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Champaca Absolute (2009)
by Tom Ford


Champaca Absolute information

Year of Launch2009
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 114 votes)

People and companies

HouseTom Ford
PerfumerRodrigo Flores-Roux
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Champaca Absolute

Champaca Absolute is a shared / unisex perfume by Tom Ford. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux

Champaca Absolute fragrance notes

Reviews of Champaca Absolute

An original floral that’s both clean (white, soapy musk) and dirty (animalistic musk). It’s got a bit of powder and projection is just right.
23rd November, 2018
Very radical, different fragrance from Tom Ford.

Champaca Absolute focuses its attention on the champak evergreen tree. Champaca blossoms have been used to make "attars" (holy fragrances), and it has a characteristically peachy-sweet-hay-musky-tea quality enjoyed by many especially in south Asia.

Tom Ford's take on Champaca is quite daring, utilizing several unusual elements to create quite a sensual Oriental Floral experience: A boozy start, using wine and cognac, along with Spanish / Weaver's broom shrub (Spartium juncium) with its honey-vanilla touch, as well as commonly used bergamot; an impressive array of florals that blend so seamlessly with the other notes, putting many accents in such a thoughtful, expert manner; base is full of warm, sweet creamy notes of vanilla, amber, sandalwood, and that really nice candied chestnut ("marron glacé").

This one projects really nicely, lasts surprisingly well, and inspires feelings of joy and calm. A fragrance that I keep sniffing over and over, one that is quite a departure from typical scents, unisex or not!
24th September, 2018
I think this is one that can give very different impressions based on proximity and climate. In Los Angeles I experienced it as very apricot/mango fruity and soft, in my mind a friendly pale orange scent. And back in the desert, it is a crazy dark purple fruit chypre that’s all sweet, juicy violets and boozy plum wine, all the time. It’s rather forbidding, though not quite off-putting. Once in a while I can smell it from a distance on myself and see how I got the soft, sweet fruity impression in a gentler climate.

But it does have fangs as a desert creature.

Some have commented that they get rose. It may be the same perfume-y retro chypre note I’m reading as plum wine as roses can go fruity.

Really reminds me of something I had a treasured sample of in the late 70s/early 80s, and it may be the violet/winey rose heart of Mary McFadden. In the early days of Ebay I tracked down a bottle of the McFadden to smell it again and was surprised that violets weren’t given as a note because ionones totally shaped the character of the wine-y rose heart.

I suspect if you gave Champaca Absolute a big dose of powder and a few tweaks you could get a gargantuan and awesome postmodern Loulou.

13th September, 2018
This is glorious....period. This is a soft, sweet, powdery woody floral that offers a moderate sillage (about 3 to 5 feet) and has pretty decent longevity (5-6 hours medium sillage, 7-10 hours minimal sillage on dry skin in a warm, somewhat dry climate). It's instant femininity and comfort. It's gorgeous, pure and simple. Every once in a great while, I will get the slightest hint of bubblegum. However, it doesn't happen often and it's not enough to diminish the enjoyment I receive otherwise.

I love this so much I am debating buying the $520 bottle (mostly because it's an incredible price considering how much you get). This may be my most favorite fragrance of all time.
04th December, 2016
Floral with too much going on. Sweet, soapy and just not my style. A sample is far as I would go with this one. 6/10
18th August, 2016
Complaints about this being too floral misunderstand the absolute aspect of the name. Champaca is a flower isn't it? And next to rose and oud for that matter, it produces a wonderful delightful balance of simultaneous dirty and clean which tickles the nose.

It takes some getting used to yes, it is a Tom Ford afterall, but give it time and it will show itself. Your nose will crave it.
28th October, 2015

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