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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My brief encounter with Tom Ford Private Blend Moss Breches

I was recently gifted with a spray sample of Tom Ford's Moss Breches by the generous Carol (of WAFT by Carol). It's something I've been wanting to try for quite some time. Looks like I waited too long, as I hear it's been discontinued. It figures, since I loved it instantly.

It opens with a softly resinous pine aspect backed by the most delicious aromatic herbs. There is a slight sweetness present right away that is a little difficult to nail down to a likely source, but my guess is that it's the labdanum. I'm fairly certain there is vetiver in there as well.

notes: fresh wood, spice notes, beeswax absolute, Moroccan clary sage, Hungarian tarragon, Corsican rosemary, labdanum, patchouli, benzoin

Whoosh! Every good and beautiful smell that I love in life swirls together and my instincts kick in and I want to make a crude gesture of freedom, like roll around on the forest floor, not caring about the twigs and dirt matting my hair. Le sigh.

Moss Breches is refreshing and light, but has enough body to it that it could easily be worn during any weather. There is a beautiful green incense-like base that develops in just a few minutes after applying that complements the woods and herbs incredibly well. This is a skillfully blended, imaginative yet comforting scent that leans toward masculine, and an excellent example of a woody-chypre done just the way I like it; the woods are not too dry, the cheerful verdancy bolsters the spirit, plus, there's spice to burn. I will be sad to see it go. Let the hunt for my bottle commence!

[Tom Ford Private Blend Moss Breches is currently available at The Perfumed Court for decants and samples]


  1. Sob. Sob. Sob. I *loved* this. I still haven't completely forgiven him for it.

    Have you tried Q by Illuminated Perfume? That's another lovely woody/green chypre. I like Ayala Moriel Rainforest too, but that isn't as gutsy as Moss Breches.

  2. Darn you! You make this sound like a must-try.


  3. "Le sigh" is right!

    It seems like this fragrance had quite a following (and still does) which really makes me wonder why it was discontinued... What was Mr. Ford thinking?

  4. If you need help finding a bottle, let me know, there are still a few around in my hunting ground. ;)

  5. Why do I at long last FINALLY read about a TF that might be right up my...neck of the woods? ;)..only to read it's being discontinued?

    Le Sigh. Sad...

  6. LOL @ rolling around on the forest floor! Even if I don't know half of what you're talking about, your descriptions are MAGICAL.

    Ah, Perfumed Court, here I come when I'm a little more flush with time and money!!!

  7. Grace: Thanks for the recs, I will make a note to check out the Illuminated and Ayala Moriel perfumes.

    *jen: It's tough when you are late in the game on a wonderful perfume. :(

    Dee: It's hard to say what Tom Ford was thinking. All I can hope for is that his new sandalwood-based perfume coming out soon will be utterly wonderful and make me forgive him for discontinuing Moss Breches.

    Birgit: Thanks for the offer and letting me know!

    Sheila: I know, it's frustrating! I hope you get to try it at some point, at least.

    Liz: The Perfumed Court is pretty much the most dangerous place on the web for me. It sucks up my dollars like a Hoover!

  8. aww..I didn't know this had been discontinued..:(( It was one of my favorites from the line (along with Noir de Noir..I also liked champaca absolute and japon noir and..ah well!).