Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Oud ~ fragrance review

Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Oud

I’ve never been tempted to smoke, but I love the smell of tobacco. Years ago I lived in an apartment whose former occupant smoked Dutch Masters cigarillos. I found a few empty packages — plus an envelope crammed with skull x-rays, go figure — in a cupboard. When the seasons turned, the fetid aroma of long-dead cigarillos wafted from the sheetrock. Delicious. Where I now live, on warm nights my neighbor settles into his backyard hot tub after swing shift at the sewage treatment plant and watches movies on his laptop while he smokes cigars. I like smelling the hint of smoke that made it as far as my bedroom window.

But, for me, head and shoulders above these smells is the aroma of pipe tobacco. Maybe it’s because one of my grandfathers smoked a pipe (when he wasn’t burning through packages of Winstons, that is), or maybe it’s the romantic idea of things associated with pipes — wood-paneled libraries, fireplaces, and cocker spaniels — that allures me. Whatever the case, I’ve longed to find a perfume that captures this fragrance without being too sweet or on-the-nose precious. 

Could Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Oud be it? I ordered a decant unsniffed.

Perfumer Olivier Gillotin, author of oud-craze forerunner 10 Corso Como, created Tobacco Oud. It has notes of oud, tobacco dust absolute, coriander, cistus, labdanum, cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood, roasted organic tonka bean and castoreum. If Tobacco Oud isn’t my dream tobacco fragrance, it’s pretty close.

Tobacco Oud opens with the scent of dry leather and raw tobacco leaf with a wisp of skank. The tobacco isn’t fruity like cherry pipe tobacco, but ashy like stubbed-out cigarettes. A touch of amber and vanilla keep the fragrance from being too sharp. After half an hour or so, what smells to me like jasmine tingles through the tobacco, wood, and vanilla, making into perfume something that could have just been a reproduction of gentleman’s tobacco fresh from the wooden humidor with a vanilla bean and leather club chair nearby. Still, the jasmine is tightly boxed in an oriental casing of wood, amber, tobacco, and leather, and no one would call Tobacco Oud “girly.”

After an hour or two, Tobacco Oud’s funk, leather, and jasmine fade, and the fragrance smells much more amber-y — although it’s a wood-shot amber. Dabbed, the fragrance smells dense and sweet. Sprayed, its ashy, leathery top notes are more evident. Tobacco Oud lasts all day on me. It’s a thick fragrance, but it stays within a few feet of my skin.

As for the “oud” in Tobacco Oud, it’s subtle. For me it’s almost completely integrated with the leather and ashtray tobacco. You won’t be thinking oysters and echinacea with this one.

As much as I like it, I don’t see myself wearing Tobacco Oud often enough to justify the hefty price of a bottle. (Although if my ship comes in, I'll snap up a bottle of this and Oud Wood.) It did, however, inspire me to buy a pouch of good pipe tobacco to use as a sachet in my coat closet. Heavenly.

Do you like tobacco fragrances? What are some of your favorites?

Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Oud Eau de Parfum is $210 for 50 ml and $520 for 250 ml. For information on where to buy it, see Tom Ford under Perfume Houses.

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  1. lucasai says:

    Like you, I was never tempted to try smoking but I enjoy some scents with prominent tobacco accord, especially when the perfume is sweetened with vanilla, honey or amber.
    However Tobacco Oud doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. I think it would be too dry for my tastes. Oud Fleur sounds better but I don’t think I will be able to try it soon.

    • Angela says:

      Tobacco Oud definitely has an ashy, dry top, but it’s riding on sweet wood and amber. Have you tried Tobacco Vanille? I haven’t, but I wonder if you’d like it more.

  2. Kelly Red says:

    I already own and love Tobacco Vanille. I had the chance to sniff both of these and walk away with samples of tobacco and wood. I LOVE THEM BOTH! What to choose, what to choose for my holiday treat to myself? Oh the dilemma of it all.

    • Angela says:

      What a cruel–yet fabulous–dilemma to face! It sounds like a win-win situation in any case.

