Where to start? Part 2 (The Gourmands)

Tom Ford- Tobacco Vanille

Notes: tobacco leaf, spicy notes, tonka bean, tobacco blossom, vanilla, cacao, dried fruits, woody notes.

Throw in Tom Fords brazen swagger, some near ostentatious projection and an almost super natural longevity and you have Tobacco Vanille. Like the Energizer Bunny, this is the fragrance which keeps on going and to say it’s linear is an understatement. Extremely bold, rich, comforting and satisfying, whilst doing its clever rendition of Dutch Black Cavendish pipe tobacco to a tee. Just like your old trusty pair of slippers worn next to a fireplace and exactly what it says on the the tin, Tobacco and Vanilla. Wonderful.

Rating: 8/10



Bond No.9- New Haarlem

Notes: lavender, bergamot, green leaves, coffee, cedarwood, amber, vanilla, tonka.

Deep within a vast sea of vapid, unoriginal, uninspired and pretentious scents (can you tell I don’t like this house?), lays the one diamond in the rough and that is New Haarlem. This is for those who have a sweet tooth and like excessive amounts of sugar in their morning mocha chino. Dense maple syrup and coffee is the order of the day, with a fresh overcast of lavender. Bordering on cloying and linear, this one is expensive, but its stellar projection and longevity make up for its hefty price tag. A crowd pleaser (I mean who doesn’t like the smell of coffee and syrup!?) and surprisingly versatile.

Rating: 8/10



Frederic Malle-Musc Ravageur

Notes: bergamot, tangerine, cinnamon, vanilla, musk, amber.

See review here

Rating: 9/10