Tuscan Leather, Tuscan Leather Intense and Ombré Leather - These are the leather scents by Tom Ford that are common to me and currently available in regular retail and retail stores.
Now, the average consumer may ask himself which of the three fragrances he should acquire, since all fragrances have the same program: High performance, long lasting and incredibly powerful leather scents.
As a big Tom Ford and leather fragrance fan, I have now taken the trouble to test and analyze all three fragrances and finally make a recommendation.
Let's start with TUSCAN LEATHER, the primary rock and patriarch of all leather fragrances:
The fragrance is leathery and smoky, like the other two fragrances. In the prelude I hear a strong portion of heavy raspberry paired with finest smooth leather. Imagine a brand new black AMG with the most luxurious interior - do you see the dark seats made of smooth leather? Just like the seats, this fragrance exudes an aura of luxury and superiority, but at the same time conveys a feeling of endless safety and comfort. Just like an AMG... dynamic, powerful, luxurious, safe and comfortable.
The entire fragrance is dominated by heavy raspberry and dark smooth leather. At one moment or another, you will notice warm woods and perhaps a slightly smoky aura - like when you drive your AMG through short stretches of forest and through small villages with many chimneys in winter. Even if these scents occasionally stand out, they never take the upper hand, but always leave raspberry and leather in charge.
Scent: 8/10 - A very good scent, but not fully suitable for everyday use. The occasion must fit. I imagine a romantic candlelight dinner, a club night or an official event where you have to and want to be present. In the world of work, whether in the office or at meetings, I imagine this fragrance to be suitable only to a limited extent, as it could well cause a stir with its strong silage and extremely distinctive scents.
Durability: 9/10 - Tom Ford once again exceeded himself in durability.
Sillage: 9/10 - strong, very, very strong.
Flacon: 10/10 - Tom Ford Private Blend.
Now to TUSCAN LEATHER INTENSE, the son of the Patriarch, who would like to take up the inheritance today rather than tomorrow:
This leathery-woody scent is the perfect offspring of such a powerful patriarch. It seems he's passed down only the best of his genes and DNA. Raspberry? Even heavier! Leather? Yes, rougher, more rugged, more angular and only for lovers. Wooden? Yes, the woods are getting longer. Smokier? Also yes, the villages with the chimneys are getting bigger and the chimneys are running at full power. If my neighborhood smoked like that, I'd probably move away.
Intense is really serious here. The fragrance runs at its fullest capacity, is even more intense, even stronger and even more dynamic than the original. However, this scent is also much more "brutal", much more angular and angular. While the original is still dark smooth leather in the brand-new AMG, we are talking about a leather manufacturer in South American Argentina. And believe me: I have been there! It smells of pure leather, of the sweat of the workers, of rough hands, of smoke, diesel and oil from the machines... It's hot, it's sweaty and it's dirty. And these pungent smells accompany me even after I leave this factory. For a very, very long time - one shower will not be enough here. This is Tuscan Leather Intense.
Scent: 7/10 - For me a real work of art. But as it is with art - one person likes it, the other does not. And with this scent I get in trouble. It is so loud, so strong and so angular that it really divides people. It's biting, but for me it's in a beautiful form. Negative comments and compliments guaranteed.
Shelf life: 20/10 - Even after showering, it is still very noticeable. Dose carefully! INTENSE is really serious here.
Sillage: 10/10 - Two sprayers and 10 minutes aeration, the apartment still smells like it.
Flacon: 10/10 - Tom Ford Private Blend, I love the writing on the silver.
Finally, now my beloved OMBRÉ LEATHER, my absolute favourite:
This fragrance is leathery and spicy and although it is not a direct descendant of the Tuscan patriarchs, it simply cannot deny its family affiliation.
Leather dominates this fragrance as well. However, no longer in such a distinctive form as with the two previously mentioned fragrances. The raspberry is also gone, replaced by fine, exquisite spices and unobtrusive jasmine. Woods? Yes, still, but much more subtle and elegant thanks to the use of patchouli and vetiver, which in this fragrance is absolutely not green, but deep woods. Smoky? No. But wicked, yes. But I don't attribute the wickedness to a single scent, but to the composition as a whole: The dominant leather is always underscored by spicy cardamom and subtly applied saffron. Jasmine, too, plays only a secondary but passionate role and is used in just the right amount and dosage. The leather here is smooth, still dark, but so comfortable and cosy. The Tuscan patriarchs scream and even the shaded leather is not unknown for its secrecy - it too is strongly present and omnipresent. But he is loud in a completely different way: He is simply there. Where the Tuscan relatives scream for attention, no, roar, the Ombré Leather is simply there. Like a guy in a black, tailor-made designer suit who enters the packed ballroom and the music suddenly stops and all eyes are on him.
Loud in a beautiful way. Loud without saying a word. Sexy, playful and wicked in one moment and serious, comfortable and strong in the next. The rock in the surf. And for me an incredible compliment getter.
Scent: 10/10 - Tom Ford has outdone himself with this leather scent. I use it on almost every occasion: in the office, on business trips, at meetings, in the club, on a date - simply everywhere; and everywhere I get compliments for it. The only catch: Definitely only partly wearable in summer, more of an autumn/winter scent. In summer maybe in the evening in a well air-conditioned bar.
Durability: 10/10 - It lasts and lasts and lasts and really rivals the Tuscan Leather Intense. On clothes it lasts until the next wash and is extremely present whenever I pass the laundry basket. On the skin it lasts until the next shower and is even after that partly still perceptible.
Sillage: 8/10 - Strong, but no monster. A pleasant room filler, I could describe him like this.
Flacon: 6/10 - As a big fan of the Private Blend series, I can't take too much pleasure in the design of this flacon, but: only the contents count.
For lovers of great and high quality leather fragrances: All three!
For all those who are looking for a good all-rounder: Ombré Leather!