Tom Ford describes this fragrance as a "lush and unconventional mélange of exotic Asian ingredients. Rich and luxurious, it is a fragrance with irresistible complexity." 

Plum Japonais fragrance notes

  • Head

    • Saffron, Cinnamon Bark
  • Heart

    • Everlasting Flower, Sawara Cypress, Ume Plum, Plum Liqueur, Camelia Japonica
  • Base

    • Agarbois, Amber, Benzoin, Fir Balsam, Vanilla

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I'm slightly ambivalent about this one. The blend of cinnamon and plum is very pleasant, and the underlying oud gives it some staying power. The drydown is a nice floral. Overall, it is blended pretty well.

I only had decants of this one but gave some away to my girlfriend, since I think it leans a bit more feminine. If I had to buy a scent with this profile, I would go with CDG's Floriental, even though it smells a bit more synthetic with the oud they use. I think that one has more complexity than this one.

I know some will miss this one due to its discontinuation. If you've never smelled it, I don't think you're missing out on too much. But I will say this was one of Tom Ford's better smelling scents.
22nd February 2022
Maybe the closest Tom Ford has come to making a Sheldrake-authored Serge Lutens fragrance. Dense, dark, syrupy, and sweet.

There's welcome complexity to this on paper, but on my skin it's all candied, fruity sweetness.
13th May 2021

Very cute and seductive, works well for date night, sweet plum (not overly sweet), balmy and smooth with dark undertones that elevate it from ever smelling cheap and common to something quite sophisticated ...however I could see this in the signature line rather than the more challenging private blend ethos. It is an enjoyable fragrance and to own a bottle would be a nice option but for me there are lots of other options to explore.
25th January 2020
Fruity plum, but not candy or edible. It does strike me as a whole fragrance instead of a scent, if that makes sense. Its got quite a bit of cinamin and pine in the opening as well, which goes into a sort of spicy incense accord. It smells rich, opulent. As it dries down, say about hour three it smells like smoky "oud" or leather to me, and the fruit is all but gone. Nothing approaches harsh or irritating smelling. It smells of quality through and through.
Reminds me in the opening as having a similar feel to Jubilation XXV. Plum and blackberry are both dark fruity in a similar way. But as they dry down they smell nothing alike. The drydown of this one has the same candle smoke scent that Dior Homme Parfum has in its base. This final phase lasts.
This is an interesting fragrance that smells really good in all phases. While I'm not really all about the chemical that makes that drydown smell, I do not begrudge its use. Many find it pleasing. An overall constructed fragrance that seems to be more composed than many of the Private Blends I've tried. Thumbs up.
31st October 2019
I definitely like this one. I had the opportunity to travel to Japan for work last year, that trip (and the plum wine and awamori we drank) hold a place in my heart. This definitely has a nice plum note, it doesn't immediately bring umeshu to mind but it's still delicious. Plum Japonais is also surprisingly spicy. Fragrantica has this labeled for women currently, however to me it's wholly unisex, I'd even say it leans masculine.

The combination of fruit and spices actually reminds me less of Japan and more of two of my favorite "Arabian style" dried-fruit/spice fragrances: Serge Lutens' Arabie and Zoologist Camel. All three have fruit, spices and animalic/oud notes. However, each has their unique strength among those notes that comes through. For this it's definitely the plum, as the name suggests. Doesn't have the greatest longevity but neither do the two others I've mentioned. With this being on the higher level pricing tier for Tom Ford, I don't think I'll ever get a full bottle, but its really nice to try.
12th September 2019
This one came highly recommended. So it must be my skin chemistry (just like the pineapple in Aventus comes out like cat's piss on me).
It may be unisex but its so soft and creamy it immediately conjures up a voluptuous female with impeccable class and taste. If I smelt this on me and on my clothes it would start to irritate me with the politically correct nuances surrounding this type of fragrance. Toxic masculinity?! Why not ask women what they want. No lady wants a metrosexual male. The PC lobby should be hounded out of the village borders sprayed with this stuff but only after they are made to pay for it. Then the joke's on them.
This does not even stand level with the ankles of Amouage Journey Man. --and there you have it. Amouage know exactly where they are coming from . They use man and woman in their titles appropriate to the fragrance.

Fragrance: 6.75/10
Projection: 7.5/10
Longevity: 7.5.10
17th August 2019
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