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    Default TOM FORD PRIVATE BLEND cologne

    Anyone tried this stuff ? At around £300 compared to Ralph Lauren, Hugo, Armani Code etc's £30, is it really worth the 10x price difference?

    I was looking at Tobacco Vanilla...
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    i have a couple of bottles, forgot which ones. the fragrance is unique, but probably not "worth" the price difference if you compare it to other, lower-priced colognes.

    wish i had the funds to purchase the whole set and try layering them.

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    I am working on my own perfume line and have run thousands of scents through my nose hairs in the past two years. Tom Ford's Private Blends are very well made products. One of the greatest qualities is their sustainability. One good spritz and the scent will take many hours to fully evolve. To me this is one of the sexiest things about scents, I will not go into sexual metaphors, rather it is like watching a prized rose blossom and bloom and wane. Well that is sort of a sexual metaphor..never mind. The Tobacco Vanille and the Extreme are really my two favorites. That said, these scents are not deserving of the price tag you will pay for them. There are far less expensive scents that are just as good and there is nothing complex, no true artistry in the perfume, very straight ahead and essentially made from all synthetics. When you buy Tom Ford you are buying science and marketing, albeit in a damn good scent.
    There are scents by Amouage, Frederick Malle, L'Atelier Perfume and many others at the same price point with far greater artistry. However, for straight ahead no chaser at a high price Tom Ford fits the bill.
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    Can you recommend me some by those brands ?

    What do you mean about fully evolving, as you cant smell yourself after about 15 mins !?
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    I always spray some on the back of my hand to see how it evolves. Scents evolve from the top note, which is what you smell right after applying to the middle note which comes on as the top note dissipates to the basenote which comes on after thirty minutes or more and is the solid underpinning of the scent. There are so many different types of scents so you would have to tell me which you generally like to wear. Here is a guide taken from wikipedia of basic fragrances. It's sort of long reading but really puts things in perspective. I can make recommendations based on which styles appeal to you and also recommend some things to check out to expand your awareness. Most perfumes can be bought in small quantities from perfume decanters so you can play with scents without making the plunge. Its also a good way to experiment with layering scents you like with other possibilities. Here is a run down:
    Single Floral: Fragrances that are dominated by a scent from one particular flower; in French called a soliflore.
    Floral Bouquet:Is a combination of fragrance of several flowers in a perfume compound. Examples include Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant and Joy by Jean Patou.
    Ambered, or "Oriental": A large fragrance class featuring the sweet slightly animalic scents of ambergris or labdanum, often combined with vanilla, tonka bean, flowers and woods. Can be enhanced by camphorous oils and incense resins, which bring to mind Victorian era imagery of the Middle East and Far East. Traditional examples include Guerlain's Shalimar and Yves Saint Laurent's Opium.
    Wood: Fragrances that are dominated by woody scents, typically of agarwood, sandalwood and cedarwood. Patchouli, with its camphoraceous smell, is commonly found in these perfumes. A traditional example here would be Myrurgia's Maderas De Oriente or Chanel Bois-des-Îles. A modern example would be Balenciaga Rumba.
    Leather: A family of fragrances which features the scents of honey, tobacco, wood and wood tars in its middle or base notes and a scent that alludes to leather. Traditional examples include Robert Piguet's Bandit and Balmain's Jolie Madame.
    Chypre (IPA: [ʃipʁ]): Meaning Cyprus in French, this includes fragrances built on a similar accord consisting of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli, and labdanum. This family of fragrances is named after a perfume by François Coty, and one of the most famous examples is Guerlain's Mitsouko.
    Fougère: Meaning Fern in French, built on a base of lavender, coumarin and oakmoss. Houbigant's Fougère Royale pioneered the use of this base. Many men's fragrances belong to this family of fragrances, which is characterized by its sharp herbaceous and woody scent. Some well-known modern fougères are Fabergé Brut and Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir.
    Green: a lighter and more modern interpretation of the Chypre type, with pronounced cut grass, crushed green leaf and cucumber-like scents. Two examples would be Estée Lauder's Aliage or Sisley's Eau de Campagne.
    Aquatic, Oceanic, or Ozonic: the newest category in perfume history, appearing in 1991 with Christian Dior's Dune. A very clean, modern smell leading to many of the modern androgynous perfumes. Generally contains calone, a synthetic scent discovered in 1966. Also used to accent floral, oriental, and woody fragrances.
    Citrus: An old fragrance family that until recently consisted mainly of "freshening" eau de colognes, due to the low tenacity of citrus scents. Development of newer fragrance compounds has allowed for the creation of primarily citrus fragrances. A good example here would be Brut.
    Fruity: featuring the aromas of fruits other than citrus, such as peach, cassis (black currant), mango, passion fruit, and others. A modern example here would be Ginestet Botrytis.
    Gourmand (IPA: [guʁmɑ̃]): scents with "edible" or "dessert"-like qualities. These often contain notes like vanilla, tonka bean and coumarin, as well as synthetic components designed to resemble food flavors. A sweet example is Thierry Mugler's Angel. A savory example would be Dinner by BoBo, which has cumin and curry hints.
    A lot of these examples are traditionally womens' scents but nowadays most modern perfumeurs are making either unisex or male and female versions of specific scents.
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    the tom ford is out of my budget




    big fan of Bond NO 9 products (they have several male scents as well)

    Bond No. 9 New York ? Eau de Parfum

    $200-$250 a bottle

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    Tom Ford is 260 for the smaller bottle. It lasts. Bond is another great example of aromacology, the science of getting the most out of synthetic scents. Again, I recommend it but there are much greater perfumes to be had for the same price.
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    Grey Vetiver is my personal favorite, but I've received so much compliment on Neroli Portofino from girls. That stuff works like the Axe commercial!

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    Yeah the Neroli is good, better than Creed to my nose. It's the musky finish. i have some real musk pods from Asia that i put in a "poison ring" and it is the ultimate babe magnet.
    Now here is how real perfume is made..

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    I currently wear Paul Smith Man 2, absolutely love the flavor and so do women! And they love CK One too.

    BUT I have all of the other Paul Smith contoctions and they dont smell very nice at all, one girl reckons PS Extreme smells of poo!
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