Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Tom Ford Noir EDT description
Tom Ford Noir is one of the men’s colognes almost everyone’s heard about, even if they’ve never had a chance to wear it.
The opening notes are a bright and cheerful verbena blended with a slightly bitter bergamot. Pink pepper and caraway seeds jump in behind the citrus and stoke up a quick fire of hot spice, which is quickly tempered by a violet note’s silky softness.
The beginning of Tom Ford’s Noir is as slam-bang as the plot of an actual noir film – the three different olfactory stories are already competing for your attention before anything else happens.
Noir’s middle phase features black pepper, nutmeg, Tuscan iris, geranium, Bulgarian rose, and clary sage. And if this perfume were a noir film, the heart is where the gumshoe runs around town listening to all the suspects’ alibis.
The Bulgarian rose, geranium, and iris float a properly elegant floral façade on the shifting subterranean layers of the aromatic sage, pepper, and nutmeg. But the heat of the spice won’t be covered over, and soon the floral notes retreat from the intensity of the aromatics. Noir’s heart is a study in shifting allegiances and perspectives.
The third act in this noir fragrance is where a hidden shadow of gourmand notes disengages from the darkness and shows itself at last. Ultra-rich vanilla, opoponax, and amber all flow together, coating the dry down in a glossy sweetness with their smoky, tempting, and sweet textures.
The base notes are decadent, strong, and powerful, like a suspect finally breaking down and expressing all the passion behind the plot. Ghost traces of vetiver, patchouli and civet drift in after the sweetness settles down; an earthy, animalic reminder of all the unsolved cases left in the big city.
Noir is an emotionally-charged cologne, with a hidden power and story to it that grows deeper each time you wear it. So, the question remains: after that last streetlight, do you go on into the unknown, or quickly retreat to safety, with all your questions unanswered?