Noir de Noir by Tom Ford 2007


Post by Trésor


Those who know me well know that I’m a bit of a day dreamer, spending many an hour within my tremendously ornamented flights of fancy. Out of all these splendid dream sequences there is one which I am particularly fond of and replay time and time again. I am sitting in the Hemingway Bar at the Hôtel Ritz in Paris, it’s just past the witching hour and I am returning from an event somewhere near Place Vendôme that’s run a bit late. The room is dimly lit, the diaphanous golden aura refracting through the crystals on my Chanel Haute Couture gown as I sip my favourite cocktail, a French 75.

A man sits next me, ruggedly handsome with the kindest eyes of piercing sapphire and asks for my name. When I go to respond I am beguiled by exqusite vapours rising from his chest, a hypnotic cirrus of inky petals against warm skin. It takes me a moment to collect myself and then I realize that this is something I’ve smelled before, a familiarity so unequivocally beautiful and close to my heart. He is wearing Noir de Noir.

Noir de Noir by Tom Ford 2007

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Agarwood (oud), patchouli, tuber (truffles), saffron, vanilla, rose, oakmoss

The genesis of this potion is through an unimaginably beautiful sequence of tarry black rose petals so rich in their nocturnal hue that they capture all light that dares to touch their obsidian velvet alongside an earthy and brilliantly sumptuous note of black truffle. The petals of the rose are so rich with their precious essence that they appear to glisten in the darkness with their elixir collecting as crepescule dewdrops as the truffle adorns them with just a whisper of soil and musk. As the composition begins to gain some levity you are received by a luxuriant dark chocolate and what I can only describe as a romanticised vision of red wine, all of the tannins removed. This marriage can border on confectionery but only in oscillating bursts, never cloying or distracting from the inky and atmospheric soul of this wicked brew. The grounding element for all of these, on my skin, is the aromatic copper flash of saffron which lends warmth and a particular radiance that keeps this from being one big heap of base notes.

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As time progresses something so intoxicatingly vanillic begins to emerge. It’s not the edible vanilla of a sweet and delicate madeleine but something a shade sinister and of the Earth. Though this fragrances toys with the illusion of innocence it keeps its claws firmly planted within the realm of splendid seduction. As Noir de Noir begins its final descent you are greeted with a pulchritudinous menagerie of that same black truffle atop a captivating patchouli that’s been dusted by what, to my nose, smells of vintage cosmetic powder you would find in the handbag of a Hollywood starlet from a bygone era. It is within this magnetic embrace that Noir de Noir finally fades into the skin and you are left with but a sweet memory of the time you’d spent together.

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Noir de Noir lasts about 8-10 hours on my skin but if I am feeling trigger happy I can push it up to around 12. The sillage is quite considerable, this fragrance is exceptionally dense and rather opulent so do expect other’s to be aware of its presence. You can however dab it as you would an extrait de parfum for a more controlled and subdued application.

Further reading: Perfume Posse and Fragrant Man
LuckyScent has $215/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/ml

If you have a thing for rose as I do I urge you to give this gem a go, I can almost guarantee you won’t regret that you did.

Have you tried Noir de Noir? Have you a favored Tom Ford?
Trésor xx

9 thoughts on “Noir de Noir by Tom Ford 2007

  1. Good Morning! Violet Blonde is the first Tom Ford I fell in love with. A generous swapper on NST sent some lively Santal Blush which I liked instantly and I also have a lil decant of Noir- unopened! But alas your description of it as a dark rose has piqued my interest. Darker than Agent Provocateur? I love her enough to eat.


    • I absolutely adore Violet Blonde as well! You must give your decant of Noir de Noir a go. I love Agent Provocateur a great deal, it’s one of the most comforting fragrances I’ve come across. I think Noir de Noir is easily the darker scent of the two, it’s much earthier and considerably fuller bodied. Both are exceptionally lovely.


  2. Hey there Trésor,
    Though I have tried and loved many of the Tom Ford line the only one I own a bottle of is Neroli Portifino. I did have Black Orchid and have often dreamed of owning Jasmine Rouge.
    Lovely review.


    • Thank you so much, Portia!

      I am particularly fond of the Neroli Portofino bath and body products. I’ve recently fallen for Black Orchid’s sister fragrance Velvet Orchid, I think they did a splendid job with that one. They’re soon releasing body products to accompany Jasmin Rouge, I believe. I cannot wait!


  3. Personally I think Tom Ford should stick to making brilliant films. However, if I come across this, I will try it as your review is quite stunning. Hugs! Bussi. CQ


    • His work on A Single Man was nothing short of breathtaking. I do enjoy his other work too but I have a bit of a soft spot for that style of campy excess that he does so well. Thank you so much! I am so happy you enjoyed it!



  4. A lovely review. I like Noir de Noir. In fact, this was my Halloween scent. It was so fitting to the mood of the ruined castle I was visiting on that day. Broken stained glass, cobbled paths, fallen down arches and the thick scent of Noir de Noir… My friend absolutely hated it though…
    I like Black Orchid and Violet Blond as well. x


    • That sounds like an absolutely immaculate pairing! It is incredibly thick, you’re right> cCertainly not for everyone but I am a bit of a density junkie so I personally love it.

      Black Orchid and Violet Blonde are absolutely lovely as well! 🙂


  5. Love the story. I have only sniffed this one in store and loved it but the price – not so much! Although I want to test a few more so hopefully the local store will give me a few samples. I have to say there is a lot of generosity from sales assistants in France on the sample front. My favourite local sales assistant – Martine gave me a decent sized sample of Jasmin Rouge and Plum Japonais. I like the Plum a lot better as there’s a nasty spiky sharp wood chemical in the Jasmin that I really can’t stand. The only TF I own is Black Orchid which I LOVE!


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