Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Review: A Winter Gem with Bold Personality

Written By: Ahmed Farah
Reviewed By: Lisa Basso
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Overall Rating★★★★
Top NotesTobacco, Cocoa, Spices
Middle NotesVanilla, Caramel
Base NotesTonka Bean, Patchouli, Woodsy Notes
Scent Score★★★★★
Scent in Three WordsRich, Gourmand, Alluring
Price Value★★★★
Lasts10-12 hours
Best SuitedFall/Winter, Special Occasions
Perfect for fall/winterHigh Price Point
World Class tobacco and vanilla blendTobacco notes may be too strong for some
Incredible longevityPoor summer performer

Quick Review

We recently had the pleasure of trying out the renowned Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille fragrance, which we ultimately gave a well-deserved 4 stars out of 5. We’d like to share our thoughts on the pros and cons of this unique scent, in hopes of helping you make an informed decision.

Pros and Cons


  • The fragrance excels in colder weather, making it a fantastic winter and fall scent.
  • A delightful gingerbready opening wonderfully combines tobacco and vanilla, creating an enchanting aroma.
  • It’s incredibly long-lasting and leaves a great impression on special occasions.
  • Crafted by the esteemed Tom Ford, this fragrance is undoubtedly both unique and masterful.


  • Unfortunately, it’s not an ideal summer scent as it can be too overpowering in the heat.
  • The strong nature of the scent may not be the best choice for a laid-back casual scent.
  • While it’s a beautiful aroma, the tobacco notes can become tiresome over time.
  • The somewhat steep price tag might be a deal-breaker for some.

Overall, we sincerely enjoyed Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, but its lack of versatility and high price point keep it at a 4 out of 5, rather than a perfect 5. With a warm, inviting presence that’s ideal for special occasions during the colder months, this fragrance excels – as long as you’re willing to embrace its uniqueness and invest in its quality. While it may not be best for laid-back summer days or a more casual scent, we truly believe that Tobacco Vanille offers a one-of-a-kind experience that is worth considering.

Story of Tobacco Vanille

Ever wonder how a fragrance can make heads turn and leave a lasting impression on the people around you? That’s what Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille does! Part of the esteemed Private Blend Collection, this perfume is a masterpiece crafted by the talented perfumer, Olivier Gillotin. In this section, we’ll give you a brief overview of the story behind this unique and posh scent.

Tobacco Vanille was introduced by Tom Ford in 2007 as a part of the exclusive Private Blend Collection. Tom Ford is known to have pushed the perfume industry’s creative boundaries with this collection. The inspiration behind the creation of Tobacco Vanille was to pay homage to the traditional gentlemen’s clubs of London.

Created my one of my favorite perfumers of all time, Olivier Gillotin, Its aroma is absolutely perfect for fall and winter seasons, making it a go-to choice for those searching for a cozy, long-lasting fragrance to accompany them on chilly days or festive nights.

Did You Know: Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille is also the Cologne of the Famous James Bond!

Bottle and Packaging

When it comes to luxury, we’d be hard-pressed to find a better example than Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille. In true Private Blend tradition, the bottle is a well-crafted display of elegance, making for a beautiful addition to any fragrance collection. As we unboxed it, our excitement only grew, knowing we were in for a truly cool experience.

The design aspect of the packaging demonstrates the high-end nature of this signature scent. Housed in a sleek, dark brown bottle, that felt great to hold, and adorned with a golden label and matching cap, Tobacco Vanille screams sophistication.

What caught our attention, besides the stunning visuals, were the additional product offerings within the Tobacco Vanille line. It seems Tom Ford has us covered in all things Guilty Pleasure, providing beard oil, aromatizing candles, and body spray. These complimentary items make for an exquisite gift set – or, let’s be honest, an irresistible self-treat.

What Does Tobacco Vanille Smell Like?

Let’s not forget the true treasure of this fragrance, the scent itself. With its gingerbread, tobacco, and vanilla concoction, the opening leaves us feeling cozy and confident in the colder winter and fall months.

The moment we experienced Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille, we knew we were dealing with a unique and masterful scent. It boasts a fantastic blend of tobacco and vanilla, creating a delightful olfactory experience. The fragrance can be described in a few key points:

  • Tobacco: The tobacco notes are rich and potent but don’t overpower the entire fragrance. Instead, they lend a sense of mystery and elegance to the perfume.
  • Vanilla: The vanilla adds a creamy and sweet essence to the blend. It complements the tobacco perfectly, taming any harshness.
  • Tonka Bean: A gentle touch of tonka adds warmth and smoothness to the mix.
  • Dried Fruits & Spices: The combination of dried fruits and spices gives the fragrance depth, evoking a sense of autumn evenings and warm gatherings with loved ones.
  • Cacao & Wood Sap: A hint of cacao and wood sap adds a layer of earthiness to the scent, grounding it in a natural and inviting base.

