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    Default Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Hi again girls and guys!

    I'm curious to know if the Tom Ford private collection fragrances are worth exploring. I'm a confirmed Dior, Mugler and an older classic YSL addict.

    I walked past the TF counter today in search of Dior's Vetiver, which I got and am very happy for it. I have Dior's Leather Oud, and many of the others from the designer collection - Dune (parfum ), Dune Pour Homme, Poison, Hypnotic Poison EDT (older version) and Elixir, Addict EDP (original) and Homme Intense (vintage). Also used to have Midnight Poison (which I hear is about to be discontinued).

    My YSL ones are M7 (very vintage ), Opium PH EDT and EDP, Opium EDP and EDT (older bottles), Nu EDP (vintage), Kouros (silver collar) and Rive Gauche EDT (vintage) and Intense.

    The Muglers are Angel, Amen, Pure Havana, Bmen, Alien EDP and Intense, and Womanity.

    Would the Tom Ford's exclusives be a worthwhile addition that I should consider? I have Black Orchid (which I ADORE) and used to have the Voile de Fleur. I'm particularly interested in Sahara Noir and Tobacco Vanille.

    Comparing the price of TF 50ml's vs. the Dior exclusives, the Dior seems to be the better ones in terms of value for money... And Dior has always been quality for the money I paid - 5 sprays of Addict and the world keeps complimenting

    Please share your views

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    You should smell them and decide for yourself. Personally I love the line.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Yes, No, maybe...the only way to really know is to sample and or test on your skin. We can give you resounding answers, but if it doesn't work on you or for your nose our opinions mean little.


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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Sure, check them out. Stop by the store and see if you can get some samples.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    There should be a bunch of threads on this subject lurking around, alongside a ton of reviews of this line. I'm a little outside the norm here in that I find most of the recent releases to vacillate between sub-par and quite bad, but I'd strongly recommend a few of the older ones like Amber Absolute, Bois Marrocain, Purple Patchouli, Japon Noir and Moss Breches. All of those were unique, high quality, and innovative and should be available on eBay and whatnot.

    With that said, the only ones from the past few years that I find worthwhile are Noir de Noir, Santal Blush, and Italian Cypress. The new Tobacco Oud was fairly solid, but aside from that, the line's been consistently mediocre at best. Sahara Noir isn't one of the private blends, but it's one of the best scents produced in recent years and absolutely worth checking out. And I'm in the minority with this, but Tobacco Vanille is the stuff of nightmares -- but then again, so's Black Orchid, so take that into consideration too

    Have fun exploring as it's an extensive collection.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    There are some good ones out there but they have also phased out some that I liked. From the regular line the Voile de Fleur was superb, as was Jasmine Musk from the private range.

    As for value for money I personally think there are too many sweet deals not to ignore on eBay. TF seem to give out thousands of testers to their reps so if there's something you like, chances are they're online at a huge discount. I personally would never pay TF retail prices.
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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    I'm a fan, but in my opinion, no. Few of them are worth what has become the extortionate retail price.
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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Not a fan of any but has been mentioned, try them out and judge them for yourself.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Well speaking specifically of the discontinued releases, i don't think any are worth hunting down and paying the ridiculous prices i've seen.

    Amber Absolute is probably the nicest, but its also the one that smells most similar to a bunch of other perfumes available by other houses, and Tom Ford even. Is it worth $250-300 for 50ML? In my opinion HELL no. I've collected the entire line, and i can tell you that if i ever run out, i won't be buying another. And that goes double for the others, although i do have an extra gallon sized refill bottle of bois rouge so i think that would be difficult lol.

    I would just go to a store and see what you can buy today. There are many great perfumes i think you will connect with.

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    Thanks everyone for the responses!! Much food for thought

    With the stuff I got in my wardrobe I'm just wondering would TF make a difference? I understand and appreciate the feedback about testing it for myself, which is what I usually do. The TF ones are a challenge though as it's not easily accessible...which is why I'm hoping to get some feedback from my trusted community
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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    I only dig oud wood , Plum japonais and TL from privee line, the rest are a pass and don't rock or heighten or peak my interest and as of buying the bottle a full price ofcourse not but have gotten 50mls via split at half msrp price , so at that price YES they're worth it.
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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by jellybean1973 View Post
    With the stuff I got in my wardrobe I'm just wondering would TF make a difference?
    I'm not sure what you mean by "make a difference" ...make a difference in what?
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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    I glanced at your collection, and i'm not familiar with a good amount. You seem to be a big fan of the retro powerhouse scents from yesteryear, which i am not. So best i can say is of the ones i know, which is basically mid 80's to present, there are many Tom Ford perfumes that would fit in nicely.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Count me as a fan of the Tom Ford line. That being said I do not like all of them, some I think are beautiful but not for me. There are three I really like after testing them. The polarizing Tuscan Leather, Italian Cypress and Oud Wood. You may find you really like the line or you may discover they are not for you. The prevailing good advice on this thread is try them if you can. I understand now how hard it is to sample sometimes since I left NY. As for paying for price, there are usually splits going on for Tom Ford here from a bunch of very reputable people. Don't rush, sample.
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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    I think that TF is one of the few designers who does pay attention to perfumes, and the line overall is well thought and interesting. And yet, I think he simply gets too many things out, I cannot help but feel that many of the perfumes could have been much better had they gone through more editing, so to speak. There are many interesting ideas, but sometimes they feel short of a true masterpiece that would justify the sky high prices.

    But some are indeed nice. Sahara Noir is certainly worth sampling. Our Middle Eastern BNers say that it smells exactly like burnt frankincense. Marvellous and quite unique.

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    I got samples of the tomford exclusive line and for me not worth the asking price. With the price they are asking, I am looking to better than designer mass market offering. What I am smelling from the line are slightly better smelling common mall fragrances priced 3X the retail price to get a satisfaction of exclusivity.

