Perfume Reviews

Reviews of Vert de Fleur by Tom Ford

Total Reviews: 8
Tom Ford is not a house I've explored very much, particularly his private blends. I think they're a bit overpriced, and they tend to be more popular with the gents then with the ladies.

However, I wholeheartedly agree with all the positive reviews here on BN for Vert de Fleur, as well as Luca Turin's 4-star-review - these are what led me to seek out and try this fragrance. It's an absolute beauty, and a must-try for green floral lovers.

I don't get a lot of retro references in Vert de Fleur. It smells to me like a contemporary green floral, however it has much more depth, richness and complexity than other contemporary green florals like Bel Respiro or No. 19 Poudre, and is less mass appealing. I have nothing against these latter two fragrances - I own and love Bel Respiro as an easy-going fresh green floral, and it's a favorite of mine during the summer. But Vert de Fleur is on another level. If I had to deconstruct this fragrance, I would say it's a very rich, deep, green galbanum combined with a very smoothly blended floral accord. It's hard to pick out any florals individually, and it stays very green very deep into the drydown. It's not overly feminine though despite the florals - it's probably as unisex as No. 19 and other great vintage greens like Givenchy III.

A bottle of this will be mine before the end of summer - I think it's been discontinued but there are still some bottles around. Looks like I discovered this beauty in the nick of time.
10th June, 2021 (last edited: 11th June, 2021)
Like a green scape for city prisoners, the rain of spring that brings life and smile.a delightfully green scent.unisex but in a feminine way.she is strong but kind and well mannered woman.she is intelligent and refined. this could be a great scent for those who don't like general,bombastic sweetness.It exudes class,elegance and joy the vivre in a french way.bold,sharp, bitter,fresh,flowery.

VDF opens taking you in a meadow full of grass,some cut,some full of those fantastic herbes folles. little by little you are transported to a town where the smell of grass is mixed with smooth,love,human warmth symbolized by the flowers that take the scene after the green. resinous galbanum and sharp vetiver all in equal measure mixed to provide us with a truse classic vibe that could have been worn by cool businesswoman.
28th March, 2021 (last edited: 11th April, 2021)
I’m usually not a fan of green scents, but this one is different. More “perfumy” than herbal. The dry down is particularly lovely.
Totally unisex. And great.
23rd November, 2018
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A pleasant, very floral exploration within the "Les Extraits Vert" collection from Tom Ford.

It's an aromatic-floral-green experience that feels well-crafted and classy. Full of freshness and maturity, Vert de Fleur bears a close resemblance to Chanel No.19 EdP for ladies, another floral-green scent.

Starts out initially with bitter greenness, from the galbanum; the citrus-spice duo is a nice bright combo that fades fairly quickly, as if to introduce the florals as the star of this fragrance. Iris adds a powdery, starchy sweet boiled carrot touch; hyacinth is present, with its beautiful oily floral-greenness; jasmine and rose add their incomparable flowery freshness.

Also, woodiness is incidentally evident in Vert de Fleur (no wood notes were listed in the fragrance triangle, so it must be a composite perception from notes like galbanum); and that along with the warm green oakmoss, patchouli, and vetiver, add a slight masculine feel to what could easily be an entirely feminine fragrance.

For me, I would have a hard time sporting this scent, although I have a LOT of respect for it. It leans towards ladies, to be worn by more seasoned wearers. Younger wearers may not flock to it.
01st October, 2018 (last edited: 30th September, 2018)
Don't let anyone ever tell you that they "can't make them like they used to", because this seems Tom Ford's mode of operation with some of his Private Blend creations. I don't know who the nose behind Vert de Fleur (2016) is, but it's clearly somebody who loves the old 70's "free-spirited" green floral chypres, and if you stuck this in an old Estée Lauder bottle instead of a Tom Ford one, I wouldn't know the difference. Vert de Fleur is part of a new four-piece set celebrating the use of the galbanum "green note" of the 70's, sitting alongside Vert de Bois, Vert d'Encens, and Vert Bohème all of the same year. I've smelled the others and Vert de Bois is probably the second best in the series; it's certainly more wearable by a man not feeling so secure in his masculinity to wander far in the unisex realm, but isn't nearly as timeless in composition as this. Vert de Fleur seems to have the feeling of being an apprentice to the green chypre greats, bottling it's own take on what it's studied in the process for the world to see that "it can still be done", and although this proposition offers no value other than to vintage fans, Private Blend scents tend to be little more than musings in a bottle anyway, without the fetters of needing to sell millions hampering them.