As a unisex fragrance, Tobacco Vanille does however struggle to strike the right balance between masculine and feminine notes. While not overwhelmingly masculine, it comfortably does lean more towards the masculine side with the strong tobacco notes combined with gourmand and woodsy scents, which makes us wonder why this bottle was marketed as unisex.

So, does the scent suit all occasions? Well, we’d say it’s ideal for the colder winter and fall seasons, and particularly fitting for special occasions. The rich vanilla long-lasting woody notes of the fragrance make it a fantastic choice when you want to leave a lasting impression. However, it might not be the best choice as a casual scent or during the warm summer months. At that time, you might find the tobacco notes and opulent richness was too heavy and overpowering.

In conclusion, we’d give Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille Scent 5 stars out of 5. A truly remarkable scent.


How Long Does Tobacco Vanille Last

From our experience, Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille has impressive longevity. I applied it in the morning, around 9 AM, and it lasted well into the evening, even after a long day at work. To be more specific, we noticed its strength started to wane after around 10 – 12 hours of wear. This means it’s perfect for those special occasions when you need a scent to last all day and night.

We’d give Tobacco Vanilles longevity 5 stars out of 5.


The projection and sillage of Tobacco Vanille is quite remarkable. In our experience, the cologne envelops us with a luxurious aura, leaving a lasting impression on those around us. It’s important to note the boldness of this scent, which may not be for everyone. However, for those who appreciate a powerful fragrance, Tobacco Vanille does not disappoint.

We give Tobacco Vanilles longevity 3 stars out of 5.


While we absolutely love Tobacco Vanille’s rich, warm, and sensual scent, there are a few areas where it may fall short for some:

  1. Seasonality: This fragrance is best suited for colder months such as fall and winter. In the summer, its heaviness might feel overwhelming.
  2. Casual wear: Tobacco Vanille’s boldness might be a bit much for casual, everyday wear.
  3. Masculinity: It’s not the most masculine scent; the vanilla sweetness can sometimes overshadow the tobacco notes.
  4. Repeated use: Over time, the tobacco notes might become a bit tiresome for some users.

Despite these drawbacks, we still find Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille to be a unique and masterful scent that showcases the brand’s ability to create high-quality fragrances. Although it might not have the versatility and crowd-pleasing quality of some other scents, it remains a solid choice for those who appreciate its warm, gingerbready, and sweet character.

Price Value

As fragrance enthusiasts, we understand that the price tag of a luxury scent like Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille can be a concern. Let’s break down its value and whether it’s worth the investment for customers seeking a high-quality fragrance.

First off, the initial investment in a bottle of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille might seem steep, but considering its premium ingredients and long-lasting nature, it really does offer a great bang for your buck. With just a few sprays, the captivating aroma envelops you, making it perfect for special occasions. Also, due to the intensity of the scent, you won’t need to reapply often, ensuring that your bottle will last quite a while.

To make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of sizes and prices to help you choose the one that suits you best:

  • 10 ml (0.3 ounces) Travel Spray
  • 50 ml (1.7 ounces) Bottle
  • 100 ml (3.4 ounces) Bottle
  • 250 ml (8.5 ounces) Supersize Bottle

These prices and sizes are subject to change and may vary.

In our experience, luxury fragrances like Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille are not just about the scent itself, but also about the feeling it evokes in the wearer. When we wear this unique masterpiece from the esteemed Tom Ford, we can’t help but feel a sense of sophistication, opulence, and confidence. It truly makes us feel like we are making a statement, and the compliments we receive never fail to boost our spirits!

It’s important to acknowledge that although Tobacco Vanille’s distinctive scent, long-lasting nature, and suitability for the colder winter and fall season earn it a stellar rating, it may not be the perfect choice for everyone due to its high price point.

But given the sheer quality of the bottle, we give Tobacco Vanille Price Value a 4 out of 5 stars.

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About The Author

A cologne lover and reviewer, Ahmed has reviewed over 45 colognes on the site. Finding the best perfumes and colognes for our audience, review and ranking them as well as looking at all types of data, from price, longevity, silage to uniqueness.

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