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Velvet Gardenia Tom Ford for women and men
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white floral
balsamic
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tuberose
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Private Blend is first and exclusive collection by Tom Ford, which includes twelve eau de parfums, each of them can be used solely or in combination with other fragrances from the collection.
Private Blend Collection was launched in 2007. The fragrances are available in 50ml and 250ml bottles.

"PRIVATE BLEND is my own scent laboratory: it's where I have the ability to create very special, original fragrances that are unconstrained by the conventions of mainstream scent-making. PRIVATE BLEND is designed with the true fragrance connoisseur n mind." Tom Ford

Perfume rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 135 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Orange Gardenia

Middle Notes
Jasmine Rose Lily-of-the-Valley Tuberose Plum Honey Beeswax

Base Notes
Incense French labdanum

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Velvet Gardenia Fragrance Reviews

gedlive
gedlive

I'm a guy who likes gardenia, lilly of the valley and orange blosom, as far as white florals are concerned. Most unisex white florals I find to feminine, and I was looking for a distinct gardenia that was not leaning feminine, but truly gender neutral. Velvet Gardenia fits perfectly for me.
I tried B9 by Bond No 9 gardenia frag, but the gardenia was not so distinct and it was to feminine. I tried Gardenia Grand Soir, and it was nice and universal, green woody gardenia, but the gardenia was even less distinct.

With Velvet Gardenia it is 90℅ high quality gardenia, like the gardener said below, "it's like smelling real pungent gardenia". What makes it great for a guy, are the rich resins, Labdanum and incense making an accord with the gardenia. I think this is less feminine than Oud Wood. I also get some beeswax and some sweet honey, but it's not overly sweet, nicely blended to balance the resins.
The orange, plum, rose, Tuberose and lilly of the valley are just light nuances that give it a velvety vib.
Actually the tuberose gets stronger and evens out with the gardenia as you get into the mid and drydown.

The note pyramid here is right on, but I would give more votes to beeswax. It is allmost to strong at first, and is very waxy smelling, not much honey. But as you get into the mid, the beeswax settles and gels with the gardenia and incense, and then the blending becomes balanced and more enjoyable.

This fragrance reminds me of Bertrand Duchaufour's frag Seville Eau Laube, by L Artisan Perfumers, but it has a predominant green orange blosom blended with beeswax and incense.

Rating: 9/10

God bless. John 3:16

Jan
17
2017
smellhunt
smellhunt

I tried it today, a cold rainy spring day, by applying two sprays: one on each wrist. It started as a sweet floral but in a few minutes the smoke started coming out and decided to stay. Outside the smoky note would take a back seat, but indoors it would dominate the scene, reminding me how I smell coming home from a bar, where smoking is allowed and some were smoking cigars...
After 4+ hours without much change and a couple of people commenting on my unusual scent( one positively two negatively) and because I wasn't enjoying it either, I washed it of.

May
04
2016
mysterious_scent
mysterious_scent

Real gardenia flower smells rich, heady and buttery. It has a complex aroma with an earthy undertone, unlike most of the thin synthetic copies. I love gardenias and I used to plant them. If you stand among bushes of booming gardenia, you will be blasted by the rich and sweet scent cloud. If you inhale deeply, you will also notice its undertone, which, for some people, smells like blue cheese or mushroom, but I love it.

Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia is the closest to the real thing.

Dec
22
2015
Poboijosh
Poboijosh

I had purchased a sample of Velvet Gardenia back in November of last year, 2014 and had poured the perfume into an atomizer to get the full effect. Very beautiful perfume, but way too feminine for me to wear, anyways, I was wearing a leather jacket at the time when I was testing out this juice, which I had also sprayed a few sprays on the inside collar of the jacket, well, today I was going through my closet and decided to take a sniff and see if I could still smell any remnants of Velvet Gardenia, and low and behold there is a still 'easily' noticeable waxy and incensy Tuberose... I sprayed that on 7 months ago, incredible!

Jun
04
2015
georgetaylor
georgetaylor

Amazing. Smoky, flowery goodness.

I got a sample of this, and I am giving it a test run. So far, so amazing! The initial smell is heavy white floral and rich, dense incense. The ambery notes, maybe the labdanum, are strong.

I am loving this, it is so many good things.

May
16
2015
lmlovespapa
lmlovespapa

VERY VERY strong indolic gardenia smells like blue cheese

Jan
18
2015
Eloquaint
Eloquaint

Since I am still using perfume as a way to keep myself off of this stupid broken toe (it'll be four weeks tomorrow), I've had to get a little more creative than just spraying and sniffing and taking notes to keep myself entertained. So today I decided to stage a Battle of the Gardenias, just because I had samples of this and of White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum knocking around.(I wrote a review of that, too, if you feel the need.)

