My Tom Ford Top 5 Fragrances | Including the New Ombré Leather

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I must get a 1000 emails a day asking what my favourite Tom Ford fragrance is. Not really, but it's the reason the terrorists hate us. We get to spend ten minutes every morning deliberating on whether we want to smell of Tuscan or Ombre leather. What a life right? Seriously it's really been the agony of choice putting this list together, but here it is:

5. Tobacco Vanille 

I refer to this scent as the Dalton of the Blu-Ray box set. (Stay with me). It's animalistic yet sophisticated, refined yet rugged. I enjoy when I'm wearing it, however it's never my go-to. But that's only because the others are so damn good. 

4.  Noir de Noir

The spice elements in Noir de Noir make this the perfect Black Tie after shave. I like to put this on my wrists before heading out to award shows, or upmarket press dinners. It stays close to the skin so having it on the wrists is better for projection. What's more the silage is so good that I know I'll still be smelling good right through the after parties. 


3. Plum Japonais

Yes Japanese plum and cinnamon. Amazing fragrance that is possibly the best Autumn/Winter fragrance you can own. It's dark, has an element of mystery and exudes masculinity with a woody (oud) dry-down. Imagine yourself cuddling up to the missus in Winter Wonderland, wishing it wasn't £10 for a glass of mulled wine. 


2. Tuscan Leather 

You know how you can't have Rocky 4 as your favourite Rocky but secretly it's your favourite. This Tuscan Leather fits right into that slot. A guilty pleasure to be enjoyed socially, amongst the spoils of the unapologetic elite. Yes, I'm talking about Private Members clubs. Trinity Square, Home House, concierges, cigars in front of the fireplace. I'm talking about that private jet you hired just so you can smoke that Romeo & Juliette in 1st class. (Ok I've taken it too far, but you get my point rich white-y). 


1. Ombre Leather

1. Yes Top of the list, A number One, top of the heap. The Tom Ford Ombre Leather. We all like new shiny things don't we. But this 2018 release is the best in the range. It has all the woody-fruitiness of its predecessors but a better balance. The scent is very linear, meaning there's zero fuss, unambiguous. Plus it has the coolest name, and I can't help saying it to myself when I pick it up of the shelf. 


Exquisite, Collectable Fragrances by Kilian | Perfume as an Art

Kilian fragrances are without a doubt the most collectable fragrances around, not only for their incredible, unique scents but for their art. Each fragrance comes in a uniquely designed, reusable high quality box, oh no we are not talking cardboard, we are talking a box that has been designed to last, designed for other purposes in mind such as a jewellery box, watch box or even a box to keep all of you business cards in. The newest edition to the Kilian family doesn't disappoint in both in the smell or in the art, in fact I think it is my favourite box and fragrance yet.

As Kilian Hennessy celebrates ten years of redefining the art of modern perfumery, he invites us into a new Golden Age. The new fragrance Gold Knight (above) contrasts the addictive dark sensuousness of patchouli with the effervescent brightness of bergamot and anise, and warm golden shimmer of vanilla and honey.

Gold Knight is like liquid gold melting over a dark sensual armour.
— Pascal Gaurin (Perfumer)
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Moving on to the two Kilian fragrances that have been in my collection for some time, Noir Aphrodisiaque and Black Phantom, both incredible and unique. If you love indulgence and treating yourself, Noir Aphrodisiaque is for you, with a main powerful note of dark chocolate yet is also sweet and spicy. If you love Noir Aphrodisiaque then you have to try Black Phantom, with similar notes such as the warm spices and sweetness from sugar cane, this fragrance also touches notes such as rum and coffee.

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Penhaligon’s Fragrance Profiling | Finding Your Signature Scent

Scent is linked to memories, fact. I'm not sure exactly why or how it scientifically works but a quick google search will probably explain better than I ever could. But certainly in life, this is true, for example how many times of we thought, said or heard the words "that smell reminds me of you"? I'm not going to name names but this happened to me today as I walked past a woman at Piccadilly Circus, her smell immediately reminded me of someone very special to me. That is why smelling different to the masses is extremely important and you should always be looking out for that next incredible fragrance to wear. This could be in terms of a new release or even a historical fragrance that is worthy of a revival - the key is that the fragrance you choose should be personal to you.

It is for this reason that I went to Penhaligon's to experience their personal fragrance profiling at their Burlington Arcade store in the heart of London. I've been wearing the same few fragrances for a while now and although expensive they have become quite mainstream and I was after something a little more unique, that would turn heads, smell incredible and also stamp a new fragrance into memories, under my name.

Penhaligon's, in their words have been entertaining nostrils since 1870 and that is not a typo, it is a fact 1870. So it is fair to say that they know a thing or two about making incredible fragrance. Fragrance profiling is a service that they offer where you'll sit down with a fragrance expert and you can discuss what notes you tend to go for when choosing a scent. The fragrance expert will then have you smelling a variety of different Penhaligon's bottles that match the certain individual notes that you adore. If you're not sure about particular 'notes' that you like, don't worry as you can simply start by telling them that you like sweet, floral, spice, intense scents and you can just let the experts do their work. I can assure you at the end of the process you'll have a fragrance (or two) that smells incredible on your skin and is personalised to your lifestyle.

For myself, I tend to go for fragrances that have a strong note of spice yet with sweet touches such as vanilla or with alcohol tones such as rum. True to form, I didn't steer too far away from this when picking my perfect scent from Penhaligon's. After 15 minutes I had it down to 5...then 3...then my top 2, Endymion and LP No9. Finally deciding LP No9 For Men which was created in 1999 which proves that relatively old fragrance recipes can still be the one for you - newer isn't always better. 

Penhaligon's LP No9 for Men has the following notes: Mandarin, Bergamot, Rosewood, Jasmine, Orris, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Clove, Cinnamon, Pepper, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Patchouli, Musk, Amber.

However this doesn't mean that this fragrance is right for you. The only way to know that is to head over to a Penhaligon's store and ask for a fragrance profiling. Or they also offer the service online which you can complete here.