Tom Ford Noir Extreme – Worth the Hype? [2022 Review]
Tom Ford Noir Extreme is a delectable cologne release from designer house Tom Ford. I’ve owned a bottle of this fragrance as well as several samples of it over the years. Therefore, I think it’s time I let you know if it’s as irresistible as everyone says it is!
Cardamom, nutmeg, kulfi, orange blossom, vanilla, amber, and woody notes.
How Does Noir Extreme Smell?
On first spray I can immediately pick up a sweet vanilla accord. The warm spices of cardamom and nutmeg fall into place around the vanilla note, encasing it with a composed edge.
There is also an enigmatic amber note, which comes across slightly boozy. I think it’s a good counterbalance to the vanilla, preventing it from becoming too sweet. It also adds depth, which helps to bolster the mysteriousness of Noir Extreme.
The kulfi appears next. To those who don’t know, kulfi is an Indian dessert like ice cream. To my nose, this comes across as a nutty vanilla ice cream accord.
As the gourmand elements begin to develop further, a subtle touch of orange blossom adds a pinch of citrus to the composition. It’s feint but adds balance much like the amber does.
The woody notes are revealed more once the fragrance starts to dry on skin. They provide a creamy, luxurious, and mature presence here. They’re blended with the other notes in a way that feels so effortless.
Longevity and Projection
Noir Extreme is not a loud scent. From my testing, I get about 4+ hours of modest projection from the skin, and it stays on my skin for 12+ hours in total. It does leave a very addictive scent trail too, don’t be surprised if people ask what you’re wearing when you pass them.
Occasions and Versatility
Since starting this blog in 2020, I have reviewed a lot of versatile fragrances. Tom Ford Noir Extreme is not one of them. I classify Noir Extreme as a special occasion scent – it’s perfect for dates and intimate encounters when you want to make a statement on your partner. Furthermore, I doubt you’d be surprised to hear that this fragrance works best when worn in the cooler months of the year.
Tom Ford Noir Extreme is undeniably sensual and extremely delicious. I asked a few other fragrance reviewers on Instagram for their thoughts and here are their responses:
It’s the Bruce Wayne of fragrances — classic and refined in presentation with a dark, heroic and mysterious alter ego.Eau de Scent
So good it is almost EDIBLE.Edwin.Official
A delectable and entrancing olfactory experience loaded with the most brain pleasing vanilla backbone.The Cologne Appreciater
If Tom Ford can name a fragrance “fcking fabulous”, this fragrance should be called “fcking delicious”.Gentstyleconcept
Is Tom Ford Noir Extreme Worth the Hype?
Updated for 2022: In summary, I consider Tom Ford Noir Extreme as a heavenly sweet and dessert-like aroma, with accompanying warm and mysterious elements. This scent will seriously entice your partner or make a great first impression on a date!
And to reiterate my thoughts on the performance – be aware it won’t project from your skin all day unless you reapply.
All in all though, I would say that the hype is well and truly justified here.
Kilian Black Phantom has a lot in common with this scent but is boozier. Check it out if that sounds enticing to you!