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Tom Ford Noir was launched in 2012 and was the first fragrance in the Noir Series, which grew to include Noir Eau de Toilette, Noir Anthracite, Noir Extreme and Noir Pour Femme. It was signed by Olivier Gillotin of Givaudan, who signed ten other fragrances for the brand.
For me, Tom Ford Noir has a seductive masculine sensuality. Here’s why. It opens with a note of tart bergamot that’s light and elegant. It blends into a note of lemony, herbal verbena. This citrusy start is irresistibly refined.  Then caraway balances the citrus with its anisic sweetness, as pink pepper, herbal and fresh bridges the citrus and tones that came before it with its spicy, floral facets that hint at what’s to come – a note of violet, powdery and sweet. I know it seems as if the powderiness wouldn’t work, that it might be too femme, but here it has the effect of creating a masculine sensuality. Warm, spicy black pepper opens the heart where nutmeg adds more spicy warmth, which sets the stage for a note of iris that’s powdery, soft and elegant. A note of rosy geranium leads to opulent rich Bulgarian rose that’s buttressed with earthy, herbaceous clary sage which keeps the femininity of the rose in check. At the base, things are decidedly masculine with warm, sweet, balsamic opoponax, earthy, woody vetiver and patchouli and sweet warm amber. Civet gives it an animalic edge while vanilla adds creaminess and a little sweetness.
I found a quote from Tom Ford where he says: “Noir captures how for many men there is a sophisticated outer persona and yet there is also that private side only a few know. This contrast is what makes him fascinating.” The dualities of feminine/masculine, refinement/eroticism, public/private are beautifully expressed in Tom Ford Noir, one of the best masculine fragrances out there. 
Notes: bergamot, verbena, caraway, pink pepper, violet, black pepper, nutmeg, Tuscan iris, geranium, Bulgarian rose, clary sage, opoponax, amber, patchouli leaf, vetiver, civet and vanilla.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Olivier Gillotin

Price: $6.00