Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc has reached icon status, and this cold weather, snow-inspired version is set to follow suit.
Ahh, the sweet, sweet scent of summer.
The sandy beaches, the tropical coconuts, the sea mist, the sun tan lotion; even just imagining the smell of hot days filled with beer gardens and impromptu picnics is enough to make us all long for warmer times gone by.
It’s a smell that’s been bottled by many fragrance houses, but none have been quite as successful or nostalgia-inducing as Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc, £164. First launched in 2016, it captured the spirit of summer perfectly. Notes of tuberose, amber, tonka and creamy coconut intertwine to create something so apt serve as a constant reminder of sunkissed skin and salty hair.
Soleil Blanc was so popular that it soon became an entire franchise that included a shimmering body oil, body spray and even make-up. But now Tom Ford has gone one step further by launching a winter version, named Soleil Niege – which translates as ‘sun snow’.
It’s designed to mimic the shimmer of sun on crisp white snow with notes of bergamot and carrot seed, and Turkish rose, which adds warmth. The dry down is a creamy, musky vanilla with added amber which adds a certain cosiness reminiscent of sitting round a warm log fire.
I’ve been wearing it for a couple of days and it’s very powdery on skin but in a really satisfying way. The subtle rose notes come through, and while I don’t usually like that sort of floral smell, the combination of it with vanilla and musk make me smell like I’m going for a hot chocolate in a cosy cabin after I’ve spent the day skiing (it’s important to know that I’ve never once been skiing and nor do I plan to). In short, it’s a truly beautiful fragrance that captures the essence of a cold, snowy winter beautifully.
In my humble opinion it’s a very welcome addition to Tom Ford’s Soleil family.
Tom Ford Soleil Neige eau de parfum, £164
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