Tom Ford did it again! Yet another Parfum flanker of his classic creation. This time it exceeded my expectations. Before we dive into the note musing and discussion of the fragrance, let me take you to Tuscany’s coastline with insight into the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Sun is bursting and shining on a landscape full of tall Cypress trees. A soft sea breeze brushes against your bare skin, drying down your sweat. A bit of a salty and intense odour floats around us while enjoying a refreshing Limonata, a zesty and tart lemonade. That is Costa Azzurra Parfum as a scene. A warm summer day in Tuscany.
Costa Azzurra Parfum is the latest release in Tom Ford’s signature collection. Costa Azzurra originally belonged to Private Blends’ sub-collection with a blue semi-translucent bottle, in EDP concentration. I didn’t personally care much for it as I thought it was way overpriced for what it is – a citrus aquatic scent with a woody backbone. The fragrance moved to the signature collection in 2021 and was released as a watered-down mess. Maybe they intended on releasing a weak fragrance with plans to release a Parfum in the future. After all, Parfum flankers are very trendy amongst designers these days.
I have to admit, I’m quite glad they did because I missed the dazzling fragrances that were curated before Estee Lauder began as owners.
The elevated Parfum opens up with a recognizable Costa Azzurra freshness with a big burst of Italian Lemon and slight ozonic and aquatic quality. This time it doesn’t smell like wet sea whatsoever, but more of an invigorating warm and sea-salty wind breezing through the Cypress tree. This photorealistic sensation is accompanied by an aromatic Fougere type of concoction from Lavender.
Soon enough the forest element is elevated with Oak that intensifies the dry earthy facets and gives a strong backbone to the Cypress note. There are some herbal aromatic notes that whisper in the background which reminds me of Artemisia. It complements the Lemon note which now turned into more of a lemon rind accord: Bitter and zesty. The warmth rises from soft leathery Labdanum and the distinctive Tom Ford Amber accord which I find in many of the “intensified” flankers.
The performance, however, is a bit of a letdown as I expected it to perform the way extraits are supposed to. I find it performs just slightly better than the original EDP from the Private Blend collection. It does last longer than the re-launched 2021 version but that doesn’t mean much. Projection is moderate, a bit closer to the skin after the first hour-long burst but it has a diffusing effect until the 5-hour mark. It’s decent for being a fresh fragrance.
I must admit, I was utterly surprised how well this flanker turned out. I wasn’t disappointed in any other Parfum flankers from the signature line, per se, because all of them were winners to me, especially Black Orchid Parfum.
I was more hesitant about how they were going to elevate a fresh release. I think what they did here is just simply take the original formula from the Private Blend version, making a more cost-effective formula out of it, adding the contemporary feel of the Amber and releasing the Parfum version. If so, it’s very clever marketing, so bravo! It’s a winner, baby!
I can feel this to be just perfect for the blooming springtime ahead of us here in The Northern Hemisphere. It’s green semi-fresh citrusy with more prominent depth from the ambery woods. I find it to be quite versatile, suit well for almost every occasion, therefore a signature scent worthy.
Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Parfum is available as a 50ml and 100ml size bottle and retails approximately for $165 USD for 50ml and $210 USD for 100ml.
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