TOM FORD Private Blend Champaca Absolute Eau de Parfum

TOM FORD Private Blend Champaca Absolute Eau de Parfum
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2.6

10 reviews

20% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$$

INGREDIENTS

Tokajii wine, cognac, vanilla bean, amber, sandalwood.

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on 10/29/2018 2:26:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I don't dislike many fragrances. From gourmand to floral to citrus to fruity to fresh aquatic, there are many fragrances in all categories that I own and enjoy. I purchased a sample vial of Tom Ford's Champaca Absolute and was really disgusted. This is a pungent, acutely syrupy sweet fragrance. I've never smelled champaca flowers in person, but if they smell like Tom Ford's rendition then they might beat out tuberose as the sweetest floral note. And when I say sweet, I don't mean a bakery sweet or even the typical pleasantly sweet floral type of sweet. I mean like rotting flowers dipped in molasses sweet. It's just... not good... at all. And it's strong. This perfume even when dabbed on is strong, so I guess that's a good thing if you like the scent. It projects well and is longlasting (I'm really trying to be nice...).


The worst part is that I applied this for the first time before meeting with my mom. My mom, who is an older woman, told me I smelled "old lady" lol When an older lady says you smell old lady that can't be a good thing!


Please, please, please sample this fragrance before you purchase a full bottle.



on 10/29/2013 12:55:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This has a problem of arrested development on my skin. No matter how much I spray, it is arrested at a preliminary stage where it is about to bloom and that is it. I also get cognac-sweet top notes but the rest is just a super humid tropical evening without much in particular. Indeed Champaca Abcolute has such a humid, moist vibe on my skin that it wouldn't surprise me if I started seeing tiny mushrooms popping up on my skin. It also turns acrid, somehow fermented on my skin after a short while.

Still, even I get a meaty tropical flower smell from this. Is it champaca? I don't know. A Wikipedia article on the flower tells how 'champak' is categorised under the genus of magnolia and how variations of the word champaca refers to a variety of flowers from plumeria to some forms of ylang ylang in a lot of vernacular languages. True to this pluralcy, I get something that makes me think of magnolias and other things.

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on 11/17/2010 10:24:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Other

Eyes: Brown

Its an alright fragrance. At first whiff this was gorgeous and I had to have it but the drydown was not something that I liked as much. Too floral for me. No sale for me.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I went to Neimans in search of a new fragrance. I was soon pulled over to the Tom Ford counter. I had seen and heard of the fragrance line but never really bothered to try. I told the sales person that I preferred floral/oriental fragrances and he had me smell quite a few. I tried White Musk (my least favorite), Oud Wood (too masculine), Japon Noir, Noir de Noir (not too bad), but none of them really blew me away until I smelled Champaca Absolute! This fragrance is mysterious, sensual, sweet and surprising. Everything that I was looking for.

The cognac top note really makes this a special fragrance. The sweetness lasts about an hour and then comes the Jasmine, Violet, Orchid and Champaca floral notes. Very nice. The dry down is especially wonderful. The fragrance stays close to your skin all day. I really think this is a timeless fragrance that's good for any adult age.

I have not bought a full bottle yet since it's super pricey, but I am enjoying my sample. Iíll probably make the leap after itís all gone :).

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on 2/4/2010 7:55:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

A wonderful, bitchy-pill white floral that completely disagreed with me.



I first smelled Champaca Absolute a couple of months ago, during a time when I was considering a purchase of Chanel Beige. Champaca A. stopped me in my tracks--it was a wow, an arresting mixture of high-end spirits, kapow florals, and stiletto woods. I didn't buy Beige because of it, and when I encountered it again I sprayed away with some excitement. This is not your mother's white floral, nor is it something that is especially easy to wear. It's a ballsy scent with a lot going on and it has extreme lasting power.



The drunken spree at the top, combined with the champaca absolute, a sprig of almost mentholated green, and whatever other floral is veering around, blew my mind. Nothing smells like this. Thank you, Tom Ford, for creating a five-alarm fragrance. The florals are rich, bright, and careering towards instability.