Velvet Gardenia wins. It starts out with a gorgeous beeswax-inflected gardenia, and tuberose appears swiftly to reinforce the luscious, mellow...I would call it mouth-feel, actually. To me the dry-down is caramel. I could eat this stuff with a spoon.

Jun
14
2014
christianne1
christianne1

This is truly one of the most unique fragrances I have ever smelled. There is SO much more to this than gardenia and it is miles away from being a gardenia soliflore. For starters, it is a black gardenia which is a dark purple flower, not a white one. I want to point this out for those who may be expecting a classic white gardenia smell. You will not find it here. Yes, there is a gardenia note among MANY other notes but in no way, shape or form does it smell like a white gardenia bush. I grew up around them and this smell does not resemble that hardly at all. In the opening you get the largest dose of gardenia but there are so many other notes that you hardly think "gardenia perfume". Despite the name and floral notes, it leans toward the masculine side of unisex. (Which was probably part of the marketing problem and why it was discontinued...a gardenia fragrance made for men is a tough sell.)

The opening of Velvet Gardenia is very potent. Probably the most potent of all Tom Fords that I have tried (which is quite a few). The main notes listed are black gardenia, orange, jasmine, lily of the valley, tuberose, dark plum, honey, beeswax, incense and labdanum. The incense and beeswax combo makes for an interesting smell that you probably either like or you do not. It is a rather peculiar scent that grew on me. I found myself constantly sniffing it. But in no way can I attempt to describe it.

The dry down actually smells more like jasmine than gardenia to my nose. There are elements of gardenia still there but again, this is NOT a gardenia dominated fragrance. It isn't even very sweet. It is more of a mixed white floral with an earthy base, even somewhat musky (from the labdanum I assume). To me, it smells nothing like Voile de Fleur. They share almost no notes. (Just as a warning to those who like Voile de Fleur and may be expecting something similar.) But if you are looking for a unique semi-masculine earthy floral that stands on its own and is unlike just about anything else out there...Velvet Gardenia is just that.

Jan
25
2014
mpbrown
mpbrown

I'm on the fence about this one. It has some lushiness, but it's also quite indolic. I get all this beautiful white floral sweetness, yet it's as though the florals were on their way out, a little brown on the edges. Sort of like walking into a church to pick up the floral arrangements three days after the wedding has passed - so there is this past due floral thing, and the beeswax from the candles, and the incense residue left in the woodwork..... it's interesting, complex, warm, on the verge of rot. Tom Ford comes up with some of the most beautiful fragrances, and this one is beautiful, but not in the traditional sense?? For someone who wants to step out of the commercial fragrance realm and really experience the waning aspect of the life cycle of white florals. I'm glad I had a chance to try this one out, but it's not one that I would wear very often.

Add: So I have a gardenia shrub on my patio that happens to have a few blooms on it and compared it to this fragrance. When it was newly opened there was some similarity, but it wasn't until the blossom was nearly all brown that suddenly it was exactly like Velvet Gardenia. It was remarkable, nailed it.

Sep
07
2013
Senzadite
Senzadite

I got this as a gift and since i like most Tom Ford fragrances my expectations were high...well...WRRROONNGG!!! i hated it, had to give it away to the only person that i know loves gardenia: i gave this to my mother. For me it lacks complexity and development; way too flowery and linear ; i dont find anything elegant on this, unless you´re talking victorian elegant.


65/100

May
05
2012
Quade
Quade

WOW! Gardenia, Tuberose, Plum and a subtle kiss of Incense. This my fellow fragranticans is how you make Gardenias sexy, you dress it up with Tuberose, squeeze Plum all over its luscious petals and you let it lay in a cave full of beautiful incense. Velvet Gardenia is a beautifully crafted fragrance and has and always will be a stand-out for me amongst the Private Blend collection (which some people have noted, tends to lack in substance and has a questionable quality to some scents). I adore this fragrance because its different. I haven't smelt anything like this before. This one is definetly for people who love Gardenias, if you're not a fan, I'd probably suggest keeping away because its quite powerful. It dries down to a sweet, floral mixed with a bit of smokiness sort of quality that is both delicious and incredibly unique. Lasting power is fantastic.

9/10

Apr
12
2012
cacraine
cacraine

I wanted to like this one so much because I LOVE gardenia, but alas...Velvet Gardenia is not for me. Upon application in smells like a room full of Gardenias and incense...I just can't get into this smokey incense smell. The creamy Gardenia smell gets fainter and fainter until mostly all I can smell is incense. So sad.

