shades of brown and yes, a comforting warm halo of leather. by mids to base..a shiny tanner..almost tar like note appears and lingers on till the end. amazin scent to be worn in winters and or as one may please. a definite must have for anyone who is looking for a good quality, genuine leather based scent.

    Noir de Noir: by now, everyone knows Noir de noir is a story abour Rose, saffron and Oudh...the recipe atypical of Montale offerings. i approached this scent with the same expectation, only to find it doesnt have the oudh bite of montale at all. i mean, there is oudh, but not the way Montale does it. I could draw parallels to Amouage's Lyric in terms of the beatiful accord of rose used in this. it also reminds me of L'Artisan's seminal offering Voleur du Roses. in other words, this one has a very enchanting take on rose. it's extremely pleasant yet has that dark bite of Oudh in it. There is a eerie chilly nature to this scent which makes one wonder whether this has frankincense in it's composition. the real surpise is after an hour or so..accords of rose melt away into lovely notes of vanilla pods. it doesnt make the composition sweet by any means...the smell is of dry vanilla pods. very very interesting. and yes, this one climbs back to the top along with Moss Breches as one of the scents to look out for from this range.

    what one gets in the end is a rose prominent scent sufficiently backed up by saffron and spices with the breath of Oudh...the presense of oudh is only subtle and fades away within couple of hours...wht stands out then is the wonderful accord of dry,vanilla pods..


    Moss Breches: whew..what a scent. it reminded me of (wet version) of Thundra in the opening notes followed by No.88 kinda accords (of course, minus the rose)...Today i happened to dab a lot more of Moss Breches and what struck me the most is the way patchouli is done here. very wet, sloggy patch i must add. not as dry as in thundra or Ingrant patchouli. this has a very wet forest floor kind of accord. it's clearly visible upon application, almost watery quality, within 5-7 minutes it slowly takes the backstage for other accords to follow in... i have stated elsewhere that i get this vibhuti accord in No. 88, which is white ash, it is very camphory sweet and dry in smell..and exudes a white incense like accord. i could also distantly relate it to an intense version of Chanels masterpiece, Coromandel(could be the patch playing tricks with me). it's pretty spicy in it's opening...but, where SL's Ambre Sultan exudes a color which is golden.. Moss Breches exudes the color white for me. so, it's spicy, but not in the spicy amber type scent we know of. maybe there is Angelica in there that gives it this "white" feel... that said, i dont get that image of Moss from it until i reach the mids to base section. whne someone mentons Moss, the firsts scent that springs to mind is Leonard Ph...however, the mossy nature of this scent is clearly expressed and it's not the smell of wet moss on stone after rain..it's more like dry, golden hued moss over stones...lovely! Patchouli indeed holds this scent and forms the core. but theres a lot of other things going on which doesnt make it a patch exclusive scent. this is a must try for anyone who appreciates C&S's No.88, Creed Angelique Incens & Chanel's Coromandel, and also Leonard ph to an extent (i dont mean to imply all these scents smell similar to each other, it;s just a reference, that im sure we all can relate to).

    Along with Tuscan Leather, this one has really enchanted me.

    Amber Absolute: well, for those who say Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan doesnt have amber..should smell this one for reference. It's opening accords reminds one of mid-base notes of Ambre sultan minus the extreme spicy notes of AS. within 10 minutes it morphs into another scent we adore so much, which is Parfums d'Empire's Ambre Russe; ofcourse minus the leather and herbal accords....so, what that leaves us with is a smoldering accord of glowing amber so powerful, it has the capacity to create an aura and sense of warmth by merely smelling it. no wonder it's called amber "absolute". this is a straight ahead, no-nonsense, smoldering amber based scent. a definite must have for someone who admires Ambre Sultan and Ambre Russe. is it worth ahaving all these three scents in one wardrobe...? depends. i do have amber sultan..so, i dont need this one. but, for thsoe who have Ambre Russe, this one is different enough to be in the same WD. just for our info, this has more in common with Ambre Sultan than with Ambre Russe.

    p.s. kindly ingore and forgive spelling and grammatical errors..
    Last edited by jenson; 11th May 2009 at 05:04 PM.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de Noir

    I bought a large bottle of Tuscan Leather a few months back. Love the stuff. One of the notes in it sticks out prominently to me: Raspberry. That and the Jasmine in it help to keep it somewhat fresh, making it (for me) the first leather I could wear in the summer.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de Noir

    Quote Originally Posted by Thebark View Post
    I bought a large bottle of Tuscan Leather a few months back. Love the stuff. One of the notes in it sticks out prominently to me: Raspberry. That and the Jasmine in it help to keep it somewhat fresh, making it (for me) the first leather I could wear in the summer.

    thats interesting..maybe that makes it so smooth in its opening. but honestly, i cudnt decipher it..will look forward to wearing this one tomorrow.

