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Best Tom Ford Colognes: What to Wear, and When to Wear It

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Updated December 19, 2023

The danger of wearing a cheap cologne is that it might make your eyes water. The danger of a high-end cologne is its price tag might do the same. While Tom Ford’s colognes certainly have a reputation for being expensive, they’re also known for being one of the best colognes for men, due to their longevity and the quality of their ingredients. Which of the brand’s many fragrances is right for you, though? We’ve rounded up the best Tom Ford colognes to make your nose happy (and your wallet considerably less so—sorry).

How to buy Tom Ford colognes 

“When buying a cologne, get a trial size first and see how it wears for a week before investing in a full-size bottle,” advises beauty and lifestyle blogger Julianna Lepore. “Everyone has slightly different chemistry and PH levels, so while a scent might wear amazingly on a family member or friend, it might not be best suited for you.” In terms of how to apply cologne, Lepore advises that you “don’t rub these fragrances in, as most fragrances are best if you just let them settle into your skin.”

Our top picks for the best Tom Ford colognes

Best woody Tom Ford cologne: Oud Wood

Was there really any other choice here? The name says it all, with incredibly fresh, woody top notes balanced out by the warmth of the oud (a fragrant oil derived from tree resin, just in case you were worried there wasn’t enough wood in this). “It’s an earthy and woody scent inspired by smoky, incense-filled temples and rare, precious oud,” remarks stylist and celebrity business strategist Nina Vargas. Lepore also has this as her top pick, describing it as, “Very dense and woody, with a little hint of spice.”

Specifications:

  • Fragrance type: Eau de parfum
  • Size: 10ml, 30ml, 50ml, or 100ml
  • Lasting power: Mild to moderate
  • Price on publish: $70-$425

What we like:

  • Fresh
  • Versatile

What we don’t like:

  • Some customer reviews complain of poor longevity, and regard it as overpriced as a result

The bottom line: 

A beautifully outdoorsy smell that also works perfectly for everyday office wear.

Best spicy Tom Ford cologne: Soleil Brûlant

Described by Vargas as, “spicy, with hints of amber, honey and orange,” this is a complex scent that blends its top notes of pink pepper, orange, and bergamot with a sweet middle layer of honey and orange blossom, all resting on top of a rich, earthy base layer of resin, amber, leather, and vetiver. It tends to be a bit of a “you love it or hate it” scent, but that’s what makes it interesting.

Specifications:

  • Fragrance type: Eau de parfum
  • Size: 10ml, 30ml, 50ml, or 100ml
  • Lasting power: Strong
  • Price on publish: $80-$595

What we like:

  • Complex
  • Interesting

What we don’t like:

  • Some may find the initial impression to be a little harsh or bitter
  • Very expensive

The bottom line: 

A rich, spicy scent that despite its summery name and appearance, might be better suited to autumn.

Best Tom Ford fragrance for winter: Tobacco Vanille

If you’re heading into the holiday season, it’s tough to argue with a scent that brings to mind festive evenings by the fireplace, sharing sweet treats, with a hint of some distant uncle’s pipe smoke lingering in the air (look, maybe we didn’t all get to live in a Norman Rockwell fantasy, but we can pretend, can’t we?) Described by Vargas as, “A warm and spicy eau de parfum that reinvents classic tobacco,” this is one of Ford’s most notoriously long-lasting efforts, so be prepared to live with the scent for a while.

Specifications:

  • Fragrance type: Eau de parfum
  • Size: 10ml, 30ml, 50ml, or 100ml
  • Lasting power: Very strong
  • Price on publish: $70 - $425

What we like:

  • Sweet
  • Festive
  • Long-lasting

What we don’t like:

  • Might be overpowering to some

The bottom line: 

A rich, sweet, and incredibly long-lasting fragrance that captures the holiday season impeccably.

Best Tom Ford fragrance for winter
TOM FORD Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum Fragrance 1.0 oz/ 30 mL

TOM FORD Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum Fragrance 1.0 oz/ 30 mL

Best Tom Ford fragrance for spring: Eau de Soleil Blanc

Vargas recommends this as the perfect fresh accompaniment to delightful, if unreliable, spring weather. Sunny yet subtle, it features citrusy top notes with a touch of pistachio on top of a highly floral middle layer, while the base notes are comprised of a richer, tropical blend of coconut, vanilla, and amber. You’ll be happy wearing this no matter how many surprise rainstorms you get caught in.

