Tom Ford Sahara Noir : New Perfume

Tom Ford is launching a new perfume in the Signature Collection, which includes fragrances like Black OrchidTom Ford NoirViolet Blonde, and White Patchouli. Sahara Noir is inspired by the Middle Eastern perfume tradition and the incense notes. As Ford says, “Middle Eastern culture has an extraordinary appreciation for the luxurious, emotional and memorable qualities of fragrance; perfume is worn there in a way that feels very familiar to me. Sahara Noir is my interpretation of this heritage. It is a deep and substantial perfume that caresses the senses.”


Sahara Noir is a woody oriental perfume based on frankincense. Bitter orange, cypress, calamus, cinnamon, papyrus extract, Egyptian jasmine templar and rose absolute from Morocco are used to accent the heart of the composition.

“A beeswax extraction from Burma lends body and a supple, honeyed-animalic richness. The dry down is amber-laced and warm. It is formed by a special blend of two facets of labdanum—labdanum absolute and a uniquely rich natural fraction of labdanum known as ambreinol—with rich benzoin from Laos and vanilla bean from Madagascar. Lebanese cedar, frankincense resin, agarwood and Peru balsam add luxurious substance and lasting presence.”

Available at Tom Ford Beauty counters starting May 2013. 50ml bottle of Eau de Parfum retails for £100. Via press release



  • Connie: This sounds fairly good, but I seem to be often disappointed by Tom Ford’s offerings…
    Oh well, fingers crossed! 🙂 March 12, 2013 at 8:07am Reply

    • Victoria: On the whole, I much prefer the Signature Collection to the Private Blends, so I look forward to trying Sahara Noir. March 12, 2013 at 10:30am Reply

  • Mer: Wow that sounds fantastic. I hope the vanilla won’t spoil it for me. March 12, 2013 at 10:46am Reply

    • Victoria: Can’t wait till May! March 12, 2013 at 3:21pm Reply

  • Rina: I’m doomed…. 🙂 March 12, 2013 at 11:13am Reply

  • AromaX: Makes me think of Amouage creations. Very curious whehter this one will be modest interpretation or a daring fragrance. I loved the last one, Tom Ford Noir. March 12, 2013 at 11:27am Reply

    • Victoria: It does have that vibe, but I’m curious to see how Ford interprets the Middle Eastern incense. It’s such a distinctive scent. March 12, 2013 at 3:22pm Reply

  • Geneviève: Oh it’s sound lovely! I LOVE incense! I will try it for sure! Thank you for the review! March 12, 2013 at 11:30am Reply

    • Victoria: I haven’t tried it, just reporting the news. 🙂 March 12, 2013 at 3:22pm Reply

  • INES D G: I have Black Orchid and Violette Blonde,and I like them very much.I ´ll try to find this one to taste it.
    (I am sorry, my english is quite bad…)
    Bye! March 12, 2013 at 12:23pm Reply

    • Victoria: Those are my favorites too, and Tom Ford Noir! March 12, 2013 at 3:27pm Reply

  • Phyllis Ann Iervello: I love Tom Ford’s fragrances. I have quite a few of his original Private Blends (some of which are no longer around), but I have always liked his signature collection–especially Black Orchid and Violet Blonde. March 12, 2013 at 5:38pm Reply

    • Victoria: Signature Collection is definite my favorite, and the price is much more reasonable (while the quality is still excellent). March 12, 2013 at 6:32pm Reply

  • jlt: Your description of this perfume has made me decide to overcome some blog-shyness and write a comment for the 1st time. Sahara Noir sounds like a perfume out of the movie “The Wind and the Lion” with men in turbans on horseback . It actually was the first review where I took a deep breath and sighed after i read it. What will it be like? I will be imagining until May. March 12, 2013 at 7:50pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! The quote is from the marketing description, not my own, but it does seem to convey something exciting, doesn’t it? Let’s hope that it will be good! March 13, 2013 at 10:58am Reply

  • Amer: oh more promises. TF this is the last chance you get from me. If this is another flat, cleaned up composition I will have no choice but to give up on you.

    btw. This is meant to be a feminine, right? March 12, 2013 at 7:53pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, I think so, although many Tom Ford scents can be worn by both men and women. March 13, 2013 at 10:59am Reply

  • Nancy A: This sounds potent not unlike many of the Tom Ford fragrances. When you mentioned Labdunum it caught my attention. It’s unique and it depends on the proper chemistry. Will seek this out for sure. March 16, 2013 at 1:11pm Reply

  • eminere: What an intensely desirable bottle. March 26, 2013 at 10:41am Reply

  • Sulin: I’m from Burma, and since it’s so rare to see ingredient descriptors mention the country, I’ll be definitely heading over for a sniff! April 8, 2013 at 10:00pm Reply

    • Victoria: I was quite curious about that Burmese beeswax myself! Sounds intriguing. April 9, 2013 at 9:33am Reply

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