Monday, November 11th, 2013

Tom Ford Oud Collection
Tom Ford Oud Collection

Tom Ford Oud Collection is an expansion of the usage of Oud in Tom Ford’s Private Blend fragrance range, which is centered around Oud Wood. I reviewed that scent a few years ago, and it remains my favorite fragrance of all-time (though it jockeys with Tom Ford’s Amber Absolute and Bois Marocain). There were rumors of Oud Wood being discontinued, but luckily the brand confirmed it was staying in line and merely being repackaged for the Oud collection launch.

The collection features three scents: Oud Wood, Tobacco Oud, and Oud Fleur. The latter I don’t have, so I can’t speak on, though it seems to be the more interesting scent between the two newer scents from early reviews. In addition to the two new eau de parfums, Oud Wood now has companions in the form of soap, shower gel, and body moisturizer.  Private Blend fragrances are available in the following sizes:  1.7 fl. oz. ($210), 3.4 fl. oz. ($290), and 8.4 fl. oz. ($520).

To quickly summarize Oud Wood, it opens with a spicy, smoky air–rosewood and cardamom–that is a little sharp initially, but it transforms into an amber and sandalwood mix with an underlying touch of vetiver with just a lingering smokiness. Towards the end, it is a mix of amber, vanilla, and woods; rich and earthy and warm. For a really great, in-depth look at Oud Wood, I recommend this review.

Oud Wood Bar Soap ($35.00) is a lot like the first forty minutes of the eau de parfum, but the scent doesn’t linger on my skin for very long–an hour or so post-shower, and I really can’t detect it. It produces a rich lather that’s hydrating, and thankfully, doesn’t leave the skin feeling squeaky-clean. The Oud Wood Body Moisturizer ($65.00) follows a similar pattern as the fragrance on a more muted scale that always wears close to the skin, though it lingers for far longer than the soap; after eight to ten hours, it’s mostly gone on me. It has the consistency of a slightly thicker lotion, but it is thinner than a cream. To contrast that against the eau de parfum, I can still get faint whiffs the eau de parfum of Oud Wood twenty-four hours later.

Tobacco Oud opens with a burst of smoke, spice, and almost reminds me of incense burning at an altar. It’s dry, like walking in the woods during autumn, when it’s chilly enough that fireplaces are crackling, but there’s no snow or rain yet. Or stepping into a dry sauna–it’s just a lot of smokiness and drier woods to me; I keep thinking cedarwood (which is a note). There’s amber in the background, somewhere, that’s fleeting initially, and then it settles in for a long stay. It morphs into a mix of smoke, spice, amber, labdanum, and the beginning tendrils of vanilla. Finally, it becomes a more comforting, warmer scent that smells of lightly sweetened vanilla with a soft smokiness and a wee bit of spice that lingers. Oud is here and there throughout the first few hours of wear; it’s not the star–the smokiness from tobacco is definitely more in the forefront. If you’re looking for a strong oud note, it’s not in this scent. It has moderate projection and wore twelve to sixteen hours (two sprays) on me.  If you like Tobacco Vanille, Amber Absolute, Sahara Noir, or Oud Wood (or some combination of them), I think you’ll like this one.

Tobacco Oud has received some comparisons to Amber Absolute, which I can see and not see. I found Tobacco Oud’s metamorphosis was greatly influenced by the number of sprays; less than two, and it was very, very dry and lacked warmth, but three sprays gave me that warmth that I missed the first time I wore it, and that warmth made me understand some of the comparisons to Amber Absolute. With that being said, Amber Absolute is much, much heavier on the amber; it’s headier, thicker, warmer, cozier; when Amber Absolute opens, I get that resinous quality but not the smokiness that I wafts from Tobacco Oud. Amber Absolute is also sweeter throughout the wear, where Tobacco Oud turns slightly sweeter from the tonka bean after six to eight hours of wear. Even if the two had more similarities than differences, the most marked difference is that Amber Absolute is a monster–it has more projection, longevity, and overall, it is just more potent. Amber Absolute–one spray split between my wrists–is still a skin scent twenty-four hours after I’ve applied and taken a shower.

Tobacco Oud is standing in front of the hearth and warming your hands, a brief respite from the cool outdoors.  Amber Absolute is curling up in a luxurious blanket in your favorite chair and settling in for the night.

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14 thoughts on “Tom Ford Tobacco Oud Eau de Parfum & Oud Wood Soap, Body Moisturizer Reviews & Photos

  1. That was a beautiful piece of writing, Christine. I felt quite carried away by the descriptions, they really conveyed the perfume to me.

  2. I checked out the two new Oud’s yesterday and I picked up a sample of Tobacco Oud to test over time. I quite liked it but it’s HEAVY and FUNKY (I’m not as eloquent as you LOL). Totally my kind of scent – musky and dirty. But it’s thick as hell so it made me nervous. I didn’t like the other Oud very much… far too floral (the rose was hitting me in the face).

    • Have you tried Amber Absolute at all? Maybe because I’m so used to that monster that Tobacco Oud seems tamer to me.

      I ordered a little sample vial of Oud Fleur, as TF’s scents just seem to work well with my body chemistry/skin, but I’m not expecting to LOVE it since I’m not hugely into florals. Based on you saying the rose was very present, even less likely now!

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rae Rae

    Oh, geez. You make these ouds sound amazing, Christine — rich and spicy and smokey.

    No one carries the Private Blends here, but the way you talk about these fragrances makes me want to order samples of Tobacco Oud, Oud Wood, and (especially) Amber Absolute. My winter fragrance is usually SL Chergui, but there’s always room for one (or a three) more ;)
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  4. Zainab

    I’m so curious about the Tom Ford perfume line, I might have to order some samples, Sahara Noir is probably the one that interests me most.

  5. Ah I love wearing woody, incense fragrances when the temperature drops outside. Cedar wood and vanilla sounds warm and cozy to me. Next time I get to Neimans I’ll give these two a sniff. I’m dying to buy Tom Fords Santal Blush parfum, it smells like expensive creamy sandalwood. I just need to use up some of the perfume I have already first. Nice review!

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Andrea Andrea Marie

    Christine, you are just amazing.
    this review was beautifully written & so perfectly descriptive.
    I would imagine fragrance is a dificult thing to review, it’s so subjective and hard to describe and you don’t have swatches or anything to rely on.
    I mean, your reviews are always great but you just really knocked this one out of the park. (:
    <33

  7. Ali

    I love oud wood, i was able to buy it from the cosmetic company outlet store for 100$ last month, i was sure they discontinued it, im happy they merely repackaged it, but i doubt i can afford it at retail price