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Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Review

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Review

Tom Ford has some groundbreaking releases and one of his fragrances that often flies under the radar is Costa Azzurra. You may have heard about the exotic and almost Mediterranean feel that this fragrance gives off – but is it any good? That’s what we’re going to talk about in this Costa Azzurra review.

You’re going to get all the information you could possibly want to know about Costa Azzurra. From its interesting history and the story behind the perfume to our thoughts, a full note breakdown, how it performs, and more. Let’s begin!

Brand History

Tom Ford is one of the biggest names in fragrance and started his career as an American fashion designer. He then launched his own fragrance line in 2006. Prior to this, he had gained incredible renown as the creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, where he almost single-handedly turned both brands around from being on the brink of bankruptcy.

Tom Ford’s fragrance line began with the launch of his debut scent, Black Orchid, which quickly became a cult classic and remains one of the brand’s bestsellers today. Over the years, Ford has continued to release a variety of fragrances for both men and women, each with its own distinct personality and allure.

Tom Ford’s fragrance line has been celebrated by fragrance enthusiasts and fashion critics alike, earning numerous awards and accolades for its exceptional quality and artistry. Today, the brand continues to release new fragrances and expand its offerings, cementing its place as one of the most esteemed names in the world of fragrance.

Perfume History

Tom Ford’s fragrance, Costa Azzurra, was launched in 2014 as part of the brand’s Private Blend collection. The scent was inspired by the rugged coastline of the French Riviera and captures the essence of the Mediterranean with its blend of woody and aromatic notes.

The fragrance was designed by perfumer Yann Vasnier, who worked closely with Tom Ford to create a scent that evokes the rugged beauty of the Mediterranean coastline. The fragrance has received critical acclaim for its unique and sophisticated composition and has become a favorite among fragrance enthusiasts and Tom Ford fans alike.

Today, Costa Azzurra remains a popular and beloved fragrance in the Tom Ford collection, embodying the brand’s commitment to luxury, quality, and artistry in every bottle.

Perfume Story

Tom Ford was known for some incredibly outlandish and daring scents, but for Costa Azzurra he wanted to create something a bit more mainstream – a summer fragrance that would put the wearer in a relaxed and sexy mood.

He set to work using high-quality ingredients to capture the sensuality of a Mediterranean escape. Costa Azzurra captured that feeling incredibly well and I’m amazed that more people don’t know about it.

The fragrance did well but wasn’t a smash hit when it was first released in 2014. This was in the Private blends collection. So Tom Ford did what he has done to quite a few of his Private Blends – made a Signature collection version. This version was released in 2021 and was much cheaper, albeit the performance took a bit of a nose dive.

Perfume Bottle & Presentation

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra is the typical top-notch presentation. It comes in a stunning glass bottle that is as luxurious and sophisticated as the fragrance it contains. The bottle of Costa Azzurra is a long, spherical vertical tube made of thick, weighty glass, with the main bottle being clear and the accents a rich gold. This perfectly encapsulates the luxuriousness of the Mediterranean.

The best way to describe the bottle is meaty and it could probably survive a drop from a shelf! It feels absolutely fantastic though and you can tell the quality that has gone into the design. It will look great on a fragrance shelf or on top of a dressing cabinet.

The sprayer leaves a bit to be desired though. Tom Ford fragrances are notorious for their ‘worse than average’ sprayers and you’ll probably need a few sprays of this to make up for one spray from a good atomizer.

Our Thoughts

Costa Azzurra has its time and place. It has a certain charm and character that is absolutely perfect in the high heat, or on a very hot holiday. It is spicy, fresh, and crammed with fresh aromatic notes. The notes leave you feeling clean and relaxed – there’s nothing funky or ‘out there’ about it. It leaves a warm and elegant presence with just a touch of freshness,

Personally, I find Tom Ford Costa Azzurra one of the more mainstream offerings. he’s well known for some of his more unique fragrances, but if you don’t want to push the boat out and just want to smell incredible whilst it’s hot, Costa Azzurra is perfect.

How many sprays are required?

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra parfum version isn’t mega strong. It’s designed for wear in the heat, so it has very few sweet notes and doesn’t project too much. If you’re wearing this in the summer or for everyday wear in the office, you’ll be good to go with 3-4 sprays. You may need to top it up after 4-5 hours though.

Winter wear is a tetchy ground for Costa Azzurra. The cold absolutely murders the performance of it, and you’ll find it fading off of you relatively quickly. If you are going to give wear it in the winter, you’ll need to go a bit overboard with sprays – I’d go for 6-8, personally.

