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Sunday, 6 December 2009

"I'm just mad about saffron" - Tom Ford White Suede

I could have included this new release from Tom Ford in my Forlorn Festive Fragrance Fantasies series, as at £100 per 50ml I can't see Santa granting my wish, not in these credit crunched times. I should count myself lucky just to get a present marked Lucky Dip (Girl Age 45-55). I guess I am still harbouring a tiny hope though, and don't want to snuff that out completely by classifying this particuar lemming as "forlorn"!

Moreover, the distinctive thing about White Suede - apart from its high price and inclusion in a White Musk Collection though it doesn't appear to contain musk - is the fact that it does contain saffron. Here are the notes:

"Rose, saffron, thyme, mate tea, olibanum, lily-of-the-valley, amber, suede and sandalwood"

Now, as it happens, there are no fewer than SIX other scents I really love that have saffron in them as well, namely:

Ormonde Jayne Ta'if

Penhaligon's Lily & Spice

Les Parfums de Rosine Rose Kashmirie

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Cimabue

L'Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant

Divine L'Homme Sage

This has to be more than mere coincidence - and now that White Suede is going on the list I can only infer that I really must love the saffron note, even though I am at all not sure how it smells. It is that yellow wispy, frondy stuff you use in proper curries, right? That stains your work surface terribly - or am I thinking of turmeric? It is very expensive, I do remember that. And oddly enough, I used to have a cat of that name, who was ginger with a white bib. I am going to have to get some saffron from Tesco's and have a jolly good sniff - you never know, it might actually work out slightly cheaper per ounce than the perfume.

Though I still want the perfume very much.... Have you got that, Santa? Or for that matter, any Tom Ford executives who might happen to be reading this...

4 comments:

  1. Oh no this sounds like my kind of poison :(
    I love Ta'if and Lily and Spice too. I was trying to break this perfume addiction, but I have a feeling I'm going to get sucked back in once the PhD is finished!

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  2. Very possibly...It is probably all to the good that White Suede hasn't reached this part of the country yet!

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  3. I have been gravitating towards saffron in fragrance recenlty myself. It is indeed the very expensive spice used in cooking, commonly Mediterranean dishes. It is the key ingredient in paella; neither the flavor nor the yellow color would be the same without ut! That said, I am not sure exactly how it smells and how it would translate into a note. However, Tom Ford seems to love it as he has also used it in Private Blend Noir de Noir.

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  4. I think Farah above and I smelt Noir de Noir in London last year and that she liked it a lot and I found it a bit too earthy / Czech & Speakey. If Noir de Noir has saffron in it, though, then it deserves a second sniff, for the note seems to exert a strangely beguiling power over me as a rule!

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