Sweet, spicy, fresh, resinous
First wearing of the latest release from the Tom Ford Private Blend collection, Soleil Brulant, which follows Soleil Blanc, Eau de Soleil Blanc, and Soleil Neige as another offering using the “sun” name. While Soleil Blanc conjured a beachy, sun tan lotion vibe and Soleil Neige was inspired by fresh, sparkling snow, Soleil Brulant seems to loosely translate “burning sun,” and there’s certainly something bolder about it that Blanc or Neige before it.
Upon initial spray, it smells of resins and sunflowers, a sort of semi-sweet, semi-floral, fairly dense concoction, and seeing the note breakdown, it sort of makes sense: orange flower, honey, pepper, and other resins. It’s vivacious and slightly spicy while not being fresh per se, but the mix of spicy, sweet, and resinous elements, all while not being too heavy, is very interesting.
It’s priced in the higher echelon of the Tom Ford Private Blend, currently $350 for 50ml, and is available directly from the Tom Ford website as well as department stores like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.
Overall it seems to perform well but I’m not so amazed but it that I feel the inclination to buy a bottle, but perhaps just a larger decant to enjoy sometimes. Still, I could this being a major hit with many, as it sorts of works at the intersection of an amber and a fresh spicy men’s fragrance, all while coming off pretty unisex, semi-sweet, and versatile.
7 out of 10