Specifications:

  • Fragrance type: Eau de parfum
  • Size: 10ml, 30ml, 50ml, or 100ml
  • Lasting power: Moderate
  • Price on publish: $50 - $225

What we like:

  • On the less expensive side (relatively speaking)
  • Beachy, but without smelling like sunscreen

What we don’t like:

  • Some customer reviews claim it’s a little too sweet for warmer weather

The bottom line: 

A fresh, well-balanced fragrance that works for spring while getting you in the mood for summer.

Best Tom Ford fragrance for spring
TOM FORD Eau de Soleil Blanc Eau de Toilette Fragrance 3.4 oz/ 100 mL

TOM FORD Eau de Soleil Blanc Eau de Toilette Fragrance 3.4 oz/ 100 mL

Best Tom Ford fragrance for summer: Costa Azzurra

Summer scents can be hit or miss, often straying too far into sweet or tropical territory, with the end result that you either smell like sunscreen or a discarded popsicle. That’s why Lepore likes Costa Azzurra, “A great summer scent that smells like fresh air with hints of salty amber.” With top notes of seaweed and driftwood layered over citrusy, floral heart notes and sweet, earthy bass notes, it’s pure, distilled vacation in a bottle.

Specifications:

  • Fragrance type: Eau de parfum
  • Size: 50ml or 100ml
  • Lasting power: Moderate
  • Price on publish: $155 - $225

What we like:

  • Fresh
  • Not your typical, overly sweet summer fragrance

What we don’t like:

  • Might not work for those who don’t enjoy more aquatic scents

The bottom line: 

An elegant, fresh, and aromatic fragrance that captures the spirit of summer travel.

Best Tom Ford fragrance for fall: Tuscan Leather

Vargas and Lepore agree on Tuscan Leather as the ideal fall scent, describing it as, “earthy and woody,” and, “a lovely, warm, and spicy fragrance with hints of saffron,” respectively. As an accompaniment to traipsing through crunchy, fallen leaves, it’s hard to beat, with its deep base notes of leather and suede offset by the brightness of its herbal top notes.

Specifications:

  • Fragrance type: Eau de parfum
  • Size: 30ml, 50ml, or 100ml
  • Lasting power: Very strong
  • Price on publish: $185 - $425

What we like:

  • Sophisticated
  • Distinctive

What we don’t like:

  • A minority of customer reviews regard it as too dry and smoky

The bottom line: 

An intense, complex fragrance that fades to a deep, rewarding, autumnal scent.

Best Tom Ford fragrance for fall
TOM FORD Tuscan Leather Eau de Parfum Fragrance 1 oz/ 30 mL

TOM FORD Tuscan Leather Eau de Parfum Fragrance 1 oz/ 30 mL

Best Tom Ford unisex fragrance: Cherry Smoke

It should be noted first that, really, all fragrances are unisex: The idea that some scents are for women and others are for men is wildly outdated. So whether you’re a lady who loves leather or a fella who loves floral, just go for it! All of that said, Lepore’s pick for the best unisex Tom Ford fragrance, Cherry Smoke, hits the sweet spot between the two traditional camps, pairing fruity cherry and apricot with more savory olive and saffron, with a smoky, woody base layer to finish it off.

Specifications:

  • Fragrance type: Eau de parfum
  • Size: 30ml or 50ml
  • Lasting power: Moderate
  • Price on publish: $250-$395

What we like:

  • Romantic
  • Elegant
  • Luxurious

What we don’t like:

  • Some users feel there’s not enough smoke for the name

The bottom line: 

A classic unisex fragrance with a touch of hedonistic luxury.

Best Tom Ford unisex fragrance
TOM FORD Cherry Smoke Eau de Parfum at Nordstrom, Size 1.7 Oz

TOM FORD Cherry Smoke Eau de Parfum at Nordstrom, Size 1.7 Oz

Best bold Tom Ford cologne: Fucking Fabulous

If you’re going to go bold, you may as well own it, right? That’s what Ford has done with Fucking Fabulous, Lepore’s preferred bold scent from the line, which she admires for being, “seductive and rich, with a long-lasting effect.” Its blend of lavender, sage, leather, almond, and caramel-y tonka bean doesn’t sound like it should work on paper, but it does—fabulously.

Specifications:

  • Fragrance type: Eau de parfum
  • Size: 10ml, 30ml, 50ml, or 100ml
  • Lasting power: Strong
  • Price on publish: $80-$595

What we like:

  • Unusual
  • Seductive

What we don’t like:

  • Very expensive
  • Not for everyone

The bottom line: 

Another divisive option, it may be too overpowering for some, but if you love it, you love it.

