10 Best Tom Ford Perfumes for Women

Updated June 2021

Summer Scent

Soleil Blanc

Editor's Pick

Black Orchid

Winter Scent

Ombre Leather

How We Found the Best Tom Ford Perfumes

5 Experts Interviewed

14 Fragrances Tested

Top 10 Picks

Madison McCord

Madison McCord

Diploma in Perfumery Science and Sensory Evaluation

Tom Ford is one brand that you’ll see in every high-end department store. You might have strolled past the display and wondered what the most popular Tom Ford fragrance is and which one you should add to your collection. Tom Ford is a legend in his own right, designing for brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as launching his eponymous brand in 2005.

Tom Ford is synonymous with luxury, whether it’s his ready-to-wear or cosmetic collection. The brand partnered with Estee Lauder to create their fragrance collection, with Black Orchid releasing in 2006 to instant critical acclaim. The fragrance was so popular that Tom Ford released their Private Blend collection the following year, with Purple Patchouli as the first scent.

For a relatively new brand, Tom Ford has already amassed an impressive catalogue of scents, having launched 103 perfumes since 2006. 

Our Tom Ford perfume review takes a look at ten of the brand’s bestselling female fragrances, focusing on their notes and the aesthetic behind each scent. We’ll help you decide which scent you should buy to build your Tom Ford perfume collection.

Summary List

Tom Ford Scents Ranked by CologneCritic.com

Editor's Pick

Best Overall Tom Ford Perfume - Black Orchid

Why we chose it

Black Orchid is the OG Tom Ford fragrance, encapsulating the aesthetic of the luxury brand. Tom Ford explained that he “wanted the blackest orchid, and those aren’t easy to find” for this cologne, describing it as “a little more strange and rare”.

This perfume has a darker aesthetic, with a sensual fragrance that is simultaneously modern and timeless. Black Orchid is one perfume you’ll still smell on your skin hours after your initial application. It opens with top notes of black currant, black truffle, French jasmine, effervescent citrus, and ylang-ylang.

In the heart notes, you’ll smell the infamous black orchid, which is made up of notes of gardenia, spices, jasmine, fruity notes, and lotus. The perfume concludes with base notes of dark chocolate, amber, vanilla, and incense.

As a strong scent that makes its presence known, Black Orchid is a night-time perfume for fall and winter wear. Black Orchid is a contender for the strongest Tom Ford fragrance, and one that is ideal for the confident woman who isn’t afraid to make a statement.

If you’re wondering what is the best selling Tom Ford fragrance, the answer is almost always Black Orchid.

Main Accords

  • Earthy
  • Woody
  • Warm Spicy

Summer Scent

Best Tom Ford Perfume for Summer - Soleil Blanc

Our Take

Tom Ford is famous for their unisex fragrances, of which Soleil Blanc is one of our favourite scent. The nose behind this oriental floral cologne is Nathalie Gracia-Cetto. As the name would suggest, Soleli Blanc is a daytime summer fragrance that you’ll back in your carry-on for luxury vacations that you have coming up.

This sultry and seductively floral cologne takes its inspiration from the jet set lifestyle of private islands. Soleli Blanc is part of Tom Ford’s private blend collection.

Soleli Blanc opens with top notes of bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper, and pistachio. You’ll catch Egyptian jasmine, tuberose, and ylang-ylang in the heart notes, giving the fragrance its sensual feel. In addition, it has amber, benzoin, coconut, and tonka bean as its base notes.

Main Accords

  • Sweet
  • Coconut
  • White Flower

Winter Scent

Best Tom Ford Perfume for Winter - Ombre Leather

Our Take

If you’re looking for the best Tom Ford perfume for her to wear during fall and winter, we’ve found the perfect choice for you. It lends itself to both night-time and day-time wear. Ombre Leather is a unisex cologne that launched in 2018. Sonia Constant is the nose behind this Tom Ford fragrance.

You’ll smell cardamom in the top notes, which give way to jasmine sambac and leather in the heart notes. Ombre Leather closes with base notes of amber, moss, and patchouli. This cologne is long-lasting, lingering on your skin for hours after you apply it.

Ombre Leather is an ideal choice if you want a more masculine fragrance to wear on the days when you need a little confidence boost.

Main Accords

  • Leather
  • Animalic
  • White Floral

Orchid Soleli

Our Take

After the success of Black Orchid, it’s no surprise that Tom Ford launched a variant to the original scent. Sonia Constant is the nose behind Orchid Soleli, which is one of the few Tom Ford perfumes that you could wear all year round.

Launching in 2016, Orchid Soleli is the second variant to the original Black Orchid, coming two years after the release of Velvet Orchid. This sensual scent has vibrant notes that capture the idea of sunshine.

