Sahara Noir 2013

Sahara Noir by Tom Ford
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Sahara Noir is a popular perfume by Tom Ford for women and was released in 2013. The scent is smoky-resinous. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBitter orangeBitter orange
CalamusCalamus
CistusCistus
CypressCypress
Heart Notes Heart NotesBeeswaxBeeswax
JasmineJasmine
PapyrusPapyrus
RoseRose
FrankincenseFrankincense
CinnamonCinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesAmbreinolAmbreinol
BalsamBalsam
BenzoinBenzoin
LabdanumLabdanum
OudOud
VanillaVanilla
Frankincense resinFrankincense resin
CedarCedar

Ratings

Scent

7.8223 Ratings

Longevity

8.5164 Ratings

Sillage

8.0164 Ratings

Bottle

8.1171 Ratings

Value for money

7.715 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 21.09.2021.
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Elysium

546 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
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Salomon’s Song of Songs
These days I write perfume reviews based on the incensed accord. It is a somewhat peculiar note, and not everyone likes it. I have always loved the scent of incense, and thanks to these fragrances, I am discovering all its facets and shades. Depending on the raw material's origin and the other notes to which it is mixed, I get variations ranging from the classic liturgical incense a little spicy and fumy to the more velvety and milky balsamic and dense, or more resinous and oily. Each is beautiful in its way, and I like them all precisely because they differ from each other, giving me new emotions. That said, I wrote a review of Amouage's Epic, an incense-based perfume with greenish undertones, woody and fresh. Then I discovered Penhaligon's Agarbathi, an incense-based scent with milky shades, a little creamy and warm. I now examine this wonderful smoky and greasy incense, which here is the incense of religious services, and it smells like ground black pepper and grated lemon rind.

My first smell came from a sample I received some time ago, which I received for free while shopping for other perfumes. Sahara Noir is an oriental woody juice created around an incense core. Rodrigo Flores-Roux is the nose behind this cologne, like almost all of John Varvatos' colonies and even my beloved ZARA's Mexico Soul. Strangely enough, he rarely uses the smoky incense accord in those creations, except in Varvatos Platinum Edition that features it but not as a centric note. The result in Sahara Noir is surprising to me. The incense is the protagonist from start to finish, and the other notes do their part and then move behind the scenes in silence, without interfering. The cologne welcomes me like a slightly bitter amber combined with a heavy incense. For a moment, I perceive the fresh notes of bitter citrus fruits, oranges, which are often felt in the oil of their peel. The sour side mixes with the resinous and woody aroma of cypress, slightly smoky with a sweet and balsamic undertone. The opening also features calamus root, also known as a sweet flag, which is part of Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese, and Native American practices. Calamus root has a unique scent of wet cake dough, with a woody, leathery twist.

A dry heart reveals with a blend of smoked incense, spiced with a hint of hot cinnamon and dry papyrus, a mix of smells that reminds me of the pages of an old book forgotten in the cellar for a very long time. I don't feel the floral aspect on my skin; jasmine and rose are very fleeting. However, if I check the parallel evolution on a strip of paper, at this point, I get a soft and pleasant breath of flowers. But what surprises me is the dark, musky, very masculine, and almost profane animalic quality that appears in tandem with the sacred scent. This smell lifts from my warm skin, similar to that of the part of the body where the legs come together between them, even more, the position of underwear that covers this area. Don't be afraid; it is still a pleasant, sensual, and not dirty smell, slightly sweetish, honey, and waxy. I don't know if the perfumer wanted this shade, or is it just the unpredictable result because of the combination of the notes with my skin. I like this unexpected nuance.

A warm amber laces the dry-down. It comprises a unique blend of labdanum combined with benzoin, vanilla, peppery cedarwood, frankincense resin, agarwood, and balsam. The scent is well blended, yet few of these notes are individually distinctive on their own amidst that dominant pairing of incense and labdanum. However, on the finish, the scent becomes richer and softer, turning into a beautiful, bitter amber with significant notes of wood and oud, the latter being at the same time sweetened, dry, and fiery, not overbearing or medicinal, too clouded by the accords incensed and amber. Roux has tamed the labdanum's leathery edges, softening into something more delicate with a honeyed scent.

This is not a sweet, greedy, or spicy amber. It is a rich, textured amber infused with the particularly intense type of smoke that is incense, a kind of slightly masculine and leathery amber that is labdanum. I doubt most people would want to wear or even enjoy this perfume, but there must be a crowd that would find it delightful, me first. From a performance standpoint, it is a reasonably robust and nocturnal scent. It's not the boldest and most overwhelming scent ever, but it's well above average. The sillage is satisfying, and the longevity lasts overnight. It is best for the colder months of the year, late autumn and winter evenings. It is a decidedly sexless perfume, although women may find its total lack of sweetness or creaminess. For me, it is a yes.

I base this review upon a decant I own since February 2021.

