"He didn't reinvent the wheel either" - I often read this saying in the context of Tom Ford fragrances, especially when it comes to his works from the Private Blend series.
To start this commentary with a small digression into the past, one should know that the wheel was invented around the 4th millennium BC and is considered an important milestone in the history of mankind.
So, according to the Duden, whoever reinvents the wheel does either
(I) something senseless, since the wheel already exists OR
(II) improves something already existing OR
(III) develops something already existing new.
The phrase therefore often also refers to a meaningful, innovative modification of something that already exists.
Tom Ford, especially his scents from the Private Blend line, often split the minds and during various discussions about these same scents, opinions differ: Some hypnotize certain scents, others detest them. A classic example of this would be "Fucking Fabulous", of which one often reads that Tom Ford "didn't reinvent the wheel" here, while others praise the fragrance to the skies and would love to take a bath in it. Other examples of this phenomenon include "Tobacco Oud", "Tuscan Leather" and "Neroli Portofino". Particularly with the latter one reads very often that Tom Ford did not reinvent the wheel, because "Neroli Portofino" is in the eyes of many people only a copy of 4711.
And if a large part of the crowd finds a fragrance good, such as Oud Wood, for example, then the durability is criticized.
Yes, dear Tom is having a hard time, too.
I see Tom Ford as a great artist, yes, a brilliant creator of timeless art. For his skill alone in making M7 oud notes available to the general public in a designer fragrance, and thus setting a milestone in the history of perfume, this phenomenal master deserves respect.
And even though many of his fragrances, especially from the Private Blend line, are ghostly, you have to give him credit for one thing: Contrary to what is often claimed, he is constantly reinventing the wheel.
So also with Oud Minerale, which I would like to bring closer to you in the following comment:
Combining aquatic notes with oud - no one has ever managed to do that before. At least not in such a widely accessible form.
Admittedly, at first I was sceptical about the fragrance and did not even bother to like it or even appreciate it.
But when dear Invein wrote me a few weeks ago that the production of the fragrance should be stopped and I had verified this in various other forums, I ordered two bottles of this fragrance half-blind. Because, as I already said, even though I had tested the fragrance a few times before, I didn't get really warm with it - and yet there was something fascinating about it. Something that I can finally describe now that the fragrance is in my possession and is worn almost daily.
Now the scent...
The prelude starts harsh, unconventional and sweeping:
We are located in Halifax, directly on the Atlantic coast. It's a stormy, grey day.
One or two splashes of the scent and we find ourselves on a wooden jetty, just outside the above mentioned small town. The rough Atlantic coast in front of our eyes, the rough wind blowing around our ears, the air smelling of sea salt and algae, we look at the roaring sea and the grey sky. The waves are so gigantic that we cannot see the horizon.
At the jetty there is a modern speed boat, but it is currently being repaired. You can clearly smell the engine oil and fuel that the boat will later run on.
We are now on the boat, going out into the open sea. Although the sea has calmed down a little bit and the waves are fortunately not as high as a house anymore, nevertheless, it still swings enormously and again and again the rough spray whips around our ears. One can clearly smell the salty water of the sea and also the algae do not hold back. I don't hear the engine oil so strongly anymore, but all the more I 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.
The driver of the boat, a good friend who makes a lot of money in the city and always goes out on weekends to collect driftwood, happily sings "Yellow Submarine".
He needs the driftwood to decoratively pimp his chic city apartment with exclusive pieces of wood. He loves it when his guests come and enviously examine the beautiful individual pieces, which have probably been washed back and forth in the Atlantic for years, if not decades, and thereby acquired their charm and speciality.
The driftwood in the boat smells strongly of the sea: of salt, of fish, of shell limestone, of algae and also somewhat of rot. But the combination of all these scents also makes it somehow irresistible not to be able to reach for it.
Yeah, it smells like freedom. It smells like adventure. Of mysticism and the endless expanses of the rough Atlantic.
Back on the safe land with solid ground under our feet again, we make ourselves comfortable on the sofa after a hot shower and a nice warming drink and watch our buddy sorting his driftwood.
Again and again the above mentioned notes rise and the longing grows to go out again tomorrow.
But I can't... tomorrow we go back to the city, back to the office and back to everyday life. If only I could at least take the scent with me...
I know that the description above sounds at first glance expansive and rather unusual for a fragrance of which you have two bottles.
But let me tell you: The scent is really something!
Even if the individual fragrances may seem rather "deterrent" or "unconventional", they become an incredibly beautiful, yes, really great fragrance experience when blended (I know, a rather unusual term in this context). In the context of the numerous compliments I receive when I wear this fragrance, I hear one adjective in particular that probably best describes the fragrance: "wonderfully different!
Those who wear oud minerals will inevitably attract attention. But in a very positive context. So far there hasn't been a negative reaction to this fragrance, although my partner in particular is rather delicate about fragrances. At work, too, there has been a constant stream of compliments for a good week now.
Oud Minerale is a newcomer, a wooden-oudig aquat, which with its individual nuances mixed into a unique composition awakens longing and thirst for adventure in each individual - and at the same time smells just so extraordinarily different from all the fresh mainstreamers.
But the most beautiful thing about this fragrance is the wide, almost endless range of uses for which this EDP can be used: This scent is a great scent to use anywhere, whether on a plane, in the office, in the gym, on the beach, at the Christmas market, at a family dinner or on a date.
All year around - my new singing scent.