Shortly, a strong honeyed broom note appeared. I have never liked broom, although I can't fault the fragrance for its use. It meshes coherently with the madness at the top of the fragrance and it serves to zip the top to the base, but in CA it is so strong that it caused me to lose the excitement of the opening.



I then left the store and let the fragrance air out. Within short order, the base ripped through. This base was fanatical woods and dirt, insistently growing and engulfing, sharpening,smothering, cutting...reaching a splintering zenith from which there was no escape, not by washcloth, shower, or baby wipe...



It stayed with me until the next day, showing off. The experience left me reeling, and also realizing that sometimes the thing that stands out the most is the thing that most attracts--for the wrong reasons.



Champaca Absolute is a standout that I suspect will entrance and enchant people who adore broom, woods, and soil. It's a highly creative fragrance without a hint of the ordinary and it does rather rewrite what a white floral can be. As a toppler of tradition, it's great. It was too distorted for me to wear, with both giant opener and closer and not a smooth segue from one thing to the next, or perhaps it was my perception that was distorted, since I liked it well enough when I first smelled it. As of right now, though, rather than being that overworked term "edgy," it pushed me towards the edge.



Wimp. continued >>

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

How lovely! TF Champaca Absolute opens with blast of champaca-scented rice in a container made of fresh-cut bamboo-stem, along with sweet ripe plum. I am a big fan of white florals and I love the real champaca flower. The name is misleading as champaca is never dominant but lingers to the end.

Comparision between TF Champaca Absolute and Ormande Jayne Champaca: OJ is "browner" and denser while TF is greener and more airy. OJ is less sweet and less rice-like. Both are well-blended exotic beauties! OJ is "wilder" while TF is more lady-like. I like both.

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on 7/8/2009 6:38:00 PM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I may not be a "top reviewer", but I do know my perfumes, and TF Champaca Absolute by **no means** deserves any kind of low rating or to be compared to Ormonde Jayne et al. Tom Ford went to the most ancient of gardens, where perfumiers have been harvesting for thousands of years, and has captured not just the scent, but the **soul** of champaca (hence the "absolute.") If it turns putrid as some say, then that's incompatible skin chemistry my dears, NOT the perfume. When a perfume turns putrid after being sprayed on acid-free paper or linen, then and then only can it be considered a loser. TF Champaca Absolute is EXQUISITE to the extreme, and incredibly lifting, not only for the wearer, but those who experience the waft. It gets noticed and asked about at espresso cafes (even people behind the counter) where the aroma of coffee overpowers **everything**. I've been pursued through parking lots, grocery stores, and malls by people wanting to know "What is that *divine* scent you're wearing?" Tom Ford has nailed it. That is **exactly** what champaca is... a sacred flower that the eastern cultures maintain inspires a higher peace and joy.

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on 6/13/2009 6:22:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Why is Tom Ford tending the same flower beds and clipping the same blooms as Ormonde Jayne? OJ's Champaca is one of my favourite scents but this is nowhere near as good. I agree that Ford seems to be just rushing stuff out these days.


on 2/18/2009 9:26:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I have a very high tolerance for all kinds of perfumes. Even fragrances that I don't particularly care for, I can usually understand why they might appeal to someone. Not the case with this swill. I'm actually offended that Tom Ford continues to churn out these substandard, outrageously expensive, artificial fragrances and that the high end deparment stores and magazines seem to be in collusion in perpetrating this fraud upon consumers. This stuff is truly awful. Stay away far away.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Other, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Acck! I gave this Tom Ford a hour on my skin. It was really perfume intensity and smelled like putrid fruit. Not like a big white floral that I was hoping for. It's got a cheap propellent smell to it as well. The drydown reminds me of some Victoria Secret but I just can't place it. Maybe one of the original secrets... 66 perhaps. The next day I could still smell it on my skin. It finally had become pleasant, but nothing special. I don't want a perfume that has to bloom that long on skin. Pass.


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