    This ones definitely a keeper. thnx for your time and inputs!
    Last edited by jenson; 7th May 2009 at 10:11 PM.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de Noir

    Lovely revies Jen....

    I absolutely agree with you that Tuscan Leather is just awesome.....So much so, I just got myself a 250ml decanter of Tuscan Leather...It is so powerful that a little goes a long way....Despite knowing that it was hard not to buy the bigger bottle....

    Your review on Moss Breches where you've linked it with C&S 88 has made me curious and I am soon going to have to try this since 88 is my favorite...

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    Default Re: Tom Ford: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de Noir

    Hey Jenson... enjoying reading! I agree with you about Tuscan Leather in that there is no mistaking its intent and I really appreciate that about it. There are a lot of leather scents out there that make me wonder if I'd have known they were leather scents without the name of the fragrance to tip me off... this is not one!

    Amber Absolute is definitely powerful though for some reason it doesn't remind me very much of Ambre Russe, which reminds me more of a far more complicated (read: with tea and leather piled on top) Blue Amber by Montale. But anyway, it certainly does cast a golden halo around the wearer. I used to like it more than Ambre Sultan but I've long since changed my mind, though if one had a lot of money and a big amber lust, I think they are different enough that they wouldn't be redundant in the same wardrobe.

    Thanks for the reviews
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    Default Re: Tom Ford: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de Noir

    Quote Originally Posted by nthny View Post
    Amber Absolute is definitely powerful though for some reason it doesn't remind me very much of Ambre Russe, which reminds me more of a far more complicated (read: with tea and leather piled on top) Blue Amber by Montale. But anyway, it certainly does cast a golden halo around the wearer. I used to like it more than Ambre Sultan but I've long since changed my mind, though if one had a lot of money and a big amber lust, I think they are so different that they wouldn't be redundant in the same wardrobe.

    Thanks for the reviews
    Nthny! thnx for your time!

    on ambre russe..i did mention it's minus it's leathery goodness and herbal approach..same with Ambre sultan.. AA is not as spicy as Ambre Sultan. in the end, i also mention it has more in common with Ambre Sultan than Ambre Russe.... whew so yes, i agreed with you already but, there is no mistakin that it smells a lot like Ambre Sultan and it;s just for reference to someone like me who havent got a chanceto test either one of those scents.

    Gupts: buddy, thanx for your time! on the comparisons, please take it in a broader perspective..it's just to give hints on how it smells like..especially for someone like me who dont have access to many a scents (i got to test this line just today ). btw, you will love Moss Breches. it;s one helluva scent.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de Noir

    Hey Jenson... I understood ya the first time, I just meant that the amber in Ambre Russe reminds me more of the amber used in Blue Amber, it's softer, almost doughy, whereas the amber impression I get in Ambre Sultan and Amber Absolute seems more like a golden liquid sensation. Also when I said they are "so different" I meant, "different enough." They are certainly similar in the way you describe. Just clarifying

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    Default Re: Tom Ford: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de Noir

    Quote Originally Posted by nthny View Post
    golden liquid sensation.
    i like that term . and yes, thanx for your input Nthny! much appreciated
    Last edited by jenson; 8th May 2009 at 07:18 AM.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de Noir

    Great reviews bro

    I get that K10 reference in Tuscan Leather, and also that tar like accord... but to my nose it smells more ashy---on top of smoked leather. I also liked Moss Breches, but Noir de Noir and Amber Absolute are both grave disappointments for me.


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    Default Re: Tom Ford Private Blends: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de N

    Seems like you tested the right Tom Ford's jenson. I absolutely love Tuscan Leather, but I must admit that it has been copied (quite well, I must say) by Montale in their new Aoud Leather. I just got a large decant in, and it's TL with a tiny bit of aoud. In AL, the aoud does not overpower the leather - it's the other way around...all leather! Cheaper than TL too. Sample when you can. I also agree with TheBark, I smell raspberry in TL.

