Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection
Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection

“I have wanted to revisit Oud for years; it is one of the most endlessly fascinating ingredients in a perfumer’s palette. For this collection, I explored how Oud could intertwine with other precious ingredients from the rich and storied culture and artisanal traditions of the Middle East.” — Tom Ford

The Private Blend Oud collection is an olfactive journey that explores three mesmerizing and sensual facets of oud. Two new oud fragrances join the best-selling fragrance, private blend oud wood, a groundbreaking composition of exotic woods and spices that is hailed as a definitive interpretation of oud. The new fragrances, Private Blend Oud Fleur and Private Blend Tobacco Oud, share the signature elements of the original Oud Wood—oud, sandalwood and patchouli—then follow two unique and contrasting directions. They give Tom Ford another opportunity to show his mastery of this rare and precious ingredient. The collection of three oud fragrances also features three bath and body products that offer sumptuous new ways to wear this unforgettable note, creating a complete world of oud within Tom Ford Private Blend. Oud Wood body moisturizer, Oud Wood shower gel and OudWood bath soap are perfumed with the original Oud Wood fragrance.

Oud Wood

Private Blend Oud Wood captures the most sophisticated, precious and highly regarded materials in the Middle East. Rich, elegant oud is paired with smoky birch tar and cistus heart, which impart a sultry, smoky effect reminiscent of burnt incense lingering in the air, further enhancing the fragrance’s depth and sensuality. Adding a perception of warmth and intrigue, notes of patchouli absolute are used as cedarwood atlas creates a sense of animalic depth, leaving an intoxicating trail.

  • 1.7 oz. ($210.00)
  • 3.4 oz. ($290.00)
  • Shower Gel ($65.00)
  • Bath Soap ($35.00)
  • Body Moisturizer ($65.00)

Tobacoo Oud

Private Blend Tobacco Oud explores a secret history of addictive Arabic passions—crafting fragrances from precious oud wood resin and smoking aromatic tobacco. It intertwines mesmerizing oud with an idealized tobacco accord inspired by “dokha,” a blend of herbs, flowers and spice-laden tobacco that was smoked in secret five centuries ago during a ban on smoking— and retains its allure as a widely used tobacco today. Dried quickly in the desert sun, and then mixed with herbs, spices, bark, and dried flowers, Dokha delivers its rush in a potent, dizzying hit. Like a proper Dokha, private blend tobacco oud imparts an extremely smooth, warm blend of woodsy notes for a heady buzz; and then a warm exhale of spicy heat. Fine tobacco dust absolute is intertwined with coriander seed oil to achieve this spice-laden touch.

Roasted tonka organic absolute soaks the tobacco with a warm, addictive pulse of coumarin while streaks of sandalwood bring out mellow, lactonic tones. A seductive amber note is accomplished with high dosages of cistus oil from spain and cistus absolute—an indigenous Mediterranean plant also known as labdanum or rockrose—that contributes leathery-ambery, textural tones.

The regal oud element is further reinforced by fresh woody facets of Cedarwood Atlas Orpur®— sourced from the Atlas mountain range high in the Moroccan desert—and earthy patchouli absolute, while castoreum complements the primal, animalic aspects.1.7 fl. oz. / $210.00.

Oud Fleur

Private Blend Oud Fleur explores the mystique of oud in all its dimensions, including the aspect of prestige and age. It is crafted from a slowly perfected vision of Oud Wood that has been developed over twenty years by harmonizing the finest aspects of many variations.

The Oud Wood core is streaked with additional woody notes to amplify its effects: patchouli for cool earthy tones; sandalwood for warmth; incense for smoky mystery, and styrax, cistus and leather accord for added texture and presence. Ambergris and castoreum lend a wild warmth and mellow ambery comfort.

A complex rose dimension evokes the middle east’s legendary damascus rose. A blend of Rose Bulgaria Orpur®, Rose Absolute Morocco, and Rose Absolute Turkey Orpur® creates a brocade effect that weaves fresh petal, lush nectar and spicy stem-like signatures together. This floral heart is enhanced with Ginger CO2, Cardamom Seed Oil Orpur®, Cinnamon Bark Laos Orpur®, and Pimento Berry; these cool and fiery spice accents awaken the senses. A touch of Geranium Egypt Orpur® lends a peppery-green flourish as tagette, osmanthus, davana oil and date accord lend a beautifully mellowed effect which enhances the sensation of a precious fragrance crafted from superbly well-aged materials. 1.7 fl. oz. / $210.00.