-Elysium
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Wifey
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Wifey
Wifey
Very helpful Review    12  
A transcendental experience
When I entered perfumery with a desire for incense fragrances, this gift from the Orient was recommended to me. As soon as I had the scent in my nose, I closed my eyes and felt as if I had entered the most beautiful cathedral in the world. The incense embraced me and invited me to explore the darker mysteries of the world. My husband unfortunately doesn't like the scent on me at all, but for me Sahara Noir remains my great love. A fragrance that I can imagine very well also on men. As for women, I can only imagine it with strong personalities who fill the room as soon as they enter it. Self-confident, far from being naive or childish. Sahara Noir - worthy of a goddess who proudly stands on a gallery and listens to the concert given for her.
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7.5
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Caligari
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Caligari
Top Review    19  
Except for the Venus symbol everything is just right here
... because the name and many of the ingredients are very much the same as those experienced today. Actually a smoky (Noir), dry (Desert) Oriental (Sahra), which I would have assigned to the Amouage Man series at a blind tasting stante pede. This is really a straight crossover. Scratchy by the incense and mild by vanilla and rose. Something friendly and lively is presumably added by the bitter orange. And the beeswax explains to me this dusty dryness. This characteristic is called "damped" with me, like covered with velour. A feeling like moving your hands in dry cement or lime until the last bit of moisture has disappeared from your skin.

I am really very limited regarding my scent preferences, and therefore it can happen after a certain total number of scents that after a break of a few months you either don't have a clear assignment to a scent anymore, or you think of several scent twins. Although Sahara Noir is not one of my favourite drywood scents, I immediately remembered it after a millisecond. This is not so easy for me with many fragrances from this direction, although I sometimes like them even better. The recognition value is really impressive. And all the more incomprehensible is therefore the cessation of the production of this "solitaire".

Unfortunately, today I was somehow not ready for this fragrance. I never really give much thought to what I'm gonna wear. Unless they are extreme "beasts" that one prefers not to wear out of consideration for the environment. But sometimes you notice during the course of the day that it just doesn't fit today. That happens with me sometimes even if I have occupied the days before with fragrances from another direction. From today's point of view, I'd almost take him out. But I could regret that bitterly in two weeks, because it is without doubt very, very well done. And that also applies to durability and Sillage, which this bottle, kitschy in my eyes, did not let expect.
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GMK

30 Reviews
GMK
GMK
Helpful Review    3  
Incense all over
Who knows what was running in Tom Ford's head while labeling it 'for women ' and Noir de Noir for both 'Women and Men', anyway the fragrance is very good despite the overwhelming top notes of Incense and Ambre making it an 'in your face' type of scent for those not into the similar sort of fragrances.

As I am already in love with woody / Incensy fragrances like GPH and Amouage offerings , I really like it a lot especially the dry down which is tried to be made to serve the purpose of the label with some floral notes but its overall a very masculine rather macho fragrance especially in first one or two hours.

The dry down is calming and soothing rather very well rounded.
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Mill4r4

4 Reviews
Mill4r4
Mill4r4
Helpful Review    6  
Adorable, addictive but, not actually anything new.
Can I begin by saying that I've just got this today and I'm in love with it. I'm generally an amber and incense fan so it came as no surprise that it was love at first sniff.

I used to have this lovely little fragrance called Gucci Pour Homme, Sahara Noir reminds me of this so much that it is uncanny. The difference being that Sahara Noir is more unrelenting in it's insistence to be noticed, Gucci Pour Homme was a bit more layered.

For what it is Sahara Noir is extraordinarily hyped and overpriced. I still bought it and like it though.
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Coutureguru

223 Reviews
Coutureguru
Coutureguru
Very helpful Review    11  
How niche became mainstream ...
My disdain of Tom Ford is well documented ... this is a house owned by the Lauder group and as such, I don't really see these fragrances as being in any way 'special' or even worth the money that they are sold at. This is simply big business trading off a niche concept ... which is how 'niche' became mainstream.

There is nothing wrong with this fragrance per sé ... except that this concept has been done to death by pretty much every fragrance house out there ... and lately ad nauseum by the Lauder group. Oud has had its moment in the spotlight ... it's time to move on!!
Sahara Noir is just another floral, amber-centric and 'incensy' fragrance, which imho has been done much better by the likes of Montale, Nejma and by Killian. In fact, Sahara Noir bears a remarkable resemblance to Amber Oud made by Calice Becker for byKillian ... who has also worked for Lauder and Ford. The mind boggles at thoughts of formulae being altered infinitesimally to create yet another 'new' and 'exciting' launch. Perhaps my nose is just not sophisticated enough to smell the differences. There is LOTS of Labdanum here, which makes this fragrance smell more like high Mass on a Sunday morning than hot wind driving over the desolate expanses of the Saharan wastes. Perhaps the main tent of a wealthy bedouin smells like this when the incense braziers are lit for the night.

At the end of the day, Sahara Noir is overpriced for what it is ... a chemical Amber/ Floral/Oud that reminds of too many others. Don't even stop here ... just move on by!
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ArkangeL

57 Reviews
ArkangeL
ArkangeL
Very helpful Review    7  
Sahara Nights
Oriental? In every sense. Floral? Hardly. The Egyptian jasmine carries more life than the Moroccan rose, but initially present to contribute balance. For the first few seconds Sahara Noir is calm, like the eye of a storm. Then there is a whirlwind of notes wafting aggressively. Through smoke and sand, sweet cedar and oud emerge. How appropriate for the classic Tom Ford flacon to be made gold, as it represents the remarkable royal resins used in eastern luxury. Like most of Tom Ford's fragrances, Sahara Noir is acquired taste.

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ElysiumElysium 11 months ago
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It isn't a sweet or greedy amber. It's a structured amber infused with the intense smoke that is incense and the leather that is labdanum.
AmberScentAmberScent 2 years ago
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It's woody, very balsamic and resinous and quite dry. You can find this scent inside a berber tent in northern Atlas. A true desert scent.
HajuvanaHajuvana 5 years ago
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Dust on a light bulb, the interior of a smoker's car (Little Tree hanging from the rear-view mirror) and a baroque still-life with fruit.

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