  3. Kevin says:

    Angie: GREAT idea to use pipe tobacco as a sachet!

    • Angela says:

      I’m telling you, it really smells wonderful–and subtle. I find myself wandering by the coat closet for a sniff every once in a while.

  4. TheSnailsPajamas says:

    The long gone, lamented Escada Collection. Nothing could touch it. It was scent of the sticky, black,cherry pipe tobacco that my father used to smoke in his pipe.

    • Angela says:

      That sounds wonderful!

  5. Ericgmd says:

    Excellent review Angela, thank you. I tested Tobacco Oud on paper while in Washington DC around Thanksgiving and was struck by the “cold ashtray smoked cigarette tobacco” note that is unlike other tobacco scents I was familiar with.
    A nice French perfume blog had reviewed Tobacco Oud and since I was in my hotel room with the still sprayed card in my hand that night, I posted my comment and said that it smelled to me as if the perfumer had mixed equal parts of Oud Wood and Tobacco Vanille and sprinkled the contents of a full ashtray in the mix and shook the mixture well in a cocktail shaker. Strain, serve and voila!
    The blog author nicely disagreed and thought that following his own thorough testing of Tobacco Oud, he thought that it was indeed a masterpiece creation and that, with it finally, Tom Ford accomplished what he intended his “failed Sahara Noir” to be but wasn’t (!!!)
    I was very surprised because the two fragrances to my nose don’t even smell as if they belonged in the same category. But it certainly gave me a lot to think about.
    And since I am a big fan of Sahara Noir, I intend to test Tobacco Oud on my skin instead of paper next time.
    Did you notice a resemblance of Tobacco Oud to Sahara Noir?

    • Angela says:

      Great story and great description.

      I haven’t tested Sahara Noir, unfortunately. (Or, if I did, I can’t remember now.) I am going to search it out at Nordstrom, though. If it does resemble Tobacco Oud, I want to know.

  6. D.D. says:

    Good afternoon, Angela; best of Holiday wishes to you and yours.

    A new kid on the block here, I was pointed to your January, 2012 review of Vero Profumo Onda yesterday and enjoyed it greatly. …I’ve also found myself at your reviews a number of times recently as I’ve bounced from place to place on NST in search of understanding. My thanks for all the knowledge that you share.

    Lately I’ve been on the trail of “skank”, so your phrase “a whisp of skank” in your current review caught my eye. I have some questions, if I may:

    1) 10 Corso Como was already on my “Skank List” as a ‘moderate’ skank contender. Do you agree with that and where would you place Tobacco Oud in relation to it on a skank-strength axis? (I intend to sample both.)

    2) Is the “a whisp of skank” you detect your reaction to the “overall juice” or is it in response to a *particular* note you get in your testing?

    3) For reference purposes, in learning about the smoke/tobacco note when I begin to sniff things what is the classic tobacco reference scent I should experience; what is the “cleanest” tobacco scent and (most especially) what are the skankiest, most impolite, darkest, moody, difficult …lol, you get the picture… tobacco/smokes juices to experience?

    ….Just to be clear, I have no need of “office scents” or “fragrance-free zone scents”. If people run when they see me coming, it’s ok : )

    Speaking of tobacco notes generally, would you say

    • D.D. says:

      Sorry about that last line; it was an orphan that got lost in editing.

    • Angela says:

      I’m glad you’ve been enjoying NST!

      As for 10 Corso Como, I don’t find it particularly skanky at all. You can smell the oud and the sandalwood, but I don’t get much in the way of B.O. or dirty socks.

      For Tobacco Oud, I’d guess–but I’m certainly no expert–the hint of skank comes from the castoreum. I don’t think anyone would call the fragrance “dirty” or wrinkle up their noses. On a skank scale of 1 to 10, with Muscs Kublai Khan being a 10, I’d give Tobacco Oud a 3.

      I’m not familiar with enough tobacco fragrances to give you a very authoritative rundown of which are the most “true” to tobacco, etc., but any tobacco lover should be familiar with Molinard Habanita and Lutens Fumerie Turk at the least, I’d say. (Caron Tabac Blond isn’t very tobacco-y these days.) Perhaps other reader will have recommendations for you.

