Tom Ford Oud Wood Review: Clean & Classy Oud

Tom Ford Oud Wood review

Welcome to my Tom Ford Oud Wood review!

Oud Wood is one of Tom Ford’s most popular fragrances, and for good reason. Oud Wood is a classy and luxurious woody fragrance and one of the best beginner oud fragrances. 

While many oud fragrances can be off-putting to those new to the note, Oud Wood is a mass-appealing smooth, spicy, clean take on oud. 

Tom Ford Oud Wood Review: Quick Facts

Tom Ford Oud Wood

Tom Ford Oud Wood

  • Scent Profile: Woody, Spicy
  • Longevity: Average, 4 – 6 hours
  • Versatility: High
  • Season: Fall, winter, spring
  • Cost ($ – $$$): $$$
  • Released: 2007

✓ Pros

  • Excellent introductory oud fragrance
  • Sophisticated and smooth warm, spicy, woody scent
  • Unisex, though more masculine leaning

✗ Cons

  • Expensive
  • Weak performance

What Does Tom Ford Oud Wood Smell Like?

Tom Ford Oud Wood is a spicy, clean, woody fragrance with a slight hint of oud. This is a classy, luxurious, and appealing fragrance that is well worth a sample.

The opening of Oud Wood is warm, woody, and spicy, with the pepper and cardamom bringing a fresh spiciness to the woody notes. 

As Oud wood dries down, the creamy vanilla and tonka bean notes appear, but at no point is this a sweet fragrance. Overall, Oud Wood doesn’t change drastically as it dries down, and it retains its spicy, woody warmth throughout.

The oud note is extremely well-blended with the other woody notes and it is not offensive in the slightest. Some oud fragrances can smell dirty or very strong, but this oud is soft, smooth, and subtle. 

  • Top notes: Rosewood, Cardamom, Sichuan Pepper
  • Middle notes: Oud, Sandalwood, Vetiver
  • Base notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Amber


Oud Wood is a soft and versatile fragrance. I get moderate longevity and projection, with it lasting around 6 hours on skin and projecting moderately for the first 2 hours. 

While some are disappointed by Oud Wood’s mild performance, I enjoy owning fragrances with varying degrees of strength. Not every day or situation calls for a nuclear-strength fragrance.

When to Wear Tom Ford Oud Wood

Oud Wood is highly versatile as it is such a mass-appealing and soft fragrance. This is a perfect choice for professionals to wear to the office. It also makes a great date-night fragrance.

Oud Wood is light enough for use year-round, but it really shines in cooler months or cooler summer evenings.


Oud Wood is on the higher end of the price spectrum, priced higher than the average designer fragrance. 

Oud Wood is part of Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection, intended to be niche-quality designer fragrances. [1]

Ideas for Layering Tom Ford Oud Wood

Tom Ford Oud Wood layering ideas
A few layering ideas for Tom Ford Oud Wood (including some samples from MicroPerfumes!)

Oud Wood is a great fragrance to play around with layering, as it isn’t overpowering. Here is a list of potential layering options!

  • Mercedes Benz Club Black
  • Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
  • Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
  • Tom Ford Lost Cherry
  • Tom Ford Noir de Noir
  • Tom Ford Rose Prick
  • Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme
  • Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb EDT
  • Replica Jazz Club


Is Oud Wood a unisex fragrance?

Yes! All of Tom Ford’s fragrances (and all fragrances in general) are gender-neutral. Oud Wood is more of a traditionally masculine scent, but many women enjoy it as well.

Can Oud Wood be worn year-round, or is it more seasonal? 

While Oud Wood has a woody, spiciness perfect for the cooler months, its softness and versatility make it suitable for year-round wear.

Is Oud Wood more suitable for day or night wear?

Oud Wood is versatile and can be worn both during the day and night. It is suitable for the office or for nights out when you want a softer, elegant fragrance.

Is Oud Wood a niche fragrance?

No, Tom Ford is a designer brand, but Oud Wood is part of his Private Blend collection, which are created to be niche-quality fragrances.

Can I buy a sample of Oud Wood before splurging on a whole bottle?

Yes! You can buy samples of Oud Wood from both Scent Split and Micro Perfumes. I purchase samples from these online retailers quite regularly and have never been disappointed.

Final Thoughts

Tom Ford Oud Wood is a great choice if you enjoy woody fragrances, or if you’d like to try an oud fragrance for the first time.

This classic Tom Ford fragrance is a great addition to anyone’s fragrance collection, or at the very least, worth sampling!

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