Best bold Tom Ford cologne
TOM FORD Fucking Fabulous Eau de Parfum Fragrance 3.4 oz/ 100 mL

TOM FORD Fucking Fabulous Eau de Parfum Fragrance 3.4 oz/ 100 mL

Best aquatic Tom Ford cologne: Mandarino Di Amalfi

Going by the sheer number of customer reviews that say this scent makes them feel like they’re sitting by the pool, this had to be our pick for the best aquatic scent. Lepore agrees, adding that it’s, “Very fresh and fruity–it smells like a beach breeze!” With citrusy, herbal top notes that turn beautifully musky in the dry-down, it adds a gentle kick of black pepper and coriander, just to stop you drifting off.

Specifications:

  • Fragrance type: Eau de parfum
  • Size: 50ml
  • Lasting power: Mild to moderate
  • Price on publish: $295

What we like:

  • Clean
  • Fresh

What we don’t like:

  • Not much longevity for a Tom Ford fragrance

The bottom line: 

Another ideal vacation scent that lives up to its Italian coastal name.

Best aquatic Tom Ford cologne
TOM FORD Private Blend Mandarino di Amalfi Eau de Parfum at Nordstrom, Size 1.7 Oz

TOM FORD Private Blend Mandarino di Amalfi Eau de Parfum at Nordstrom, Size 1.7 Oz

Best leather Tom Ford cologne: Ombré Leather

A more accessible scent than the aforementioned Tuscan Leather, this is a more straightforward, leather-heavy affair, with a little cardamon, patchouli, and amber rounding out its more traditionally masculine profile. “It smells like rich leather, with hints of floral tones and the desert,” according to Lepore, but it softens over time and becomes somewhat sweeter, thanks to the inclusion of jasmine in the heart notes.

Specifications:

  • Fragrance Type: Parfum
  • Size: 10ml, 50ml, or 100ml
  • Lasting Power: Very strong
  • Price on publish: $65 - $275

What we like:

  • On the more affordable end for a Tom Ford fragrance
  • Distinctive

What we don’t like:

  • A few reviews find it to be too strong or overbearing

The bottom line: 

A classic, rugged fragrance designed to evoke the bygone days of the American west.

Best leather Tom Ford cologne
TOM FORD Ombre Leather Parfum

TOM FORD Ombre Leather Parfum

How we selected the Best Tom Ford colognes 

We made our selections by consulting with experts, thoroughly researching each scent on fragrance review sites such as Fragrantica to ensure universally positive customer feedback, and of course, whether or not each scent passed the good old fashioned smell test.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Which Tom Ford cologne is best smelling?

This is entirely subjective, of course, but our experts were happy to weigh in. “I personally like to use perfume based on the occasion, but a crowd favorite has to be Black Orchid,” says Vargas. “Aside from the chic black and gold packaging, the scent is well balanced—it has a floral fruitiness that’s never too sweet, thanks to hints of patchouli that keep it grounded.”

Lepore, meanwhile, opts for Fucking Fabulous. “It smells like the name, it’s amazing!” she enthuses. “I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like this scent.”

Which Tom Ford perfume lasts the longest?

The general consensus is that the more vanilla-heavy fragrances have the greatest sillage and longevity, with Tobacco Vanille being the most notorious (Lepore claims it has a longevity of 16 hours, while some online reviews insist they can still smell it after three days).

“It’s often joked that you better love the Tom Ford cologne before you spray it on, as it’s meant to last,” says Vargas. “Going back to the famous Black Orchid, this perfume can easily last up to ten hours, thanks to its high concentration of perfume oils.”

Which Tom Ford cologne is the most popular?

Along with the aforementioned Tobacco Vanille, Tom Ford’s best sellers tend to include the earthy, smoky Oud Wood, and–perhaps at least in part due to its lower price point–the more classically masculine, spicy Ombre Leather.

Which Tom Ford perfume is seductive?

Again, this is entirely subjective, and browsing fragrance reviews will uncover a ton of wildly differing opinions. That said, numerous people and publications cite Black Orchid as one of the most traditionally seductive scents, with others claiming everything from Orchid Soleil to Jasmin Rouge. In terms of our own experts, Lepore leans towards Ombre Leather, while we already know Vargas is another Black Orchid fan.

Why are Tom Ford perfumes so expensive?

“It’s what’s known as Salon Perfume (the materials are expensive, the output is small, the price is high, and there is a strong creative style), plus, Tom Ford carries a lot of prestige and mystique in fashion circles,” says Vargas. “Although subjective, it’s easily said that of all the luxury brands creating scents, Tom Ford’s fragrance line is one of the best. They’re universally long-lasting, have unique ingredients, and are housed in stunning bottles that look gorgeous.”

Lepore adds that, “Tom Ford is definitely a brand that’s marketed toward middle to higher end consumers, but that being said, they do last, and many people agree they’re worth the investment.”

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