Tom Ford Private Blend Oud WoodI 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.

Tres disappointment.

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.

Tom Ford Private Blend ‘Oud Wood’ Eau de Parfum is available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorfs, and other high end department stores.