Mar
22
2012
Happyme2009
Happyme2009

Heavenly, to say the least.
It is a dark white floral, if this makes any sense. Seductive, peppery, full of incense and resins, all drowning in heavy cream. A subtle sweetness envelops everything. Velvety white petals are heavy with wax and perfume, they seem to caress all senses in the same time, this isn't just an olfactory experience. There is a profane dirtiness here, it seems sinful yet irresistible.
All I can think about when smelling it is kisses and passion. Most likely a forbidden love affair. Impossible. Imaginary. Forgive me if my imagination goes wild here... but frankly I never smelled anything like this before.
My tiny 4ml mini is a product of alchemy, nothing less.
The works of magic. Nothing comes close. It is surreal.
I surely hope one day I will own a full bottle... and of course I cannot possibly imagine who would create this beauty and discontinue it.

Jan
05
2012
nattonline
nattonline

Tried this at my local outlet store. After all the discount, it's still over $100 for such a small 50mL bottle. As for the scent, Velvet gardenia alright!!! because that's all I smelled. It was really rich, smooth, and honey sweet gardenia. It's quite pleasant and high quality for a white flower.

Aug
08
2011
Gardeniawhore
Gardeniawhore

When I first saw this in Bergdorf Goodman I ran right over and tried it. Having grown up in the South I know what Gardenias smell like and I also know that the scent can vary in intensity and character from one variety to the next.

When it first was on, I thought FINALLY some one gets it! It had that slightly indolic note, but at the same time was intensely sweet with that wonderful oh so hard to produce creamy/green/mushroom heart to it. It lasted about five minutes and then for the next two hours smelled like burnt plastic. SOOOO disappointing!

I tried spraying it in fabric and got that blue cheese note that every one talks about. The only place it smelled right for me was on a scent strip.

Over the next year I would always try it again every time I would see it in the hopes that I would feel differently. But no. However, this did not stop me from buying some eventually. I found that in cold weather it stays gardenia a bit longer. It also happens to smell incredible when mixed 50/50 with Tom Ford's Noir de Noir.

In closing I'll say that I'm very impressed with the fact that for at least a few minutes one does get real gardenia, so if it's worth it to you...

Aug
03
2011
pansylady
pansylady

Hmmm- this is an odd one-

Dry as a bone, barely a hint of gardenia, instead,a very guy-friendly tuberose-

I think this would be a good one for males who want to try a floral fragrance but don't want to smell "girly"-

Jan
18
2011
autumn89
autumn89

This opens with a note of dry orange peel and gardenia, including its trademark dirty/earthy aspect.

This doesnt last long and a heart of beeswax and rose appears with just a hint of sweetness from the honey. The labdanum can be detected peeping through here. The beeswax is the most priminent note in this perfume,on my skin at least, giving it a waxy texture.

Soon the base is left, and the incense is very apparent.

At no stage could i see where the famous blue cheese note rumours came from.

This is a very dark, melancholic fragrance, and its really sad that its been dicontinued. I managed to find the 250ml decanter and i would recommend you get it if you happen to come across it. Its a really beautiful, unique experience.

Oct
05
2010
mister_chaz
mister_chaz

this is very interesting: I can't say I like it though; it's fruity/floral tart scent, strong gardenia! I also get a lot of honey and/or beeswax in it. it might smell good on a man, in my opinion, if he doesn't mind florals. Unfortunately, the lasting power is relatively poor...

Jul
14
2010
Wristsniffer
Wristsniffer

This scent is, by far, one of the best gardenia soliflores on the market today. That said, it's nothing I can handle wearing. I really do like gardenia accords and can appreciate them in nearly any composition but the flower in this scent is a bit overwhelming. If you can't get enough gardenia, you simply must try this one. It's so intense that the gardenia notes begin, toward the drydown, to take on a fruit-punchy sort of structure; the perfumer surely wanted to be certain that the flower's aroma didn't fade and so he amplified it beyond what I'd consider wearable.

As I mentioned, if you're a gardenia fiend, seek this one out and give it a try. If, however, like me, you merely aim to dabble in the white floral accord, preferring to smell it blended with other, complementing accords; I'd recommend Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, or Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur, instead.

May
04
2009
honeypoppyseed
honeypoppyseed

very similar to Gucci by Gucci, but shorter lasting and way more expensive.

Jan
05
2009
tessture
tessture

Multi layered, richly developing, complex and elegant. It is tartly sweet on my skin and definitely has true Gardenia notes. A spectacular white floral, very much a velvet white flower with fruit notes, drying down to mostly labdanum. I wish I liked white florals a little more.

Dec
14
2008
Suzy
Suzy

I found this description:(floral) with notes of black gardenia, orange, jasmine, rose muguet, tuberose, dark plum, honey, beeswax, incense, and labdanum.

When I first put it on, it was all gardenia. I'm not fond of florals on myself, and with the gardenia scent this strong, I instantly disliked it. After wearing it a while, the gardenia has softened, but is still very much there. I'm not picking up on the other notes, but perhaps they are what's making me think the gardenia is softer now.

Oct
30
2008

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