Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum: Superior to the OG? [Review]
Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum is a 2021 men’s leather cologne release. Ombre Leather Parfum is the newest flanker of Ombre Leather EDP, a popular release by Tom Ford. I’ve worn both fragrances on many occasions and formed my final views on both. In today’s article, I’ll be conducting a quick review of the latest Parfum version – and how it compares to its older EDP sibling.
What does Ombre Leather Parfum smell like?
Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum contains notes of leather, violet leaf, cedar, orris (iris), tobacco, and other woods.
In the opening, the prominent note is (unsurprisingly) leather. The leather smells luxe and photorealistic, exactly like the EDP. As an illustration, imagine a new black leather lounge or car interior – you get that sort of feeling here.
Accompanying the leather are two other notes:
- Violet leaf – provides a recognisable airy/ozonic quality, coupled with some sweetness and a hint of ‘greenness’
- Cedar wood – it adds a mature backbone, and smells dry, dark, and mature.
As the Parfum develops, you’ll start to notice two changes occur.
Firstly, the orris/iris note is uncovered, which contributes a very soft powderiness to the composition. Secondly, a tobacco note is revealed. It provides darkness and intensity which works in tandem with the cedarwood. However much like the orris, the tobacco is subtle and only a supporting player.
Finally, the fragrance changes once more when it dries on skin. To explain, the sweetness fully dissipates as the airy and dry qualities take over. The main notes you’ll now smell are leather, tobacco, and woods. It’s not overly complex but does smell like it has depth.
Now you’re probably wondering how this compares to Ombre Leather EDP. Accordingly, let me quickly summarise my views about that.
- The EDP is bolder and sweeter throughout, with floral and animalic nuances playing a greater role. Although still a compliment getter, the EDP has more attributes that will polarise people
- Comparatively, the Parfum is more wearable. The floral, animalic and sweet accords are more restrained. The airy, woody, and dry elements make it more versatile and less daring than the EDP.
Check this reviewer’s thoughts on Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum:
I’m usually not a leather fragrance fan, but this just smells like very high end refined leather jacket from Hermes or Tom Ford. Not a biker, grungy leather, but a smooth, European, sophisticated expensive leather. Very nice. Not sure if it’s for me, but it’s getting me thinking whether I should start. Very nice.Fragrantica.com
What’s the performance like?
For a scent of this concentration, I rate the performance as moderate. Ombre Leather Parfum projects 2 feet out from the skin for the first few hours. Afterwards, it settles closer to the skin for about 8 hours. In total, the Parfum lasts 10 hours on my skin.
Who can wear this, and when?
All situations where you wear the EDP also apply with the Parfum. Night-time year round, as well as cooler daytimes, are both appropriate circumstances. Casual events, nights out, and romantic dates all work well.
However unlike the EDP, Ombre Leather Parfum can be worn on warmer days. That’s thanks to the violet leaf’s ozonic attributes, which make it more palatable in various climate conditions. Nevertheless, this is not chiefly a summer scent, so go easy on the sprays.
Furthermore, I don’t envision a strict age range with this cologne – guys aged 20-45+ can wear this and it will appeal across age groups.
In summary – Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum
Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum is a worthy release in Tom Ford’s line of fragrances. It features the same authentic leather accord that the EDP has. However, the Parfum is more accessible and versatile due to the woods, tobacco, and violet leaf.
Ombre Leather EDP’s adventurous elements don’t apply here, and the Parfum is a slightly safer option for a foray into leather colognes.