Collating a ‘best of’ list of Tom Ford perfume for men is a bit like ranking Marvel superheroes: there are so many good ones to choose from it’s hard to know where to begin, never mind where to end. In itself, that’s a testament to how spectacularly good they are.
Loved by consumers, respected by perfumers and lauded by fragrance experts, they’ve accumulated more silverware than Nadal and have pretty much become a byword for olfactory excellence in niche perfumery.
Starting with the rich, exotic, Black Orchid (launched in 2006 and now a cult classic) the line-up now includes everything from hyper-masculine leather creations to fantastically wearable woody numbers and bright, uplifting colognes.
Sure, they’re not cheap, but what you get when you part with your hard- earned cash is a whiff of exclusivity (not every man’s going to be wearing them), unbridled creativity (Ford genuinely loves experimenting with his fragrances) and plenty of nuzzle factor (people always want to get a closer smell of what you’re wearing with a Tom Ford fragrance). Super-luxe bottles are the icing on an already very tasty cake, bringing kudos to any man’s bathroom shelf.
So, whether you want to go hell for leather or are seeking out something sparkling and citrusy, we reckon there’s something from the Texan polymath’s Signature range or Private Blend collection to suit you.
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Best Tom Ford perfume for men: At a glance
How to choose the best men’s Tom Ford perfume for you
What’s the difference between Tom Ford’s Private Blend and Signature fragrance collections?
For all intents and purposes, Ford’s ‘Private Blend’ collection is the luxury end of his fragrance franchise and where much of the fun happens in terms of madcap creativity.
Created for fragrance connoisseurs, it’s what the designer himself has called his very own ‘personal scent laboratory’ and allows him to create fragrances without excessive commercial pressure. A little more luxurious (hence the elevated price tag) the fragrances are often edgier and more rarefied.
Ford’s ‘Signature’ fragrances, on the other hand tend to be a little more mainstream and accessible and are generally a little less expensive. They’re no less worthy of a place on your skin though, often outclassing designer fragrances of a similar price.
How do I know which Tom Ford perfume will be right for me?
Context is everything when choosing a fragrance. Heavier, richer, more intense fragrances, big on notes like vetiver, amber, oud and patchouli (think Ford’s Oud Wood and Ombré Leather) and are generally better for evening wear, important dates and special occasions, while lighter ones, based around sparkling citrus notes, like his iconic Neroli Portofino, make better daytime or summer fragrances, when you want to smell good but not overly sexy or overpowering.
Is it worth paying more for a Tom Ford perfume?
Price tags are always subjective – especially when it comes to luxury items. At the end of the day, how much you’re willing to pay depends on how much having a luxury item is worth to you. Tom Ford is a luxury brand and the prices match the status of the designer but also the fact that the fragrances are not sold in the same quantities as more mass-market designer ones. Not only are you paying for the quality of the product but for the fact it’s less ubiquitous.
How do I get the most out of my Tom Ford perfume?
Contrary to common belief the neck and wrists aren’t always the best places to apply fragrances, partly because their exposure to air can help them dissipate faster. A much better place to apply is the chest or collarbone where the fragrance will be trapped against the skin but waft upwards as you move.
Since sunlight and heat can both affect fragrance, store yours in its original box somewhere where temperatures are unlikely to fluctuate too much.
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The best Tom Ford perfume for men to buy in 2022
1. Tom Ford Noir: Best for date nights
Price: £94 for 50 ml | Buy now from Boots
It’s not just the name that suggests the acclaimed Noir is the perfect evening fragrance – the individual ‘notes’ it features do, too. As well as spicy black pepper and heady Bulgarian rose, it also features warm sensual amber; earthy patchouli, sexy civet and creamy vanilla – an ingredient long considered to be an aphrodisiac and one which gives the fragrance a lovely, subtle sensuality.
What you notice most, though, is the whopping, slightly powdery, violet note (think Parma Violet sweets) which is what makes this fragrance stand out, giving it a romantic – almost dandyish edge.
Great staying power on the skin (it sticks around all evening and then some) helps make it the perfect date night scent, lasting as long as you do.
Key specs: Volume: 50ml; Type: Eau de parfum; Fragrance family: Floral Amber
£119.95 Buy now
$279.90 ($164.65 / Fl Oz) Buy now
2. Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino: Best summer fragrance
Price: £178 for 50ml | Buy now from SelfridgesInspired by the picturesque Italian Riviera resort town of Portofino – loved by the jet set for its old-world glamour – Neroli Portofino is Ford’s best-selling take on a classic citrus cologne.
Fresh, uplifting and genderless, it’s a wonderfully invigorating and mood-enhancing blend of Sicilian lemon, bergamot, lavender and amber and its emphasis on zingy citrus notes makes it the perfect pick-me-up perfume, ideal for work, travel, aprés sport or for those disappointing summer days when all you see are clouds.
There are several reswizzles of the original fragrance (you can buy slightly different ‘Aqua’ and ‘Forte’ versions) but it’s the original that’s the best and which most resembles sunshine in a bottle.
It won’t last as long on the skin as some of the other fragrances on this list – that’s the nature of citrus-based fragrances – but it’s still one of the best Ford creations there is.
Key specs: Volume: 50ml; Type: Eau de parfum; Fragrance family: Aromatic citrus
£107.50 (£358.33 / 100 ml) Buy now