    It is sad, a lot of designer houses are using the strategy of creed and bond no 9, create mass market fragrances that will appeal to everyone and price them 3X the common mall fragrance. Then people will think twice about what are they smelling since it is so EXPENSIVE. tsk tsk tsk

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    I think the line is absolutely worth investigating.

    These are all excellent (and still not discontinued):
    Tobacco Vanille
    Noir de Noir
    Plum Japonais
    Rive d'Ombre
    Neroli Portofino
    Cafe Rose

    You may not love everything, but it's very likely you will find a few things that captivate you.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    In my opinion other than Oud wood and white suede others are all ok. Worth the price is something very objective.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    The initial stuff, from around 2006 was good. Really solid stuff like Purple Patchouli (long gone now), Oud Wood & Tuscan Leather.

    Then lots of poor ones followed by a few really good ones.

    The whole Musk, Atelier d'Orient & Jardin Noir were barely ok but not FBW.
    But in between there were superb ones like Violet Blond, Santal Blush and Sahara Noir.

    It feels like hes pumping mediocre to poor things out to maintain presence in the market but maintaining integrity with a few good ones here and there.

    Its ok with me. If I find thats hes made a good one I'll buy, otherwise I'll pass.



    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post

    But some are indeed nice. Sahara Noir is certainly worth sampling. Our Middle Eastern BNers say that it smells exactly like burnt frankincense. Marvellous and quite unique.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    I think they're a little overpriced, but I'm a huge fan of the Private Blend line. Some of my favorite fragrances. Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather, Noir de Noir and Moss Breches are really nice. There are several more I enjoy too.
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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Amber Absolute is a classic..
    Japon Noir is wonderful..
    TV as well..
    As far as price it equals out as 1-2 sprays are enough to lasts throughout the majority of the day..
    Those are my 3 favs..
    I would stay away from TF Noir and a few others mentioned..

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Tom Ford's are worth the money for me because they have a certain style that works well with my taste in fragrance. They also last 12 plus hours. Like others have said, if they suit you they are worth it.
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    Yet to find one I would pay money for. The line strikes me as almost cynically commercial - front loaded 'instant appeal' with not much to back them up.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    Yet to find one I would pay money for. The line strikes me as almost cynically commercial - front loaded 'instant appeal' with not much to back them up.
    That's about it.

    Haven't found one I can leave on my skin for more than two hours. Latest was Tuscan Leather. Horrible stuff. I can buy vintage Halston Z-14 for less than $20. It's a hundred times better than Italian Cypress. Tom Ford fragrances truly suck. Blatantly synthetic without the style of a Comme des Garcons, etc. As mr reasonable said, "cynically commercial".
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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    "Worth the money" is very relative. To me, I do find them pretty expensive and for the ones I really enjoy, I would just partake in a split or get at a discount from ebay (from a very trusted seller). I wouldn't buy at retail.

    I've been underwhelmed with the Private Blends of the past few years. The original Private Blends were great though: Oud Wood, Tobacco Vanille, Italian Cypress, Noir de Noir, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather, etc. They were more edgy, unique, and the house was willing to take risks. The recent Private Blends seem more "mainstream" and unoriginal.
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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    They are worth the money you'd spend on a split.
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    Offsite sales: By Kilian Straight to Heaven, Heeley Coccobello, Vintage Tabarome, Selection Verte, Citrus Bigarrade), Tom Ford Noir de Noir, By Kilian Prelude to Love, Bond No. 9 Hamptons, Heeley Oranges & Lemons, L'Essence de Cerruti, Balenciaga Ho Hang Club, Reyane Insurrection, numerous popular SAMPLES! http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=260 and http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=626

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Whilst I own and enjoy several (TV/TL/Noir de Noir/Oud Wood), I'd say that whilst enjoyable, you're still paying the premium for the Tom Ford name, rather than the scent itself.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Overall I feel that the Private Blends are a great example of "luxury" which is more about the experience of paying a high price for a brand, and for the experience of "luxury," than for something that actually is rare, excellent, and substantial. In a word, they're a bit crass and pretentious (is it just me, or does truly understanding the Tom Ford brand involve doing a lot of cocaine and working in finance?). In any event, they're not all bad, though the good ones are overpriced.

    The Exclusives fare a bit better. For what it's worth, Sahara Noir is the only Tom Ford I've actually bought to date. It's an exception to all the above; focused, well-executed, and of very high-quality materials. A great celebration of frankincense, and quite unpretentious in its straightforward excellence.

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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    In a a word, no! My single most regretted purchase is a bottle of Plum Japonaise. A waste of over $200 for 50mL of a good scent that lacks staying power. I should have searched out a bottle of Bond's Andy Warhol instead which smells so similar that it seems Tom Ford copied it in every way except for staying power, and charged twice as much for his name. But, this one taught me a lesson. Never buy anything based on first impressions. If I could sell the bottle and not take a loss I would, but as it is every time I look at it I will remember to never buy anything until after testing it several times.
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    Default Re: Are the Tom Ford exclusives worth the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    In a a word, no! My single most regretted purchase is a bottle of Plum Japonaise. A waste of over $200 for 50mL of a good scent that lacks staying power. I should have searched out a bottle of Bond's Andy Warhol instead which smells so similar that it seems Tom Ford copied it in every way except for staying power, and charged twice as much for his name. But, this one taught me a lesson. Never buy anything based on first impressions. If I could sell the bottle and not take a loss I would, but as it is every time I look at it I will remember to never buy anything until after testing it several times.
    Crazy town! I get insane longevity from Plum Japonais! It's 12+ hours of projection, half of that it's projection VERY well. After 12 hours close to skin.

    I love PJ

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