Summary: The name Arabian Wood is misleading since (as already noticed by others) this fragrance is neither "arabic" in a modern acceptation (or particularly woody) nor conceptually eastern. All i detect is a refined "classic in structure" but in a modern style orchestrated (i'm tempted to write "re-orchestrated") aromatic fougere (bergamot/citrus-lavender/patchouli/greens) with woody accents, a touch of undurable earthiness (orris roots and patchouli), some (tobacco flavoured)...
Summary: As with all of Tom Ford's private blend scents, this reminds me strongly of something and I cannot recall what. The opening notes recall a wonderful women's perfume that I seem to remember smelling--and loving--in the 70s. There is a slightly animalic/civet note up front which is unusual as I associate that more with a scent's basenotes. It then drifts into a very nice floral woody scent--a drier Zino, in some ways. There is rose, but not too strong--a bit like C&S's No.
Summary: Arabian Wood Great fragrance. Some people may not like it, but the majority do. It can't be worn for every occasion, but the same is true for all fragrances. Its one that should be used for special occasions, and is a great addition to any collection. Despite many that say it is "too feminine", I completely disagree, and think that it is extremely masculine.
Summary: Some habits that you just can't lose Recommended by an amazing Maven at the Ala Moana Neiman Marcus store I have been dipping into this to find her well of promise. Along with Champaca Absolute this was my equal favourite sample of the TF Private Blends. If I was hard pressed would i remember this fragrance against stern competition? Probably not. Does a fragrance need to be utterly distinctive to strike a lasting chord?
Summary: barbershop Arabian? This smells Arabian in the manner of a Penhaligon's fragrance, that is to say, British. First and foremost, can we dispense with "Arabian" unless we’re referring to horses or history? I assume Tom Ford uses the word because it’s Fashion Fantastical. Ariabian, you know, like A Thousand and One Nights. It’s the orientalism of early 20th century perfumery all over again. Stale, offensive exoticism. Also, the imagery and allusion is just cheesy.
Summary: This needs to be called Arabian Rose...the rose is front and center and very powdery -- it IS however not as feminine and as soapy (in my opinion) as something like Lyric Man from Amouage. I really enjoy rose based fragrances and I enjoy Arabian Wood A LOT. Go light on it...it's definitely a scent monster and can be overwhelming. The woods come more to the front during the drydown but the rose is always there.
Summary: The flowery bergamot opening note was a bit generic and a disappointment to me, and often with a TF scent that means that worse things are to come. In this case, however, I was pleasantly disappointed, and the drydown added a pleasant green-woody note that, whilst not spectacular, was an improvement. Not too synthetic an impression, with a sweetness that was neither overwhelming nor cloying on my skin.