An interesting addition to the Private Blend stable at Tom Ford, where other fresh fragrances lie (such as the great Neroli Portofino and Costa Azzura) that cross the divide and are worn equally well by men and women. It’s obviously a winning formula, for Venetian Bergamot smacks of success with its spiced back notes to its initial tart, fruity burst of bergamot.
The unusualness lies in the fact that one of the favourite turn-to ingredients of many fragrances, bergamot, has been used as a main ingredient and not only to add a bolt of freshness and longevity. Also, the fact it’s been used as a quenchy, zesty burst to a fragrance that straddles seasons and could be easily worn as a fresh winter as well as a warm and spicy summer fragrance. Throw in the obvious comparisons of working well whether day or evening and, hey presto, this ticks all the boxes. And for that reason, it’s one of the safer options when out there in Tom Ford world lies more sexy, dangerous, growling temptations. Saying that, this is very much the choice of luxe man or woman about town who doesn’t wish to rock too many boats or flutter too many hearts.
Sexy? Yes, in that it’s lingering dry-down warmth feels like a welcoming, crackling Autumnal fire with its woody blend of ginger, cedar and Californian bay leaf finished off with rich sandalwood, cedarwood, tonka and a favourite of mine, creamy cashmeran. The counterpoint to the green aroma of the bergamot sprinkled with the cold accords of black and pink pepper. It’s Venetian Bergamot’s sensual white heart that mixes the beauty of ylang ylang, gardenia and magnolia that draws together the two aforementioned extremes .
Venice? Why it was once the centre of the spice routes from East to West and coupled with all that Northern Italian sunshine glinting off the palazzos and canals, I can understand the inspiration.
Tom Ford Private Blend Venetian Bergamot is available as 50ml (£145), 100ml (£215) and 250ml (£330) Eau de Parfum. Venetian Bergamot is available from Tom Ford counters in House of Fraser, John Lewis, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Harrods.