Sahara Noir by Tom Ford Perfume Review

In this post, I am going to tackle more of a niche type of fragrance by Tom Ford, Sahara Noir. It is a scent that is highly influenced by the smells which are common to the Middle East. As usual, I am going to cover how it smells, its ingredients, how it performs, when it should be worn, and if it is worth a buy or not.


Notes include: frankincense, amber, papyrus, cinnamon, balsam, benzoin, rose, jasmine, oud, bitter orange

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Just by looking at the ingredients, one can tell that Sahara Noir isn’t going to be your typical woman’s perfume. Right off the bat, I am struck by what an exotic fragrance it is but also how it is going to be completely niche. I doubt that most people would want to wear or even enjoy this scent, but there has to be a crowd who would find this delightful.

It’s oriental qualities does remind me of Opium Pour Homme, especially in it’s spicy/medicinal aspects. However, Sahara Noir continues down the smokey and warm path whereas Opium, begins to take on much more of a vanilla aroma. I would actually dare to say that this Tom Ford perfume is even darker and more masculine than that YSL cologne for men. Again, this stuff is probably not for the majority of women.

I really pick up on the frankincense, amber, and oud notes initially. I am not a fan of oud, in fact, I really dislike it for the most part. Sahara Noir is very dry and warm and feels to me quite ancient. I do appreciate what Tom Ford did with this scent, it really does transport you mentally to distant lands. It’s exactly a desert landscape kind of perfume. Lots of wood, resin, and incense.

Performance wise, it’s a fairly strong perfume. It isn’t the strongest and most overpowering scent ever, but it is definitely well above average. Longevity wise, Sahara Noir is an absolute beast. I’d say it easily surpasses 12+ hour of wear.

I guess this would be for casual wear? It seems like such a niche fragrance, that I cannot really even classify it. I’d say it’s best for the colder months of the year. It’s not sexy at all to me or even something that most people want to smell on someone else. This perfume has to be something that you absolutely enjoy.

Overall is Sahara Noir, worth a buy? If you really love incense, want to smell like them, and can handle wearing a quite masculine fragrance than this one might be right up your alley. Anyone else, I can’t really see the mass public wearing this one, and since it’s been discontinued that’s probably a spot on assessment. I don’t particularly dig it, though, I don’t think it’s horrendous. I just don’t particularly enjoy this type of scent.