A Perfume Posse First – On Friday April 25, you all get to do the reviews for our first You Sniff It Friday. If you have smelled it already or can get a chance to smell it, we want you to sniff Clinique Aromatics Elixir, Clinique Happy and Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl and tell us your opinion on those scents. We don’t want a long review, nor anything poetic, just something short – a sentence is fine – telling us what you think of the perfume. You can do all three scents or one or two of them. Send your brief reviews to perfume dot posse at gmail dot com (just put in a . where is says dot and the @ where it says at). We can’t promise we’ll publish all of them since many will probably be similar either in the like or dislike column, but they will be anonymous, so speak your mind freely. We’ll remind you next week.
Update on the eylash extensions: Loved them for about 7-10 days. I sleep on my side, and whatever side you sleep on, eyelashes get rubbed out quicker on that side, so one eye was looking weaker than the other, and then the other side kept getting thinner faster than I thought it should. My eyelashes are just too fine for extensions, and I am NOT doing refills on them every two weeks. So… on to try Revitalash!
Favorite new perfume at Sniffa was easily Etat Libre d’Orange Tom of Finland. I’m not a huge fan of this line, though I don’t hate it and have found some that work for me some of the time or were interesting, like Jasmin et Cigarette, Putain des Palaces, Rien and Vraie Blonde. Tom of Finland was commissioned by the Tom of Finland Foundation and requires ID to buy the racy version of the bottle. It has notes of crumpled leaf, suede, metal, pepperwood, iris, tonka, vetiver, and musks. Antoine Lie is the perfumer given the task of creating a scent that “does not disturb the odor of men.” Oh, please. I mean…. honestly, this sort of thing just gives me agita.
Despite that…. men will enjoy wearing Tom of Finland, whether it disturbs their odor or not, but so will women because it doesn’t disturb our odor either, whatever that may mean. If you are a fan of Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia, Bvlgari Black or Annick Goutal Eau de Fier, this is one you really should try. Despite the goofy commission and sketch the perfumer was given, it seriously rocks for little girls and little boys. Starting out like rubber on fire, there’s some metallic clanking in the background from the iris that just gives it this cockeyed feel that I really, really love. But lest you think this is just some Freak that Patty Loves because she’s partial to freaks, in the drydown, the tonka, vetiver and musks add their notes to the baying that is totally disturbing my odor in such a great way and it becomes less fun, smokey, metallic freak and very much a smokey leather scent a lot of you should love. That whole process, I should tell you, can take a while, so be patient with it.
I’m easily pronouncing Tom of Finland the best thing in their line. It is interesting, well made, feels complete as a perfume, has an extensive drydown that goes through several phases. So put this on your boy or on your girl and get to disturbing their scent zen, it rocks. With the proviso that if you hate some of the rubbery smoky scents I listed in the last paragraph, there is nothing about Tom of Finland that’s going to work for you.
ADDED: As far as I know, this is available at Bendel’s in NYC and in a few other locations in Europe.