The opening of Vert de Fleur is pretty standard-course for this venerated genre, with a softer take on the bitter bergamot and galbanum opening, which actually sticks around less time than any of the older creations from which this draws inspiration. The idea here I feel was to showcase the florals more, rather than make them fight for elbow room with the green note, and after a basil flickering comes and goes, it's on the the floral bouquet middle. Hyacinth, neroli, rose, and jasmine comprise this gorgeous middle, especially on skin. I implore that this isn't one that can be sampled on a card, as you simply need to spray this on you and let it develop to get the full appreciation here. After the florals settle down, we've got vetiver, patchouli, and oakmoss to finish this off. I'm not sure how Tom Ford got past IFRA here, so either he just didn't care (which will restrict this being sold in Europe without a waiver being signed by the selling store), or he got some of that fancy fractured stuff Guerlain plays with in their reformulations. I find this most compares to a hybrid of the stark Jacomo Silences (1978) and the more hyacinth-lead Revlon Charlie (1973), but it's more complex than that and isn't loud like either of them can be on skin, but it does glow quite a bit more in close quarters.

Well, if you like Chanel No. 19 (1971), Alliage (1972), Aromatics Elix1r (1971), Estée Lauder Private Collection (1973), Avon Emprise (1976) or anything of this ilk, then Vert de Fleur is going to be like a dream come true. Best part? This stuff won't have you going gaga over reformulations or trying to choose between eau de toilette, pure parfum, or anything else because eau de parfum is the only choice, and there's just the one formula at present (which may change of course). I actually think young ladies are going to have a harder time with this than young guys, because the "feminine" perfume market has moved so far away from this style by large that it might not even seem very feminine to most without the knowledge of perfume history. Everyone these days is chasing "fruity patchouli" or "floral citrus apology" when they're not going ham on a game of Candy Crush with your nose, which is a shame. None of those fashionable tropes really strike me as any particular gender, just extremely juvenile in the way a little kid loves the smell of strawberry shampoo regardless of being a boy or a girl, and it's women who are forced to suffice with that smell if they buy today's mainstream perfumes. This is a blind buy for the chypre fan, but for everyone else, this is best sampled, but you might have to ask the Tom Ford sales rep to look under the counter, as this one is was never really relevant even when new.
27th August, 2018
A magical floral fragrance that officially pushes me into the mind set and the idea that all fragrances are gender neutral (it all started with dior homme), here we have a fantastic level of creativity, obviously there is nothing new with the ingredients, but the blending, quality and concentration level of each note have come together to create a chic glamour/fancy dandy concoction with a slightly traditional masculinity. At first it felt green citric to me, almost lime... and quickly the many floral notes move into play with the ones I recognise being neroli, jasmine and iris, the whole composition is supported by patchouli and oakmoss and a pinch of vetiver but not in a heavy way, just enough to keep it together and grounded. The main players in this tho are the fantastic floral notes and the performance is excellent. Situatons I could see this being worn in are church occasions (weddings etc), lunch afternoons in upper class establishments, during summer time music festivals. Fragrances that this remind me of are neroli Portfino mixed with some high quality iris's a sort of love child of dior homme eau and neroli Portofino.
04th May, 2018
Similar to Silences by Jacomo. They share many of the same notes: galbanum, orange blossom, hyacinth, rose, iris and moss.

I am wearing both to see how they compare and develop. Fleur has a more powerful sillage and is slightly more fruity, Silences is a touch more spiky green, but as they progress through the day they really are very similar.

I like it, but if you have Silences, Vert de Fleur seems redundant.
30th July, 2017
Starts with a softened Private Collection Galbanum. Transition to airy floral Hedionic Jasmine at lead and a soft Rose transparent. Neroli makes a light breeze thankfully and travels through to a soft orange blossom. High quality synthed Oakmoss works nicely with the Citrus and Patch to present a beautifully billowed landscape painted on to a Bar of Savon.
Classic mix of 1970's,1980's and update. Refined and all sharp corners are sanded down to present a slightly Feminine aura,
however I could wear as a man as it almost carries the beauty of the 80's original Armani and whispers of the original Eau Sauvage.
Nostalgia piece that may be lost on youth.
29th May, 2017 (last edited: 31st May, 2017)