It's almost been a year since Tom Ford released the Private Blend Les Extraits Verts collection; two of the fragrances — Vert Bohème1 and Vert de Fleur2 — have finally come within smelling distance so here goes.
Vert Bohème begins with a blast of rich galbanum (if you don't like galbanum, no need to search out Vert Bohème). Joining the galbanum is a cool, almost mentholated citrus peel aroma and "green" flowers. I can't detect magnolia but there is honeysuckle in Vert Bohème, mixing with some soft violet leaf. As for the listed Gustavia superba, I have no idea what this glorious-looking flower smells like, but its mention in Tom Ford PR fueled my interest in smelling Vert Bohème...so it served a purpose (at least among the horticulture-curious).
Vert Bohème quickly becomes a skin scent and turns a bit prim for my tastes; at the end of its development a hint of vetiver joins the lingering galbanum and there's also a quiet mossy/minty-herbal note. Apart from its galbanum (which smells natural), Vert Bohème's ingredients (their quality and quantity) don't smell like they justify its price. Next...!
Vert de Fleur also starts with galbanum, this time fraternizing with a perfect accompaniment: hyacinth. Floral sweetness abounds in Vert de Fleur's opening and heart, hyacinth gives way to jasmine and jasmine to creamy rose. Then? Someone grabs this pretty bouquet right out of my hands and runs off...leaving a trail of tangy "grass"/moss, talc-y orris root (and maybe some vetiver) in the air. If you want to extend the floral opening, make sure you get Vert de Fleur on your clothing. Vert de Fleur's extreme dry down smells of floral musk (the white, not the green, variety).
As I wore Vert de Fleur, a friend had the audacity to say to me: "You smell like a, uh (looooooooooooong silence), lady." I have taught her NEVER to call a fragrance an "old lady perfume" in my presence. She caught herself right when the word "old" was about to sprout from her lips. Vert de Fleur does smell feminine — and retro. After I applied a heavy dose before work, I regretted it all day; Vert de Fleur is too womanly for me.
While smelling these two fragrances I don't know whether to think: "No more Verts for me!" or "Darn...I chose the two wrong Verts to try!" Do comment if you've smelled Vert d'Encens or Vert de Bois.
Tom Ford Vert Bohème and Vert de Fleur Eaux de Parfum are available in 50 ml ($225) and 250 ml ($595).
1. Listed notes of galbanum, mandarin, magnolia, honeysuckle, violet leaf, Gustavia superba.
2. Listed notes of galbanum, iris, hyacinth, neroli, bergamot, basil, jasmine, rose, orange blossom, vetiver, patchouli and oakmoss.
Note: top image of galbanum (altered) via Wikimedia Commons.