Tom Ford Santal Blush & Jasmin Rouge

Whilst trawling through the archives, I found a post that had never been published – I think it’s because I published the video on Basenotes fragrance website instead! Anyway, here it is now. A video review of Tom Ford’s Santal Blush and Jasmin Rouge, both from the Private Blend collection.

I wear Santal Blush all the time these days, I adore it. It’s very, very unusual and I get a lot of comments! I’m kind of pleased that it’s really expensive, in an absolutely selfish way, because it means that I won’t smell everybody wearing it. It’s a rare little gem that’s sandalwoody, exotic and heady but still manages to stay light and quite fresh.

I don’t know why I’m telling you this – I’ll have the same problem as I did with my secret weapon, Escentric Molecule 01! I knew I shouldn’t have let that little secret out of the bag…

I do wear Jasmin Rouge now and then, but there’s still something about it that I don’t 100% love. It’s really boudoir-y (liking my fragrance descriptions?!) and powerful – it’s like a woman wearing a power suit with full red-lace lingerie set beneath it. It’s over-the-top and sexy, but has a sophisticated exterior. (Surely I get top marks for that analogy?)

I’ve embedded the video below; when I filmed this I hadn’t worn the fragrances a whole lot, but it’s interesting that my initial feelings were almost exactly the same as they are now! Enjoy – you can find Tom Ford Private Blend perfumes at and

If you want to know how I “put my face on” for this video, there’s a whole dedicated makeup video for the Tom Ford beauty collection launch.

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  1. JJ
    May 1, 2012 / 11:30 am

    What about the lasting power ?? :))

    • Ruth
      May 1, 2012 / 5:48 pm

      @JJ they both linger around very well! I don’t think that the fragrance even really mellows, which is quite nice! xx

  2. Lindsay L.
    May 1, 2012 / 11:31 am

    I’m not much for sandalwood, so you won’t have any competition from me. :-) Though I am off to see what the Esentric Molecule 01 is all about…

  3. Kim Whitham
    May 1, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    I love sandelwood smells. I tend to have them in my home fragrances. Thanks for this, can’t wait to smell it.

    • Ruth
      May 1, 2012 / 5:45 pm

      @Kim give it a try next time you’re near a counter, it’s really amazing! x

  4. Paige
    May 2, 2012 / 5:13 am

    Ruth, I feel like I am abusing you to ask something so over the top and so out of league. My mother has been showing signs of the disease Lupus. This disease can be deadly depending on the type of Lupus. Any way about it, it is a very debilitating disease. She already has fibromyalgia and is in much pain everyday. I just lost the male figure in my life to cancer June 12th, 2011 and everyday is still as hard as the first. I cannot imagine my life without my mother. It would devastate me to be without her. Being a woman you know the bond we share with our mother’s, so I just wanted to ask if you could out of the kindness of your heart ask your viewers to please pray for my mother Michelle if they are the praying type. Please pray that she does not have this disease. You get a large viewing, so that’s why I ask. If you could just mention it simply here on your site, on a video, wherever I would appreciate it so much. Just a simple little sentence. If you do not want to, I understand. Praying is controversial and I wouldn’t want to draw any negative attention to you. I just wanted to get a large number of prayers for my mother. I guess none of us know if prayers are true, but it gives me hope. Thank you for taking the time to hear me, I think you’re great anyways. I hope you do not think I am strange to ask such a thing, but I don’t know where else I could get a mention for my mom. I think you are a kind, humble person. No matter what, thanks again.

    • May 2, 2012 / 9:22 pm

      Paige, my heart goes out to you and I am indeed going to pray for your mother, as well as send positive thoughts her way and to you to be strong. Secret for AMR readers only: my hubby is a rheumatologist (MD) with a PhD in immunology also, and trained under the world’s expert in lupus (at the time) so I very well know the seriousness of this disease and its complications. Please take heart and know that so much is now known about lupus. I know what you’re going through down to the deepest part of me. I also suffer from fibro and have for 37 years (and ME/CFIDS, severely so) and that is why I started my blog 9 weeks ago – Ruth being my inspiration when I realized that a blog can be a good thing indeed, finally listening to all who’d been encouraging me to do so for years. Feel free to contact me via my blog. HOWEVER, I’ve not let on that hubby is a rheumatologist specializing – indeed pioneering – in fibromyalgia – since it is MY blog and not his, though he is one of my sources when I need to check my info from him and other doctors for accuracies.) Finally, we almost lost our daughter several times over the past two years now and yes, thanks to some great docs and being in the right place at the right time my daughter is getting on now, though slowly. The power of the doctors’ knowledge and care helped, but so did prayers from all corners. Please know I understand on so many levels and be assured my prayers will be on steroids mode for your mom! Keep me posted, please!

      • Ruth
        May 3, 2012 / 11:26 am

        Thank you Upa, and Paige, my thoughts go out to you and your Mom. I have everything crossed for her. xxxx

        • May 12, 2012 / 2:48 am

          Has anyone heard how Paige’s mother is?

  5. May 13, 2012 / 8:04 am

    Santal Blush is my favourite, also love White Suede such amazing perfumes x

  6. Jacques
    August 18, 2012 / 10:44 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    I am a guy and was wondering is the Santal Blush okay for a guy in his 20s? I live in the USA and a lot of people don’t know Tom Ford here and I want to be unique.
    I smelled Neroli Portofino before and I don’t know what I think of it, it just reminds me of a antibacterial soap or even laundry detergent (not worth the price) :)


    • Ruth
      August 19, 2012 / 6:44 pm

      Yes, I actually know a couple of men who wear it! x

  7. Ryan-Morgan
    September 22, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    I was just wondering if you would think the Jasmin Rouge would be suitable for men, I’ve seen that on one site it has won best fragrance for men and women. would like to see what you think :-)

  8. Elena
    June 18, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    nice! should try that one.. my fav. is Tobacco Vanille )

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