Many of the perfumes in Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection feel very blunt to me. Although I like some of them, that style is not generally my favorite. Sahara Noir, in contrast, is mellow and subtle.
Frankincense, cedar, amber, and oud are one strand in this fragrance, and sweet rose is the other. Because it’s so smooth, it doesn’t go off the rails into lumberjack territory, but it’s more masculine than, say, Trayee or Tam Dao—which I would consider cousins of Sahara Noir.
For a review of Sahara Noir, see Victoria’s take at Bois de Jasmin. Our impressions were quite different. When I got to the end of her review, I realized why this might be: the bulk of my spray of Sahara Noir (remember, my “Impressions” posts are just first impressions, put together after usually one wearing) landed on my sleeve, rather than my arm. Apparently this is one that’s quite different on skin than on clothing.
Edited: Kevin at NST has now also reviewed Sahara Noir, and confirmed what Victoria and I found, that this is very different on skin than on clothing.
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