      • D.D. says:

        Angela, Thank you.

        Habanita is on my list and a fair few Lutens too but Fumerie Turk is new.

        I think one of the difficulties, beyond individuals actually *smelling* different things in a scent, is the interpretation/meaning of the descriptive language used.

        Best Regards

        • Angela says:

          Whoops–I should have written “Fumerie Turque.”

          Yes, it really is hard to get a good read on a fragrance until you’ve tried it yourself. I find it helps to get to know the work of different perfume reviewers, too. That way you can start to judge if your preferences are different or similar, and if they’re interpretations of skank or sweet or whatever match yours.

    • Kelly Red says:

      “….Just to be clear, I have no need of “office scents” or “fragrance-free zone scents”. If people run when they see me coming, it’s ok”

      You and I sound like scent buddies LOL I once told a SA, don’t show me those “clean/laundry” scents, I like a perfume with some stink to it. I know many here are tired of the oud wagon, but I love it and love that there are so many more to choose from. I hated the clean or smell like raspberries trend. To each their own, thank heavens.

      • D.D. says:

        lol… Kelly, I knew there had to be more than me in the world…

        Every time I read about clean, fresh, laundry, soapy things I want to run the other way. I think that’s why I stopped buying men’s colognes for so long …if I want to smell clean I’ll take a bath not pay $200 for a coverup :P

        Anyway, if you’d like to list your dirtiest laundry scents for the world to know, I’m all ears.

        After the first of the year, theory is over for a while and it’s all testing : )

        • perthgirl says:

          D.D., just as a side note in your skank mission (as it isn’t a tobacco fragrance), is Absolue Pour le Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian on your list? It’s a long, long way from ‘clean’ and it would be such a shame to not sample it :)

          • D.D. says:

            Hi, Perth. It is now… : ))) Thank you.

    • Holly says:

      Hi D.D. I just wanted to say thanks for your list of “skanky leathers” you posted on Saturday. I hope you enjoyed your challah :-)

      I believe that one of the features of NST, “The Monday Mail” is still up and running. I’m sure someone here will let us know. If so, this would be a great resource for you to get suggestions from a wide variety of readers.

      • D.D. says:

        I’m supposed to be on the list for some time in January….

        That’s one reason I need to get some of these things sniffed before then : )

        • Angela says:

          Oh, I bet the Monday Mail will be great for suggestions for you!

        • Holly says:

          Yay! That’s a great New Year’s resolution, and I hope it will be fun!

      • D.D. says:

        Sorry, didn’t mean to seem so self-centered… I hope that some of them were of interest, or did you know them all?

        The list was composed from a poll here a year or two past, so I didn’t/don’t really know that any of them count as true skank or not : (

        • Holly says:

          Not self-centered at all! I’m very impressed that you took the time to give me that list. The only one I’ve sniffed is the Tabac, and I don’t find it skanky.

          I’m one of the washed masses as my work (oncology RN) requires that I’m unscented as much as possible.

    • Merlin says:

      I just wanted to add that Czech&Speake’s Cuba is also considered an NB tobacco perfume.

      • Angela says:

        Which reminds me, doesn’t Santa Maria Novella have a tobacco fragrance, too?

        • Merlin says:

          Nostalgia perhaps? Tobacco is listed in its notes but I mainly get smokey leather and diesel:) Perhaps there is another?

          • Angela says:

            I might be thinking of Cuba…but it’s been so long since I’ve smelled it, I could be off base.

        • egabbert says:

          They do! It’s called Tobacco Toscano, and it’s very similar to Midnight in Paris.

          • Angela says:

            Thank you!

  7. Holly says:

    I agree with you, Angela. I love the scent of plain old pipe tobacco, and I use it as a sachet as well. (Among other things I put in sachets!) I’m reminded of cold winter evenings and the comforts of home as well as the glamour of holiday parties when everyone smoked and their coats would be piled on my parents’ bed and the children would explore the fur and cashmere and inhale tobacco and enticing perfume.

