Tom Ford’s fragrance collection is said to be as luxurious, sharp and impeccably edited as his fashion line, which is why it counts itself as one of the most successful collections to come out from a fashion house.
If you are new to the American fashion designer’s fragrances and don’t know what to go for, here is the ultimate guide that will explain the different scents you’ll find, as well as the most popular perfumes for each gender, including gender-neutral perfumes that both you and your beau can pull off.
Understanding Tom Ford’s fragrance collections
If you think that Tom Ford’s fragrances only cater to luxury fragrance connoisseurs, you’ll be happy to be proven wrong.
His perfumes are split into two distinct ranges: a premium Private Blend collection for those with deeper pockets, and a more accessible Signature line that casual buyers who are just looking for a good fragrance can buy. There are also several other mini-groups other than these two main ranges.
Tom Ford describes the Private Blend line as his own personal “scent laboratory”, where he experiments with different scents, unconstrained by mainstream conventions.
Designed for the ones who really know their fragrances by notes, this is a range of unique and interesting fragrances that can be worn either alone or in combination with other perfumes from the line.
Best described as “crowd pleasers”, the scents in Tom Ford’s Signature Line carry the same richness and complexity of the Private Blend, but are made more wearable so that it would cater to most people’s scent preferences.
You can think of them as day-to-day fragrances that you would wear on the daily and become long-time favourites that you will keep repurchasing.
Best gender-neutral and unisex Tom Ford fragrances
Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum
Undeniably the most popular Tom Ford fragrance till date, Black Orchid remains a timeless classic that many choose to have as the first scent that they buy from his collection.
The top note is a sensuous blend of Black Truffle and Ylang, mingled with fresh Bergamot and delectable Black Currant. Don’t be fooled though – the scent slowly changes into the custom-made Tom Ford Black Orchid, a darker floral scent with rich, fruity accords. It then ends off on calming, woody notes of Balsam and Sandalwood.
Get Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum at SGD200 for 50ml on Sephora.
Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino Eau de Parfum
This Private Blend is inspired by the care-free and easy-going nature of Mediterranean gardens filled with white flowers and white acacias, so you’ll find that this fragrance features a crisp and bright floral accord alongside tangy notes of citrus and honey.
Although it heavily features flowers, the Fleur de Portofino is also a bold fragrance that men can easily wear – simply pair with casual clothes on the weekends to create bright summer vibes.
Get Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino Eau de Parfum at SGD355 for 50ml on Sephora.
Tom Ford Amber Absolute Eau de Parfum
If you prefer spicy-woody scents over sweet floral ones, this is the one for you.
With amber, incense, vanilla, labdanum, and woody notes, this Eau de Parfum is a powerful scent that has kept fans coming back again and again for more bottles. This is mostly due to the fact that it is a mature fragrance that does not smell ancient, so it adds a sense of maturity and sophistication that appeals to all ages.
One reviewer has even described the Amber Absolute as a perfume that “smells very gourmand and has the aroma of a very high-end luxury chocolate dipped in some sort of Middle Eastern sweet” – sounds extremely delicious to us!
Get Tom Ford Amber Absolute Eau de Parfum at SGD417.21 for 50ml on Amazon.
Best Tom Ford fragrances for women
Tom Ford Orchid Soleil Eau de Parfum
Touted to be the summer version of the popular Black Orchid, Orchid Soleil is catered to what the brand calls “the Tom Ford woman” – strong, warm, and brilliant.
This is an oriental floral fragrance that smells crisp, vibrant, and even creamy over time. It gets off to a strong start with pink pepper, bitter orange, and cypress, envelops you with the beautiful floral scent of red spider lily and tuberose, then wraps up in base notes of chestnut cream, vanilla, patchouli, and orchid for a full-bodied ending.
Get Tom Ford Orchid Soleil Eau de Parum at SGD241.50 for 100ml on Lazada.
Tom Ford White Patchouli Eau de Parfum
One of Tom Ford’s favourite flowers to use in his fragrances is patchouli, which he describes as a sophisticated interpretation of bohemian chic.
With a musky-earthy heart of patchouli, White Patchouli features an invigorating and elegant perfume that is made possible with white flowers, patchouli, peony, bergamot, jasmine, rose, coriander and ambrette seed.
One reviewer highly recommends using White Patchouli in place of more popular scents like lavender and vetiver whenever you need to feel fully stimulated or help yourself less constricted and more relaxed.
Get Tom Ford White Patchouli Eau de Parfum at SGD186.51 for 50ml on Nordstrom.
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum
We would all love to have a beach getaway once in a while, but for those of us who can only dream of paradise, the next closest thing we can get is Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc Eau De Parfum.
The sultry and addictive floral scent evokes imagery of remote private islands where it’s summer all year long – drenched with sparkling citrus and warm amber notes, this is one fragrance that you’d want to spritz on any time you’re missing the indulgent and relaxing sunbathing days.
Get Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum at SGD215 for 30ml and SGD355 for 50ml on Sephora.
Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum
If Orchid Soleil is a bright and chirpy take on Black Orchid, Velvet Orchid is its feminine and sensual counterpart.
This is an oriental floral lavished with notes of cool citrus, dramatic petals, suede accord, and vanilla. The rich and intensely floral aroma is perfect for the lavish, dramatic, and refined woman who wants a scent that is as glamorous as she is.
Get Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum at SGD200 for 50ml on Sephora.
Best Tom Ford fragrances for men
Tom Ford For Men Eau de Toilette
Blending traditional elements with modern influences is this popular scent called Tom Ford For Men.
Designed for men who want to portray themselves as warm, reliable, and mature, the refined perfume opens with the crisp citrus aroma from the Mediterranean, which carries into a bright and refreshing mix of ginger, grapefruit, and deep greens. It then mellows into a rich and masculine base of amber and leatherwood that stays on.
Get Tom Ford For Men Eau de Toilette at SGD142 for 50ml on Sephora.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau de Parfum
In contrast to For Men EDT, the Grey Vetiver embodies a cool, reserved, and polished man who is “unabashedly masculine”.
The top notes are fresh with orange flower, grapefruit, and aromatic sage, followed by warmer notes of nutmeg, orris, and pimento. It finishes with oakmoss that is said to melt seamlessly into the body’s natural heat so that the smell lingers on for a long, long time.
Get Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau de Parfum retails at SGD193 for 50ml on Sephora.
Tom Ford Noir Extreme Eau de Parfum
For the men who want a bold and charming fragrance befitting of their personality, Noir Extreme hits all the right notes – literally.
The blend of spicy, citrus, floral and gourmand accords will get you noticed everywhere you go. The base notes of Indian sandalwood, warm amber liquid, and creamy vanilla may seem like a heavy combination, but it is balanced out with light zesty notes of orange blossom, night-blooming jasmine, and rose absolute.
Get Tom Ford Noir Extreme Eau de Parfum at SGD193 for 50ml on Sephora.
Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
Inspired by Tom Ford’s love of fine leather, this works for men who want to enhance their appeal with a raw and smooth fragrance.
Olibanum, night-blooming jasmine, and black suede are added together to make a clean and sultry combination that has tints of herbal, fruity and sheer floral sweetness – perfect for the guy who looks tough on the outside but has a gentle and tender side to him.
Get Tom Ford Tuscan Leather Eau de Parfum at SGD460.80 for 50ml on Lazada.