Don't we all know them, our dear gourmands? There are some with cherries, others are reminiscent of pudding, cakes and so on. Many of them smell incredibly delicious, so that one would like to lick the sweet, sticky juice from the back of the hand.
Now I just put the word "sticky" in my mouth. In fact, there are not just a few gourmands who smell incredibly appetizing, but who hardly want to leave the wearer's skin. They often involuntarily stylise themselves as signature fragrances for life, in order to express them somewhat exaggeratedly. They are often so sticky and so sweet that I don't know if I would want to take one out at night, if it wouldn't become too exhausting at some point. But now there is a remedy in sight, because something has been brewed at Tom Ford that has nothing to do with the originally deep wooden "Noir", published in 2012. It comes in a very classic, if not old-fashioned bottle, which doesn't quite come close to the more exclusive fragrance line of this house in terms of choice of materials and workmanship, but this should only irritate for a few seconds, because as soon as the first spray blast lands on the wrist, the black-golden surrounding is absolutely irrelevant
Everything begins with a spice boost so typical for the Orient, which revises the negative cliché of sticky-sweet gourmands. In addition to cardamom, a delicate nutmeg note comes to the fore, which you simply have to love. A little later the Kulfi is added, an Indian dessert, which - I did some research - is described as follows:
"At the court of the Mogul emperors, the chefs came up with the idea of mixing sweet condensed milk with chopped pistachios, saffron or rose water and adding semi-frozen ice cream. The mass was put into small pots with lids (called "Kulfi" in Persian) and placed in ice from the Himalayas until it was served."
And in fact this Kulfi is not as sweet as many other European desserts or desserts. Of course, it makes the fragrance a little sweeter now, but it is not a sticky, but a rather airy sweetness, which is accompanied by the still present nutmeg note with a nice pinch of spice.
The sweet-spicy, but above all airy composition is complemented a little later by vanilla. According to the fragrance pyramid, it is a supporting column, which I also hear. Fortunately, despite the presence of vanilla, there is no need to be afraid of the wonderfully aromatic combination of nutmeg and Kulfi. Unlike other gourmands, we're not dealing with a vanilla that kills everything. It serves rather to carry this unique, aromatic airiness through the hours of the night and to lend even more depth to the already extremely deep composition. And if after a few hours a little sandalwood is added - really little and not too much - this rounds off the combination of oriental scents with a subtle creaminess. The description of this creaminess as a discreet one is correct insofar as it never destroys the airiness that distinguishes "Noir Extreme", just as it does with vanilla. It's this airiness, this sweet-spicy transparency that fascinates me so much.
Actually, the name "Noir Extreme" is not suitable, because nothing is extreme here. We have no extreme stickiness, no extreme Sillage, no extreme durability - nothing that many gourmands often have in a negative sense. You get a really mature, adult gourmand who demands style from his wearer, is afraid of making a loud appearance, doesn't need it and doesn't want it. You get a gourmand who doesn't stick to you, who instead is like a faithful companion who doesn't confuse fidelity and reliability with obtrusiveness. You get a gourmand that shows that it doesn't always have to be the exorbitantly expensive Tom Ford product line, in which, for example, "Tobacco Vanilla" is located. You get a gourmand who embodies the virtue of modesty in terms of both financial and scent character - at least if you take Tom Ford's circumstances as a guideline. Because Tom Ford and modesty ... well ... i think it's obvious what I mean, don't you?
So, be modest and try it out. The days get colder, darker, rainer, more uncomfortable. But perhaps this noble little water will succeed in bringing a little cosiness back into your everyday life.