London by Tom Ford
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London is a popular perfume by Tom Ford for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Perfumer

Yann Vasnier

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMadagascan black pepper, Saffron, Cardamom absolute, Coriander seed, Cumin, Coffee
Heart Notes Heart NotesEgyptian geranium, Jasmine absolute, Frankincense, Cistus
Base Notes Base NotesOud, Musk, Birch, Cedar, Balsam tree

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Scent

7.7 (135 Ratings)

Longevity

7.9 (113 Ratings)

Sillage

7.5 (114 Ratings)

Bottle

8.5 (122 Ratings)
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 22.02.2020.
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AdAstra72

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AdAstra72
AdAstra72
Greatly helpful Review    19
Deep down in LONDON
Lovely, isn´t it?

Yes it isn´t ...

I sit here and sniff my forearm near my wrist every few minutes (at this point the hairs help to make the scent even more perceptible) and still don't know if I like London or not But one thing is for sure: I find it extremely exciting and totally horny.

I perceive it differently with every olfactory bulb analysis. Sometimes clearly, sometimes violently, sometimes only a little.
Almost "DISGUSTING" ... Pictures of dirty side streets in the worst quarters, of crooks chewing unwashed tobacco, of semi-silky dives ... repulsive, exciting and arousing curiosity ...
Then suddenly surprisingly "DISTINGUISHED" ... you leave the gutter behind, enter lively barbershops, meet interesting and influential gentlemen, indulge in muse and beautiful things in a dignified ambience ...
And then suddenly there's this dark, mysterious figure in a long coat with a stand-up collar and a worn cylinder ... observes a ... accompanies a ... protects a ...

London is more an experience than a perfume. But to dismiss it as an olfactory conglomeration would not do him justice either, even if the fragrances and essences it contains can certainly be described as a wild mixture.
It's spicy, it's dirty, it's smoky, it's woody, it's dark, but it also gives you strength and warm light, it makes you recoil and you'll be fascinated again.

London really takes you on a journey that begins demanding and exhausting, slowly but surely leads you into a more friendly realm and finally brings you to a very pleasant and old-fashioned comfortable place.

London is - like life - not always beautiful, but it knows how to surprise you and in the end (hopefully) everything will be fine ...
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Taurus1967

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Greatly helpful Review    14
Londung
Indeed, one does not have to write much about the British capital anymore. On the one hand it will be known to almost everyone and on the other hand my personal memory has faded quite after 40 years, even if I liked it there extraordinarily well. What has remained stuck and is still true today: London is a cultural melting pot and this is reflected in Tom Ford's Eau de Parfum.

However, sniffing at the spray head can quickly lead to sniffing, as London reveals a slightly stallid-dunglike undertone here, which hardly appears later in this species.

On the skin, the fragrance plays with quite oriental-spicy components between sweet cardamom, soft saffron, semi-hot pepper and a slightly oversized pinch of cumin. Sometime in the course of the top note, the latter takes over a little too much and temporarily slows down the flow into the dry, dusty and dirty. Fits well to the metropolis, but still has a counterproductive effect.

The flower department in the form of rose geranium and jasmine goes down a bit, but I don't miss it very much. A little more space is given to incense and oud, both really balanced without blending. Woody and resinous are the keywords when the olfactory London trip comes to an end.

What remains is a well composed eau de parfum with all kinds of experience corners and classical elements, modern but also traditional as a mediator between Orient and Occident. As generic terms for the classification I would choose clearly oriental-spicy-resiny-woody, whereby the feared (for others possibly also longed for) horse only briefly leaked from its stable and inflated its nostrils. And as the dear Yatagan already mentioned in the statement, Nebel wafts from the Thames through the alleys and quarters, because London embodies more the autumn-winter side of this cosmopolitan city.
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Syzygy73 3 years ago
As dark as the subtext of a Dickens novel, full of poverty, vice and wretchedness. This evokes the seedy London of Jack the Ripper.+3
Hermesh 3 years ago
Cumin is present from the beginning, but it's delicately weakened by a soft velvety note which characterizes many Tom Ford fragrances.+3
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