Ombre de Hyacinth 2012

Ombre de Hyacinth by Tom Ford
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Ombre de Hyacinth is a popular perfume by Tom Ford for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is floral-green. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes
Top Notes Top Notes GalbanumGalbanum MagnoliaMagnolia Violet leafViolet leaf FrankincenseFrankincense
Heart Notes Heart Notes HyacinthHyacinth JasmineJasmine Pink pepperPink pepper
Base Notes Base Notes BenzoinBenzoin GalbanumGalbanum MuskMusk
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7.358 Ratings
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8.473 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 29.03.2022.
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Every spell has an end in it
Green fragrances usually touch me a little more than the pure floral, citric, oriental or even gourmand ones.
They are often serious and a little unapproachable, melancholic and closed, especially the darker, sometimes harsh representatives - with lots of galbanum, moss and forest accents - are rarely shallow and cheerful.
The slightly milder, lighter ones - grassy and green-leaved - are busier and airier, are the good-humoured, spring fresheners.

Ombre de Hyacinth is one of the melancholy ones, but is touchingly fragile like porcelain. One hardly dares to expose him to enemy life, a breath of wind could blow him away, fatally injure him.
It is as if ten masks had been removed, above all those of the heaviness and bitterness that galbanum can radiate, and only the lowest one left, the one that separates the soul from the body like wafer-thin parchment.
Ombre de Hyacinth thus appears as thoughtfully introverted as weightlessly fragile. Oscillates between delicate violet, powdery flowers and dark green, ethereal depth, like a pale cool morning under dense tree shadows.

We humans are fragile too. Some more, some less. Our hearts sometimes appear stronger than they will ever be, are in the end only like a thousand layers of leaves, and every single leaf of them is highly vulnerable, is quickly crushed by a raindrop, torn apart by a gust of wind.

"Jedem Zauber wohnt ein Ende inne" is the title of a piece of music by Bersarin Quartett.
And here very suitable, because Ombre de Hyacinth no longer exists.
And in his fleetingness, his last slow breaths, he reminds us of all the good that passes, disappears and perhaps silences forever.

(I thank KatharinaG and Achilles)
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Where Heure Exquise and Grand Amour meet...
Tom Ford OMBRE DE HYACINTH is a fine greyish-green chypre which reminds me a lot of a couple of the Annick Goutal perfumes: HEURE EXQUISE and GRAND AMOUR. The chypre quality leans more toward the former, and the declarative hyacinth toward the latter. There is also a touch of nuttiness, which reminds me of Creed IRISIA.

Needless to say, given all of these comparisons, this is not at all a sweet perfume, and the drydown is even rather soapy. Nor does OMBRE DE HYACINTH remind me of much that I've tried before in the Tom Ford line. Most notably, there is no patchouli anywhere here to be sniffed. And no truffles, either!

I quite like OMBRE DE HYACINTH, but I like classic chypres. I see that galbanum is listed as both a top and a base note, but to me this perfume is more gray than green, and I'd have guessed the presence of oakmoss, though it is not indicated either in the hierarchy or on the manufacturer's card. I also believe that I detect something akin to lily of the valley in this composition.

OMBRE DE HYACINTH is unquestionably a well-made and pleasing soapy chypre perfume, but I believe that I can achieve the same effect by mixing a spritz of GRAND AMOUR with a spritz of HEURE EXQUISE. Yes, I'll have to give that a try!
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