Arabian Wood 
Tom Ford (2009)

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There are 21 reviews of Arabian Wood by Tom Ford.

Arabian? Don't see how. And in my untraveled level of affairs, I can't imagine what wood cut specifically in Arabic lands - OTHER than the ubiquitous agarwood (oud) - would smell like compared to Europe, Africa, etc.

And to belabor the point a bit more, apparently Arabian Wood was launched in autumn 2008 for the Kuwait market exclusively. Hmmm.....

All that being said...this discontinued Private Blend EdP (and possibly scheduled for a relaunch??) from Tom Ford is a really nice woody-mossy-floral maashup, a chypre with compulsory bergamot/oak moss/patchouli (though sans labdanum). Arabian wood is a classy creation that has all kinds of herbals, florals and sweet notes (via tonka and amber) swimming around and accenting the fragrance with great interest.

So we all shall see if Tom Ford will relaunch this very credible scent anytime soon.
Sep 23, 2018

Only in the perfume's name you can find something oriental. In the rest is a classic TF scent.

Floral, spicy, synthetic wood (like in some Dsquared scents), not very complex and i am still trying to find a hint of incense in it but i can't.

TF can surely do better than this.
Jun 11, 2018

I'm not sure what qualifies this to be an Arabian scent. It as a combination of various woods and flowers that smells like a five-year-old mushed together. It doesn't appeal to me and lacks the sophistication of other TF scents, no surprise that it was discontinued.
Oct 26, 2017

Tom Ford Arabian Wood is another discontinued Private Blend offering that I was particularly curious about and it's a lovely scent, a woody floral with the lipstick/cosmetics note that resonates so strongly in both Chanel Coromandel and Dior Homme Intense. I enjoy it a lot in Arabian Wood much like I do in Coromandel (not so much in DHI), as it is both a bright floral and a dark floral at the same time, both feminine and unisex, definitely not purely masculine. Another enjoyable aspect is the lavender, which helps keep it somewhat fresh.

Certainly the name is misleading, as one might expect an incense/oud/woods mix, but this is certainly something much prettier, more year round-friendly, and decidedly more unisex.

Performance is strong, fitting the Tom Ford Private Blend standard of a heavy sillage and great longevity.

A nice find, and actually rather moderately priced on the secondary market.

8 out of 10
Feb 25, 2016

A strongly soapy floral / wood accord opens Arabian Wood – and I agree that it does smell more like a quality English barbershop accord than an exotic Arabian fragrance. The florals of the opening exude the brightness of orange blossom and freesia, while the woods are rich and smooth; I don't get a strong rose vibe from it. Although neither the floral aspect nor the wood aspect of the accord is extraordinary, together the florals and woods provide an excellent, attractive, and high-end introduction to the barbershop concept.

The middle goes all floral at a richer, deeper tone than the florals of the opening. It's an excellent alto level floral accord – strong with “white” feel of the orris, gardenia, and jasmine with a mezzo Ylang-ylang accent. As usual with the May rose, I smell primarily a rose texture rather than a strong rose note. Although this middle level is very floral, it feels acceptably masculine to me.

The base is complex. With the waning of the middle florals, I first get a straight wood accord of sandalwood and cedar. The scant oakmoss that I manage to smell forms a minor part of the accord, or maybe I'm simply hallucinating the oakmoss. The patchouli seems to combine with the cedar to bring about an almost incense smell – an incense without the usual resinous aura. I do get lavender and a bit of a honey-like sweetness. I find the base intriguing in its quality and complexity.

Although I'm not a strong devotee of the barbershop genre, I enjoy and respect this fragrance because it puts a high quality stamp on a genre that I usually connect with the casualness of Brut and Canoe – which are just fine in their own arenas. Arabian Wood employs excellence in its interplay of quality florals and woods without barbershop's usual (but usually appropriate) screechiness. Arabian Wood, regardless of its complexity (which leads to several interpretations of it) is very much Tom Ford in that it boasts high quality ingredients excellently balanced and blended… and the Tom Ford genius of often taking new perspectives on the old tried and true.

Mar 10, 2015

The name Arabian Wood is kind of misleading since (as already noticed by others) this fragrance is neither "arabic" in a modern acceptation (or particularly woody) nor conceptually eastern. All I detect is a refined "classic in structure" but in a modern style orchestrated (I'm tempted to write "re-orchestrated") aromatic fougere (bergamot/citrus-lavender/patchouli/greens) with woody accents, a touch of undurable earthiness (orris roots and patchouli), some (tobacco flavoured) spices, hints of secret fruits (peaches?), a rosey/soapy/honeyed twist (rose/ylang ylang/jasmine/honey) and a typical almost incensey (galbanum) mossy complicacy conjuring me classics as Mitsouko, La Perla or V&A First (in a cleaner and easier to wear form). Nothing darkly spicy or mystic but rather something slightly "yes" barbershop or mannered (slightly stuffy, stale, exotic but a basically wearable one and anything but really mouldy). Uncompromisingly feminine to me (but a man can dare to wear it proudly), slightly floral and with a classic mossy twist which conjures me a bunch of pillars of the french animalic/chyprè classicism. One of the best of the line if not properly the best imo. Classy and elegant, with a good sillage and a great lasting power.
Dec 21, 2013

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