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]