Tom Ford’s Lavender Palm – hitting the right note?

I love lavender. I grow my own (English of course) and at the end of the summer harvest it and hang bunches of it on the back of my doors or make lavender bags for my wardrobe (brilliant for deterring clothes moths).

Strangely, however, I’ve yet to find a lavender fragrance I can actually wear. This one, though stunning, is no different. It features two types of lavender to give it a real floral ‘hit’  and throws in a little lime blossom, vetiver, cedar and green moss for good measure but is spoilt, for me, by the addition of tonka bean which gives it a cloying sweetness that gives the lavender a slight sickliness.

Mr Ford himself, I believe, is a big fan of Caron’s Pour un Homme De Caron, a fragrance that launched back in 1934 and one characterised by its punchy lavender note. Again, it’s a fragrance I just can’t wear but this time because I find it sharp and abrasive.

It’s possible, of course, that as much as I love the smell of lavender, I’m simply not destined to wear it. But if you do know of a fragrance I might like let me know! In the meantime, my search for lavender lushness continues….

Tom Ford’s Private Blend Collection Lavender Palm is available now, priced £125 for 50 ml eau de parfum.

2 thoughts on “Tom Ford’s Lavender Palm – hitting the right note?

  1. Hi Lee. Switching from English lavender to Welsh for a moment……..have you tried the Caldey Island lavender cologne? In my opinion it’s a very “pure” fragrance, quite true to the flower. It’s stocked by Roullier White.

  2. James

    I was looking up Caron Pour un Homme when i stumbled upon your blog. I am male and slightly lavender obsessed too but always had this association with older ladies’ handbags as far as wearing it goes. I have reclaimed it though as a man smell through Czech and Speake’s Oxford and Cambridge Lavender. Try it! G

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