    • D.D. says:

      “Among other things I put in sachets!” ….such as?

      As a single guy the only thing my clothes come out of the dresser smelling like is mothballs. But I’d be willing to change that…

      • Angela says:

        Dresser drawers are a great place to store bars of soap until you use them.

        • mough says:

          YES!! I do this myself. I’m up to my buttocks in soap as it’s kind of a universal go-to present for Christmas, and I get lots of them, so I put the better-smelling ones in my underwear drawer. The others, that are more prettily-wrapped, but not as nicely smelly, go in a large, pretty glass jar with a lid and it sits in my bathroom. I did the same with my nail polishes, a large, tubular shaped jar. HGTV ideas…

          • Angela says:

            Nice! Lavender soaps seem especially smelly (in a good way).

      • Holly says:

        As Angela mentions, soap is great if you find one you love the smell of. Incense, candles, teas. I love buying a big bag of cardamom pods from the Indian grocery and sticking it in a drawer.

        • Angela says:

          Love the cardamom idea.

          • Holly says:

            Oh, good!

        • kindcrow says:

          Oooo, I’m going to try that cardamom pod idea!

    • Angela says:

      I love your description of crawling around in the adults’ coats at a party!

      • Holly says:

        It would probably be fun now!

  8. eswift83 says:

    Hi Angela, lovely review. Your neighbor sounds like a character! Have you tried TF Tuscan Leather? To me it smells just like pipe tobacco… I wonder how they compare…

    • Angela says:

      I know I’ve tried Tuscan Leather, but I can’t tell you a thing about it now, and I don’t have a sample. I’ll pay special attention, though, the next time I have the chance to smell it.

      • eswift83 says:

        I’d love to hear your thoughts when you do!

  9. prism says:

    i for one am very surprised that you guys still have to order decants and make your own samples at department stores… you’d think that the PR agencies would know about you and send you guys samples to review…

    • Angela says:

      Sometimes they do, but more often than not they don’t. Plus, a company might send one sample to NST, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get the chance to smell it since we NST writers are scattered geographically.

  10. annemarie says:

    Oh no, no, no. And – no again. I can share a certain enjoyment of tobacco leaf, and fresh tobacco and pipe smoke *perhaps*, but stale smoke and ash revolt me. The only reason I like Habanita is that I don’t smell smoke it it. The ashy aspect of Azemour les Oranges means it’s off my list completely. Ash and stale smoke are the only ‘dirty’ aspects of fragrance that I just can’t deal with.

    The reason is of course that my mother smoked all her life and died of smoking related illnesses. But luckily for me, where I live there are so many regulations about tobacco sales and smoking in public that I hardly ever have to deal with smoke any more. I’d have a terrible time in many parts of the world, I suspect, which are not so regulated.

    I do wonder whether ash and smoke are notes deliberately introduced into some niche perfumes to appeal to people’s sense of nostalgia around smoking, now that smoking rates are lower … ? Is there a retro glamour now, around smoking?

    • Angela says:

      You’d detest Tobacco Oud, then! Stay far away from it.

      I don’t think there’s any retro glamour around smoking–at least, I don’t see it. Where I live, smoking is a big taboo. But to me, tobacco and to some extent tobacco ash, smell good, just like a few other vices smell good (hello gin).

    • Holly says:

      I’m sorry for your loss. I hope that you carry many happy memories.

      I think anything goes these days as far as what people are looking for in perfume, and what is being produced and marketed. I won’t even venture to put my finger on that pulse.

      That being said, on a funny note I ventured into the kitchen a few days ago without eye enhancement and whisked a blob off the counter into the sink. It squirmed and I noticed a pungent odor. Ah …. the notorious stink bug! I didn’t kill it, as that releases more stink that attracts more bugs and so on. But I DID take a moment to sniff, and lo and behold, I didn’t find it all that stinky! It could even be an “interesting” note …..

      • Kelly Red says:

        As I like the smell of skunk! Now not the just had my dog attacked by it freshness, but rather the whiff as you drive down a country road. My husband always laughs at me when I comment I like it. I will always be an Iowa girl at heart.

