If you love a sexy leather scent, you need Tom Ford Ombre Leather in your life. It’s one of the most true-to-life leather fragrances I’ve ever experienced. And I love the story behind it. Read on to find out all about it with my Tom Ford Ombre Leather review…
What Does Ombre Leather Smell Like?
First released in 2018, Ombre Leather captures the dry, dusty heat of the desert and wraps it up in worn leather, making you think of dark brown leather saddles on horseback, and cowboy boots looped through stirrups.
The fragrance has been created to reveal itself bit by bit, mirroring the way that the desert of America’s west unveils itself layer by layer as the sun peeks over the horizon, setting the landscape ablaze as it floods stunning rock formations with fresh light. Like dust caught up in the wind and the feel of skin on skin, Ombre Leather kicks off with the warm spicy-sweet heat of cardamom, paired with the hypnotic white floral tones of jasmine sambac – a luxe note you’ll often find in Tom Ford fragrances.
But the base is where things really get interesting. Meet Tom Ford’s black leather accord: it’s got that unique oaky/woody leather aroma that something feels suave, seductive and sophisticated all at once. The earthy tones of leather are further drawn out by subtly smoky, woody patchouli – yet another Tom Ford favourite. The final layer of the fragrance is revealed, adding warmth and longevity with white moss and amber.
What’s The Story Behind This Scent?
A lot of us at Escentual think of the creative genius of Tom Ford, we often picture dapper, clean cut suits that – in fact, Ford designed Daniel Craig’s suits for his final four James Bond films – but, what might surprise you is that Tom Ford is a cowboy at heart. And this is his ode to cowboys, rodeos and the smoky, suave leathery scent that comes with it.
Inspired by his childhood, the Texan-born fashion-designer-turned-fragrance-pro goes back to his roots with Ombre Leather, creating a scent that begs for you to close your eyes and picture dusty dry plains, brown leather saddles and fast-paced rodeos. Alternatively, you could just open your eyes and appreciate the Ombre Leather campaign shot by photographer Steven Klein, instead. The stars of the campaign are model Linda Helena and real-life bull rider Bonner Bolton, who fully embrace the western lifestyle.
“Ombre Leather is a deeply textural scent that imprints you with a tactile sensuality. It makes one feel different, beautiful and desired.” – Tom Ford.
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You Will Love This If…
If you love the scent of fresh-cut leather, you’ll love Ombre. It’s got the texture and the ruggedness of leather, but also feels suave and sophisticated at the same time, showcasing Tom Ford’s fragrance expertise – it can be tricky to perfect that balance.
This Perfume Smells Similar To:
I’m not going to compare this to any other fragrance by any other brand. Why? Because the best thing you can compare Ombre Leather to is leather. It’s the scent of cowboy boots that hit the ground and kick up dust; it’s the scent of treated leather saddles fastened onto your trusty steed. Or, if the cowboy imagery is just a little outside of area of expertise, Ombre Leather is the scent of a luxury leather goods shop.
If I did have to compare it to a fragrance, though, it would have to be Ombre Leather Parfum. To me, the Parfum is a richer and even sexier version; if the Eau de Parfum is brand-new, just-cut leather, the Parfum is rugged, worn leather.
Is Ombre Leather Unisex?
Yes. It’s designed to appeal to everyone, and if you love leathery scents it definitely will. It’s the type of scent that proves that floral notes shouldn’t be associated with women’s fragrances, and leathery, mossy notes shouldn’t be associated with men’s fragrances.
What’s The Longevity Like?
As an Eau de Parfum, Ombre Leather lasts an average of six hours on the skin. If you want even greater longevity, check the Parfum out instead.
What’s Special About The Bottle?
Ombre Leather is held in a round black flacon. The circular bottle is directly inspired by Tom Ford’s Cerro Pelon Ranch in Sante Fe, which was built by award-winning architect Tadao Ando.
The level of attention to detail here is sublime: in honour of the name and inspiration behind Ombre Leather, the bottle features a vegan leather label.