I was recently mentioning on Twitter that I was seriously lemming after the Tom Ford Private Blend ‘Oud Wood’ Eau de Parfum. I’m fairly obsessed with everything Tom Ford does, especially in fragrance, and had heard a great deal about Oud Wood, so I was eager to get my little hands on it. I ordered a decant, since Mr. Ford’s fragrances are a bit pricey, and I need to LOVE it before I drop a few hundred down on one, and I wore it for the first time today.
I expected a somewhat dark and smoky wood, since the notes listed were rosewood, cardamom, Chinese pepper, oud wood, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean, vanilla, and amber. The opening was a gorgeous wood, and for some reason, I thought I detected a bit of smoke. Unfortunately, after about an hour it inexplicably turned sweet on me. Not sugary sweet, but clearly the vanilla took over and all I was left with was a woody vanilla.
I’m not a sandalwood or a vanilla fan, especially together, but I thought the oud would more than balance that out. And since I had heard over and over that it was such a masculine scent, I figured the vanilla was a minor player in the overall fragrance. Not true on my skin, unfortunately. That will teach me to make assumptions.