        • annemarie says:

          No skunks or stink bugs where I live, so I don’t those olfactory challenges to confront. We have a very good share of venomous spiders and snakes, but that’s another story. :)

        • Holly says:

          There’s a niche in this somewhere :-) Maybe some of those enterprising guys who hunt will figure out how to market the animal pheromones they pick up at their whadyacallit? hunting store? at a huge mark-up.

          I hear the Duck Dynasty folks may be interested in a new business. Hmmm…

          • D.D. says:

            hahahah…. I hadn’t seen your comment yet about there being a niche in here somewhere when I said it, but great minds…

            “Maybe some of those enterprising guys who hunt will figure out how to market the animal pheromones they pick up” ….you haven’t smelled *true* skank yet lol…

            Yep, Daddy Duck’s taken a pay cut.

        • Angela says:

          Skunk smell is kind of nostalgic for me, too.

        • D.D. says:

          “the whiff as you drive down a country road.”

          Yes, road-kill skunk! …There may be a whole new niche product line in this thread.

      • Angela says:

        Stink bug perfume! Don’t give Demeter any ideas…

        • Holly says:

          You know, I just lost millions. Again!!!

        • Holly says:

          Well, Lush has Furze, which is the German for farts.

          • Angela says:

            Ack!!

          • D.D. says:

            Eau de Fürze der Baumwanze?

          • Angela says:

            It gets worse!

        • mough says:

          Wyoming stink bugs squirt out this sickly sweet smell that’s just indescribable. Maybe the sweetness to it that’s just revolting. I wish I could think of a comparable, or pick out notes.
          Nothing worse than snake poop, though. Ever pick up a snake and get crapped on? It’s more of a defense smell than actual poop, but it will get your attention. And then, on the off- topic of animal smells, ever smelled bull’s breath? It’s fabulous. Again, sweet, but in a good way. Or the smell of the lanolin when you scratch their backs.
          My boyfriend swears dog’s paws smell terrific. I never got that…

          • Angela says:

            Snake poop?? I have to admit that it never even crossed my mind that snakes, well, poop. I guess I figured it was some kind of reptilian efficiency. Bull’s breath sounds more alluring, although I’d probably be too afraid to get close enough to a bull to ever sample it. And I like dog’s paw scent, too.

          • annemarie says:

            Holy cow, in my part of the world (Australia) you would pick up a snake only if you were looking for an especially horrible way to launch yourself into the next world. So I’ve never thought about snake poop either. I have handled them in zoos and reptile parks though. They a lovely to touch.

          • D.D. says:

            Yes! dry dog paws….but really the pads. You have to turn them over and smell between the toes…

            And puppy breath too..

  11. Merlin says:

    I adore some tobacco scents and am repelled by others. Jasmine et Cigarette actually makes me cough – I can FEEL all the capillaries in my lungs starting to constrict. Now that is hyper-realism.

    Ineka’s Field Notes from Paris is another I dislike. And the third is the tobacco note in Habinata – which is a pity because I really like its powdery dry-down.

    For me, Ambre Narguille is just too sweet, even though I like the smell of cherry tobacco. Back to Black is also too sweet – though the notes, on paper sound perfect. They sound perfect because they are similar to my most beloved of all perfumes – Chergui. The balance of everything in this one is perfect to me.

    Though it does not reach the same pinnacle – I do also enjoy Mugler’s Pure Havane.

    • Omega says:

      Merlin, just read your comment, I like Field Notes! Even though, I sometimes feel like I get a dryer sheet accord? The tobacco is very nice though, imo. I have yet to try Chergui! I need to, though, I haven’t had a lot of luck with SL scents.

      • Merlin says:

        Omega, you are in good company; it has many many fans and some great reviews. It may be that I do not like the fougerie element. Perhaps it was too dry for me?

        In the entire Lutens range there are about 4 scents I adore, perhaps another 4 I like, some I feel neutral about, and a few I abhor!

        • Angela says:

          That sounds par for the course, really.

