Dear Oud Minérale fans:
During my last stay in NYC, I finally had the opportunity to buy the Oud Minérale from the Resort Collection - a tester was unfortunately not available (anymore), so I bought three bottles (two 30 ml, one 50 ml) blind.
Why equal to three - Because the fragrance from the Resort Collection against all my expectations has not yet been re-released in Europe and I do not know how long it will take and at this moment was also still unclear if and when I come back to the States in the near future.
Whether the investment was worth it and whether and what differences there are between the Private Blend line and the Resort Collection, I would like to share with you based on my experience and with a subjective assessment:
There was (was unfortunately discontinued and is only very occasionally in selected perfumeries to get) in 50, 100 and 250 ml. Flacons were the Oud series from the Private Blend line according to gray tinted, transparent glass with a plastic cap on top, which was provided with a mirror with the inscription TOM FORD.
Comes in 30 ml and 50 ml. Flacons are the Resort Collection according to frosted frosted glass, the Oud Minérale is gray. The lid is also frosted gray and made of plastic, this is also provided with a mirror on top with the inscription TOM FORD.
The opener starts off harsh, unconventional and expansive:
We're in Halifax, right on the Atlantic coast. It's a blustery, grey day.
A spritz or two of the scent and we find ourselves on a wooden jetty, just outside the aforementioned small town. The rugged Atlantic coastline before our eyes, the rugged wind blowing sea salt and seaweed smelling air around our ears, we look out at the roaring sea and grey sky. The waves so gigantically high that you can not see the horizon.
At the jetty is a modern speed boat, which is just being repaired, however. One smells quite strongly and clearly the engine oil and the fuel, with which the boat is to run later.
Here we are in the Hamptons: In contrast to the Private Blend line, the opening in the Resort Collection is less dark and punchy, but a little fresher, woodier and far more likeable: here, too, you are on the North Atlantic, but the sea around the Hamptons is now calm, shallow and there is much more driftwood on the beach. This wood, however, is soft-surfaced by the endless waves of the ocean, is smooth, and the smell of motor oil and fuel is absent for the time being.
We are now on the aforementioned boat, heading out to sea. The sea has calmed down in the meantime and the waves are fortunately no longer as high as a house, but it still rocks violently and again and again the rough spray whips around our ears. You can smell the salty water of the sea quite clearly and also the algae do not hold back. I don't hear the engine oil so much, but I do hear the fuel with which the boat thunders over the waves and its exhaust fumes, which alternate with the smell of the sea around my nose. There is a lot of rough driftwood in the boat, quite impetuous and rough, soaked with sea water and here and there a dried alga is still hanging. The driftwood in the boat smells strongly of the sea: of salt, of fish, of shellfish, of algae and also a little of rot. But the combination of all the scents also makes it somehow irresistible not to reach for it. Yes, it smells like freedom. Of adventure. After mysticism and after the endless expanses of the rough Atlantic.
Here, too, we take a boat trip out to sea, only the sea is as smooth as an eel, not a single wave in sight. Also the sky is bright blue and not, as assumed in the above scenario, gray and foggy. It doesn't rock, it doesn't wobble, and you indulge in a sip of champagne - whose creamy alcoholic notes are quite perceptible in the heart note of the fragrance, though not as the main character. This is also here the salty sea air. Seaweed, motor oil and fuel are present, but less loud and much more scaled back than in the Private Blend. In return, the woody notes of the finely ground driftwood are stronger. Only this wood is already completely dried out, was probably even already processed, with sandpaper and sealing varnish: one smells the wood clearly stronger, it is creamier and softer, rounds off the fragrance wonderfully and gives it a business-suitable character for the office.
Back on safe land with solid ground under our feet, we settle in on the sofa after a hot shower and a nice warming drink and survey the driftwood. Again and again the above mentioned notes rise and the longing grows to go out again first thing tomorrow. But that's not possible... tomorrow it's back to the city, back to the conference room where hard-hitting negotiations take place. The scent as my signature and my constant companion.
In the base note, the fragrances are hardly distinguishable, with the difference that the fragrance from the Private Blend line a little "louder" and despite all the coziness still has corners and edges, which in the Resort Collection much more polished and rounded - and thus also much more suitable for everyday use and office compatible - come across. The fragrance from the Resort Collection is here significantly smoother, flirts more with the counterpart and is also ready to compromise.
F A Z I T
Both fragrances have the same DNA, but differ in intensity and sillage: here the Private Blend is clearly louder, stronger in the foreground and far more radiant and also becomes less quickly skin, but it is also rougher and sometimes more expansive and angular. The Resort Collection, on the other hand, is smoother, finer, creamier and for this also somewhat quieter in intensity and sillage: In the first two to three hours also clearly present, then skin close.
In the durability, however, they are absolutely not inferior to each other: Both create it with me on a hot summer day in New York (31 degrees) on 8 hours and on a moderate day in Zurich (19 degrees) on 12 hours. On clothes, both last until the next wash, although the scent from the Private Blend line is much more noticeable. Do you have to buy three bottles of the Resort Collection? No, definitely not.
Would I prefer the Resort Collection to the Private Blend line? Also a very clear no.
Am I happy to still own a half-full 100 ml and a full 250 ml bottle from the Private Blend? Yes, absolutely.
And would I buy the fragrance from the Resort Collection again if I ran out of bottles from the Private Blend line? Yes - but probably before: I wear the Private Blend privately, on a date or even when it comes to business negotiations, where I have to show presence and strength. I prefer the Resort Collection on the quieter, more comfortable days when I'm preparing for the tough negotiations