Tom Ford Plum Japonais Eau de Parfum Review, Photos

Tom Ford Plum Japonais ($210 USD for 1.7 fl oz.) is one of the four scents that launched with the new Atelier d'Orient collection for Fall 2013. This is a very sensual, slightly smoky scent that can be worn by ladies and gentlemen alike. Discover all the details after the jump!

"I have always been fascinated by unusual ingredients from exotic cultures. The ume plum is an exquisite ingredient that has great meaning in Oriental culture; in Japan and China, it is a sacred symbol of spring. I wanted to craft a fragrance around the ume, because it has a texture and aroma that is so luscious." __Tom Ford

Pictured above is the lovely promo ad for Plum Japonais in the Eau de Parfum Decanter, which boasts a whopping 8.4 fluid ounces. The scent was created by Yann Vasnier of Givaudan and is housed in Tom Ford's signature Private Blend bottle made of cognac glass. The striking gold name plaques and carved edges make this bottle a welcome addition to any vanity. 

Plum Japonais is a rich and luxurious fragrance for true scent connoisseurs. Plum Japonais reveals the extraordinary beauty of the ume plum by juxtaposing it with a lush and unconventional mélange of exotic Asian ingredients. Saffron, cinnamon bark, everlasting flower and Sawara cypress create an unforgettable journey across distant lands. The tart, dark nuances of ume plum is infused with velvety plum liqueur, camellia, with Benzoin Loas and vanilla absolute to round it out.

The fragrance is as sensual and luscious as the literature claims. I may not have a trained nose by any means, but I have come to appreciate more complex fragrances in the last two years. I love that Plum Japonais is rich yet restrained and has an elegant presence that is much easier to wear than a traditional, spicy Oriental. If you prefer more floral fragrances, however, try the Shanghai Lily from this collection.

Plum Japonais is slightly more heady and acidic than I expected it to be in the first thirty minutes of wear, but it levels out smoothly in an additional thirty minutes. The sillage is excellent, which means the fragrance projects well, for five hours and wears for a total of eight. I wear 1 to 2 spritzes with each wear because the fragrance is bold and demands attention. I never wear more than 3 spritzes, since I try to avoid overwhelming anyone around me with my scent. Plum Japonais has a hint of spiciness, but I detect the ume plum (not necessarily sweet but undoubtedly sophisticated), cinnamon bark, warm vanilla and the woody amber base on my skin the most.

All the Atelier d'Orient scents are now available at Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Ave, and Neiman Marcus.

Bottom Line: I love it the more I wear it, which is why Tom Ford's Plum Japonais will be my go-to evening scent this Fall.
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1 comment:

  1. Oo I must go check this scent out next time I'm at NM. I am really loving Chanel Beige right now.


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