          • Merlin says:

            It is, but even knowing that – if I try several perfumes from a certain brand and don’t like any, I tend to give up on the brand. But if I had started out trying 4 I dislike from Lutens, I might never have discovered Chergui!

          • Angela says:

            Good point! I keep trying the new ones, too, hoping that something I can’t resist will come along, but it’s been a while for me.

      • Angela says:

        I bet that dryer sheet accord is its orange blossom. And do try Chergui!

    • Angela says:

      Oh, I forgot about both Back to Black (delicious) and Chergui (even better)!

      • Merlin says:

        There’s also that relatively recent Diptyque one…but the name escapes me. I think the tobacco is more pronounced in the EDT version.

        • hajusuuri says:

          Volutes!

          • Angela says:

            Yes! I can’t believe I’ve never smelled that one. Where the heck have I been?

  12. Omega says:

    I smoked for only three years, when it was legal for me to buy cigs, I quit! LOL. Been quit for quite a while-15 plus yrs- and still kinda crave them at times but won’t go back. I didn’t want to end up like my mom who had problems back then from smoking and they continue to arise because of 45 yrs + smoking! It is such a hard habit to quit, I would totally smoke if it weren’t for the consequences of it, I think. I miss those Camel Wides and Marlboro Reds sometimes. But ya know, the ‘good feeling’ wears off after a bit, then they really do start to taste and feel a bit gross.

    However, back to scent:)..I do like the smell of pipe tobacco. I *love* my Tobacco and Oak candle from D&H Home, I think it is? Found it at TJ Maxx and Ross for a reasonable price. I also own Field Notes by Ineke as I do love that tobacco note. Didn’t like Tobacco Vanille, too sweet and sticky for me! I will seek this one out to sniff possibly.

    • Omega says:

      Oh! The candle is from DW Home, my bad, seek it out, it smellzzzz good!

    • Angela says:

      Tobacco scented candles are a much healthier way to enjoy the smell of tobacco, that’s for sure! I’m going to look for the DW Home candles at TJ Maxx. I love a good candle that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

  13. hajusuuri says:

    I hate smoke but was surprised to love tobacco in perfumes. Some of my favorites include:
    - Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    - SSS Tabac Aurea
    - Diptyque Volutes EDT and EDP
    - Mona di Orio Violette Fumee
    - Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Havane
    - not so prominent but it’s there — Tauer PHI Une Rose de Kandahar

    The best tobacco smell, of course, is a freshly-rolled UNLIT cigar, but how often can you get your hands on one? :-)

    I have a decant of TF Tobacco Oud and will try it in the near future. I smelled it on cardboard blotter at the hated Saks but truth be told, by the time I got to the Tom Ford counter, I had fume-fatigue.

    Nice review!

    • Angela says:

      Yes yes yes–I totally forgot about Tabac Aurea. A terrific one for sure.

      • egabbert says:

        Tabac Aurea is my fave!

        Also: Spicebomb and Fifi Chachnil.

        • Angela says:

          I haven’t even thought about Fifi Chachnil in eons. I hope they’re still in production.

  14. nozknoz says:

    It’s interesting: I hate cigarette and cigar smoke with absolutely, but I often like tobacco notes in perfume. I very much enjoy SL Fumerie Turque, BK Back to Black, and Via del Profumo Tabac. I also crave Diptyque Volutes, a nostalgic, powdery tobacco scent that smells just like my mother’s handbag. I’m even amused by ELd’O Jasmin et Cigarette for five or 10 minutes, but find it grows increasingly strong and cheap smelling.

    I love some perfumes I love that are said to have tobacco notes but that I don’t identify as such, e.g., SSS Tabac Aurea and YS Uzac Pohadka. I would also put Tabac Blond and Habanita in that category.

    I can’t vouch for this, but I love what TS said of the icy frankincense played against an ashtray accord in AG Encens Flamboyant, “If you’ve ever had a smoke on a cold day in the woods, you’ll know why this is exciting.”

