Scents are fascinating things. They can be the olfactory manifestation of a single breed of flower, or of a whole garden of botanicals. They can evoke a particular mood (like Tom Ford’s Violet Blonde). Or they can be a place, bottled up and captured like the simultaneous memory of all the sights and sounds of a single day. That’s what Tom Ford’s Lavender Palm is. It’s a summer’s day in California, pressed into a bottle.

Putting on such a fragrance is the equivalent of an unusual form of teleportation. Spray. Close eyes. Breathe. You’re there. It’s the warmth of sun on your face, the elegance of silk on your skin, it’s grass and leaves crushed underfoot; it’s elegant, warm, and fresh.

While some have reservations about lavender as the top note of a fragrance – particularly one of Tom Ford’s Private Blends – the citrus notes of bergamot, lemon and lime blossom and the herby freshness of the clary sage keep this scent galaxies away from the kind of lavender blends you might find on your grandmother’s nightstand. Vetiver and cedar add a stable, woody base.

tom ford lavender palm fragrance

Like other Private Blend offerings, Tom Ford’s Lavender Palm comes in an apothecary-style dark brown glass bottle. Keep it close by: anytime you feel like an impromptu trip to one of L.A’s balmy nights, it’s just a spray away.

Available in Australia exclusively at David Jones counters nationally; or visit

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for, where she serves as the publication's Editor.