    Moss Breches is so darn good, isn't it? The best new chypre I've smelled in a while. The way the honeycomb notes weave in and out of the overall chypre accord is brilliant. Plus it wears just as easily in warm weather. When I run out of my decant, I might consider a full bottle.

    Amber Absolute left me cold the first time I smelled it, but I re-tested it a couple months ago when Ruggles and I were in Palm Beach and I really liked it. Now I see what everyone is all excited about. I know turquoisewater loves it a lot, her strong endorsement of it got me to smell it the 2nd time. I'm glad I did.

    I have tried to like Noir de Noir, but it still leaves me a little confused. I don't smell the chocolate that Turin mentions in his review. I think it's the saffron in it, that nixes it for me.

    Have you smelled Velvet Gardenia and/or Arabian Wood - my other Private Blend favorites?
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Private Blends: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de N

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Seems like you tested the right Tom Ford's jenson. I absolutely love Tuscan Leather, but I must admit that it has been copied (quite well, I must say) by Montale in their new Aoud Leather. I just got a large decant in, and it's TL with a tiny bit of aoud. In AL, the aoud does not overpower the leather - it's the other way around...all leather! Cheaper than TL too. Sample when you can. I also agree with TheBark, I smell raspberry in TL.
    Tuscan Leather has that raspberry sweetness and smokiness, that gives it an edge. Aoud Leather ended up becoming linear and awkwardly fresh. It's also a lot more transparent than TL. I think it has a similar leather note as Nostalgia. In the end, I found TL to be the more interesting scent out of the two.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Private Blends: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de N

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Seems like you tested the right Tom Ford's jenson. I absolutely love Tuscan Leather, but I must admit that it has been copied (quite well, I must say) by Montale in their new Aoud Leather. I just got a large decant in, and it's TL with a tiny bit of aoud. In AL, the aoud does not overpower the leather - it's the other way around...all leather! Cheaper than TL too. Sample when you can. I also agree with TheBark, I smell raspberry in TL.

    Moss Breches is so darn good, isn't it? The best new chypre I've smelled in a while. The way the honeycomb notes weave in and out of the overall chypre accord is brilliant. Plus it wears just as easily in warm weather. When I run out of my decant, I might consider a full bottle.

    Amber Absolute left me cold the first time I smelled it, but I re-tested it a couple months ago when Ruggles and I were in Palm Beach and I really liked it. Now I see what everyone is all excited about. I know turquoisewater loves it a lot, her strong endorsement of it got me to smell it the 2nd time. I'm glad I did.

    I have tried to like Noir de Noir, but it still leaves me a little confused. I don't smell the chocolate that Turin mentions in his review. I think it's the saffron in it, that nixes it for me.

    Have you smelled Velvet Gardenia and/or Arabian Wood - my other Private Blend favorites?
    Im glad i got the right ones on Montale...we all know how they like to get "inspired" once in while and yes, i would definitely love ot sample Aoudh Leather. i hope it has that similar, magical drydown of Tusacan Leather...

    Moss Breches is a winner in every aspect...i just have less than a ml left in decant and hence using it quite miserly...5-6 sprays of this one would be just incredible to wear..

    my intial thoughts on Noir de Noir were meh...i felt Lyric or a Voleur du roses did a better job there...on my skin, the rose saffron mix fades away in a hour or two...and this is the part which surprised me...dry dusty vanilla pods in the mix..i just love this accord...and this is what separates Noir de Noir from the rest i think

    The only other TF's i have sniffed is the Velvet Gardenia & Japan Noir. Velvet Gardenia is such an intense olfactory experience...gritty, raw and honest.

    Japan Noir in the begining didnt do much for me...but, i didnt realise it left a mark on my senses...i'm craving for it now. same thing happened with Malles Noir Epices...i'm literally craving for these scents like a drug.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Private Blends: Moss Breches, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather & Noir de N

    corrections made in Moss Breches review (added certain important nuances Italic fonts).

    pardon me for bumping this thread for the same...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I have tried to like Noir de Noir, but it still leaves me a little confused. I don't smell the chocolate that Turin mentions in his review. I think it's the saffron in it, that nixes it for me.
    how many stars Noir de Noir got?
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