Tom Ford Lavender Extreme Fragrance Review

Today I'm going to lend you my thoughts on the Tom Ford Lavender Extreme which was released in May 2019. 

This private blend is in the higher tiered pricing bracket, £220 for a 50ml. A little on the steep side but is it worth it? The bottle is presented in silver throughout and oozes luxury.

OPENING

The opening notes are fresh, of course it's undeniably Lavender, but it's a fragrance that lets other things in. I found some bergamot creeping in, but not the bitter or medicinal kind. 

Before the tonka bean and the creamy texture hit me on the dry-down, I was preoccupied with some similarities between this and Taste of Heaven By Kilian. The Tom Ford Lavender Extreme is more of a subtle Lavender. Although I would say the two could saddle nicely together. 

The Lavender Extreme has a better smoothness than say the Fucking Fabulous scent, but lacks the creaminess of a Lost Cherry. 

I should say that although the Lavender lets the other notes have their time in the sun, nothing over powers it. Nothing dare usurp the headline act. 

It's a scent that really follows you for the first couple of hours. The silage I'd say is around 3 feet and I'd be wearing this on business casual occasions.

It doesn't quite have that event smell. I wouldn't want to wear this during Goodwood or any Black Tie (unless layered with another Tom Ford Private Blend fragrance, Tuscan Leather or Tobacco Vanille might work nicely). But I picture this as a signature scent, upmarket meetings, grey suit and possible first date scent. 

It's a very controlled scent. 

COMPLIMENTS 

I've been wearing this for a week now. My trip to Ascot got me some interesting compliments from the guys, although some remarked that it didn't project as much as you'd hope a fragrance from Tom Ford would. 

Which is why I'd have this as business casual. Layer it for events. I'd like to make a statement and have some allure for the bigger dates in my calendar. 

The women (or I should say, woman) absolutely adored this. Not overpowering, not over glowing. Just very luxurious and seasonal. This is a summer fragrance that’s fresh, confident and classy. 

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua | Fragrance Review

Tom Ford invites you to escape to sunlit beaches with the introduction of Costa Azzurra Acqua. This was forwarded onto me for review by the Tom Ford beauty department and I want to share with you today my thoughts and impression of the Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua. 

This is a flanker the original Italian classic Fougère fragrance Costa Azzurra that was launched in 2014. There have been other aqua versions released already from that blue bottle collection, so this was highly anticipated, by myself included.

The Costa Azzurra was my favourite from that collection, it had that mystery and more depth for my liking. This Costa Azzurra Acqua captures those magical crosswinds of the coast, where trees and greenery mingle with the salty aroma of the sand and the sea, and the warmth of the sun on the body.

It's a sportier, it centres on spice-wood like the pine-needles. The original had driftwood as the most prevalent note. For those don't know what driftwood smells like it, it has a very low, musky aura that really sits well with amber and delivers a powerful rich oceanic vibe. 

The Costa Azzurra Acqua opens lighter, a wild tangle of cypress, juniper and myrtle replaces that driftwood and the sweetness. 

Some of the reactions I've already received whilst wearing the new aqua version have been very promising. Although the longevity hasn't really delivered as much as I'd hoped for. I do believe this will perform better in the hotter climates. I wish I had this with me on my recent trip around Australasia, I think the humidity and the high temperatures in Indonesia and Singapore, would have been the perfect sandbox for this to play. 

Whilst the differences are oddly imperceptible, my current lifestyle is very much pointed the way of the aqua version right now. I'm working out a lot more, it's had some good reactions down the gym. It's also a very nostalgic scent for me. I spent the last two months with my senses attuned to the sea breeze and aquatic scents. I love this. Tom Ford you can do no wrong. 

The bottle is a frosted version of Costa Azzurra’s deep blue bottle. It features a glossy cool-blue label stamped with gold-toned lettering and Tom Ford logo on the cap. The bottle is packaged in a white cross-hatched carton.

TOM FORD introduces BEAU DE JOUR: the new fragrance for men & women from TOM FORD BEAUTY

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Whilst it's remaining all quiet on the James Bond front, (no mention of whether Tom Ford will be back to do the wardrobe for Bond 25) we at least have a new private blend to look forward to.

The BEAU DE JOUR bottle is in keeping with the other Tom Ford private blends, inspired by classic apothecary containers and crafted with satisfying bold lines and weight.

The opening will be an incontestable fervent entrance of Lavender. Fresh, evocative. The spicy cardamom and saffron initiate the journey at the opening, as floral desert tones reverberate in a constant shift with an enigmatic sweetness of jasmine sambac.

It's been described as maverick by some e-tailors. Which is a near truth. The blend has a very esoteric appeal, an unidentifiable yet palpable undercurrent of danger. Yet there's a classic sensuality to it.

Which kind of silver screen hard man would wear this? Sure James Bond, the maverick. The chancer. But it's less black tie then Bond, it has a tangible thuggery to it. I imagine Edward Woodward's Equaliser would wear this before leaving the house. (Deep pull Carl, I know).

Patchouli and Amber create an earthy foundation of radiant wood and sensual musky warmth, further elevating Beau de Jour’s refreshing notion of masculinity through the finish.

Classed as unisex, which is not unremarkable as it has a very soft, velvet-like dry down. However, I'm more than happy to class this as a masculine scent. The fougere notes, the patchouli and the oakmoss shifts this blend into my wheelhouse. 

Tom Ford continues to create effortless and unique blends that keeps him firmly on top of the heap. Nobody does it better, (touché Carl) nobody daren't.

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RRP:

50ML – £162.00

100ML- £238.00