Tom Ford to launch ultimate Oud Wood set

TOM FORD OUD WOOD MACCASSAR SETIf, like me, you’re a huge fan of Tom Ford’s ridiculously sexy Oud Wood fragrance you’ll probably salivating just looking at the pic of their forthcoming Oud Wood collection. And I wouldn’t blame you. Bringing together all the products in the range, except the scented beard oil (which kind of belongs to his grooming range anyway), it’s presented in a beautiful Makassar box. Looking at it, I really can’t think of a more luxurious addition to a gentleman’s bedroom dresser. You may need to give that piggy bank of yours a bit of a shake though…

The Tom Ford Oud Wood Collection Set will be available from Harrods Salon de Parfum from 5th October priced £850

Tom Ford’s new beard oil: a new way to layer your fragrance?

Tom-Ford-Conditioning-Beard-OilOne of the main criticisms of beard oils is that their fragrance is so fleeting. Of course, many men prefer it this way but for those who want a longer-lasting fragrance the choices are pretty limited. Tom Ford’s new beard oils certainly correct that, introducing a new way for men to wear fragrance in the process.

Available in three Tom Ford Private Blend fragrances – Neroli Portofino, Tobacco Vanille and (my favourite) Oud Wood – it’s probably the punchiest and longest-lasting fragranced beard oil I’ve tried. I wore the Neroil Portofino one last night to the annual Beauty Magazine Beauty Awards and it pretty much lasted all night.

In truth, this is both a blessing and a curse; a blessing because you smell great and if you’re layering your fragrance it gives you a new place to scent yourself but a curse because the fragrance will be right under your nose for hours. So here’s a simple application tip: apply a small amount with your fingertips or using a moustache and beard comb but avoid the moustache area directly beneath the nose. Incidentally, since the oil itself isn’t particularly greasy you can also use a small amount on the hair on your head too.  One thing’s for sure – fragrance layering just got a whole lot more interesting.

Available from Selfridges

More Oud Wood loveliness from Tom Ford!

OUD WOODTom Ford’s Oud Wood is one of my favourite fragrances of all time, so I was thrilled when he lauched a raft of body care products to complement it a while back (the Oud Wood soap particularly fabulous because, once unwrapped, it scents the entire bathroom). And now the family of products is about to get a new addition in the shape of an All Over Body Spray, enabling you to smell fantastic from top to toe. Available from 15th September.

It’s all about the Oud at Maison Francis Kurkdjian

In recent times the big trend in fragrance has been all about Oud – a precious resin extracted from trees in south-east Asia (the finest comes from Laos and is the source of the Oud for this creation). It’s a trend I love, with Tom Ford’s Oud Wood and YSL’s reworked M7 Oud Absolu being two of my favourite fragrances.

This one, by the man who created the excellent For Him for Narciso Rodriguez, still has the unusually animalistic vibe of the oud but is much sweeter, headier and intoxicating than many I’ve worn in the past and positively revels in its sheer Arabian-ness. Possibly a little too sweet for my own taste but well worth checking out if you’re an oud aficionado.

Available later this month from Liberty, priced £175 for 2.4 fl.oz. For more info go to www.franciskurkdjian.com

DSquared’s new fragrance for men is magic

Before you start complaining I did warn you a while back that there would be a raft of fragrance reviews on here in the run up to Christmas. But think of it as a service – I’m simply weeding out the goodies from the stinkers for you so that Father Christmas doesn’t fill your stocking with fragrant faux pas.

Up for review today is Dqsuared Potion, which after a stint of excusivity at Harvey Nichols is now available nationwide (you can buy it online from escentual.com). Now, I must say, along with Roja Dove’s Scandal Pour Homme and Mark Birley’s Charles Street, this is one of my favoutire fragrances this year. And by now you will have sussed that I can be a bit difficult to please.

Part of the reason I love Potion, I suspect, is that it reminds a lot (and I mean a lot) of one of my all-time favourite fragrances, Tom Ford’s exquisite Oud Wood. Bizarrely, it appears they don’t share any significant notes except for amber but trust me they are similar – both being woodsy, earthy and aromatic.

The difference, of course, is in the price. A 50ml eau de parfum spray of Potion is just £43.50 compared to £120 for Mr Ford’s fragrance.  As much as anything, it’s delightfully autumnal scent so if you fancy treating yourself before the man with the white beard arrives, give it a go!

Oh, and how nice to see a rogue boob appear in a men’s fragrance ad. It’s been too long.