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Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection
Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection
Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection
Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection
Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection

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15 thoughts on “Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection

  1. The tobacco one has to smell phenomenal!

  2. Tom Ford have some amazing scents – my favourite is Jasmin Rouge! Xx

  3. FKS

    Christine, I am surprised that you are giving space to the Tom Ford brand on Temptalia, after refusing to review the NARS “Guy Bourdin” collection. This brand has regularly used semi-, near- or even totally pronographic (and even sometimes fetishistic) images in their advertisements, especially for perfumes. I do not see how overtly porno images are more acceptable than NARS’ homage to the stylistically violent oeuvre of a long-dead photographer.

    • Nudity doesn’t bother me – it is the human form – and men and women are often naked or near naked in his advertisements. I believe even Tom Ford himself has stripped down and posed in his own imagery. We all see the world through our own lens, and nudity is nothing like violent shots of women or dead women to me. There are inherent issues in beauty advertising, period, so I’m not saying there are none or that some images don’t go too far – but this does not arise to the same level for me.

      • I remember several years ago when Tom Ford was handling creative direction for YSL and they released the print ad featuring martial artist Samuel De Cubber is all his full-frontal glory… I thought it was tasteful (not to mention nice to look at LOL) but also made a positive statement about the male form at a time when every other ad looked like it was ripped from the pages of an Abercrombie catalog. Tom Ford was presenting a fit, but not muscle bound AND hairy (unheard of at the time) image of natural masculinity. I appreciated the statement :)

        • Very interesting! I can’t say I’ve seen that particular ad, but it sounds like it was quite memorable. Thanks for sharing, Dusty :)

        • FKS

          Again, full frontal male nudity is not porn – male and female nudes pop up in classical art all the time. However, a copulating couple is. Neroli Portofino, anyone? All I was wondering was: why is a brand which regularly uses porno-chic images clearly acceptable on a make-up blog, when another brand’s (one) campaign which uses images more relevant to (an albeit past era of) fashion and make up not?

      • FKS

        I wasn’t referring to nudity, I was referring to pornography. It is quite possible to distinguish between the two, and a good many of Mr. Ford’s images are creepily pornographic. Now, people having fun in whatever consensual way is cool, and Mr. Ford is welcome to photograph himself any which way he wants, but what is the viewer supposed to take away from an image of, say, an openly gay man licking a woman’s ear in teasingly sexual way? Buy his products and even gays will turn into hetros? Or a bottle of perfume placed on the naked crotch of a woman — my perfume smells like… well, it’s a bit fishy, really. I could point you to several TF advertisements which are frankly quite exploitative and objectify the models instead of the products. I raised this issue only because you took a stand on NARS “Guy Bourdin” collection (not that I disagree with you), and TF’s brand-building exercise was not very far removed from the late M. Bourdain’s.

        • Hey FKS,

          I’m not going to discuss pornography, period, on a blog that has young readers. I think we have different definitions of what pornographic means and in general, how adults can embrace their sexuality, flaunt it, or be empowered by it. We have very different schools of thought on this (I see this primarily on how we respectively feel about objectification). I do not say either of us is right or wrong, as there are definitely plenty of people on either side of the debate.

          As I mentioned in my Bourdin post – I am not turning Temptalia into a blog centered around my personal beliefs in regards to politics, sex, religion, etc. It was never, ever my intention to do from the beginning of blogging, and having to do so with Bourdin cost me something in that respect but I could not move forward and do it, which, again, I have expressed previously in my post. It crossed a line for me that I didn’t even know I had, and that’s my line – this doesn’t cross it.

          I’ve also emailed you should you wish to discuss this more privately! :)

  4. I love Oud Wood. On other people. When I wear it I end up smelling like a urinal cake inside the men’s room at an Arabian bathhouse (not that I know what that smells like but I’m guessing). I was excited to read about the blends and will still check them out but the word I kept seeing over and over was “patchouli.” Seriously… if you ever want me to spill all my government secrets under the duress of sick and sadistic torture then ask me to either clean a kitchen or smell patchouli.

  5. Malia

    I don’t particularly see the need for this madly expensive stuff… I used to be surrounded by Oud smells, Dokha, shisha, arabian primrose and whatever else and I’m so ‘burned’ out on it…. But I can see how it would seem exotic

  6. Mandy

    Contrary to popular belief, Oud is not found in the Middle East but in tropical Asia, mainly India, where it is known as Agar. The English word Wood is simply mispronounced as Oud, as is common in eastern India. When the agar tree gets infected with a mold it releases a resin which is used as perfume. If you walk down the bazaars of Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi you will see a lot of vendors selling the bark of Oud. I suspect Oud became popular in the M East bcos it was easier to transport & store wood chips than essential oils (attar) that turned in the desert heat. The combination of Indian Sandalwood + Oud/Attar is said to outlast any chemical perfume. Whenever I go to India I never fail to bring back these little bottles of joy!