    • nozknoz says:

      Also, I just noticed the new, patterned NST banner. I love it! The symmetry of it is also much better. I still want my ears back, though. ;-)

    • Angela says:

      You are making me desperate to try Volutes (again, I can’t believe I haven’t yet). I am going to remedy that right away.

      I love that description of Encens Flamboyante, even though, like you, I won’t be smoking in icy woods any time soon.

  15. megank4 says:

    Cocker spaniels? Really?

    I would love a good tobacco scent, preferably from Serge Lutens.

    • Angela says:

      Truthfully, give me a mutt any day. Shelter pets are the way to go. But a cocker spaniel seemed to fit the cliched scene so well!

  16. perthgirl says:

    Another lovely review Angela- I love how the walls of a place absorb the aromas of their inhabitants. I remember reading how restoration work on cathedrals that hadn’t been used for centuries released the smell of incense that had been burned inside. (that said, I’ve been in houses that reek of rancid cooking oil too :-/ not so lovely)

    Im with annemarie. I love the smell of tobacco, but the ashtray accord in Jasmin ET Cigarette disturbs me a little. I remember being at parties when someone has put their smoke out in my (full) can of drink rather than the empty ashtray one, and taking a swig. Utterly repulsive. So I do hope the other notes are enough that I won’t notice it so much..

    • Angela says:

      I’ve started to notice how really old, wood-framed buildings have a particular smell, too. It’s more fusty than incensey, but I like it. How amazing it would be to smell inside the walls of a cathedral!

      I can’t even imagine a drink with a dead cigarette in it. Awful.

  17. smartylicious says:

    I LOVE tobacco fragrances, it’s one of my favorite notes ever! I have tried dozens and dozens of them, just about everything I could get my hands on, niche, mainstream, you name it. My absolute favorite remains Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, it is perfection and nothing else compares.

    • Angela says:

      There are so many of the Tom Fords that I haven’t tried, and Tobacco Vanille is one of them. With that recommendation, though, I really must seek it out!

  18. BigslyFragrance says:

    One of, if not the greatest dirty/woody tobacco scents is Joint for Men, though hardly anyone seems to know about it!

    • Angela says:

      I’ve never heard of it either! Is the perfume house called Joint? I’ll have to do some googling to see if I can learn more….

      • BigslyFragrance says:

        It was a 1993 release by Roccobarocco.

  19. chandler_b says:

    I unfortunately smoke, but my favorite tobacco scent is Versace The Dreamer, I also like the original Versace Man which is also in the tobacco category I guess but you can only find in “eau fraiche” most places now.

    Out of all the fragrances I have Bvlgari Black mixes best with tobacco smoke, but any regular aquatic also works nicely to if you going to be on a smokey night out on the town imo since its light.

    I finally broke down and I’m buying a bottle of Tom Ford Neroli Portifino, the $35 bar soap convinced I must own the parfum despite the ridiculous price.

    • Angela says:

      I can completely imagine Bulgari Black blending well with cigarette smoke.

      Thanks for the tip on Versace the Dreamer, too!

      • chandler_b says:

        For $24 for 50 ml at any TJ MAXX, The Dreamer is cheap thrill and one of my favorites of all time. (Plus the bottle is very Versace with a medusa head!)

        • Angela says:

          That is a GREAT deal. Thanks for the heads up on a cheap thrill!

  20. meganinstmaxime says:

    I would just like to add – avoid Jasmin et Cigarette – truly awful. It really does conjure up an ashtray full of stubbed out cigarettes with a sweet layer over the top. I am going to sneak a spray of the new TF though next time I’m at the local parfumerie. It sounds like a classier sniff.

    • Angela says:

      Oh, I like that one! Yes, it’s trashy, and I’m not sure how often I’d actually wear it (probably never, really), but I love the idea of it all the same.

  21. ocarina says:

    Angela, if you like pipe tobacco fragrances, you HAVE to try Lush’s Voice Of Reason. It smells so similar to my dad’s old Balkan Sobranie blend it nearly brought tears to my eyes.

    • Angela says:

      I will definitely try it! Plus, I bet it’s a reasonable price. I’ve been wanting to stop by Lush sometime soon, and this is a good excuse.

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