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    Default Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    Today I received my 5 ml sample of Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend.... below is my initial review....

    Initial Sniff = Smells kind of like Ambre Sultan...the Chinese herbal, spicy, incense, medicinal scent with the wood note in the back ground... the wood is kind of like the wood shop kind of wood... I also detect a note like a play dough scent...Grade = 8/10

    Middle Dry Down = The spicy herbal tones down and a new notes appear... there is a semi-sweet vanilla scent and beeswax note... and the wood note is still there in the background.... Grade = 9/10

    Dry Down = Smells similar to the middle dry down, but the herbal spicy note is very toned down now... it's more vanilla and sweet with the wood note...to me it has that M7 dry down vibe; semi-sweet vanilla and somewhat oud.... Grade = 9/10

    Overall grade = 8.5/10
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    I received my bottle of Amber Absolute today as well. I agree with everything that you said. Longevity is outstanding. I'm at nine hours at this point and it's still going.

    I've got to say that one of my all time favorite colognes is Gucci Pour Homme which was Tom Ford's claim to fame at Gucci. If I were to give this fragrance a nicname it would be Gucci Pour Homme Intense.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    The more this one dries down...the more it gives me that M7 dry down vibe... Sweet, vanilla, somewhat oud like, soothing and sexy scent... I guess it's from the same creator of M7... So what do you expect... I'm beginning to like this one more and more now as it dries down... I'm not too much of a fan of the opening on this fragrance though... Still an 8.5/10... It would be a 9 if it wasn't for the opening...
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    2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
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    7. Amouage Epic Man
    8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
    10. Serge Lutens - Chergui



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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    I don't find Ambre Sultan and Amber Absolute to be very similar.
    I suppose that I may have initially. I love both but the incense in AA makes it by far my favorite of the two. I also find it to be a much richer fragrance which I enjoy.

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    Have a sample of AA and love sniffing it. Don't know if I'd be able to pull this off though

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    Smells like toasted marshmallows over a campfire to me. It's very nice.
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    I'm so disappointed that this is being discontinued. IMO, it kicks all forms of ass. One of the favorites in my collection. Great stuff.

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    Bought a bottle of this today and it is my favorite of the Private Blend collection. It smells like burnt sweet awesomeness. Longevity and projection are great.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    Actually, it smells very little like Ambre Sultan to me. I get no herbs from AA. Ambre Sultan to me is mostly amber with oregano-like herbs. Smells like you threw amber at an Italian spice rack. Amber Absolute is a dark, rich, sweet, dusty scent fused with incense. Much better than Sultan.

    Amber Absolute 10

    Ambre Sultan 7.5

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    Exactly.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    just a heads up to everyone went to my local saks and it seems to have been pulled from the shelves. i'm glad i got my bottle because i'm loving this stuff. I do pick up kitchen spices from aa but nothing revolting like ambre sultan. i would rate ambre sultan more like a 3 out of 10 lol. if anyone is on the fence purchasing this stuff, just do it!

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    Just to confirm what luvinfragsguy wrote-

    My girlfriend picked up a bottle for me yesterday as a birthday gift from Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. Per the SA, it was the last 50ml that they had in the store. He told her that people had been buying it in bulk the past month.

    Either the rumors of it being discontinued are true, or they are making a killing off of negative word of mouth. Either way I'm happy to have gotten mine as well.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    Recently got 50 ml of this from a split. Mainly because of the news/rumor that it'll be discontinued. I'm loving this stuff. It smells very reminiscent of sawdust, but I really like it. Smells very natural.

    AA, NdN, Oud Wood, and TV are my favorite of the Private Blend.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    I was told recently that AA 50 ml's are still in production, it was just the 250 ml that were stopped because of the high cost of materials, and the profit margin on the 250 was too low. Could very well have changed. The 250's are definitely long gone from the counters.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    I saw lots of 50 ml Amber Absolutes at the Nordstrom here. They had a few of the 250 ml's too. I don't imagine a lot of people here wear Tom Ford frags though.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    Quote Originally Posted by fitch256 View Post
    I was told recently that AA 50 ml's are still in production, it was just the 250 ml that were stopped because of the high cost of materials, and the profit margin on the 250 was too low. Could very well have changed. The 250's are definitely long gone from the counters.
    I hope they never get rid of it. When I'm done with mine, I want more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taint it sweet View Post
    I hope they never get rid of it. When I'm done with mine, I want more.
    I think my 50 ml will last me a lifetime. Especially since it's EDP. Just one spray of this and I'm good to go for the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliDude View Post
    I think my 50 ml will last me a lifetime. Especially since it's EDP. Just one spray of this and I'm good to go for the day.
    I think I may not run out forever, but I'm afraid the top notes will fade before then.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    Smells like beeswax to my nose. Eventually develops quite nicely, with a nice sweet vanilla dry down. But overall, I find this fragrance to be way too heavy to wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taint it sweet View Post
    I'm so disappointed that this is being discontinued. IMO, it kicks all forms of ass. One of the favorites in my collection. Great stuff.
    Any more recent info on this? I'd better think about a purchase.....

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute Private Blend Initial Review

    Got a 50ml decant on the way. I'm really looking forward to seeing what this is about. I'll post my review in this thread when it gets here.

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    So buysblind, what did you think of it?

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