Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: A Bad Boy Gone Good
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Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: A Bad Boy Gone Good

Has Tom Ford’s naughty leathery scent, Ombré Leather, grown-up?

Ombré Leather was originally launched as a part of the Private Blend collection back in 2016 as a limited edition. It was brought back in 2018 as a part of the signature in a matte black bottle that became almost an icon among his creations. It took a little while for another flanker to appear, about four years after re-launch. Like other Parfum flankers from this collection, this fragrance turned out to be more refined and better suited to more fragrance hobbyists. I don’t mean that they made them remarkably bolder with Animalic or Artistic approach, per se, but a bit more interesting as a designer usually.

Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: A Bad Boy Gone Good
Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: A Bad Boy Gone Good

Ombré Leather Parfum piqued my interest since the launch as they changed quite a lot of notes from original. Are they going to manage to keep the same feel without it being a total other fragrance like the situation with Oud Wood Intense? Are the Ambery and sharp leather facets going to be turned into a more smooth, floral and airier, somehow cleaner type of leather – a bad boy learned to behave and grown up to be a gentleman?

Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: A Bad Boy Gone Good
Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: A Bad Boy Gone Good

Luckily, the Parfum introduces itself with the distinctive DNA of the original Ombré Leather but a much smoother and modest burst accompanied with a fresh woody note. Cedarwood might make the opening a bit cleaner. It also opens up quite an airy and fresh floral, almost watery type of a feel which comes from from Violet Leaf. Unlike the original, this doesn’t scream at all.

As it dries down, it darkens down a bit revealing indolic Jasmine which adds a bit of that naughty feel which is smoothed up by creamy Orris. Orris here doesn’t come out as overly powdery which is great because powder contrasted with Leather would be quite interesting. The leather note also gets a bit more noticeable in the way the original did. There’s still that Ambery sweetness even though it wasn’t listed here along with a whisper of Tobacco. The woodsy facets also become pronounced.

Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: A Bad Boy Gone Good
Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: A Bad Boy Gone Good

The performance is great longevity-wise. This is absolutely a lot more muted than the predecessor when it comes to projection. It projects modestly and linearly until the darker notes take place. It stays very close to the skin after 7 hours and stays as a subtle skin scent for 10 hours.

Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: A Bad Boy Gone Good
Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: A Bad Boy Gone Good

Ombré Leather Parfum is like a grown-up and sophisticated version of its predecessor. I prefer this over the original EDP as it comes off as a modest behaving fragrance. This definitely is more versatile and absolutely a great update to the DNA. Do I think it’s a bit overpriced? I mean It’s Tom Ford. I’ll just leave it at that.

The packaging resembles others outside of the private blend as the bottle mirrors the original matte black design while including the white leatherette label from 2018. Tom Ford currently offers Ombré Leather Parfum in two classic sizes: 50ml and 100ml. A 50ml bottle retails for $165 USD and the 100ml is listed for $210 USD.

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