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.
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 tomford.com.