You’ll find bitter orange, cypress, and pink pepper in the top notes. In the heart notes, you’ll smell red lily and tuberose. The base notes have interesting composition of chestnut, orchid, patchouli, vanilla, and whipped cream.

This perfume is a must have in any Tom Ford perfume collection or if you want a more feminine and wearable alternative to the original Black Orchid fragrance.

Main Accords

  • Vanilla
  • Tuberose
  • White Floral

White Patchouli

Our Take

White Patchouli is a chyrpe floral perfume which released in 2008, one of the older scents in this Tom Ford perfume review guide. This fragrance is ideal for both day and night, lending itself as a signature perfume that you could wear all year round.

This perfume is the perfect way to start your Tom Ford perfume collection if you’re a modern woman who appreciate timeless sophistication. It is one of the most feminine Tom Ford fragrances for women. It opens to top notes of coriander, bergamot, peony, and white florals. You’ll smell ambrette, jasmine, and rose in the heart notes. This perfume comprises of base notes of patchouli, incense, and woody notes.

Main Accords

  • Floral
  • Woody
  • Patchouli

Lost Cherry

Our Take

What is the best smelling perfume for a woman? If you prefer the sweeter things in life, the answer is likely going to be Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry. Launching in 2018, the nose behind this oriental floral perfume is Louise Turner.

Tom Ford describes this perfume as taking you on a “full-bodied journey into the once-forbidden”. You can wear this day and night-time scent during the fall and winter as an exotic fragrance that is sure to turn heads.

Lost Cherry opens to top notes of bitter almond, liquor, and sour cheer. You’ll smell jasmine sambac, Turkish rose, plum, and sour cherry in the heart notes. The perfume concludes with an extensive list of base notes. You’ll fine cedar, cloves, cinnamon, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, and tonka bean – to name but a few.

The brand describes the finishes as having “fantasy-inspiring levels of insatiability”. The bottle is one of the most aesthetically pleasing designs from Tom Ford’s perfume range, incorporating the sweet cherry colour into the packaging.

Main Accords

  • Sweet
  • Cherry
  • Almond

Velvet Orchid

Our Take

After the success of Black Orchid, it’s no surprise that Tom Ford released a variant scent to expand the range. This oriental floral fragrance was launched in 2014, with several perfumers including Calice Becker acting as its nose.

While Black Orchid has a darker aesthetic, Velvet Orchid is a glamorous floral perfume that lingers on your skin for a luxury experience. It opens to top notes of bergamot, honey, mandarin orange, and rum. The heart notes contain the signature black orchid, which blends with heliotrope, hyacinth, orange blossom, rose oil, magnolia, and jasmine. Velvet Orchid closes with base notes of Peru balsam, labdanum, sandalwood, suede, myrrh, and vanilla.

No Tom Ford perfume collection is complete without Velvet Orchid. You can wear it from fall through to early spring as a day or night-time fragrance.

Main Accords

  • Sweet
  • Floral
  • Poedery

Noir Pour Femme

Our Take

Launching in 2015, Noir Pour Femme is an oriental floral fragrance, with Sonia Constant as the nose behind the scent. This is a night-time scent to wear during fall and winter. Noir Pour Femme was released as a pair to go with the original Noir fragrance for men. Tom Ford describes this perfume as “both sensual and extravagant”, encapsulating the idea of the Tom Ford woman.

You’ll smell bergamot, bitter orange, ginger, and mandarin orange in the top notes. The heart notes contain kulfi, jasmine, orange blossom, and rose. Noir Pour Femme concludes with base notes of amber, sandalwood, mastic, and vanilla. This is a warm and intoxicating fragrance that you’ll want to keep on your dressing table to spray on the winter evenings when you want to make a sensual first impression.

Main Accords

  • Sweet
  • Amber
  • Vanilla

Neroli Portofino

Our Take

Neroli Portofino is another unisex cologne from Tom Ford, launching in 2011. Rodrigo Flores-Roux is the nose behind this scent. It’s undeniably a spring and summer fragrance to wear during the day while you’re lounging at the beach.

It opens to top notes of bergamot, bitter orange, lemon, lavender, myrtle, and rosemary. You’ll smell African orange flower, neroli, pittosporum, and jasmine in the heart notes. The base notes comprise of amber, ambrette, and angelica.

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Fresh Spicy
  • White Floral

Mandarino Di Amalfi

Our Take

This fragrance is a private blend by Tom Ford, launching in 2014 with Calice Becker as the nose behind the scent. It’s a spring and summer perfume for daytime wear due to its citrus aromatic scent.

You’ll smell basil, black currant, grapefruit, lemon, mint, and tarragon in the top notes The heart notes comprise of clary, black pepper, coriander, sage, shiso, jasmine, and orange blossom. Mandarino Di Amalfi concludes with base notes of amber, civet, labdanum, musk, and vetiver.

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Aromatic
  • White Floral

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Researched by a team of fragrance experts.