Notes

You have an absolute boatload of notes going on in Costa Azzurra – they are blended really well though. Let’s go over them and how they smell:

Top Notes

Driftwood

Seaweed

Agarwood (Oud)

Ambrette (Musk Mallow)

Cardamom

Celery Seeds

The first thing you’ll get up to is spiciness. There’s a tiny bit of sweetness thanks to the cardamom but don’t expect to really notice it. Tom Ford Costa Azzura is quite strange in the fact it has the oud up top – in most fragrances, it’s a base note. It isn’t mega-pungent, it just sits nicely with the rest of the woods.

There’s just a hint of muskiness that helps temper down the seaweed and driftwood. The musk makes it so that they don’t just smell like you’re sat on a dock – it’s more like the exhilarating aroma of sea air. Finally, the celery seeds add a bit of earthiness. All of these notes add up to a real holiday near the sea feeling.

Heart Notes

Lemon

Cypress

Yellow Mandarin

Lavender

Myrtle

Artemisia

Things start to brighten up in the mid of Tom Ford Costa Azzurra parfum. You have some citruses starting to come out to play, such as lemon and mandarin. It isn’t anywhere near as bright as some of the other Mediterranean-inspired fragrances you can find out there like Mandarino di Amalfi, but these bright facets really help to uplift Costa Azzurra.

Some aromatics also start entwining their way into the fragrance here. You’ve got a really, really fresh lavender that keeps things manly and a subtle cypress. Finally, some florals help keep this a daytime summer scent – the myrtle and artemisia are masterfully blended into the mix and don’t smell feminine at all.

Base Notes

Oak

Incense

Vetiver

Olibanum

Mastic or Lentisque

Vanilla

The base of Tom Ford Costa Azzurra isn’t as in-your-face as the notes make it out to be. It’s quite dark – thanks to the incense, olibanum, mastic – slightly woody – that’s the oak and vetiver – and there’s just the slightest hint of sweetness thanks to the vanilla.

Performance

Sillage

Unless you’re in the heat, you don’t really get a good sillage with Costa Azzurra parfum. It sticks quite close to and people may get a slight waft of scent when they walk by, but unless they’re right up in your personal space, don’t expect to get a comment on your smell!

Longevity

Whilst it doesn’t have a great sillage, the longevity is above average. Tom Ford Costa Azzurra won’t be projecting off of you like crazy, but it will be there, detectable, on your for a solid 6-8 hours. A good three-quarters of that will see the projection sitting close to you though.

Projection

Projection is distinctly average. Unless you’re wearing this anywhere but the high heat, you’ll get around half a meter’s worth of scent that works its way closer to you. As always, your mileage may vary and you make get absolutely stellar performance out of this with your skin chemistry.

Target Market

Cost Azzurra eau de parfum is undoubtedly masculine. The spiciness, light citrus, and woody notes leave no room for interpretation. Any guy aged 21 and up could pull this off, although it probably suits a slightly older gent.

When to Wear

This is made for heat – it pretty much fails in all other regards. The cold nukes the performance and you just haven’t got the attention-grabbing factor needed for events or dates. It could work for office use if you like spicy and subdued fragrances.

Individuality

Whilst it’s not that attention-grabbing, Tom Ford Costa Azzura is quite unique. It’s not the most original fragrance ever but you’re getting the really good Tom Ford craftsmanship here. It may not turn heads, but you’ll be smelling damn good.

Value For Money

Tom Ford Costa Azzura splits many Tom Ford Fans. Some people think it’s good value thanks to the blending whilst others think it’s so boring that it isn’t worth the money. It’s one of the lower-priced Tom Ford scents, being in the Signature collection, so if you’re after a solid high weather hit, Costa Azzurra may be a good choice.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Great blending
  • Inoffensive fragrance
  • Slightly unique
  • Easy to wear in the heat
  • Stunning bottle

Cons

  • High priced
  • A more boring Tom Ford scent
  • Only really wearable in high heat

Similar Perfumes

Trussardi Riflesso Blue Vibe

The fragrance that smells closest to Costa Azzurra is Riflesso Blue Vibe by Trussardi. Coming in at way below the price of Tom Ford Costa Azzurra, this is slightly boozier but surprisingly has better performance. Obviously, the blending is no way near as good, but if you’re on a budget it could be worth a try.

Our Verdict

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra is a great choice for the discerning gentleman who wants to smell incredible in the heat. It doesn’t really fit any other scenario and you should definitely try it out before you shell out for a full bottle, as the performance can be pretty bad on some people.

0/5 Bottle
0/5 Smell
0/5 Silage
0/5 Longevity
0/5 Projection
0/5 Price

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