Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl

Happy end of July. The rain receded here by the end of last week … for a bit. I wish we could send a bit of our weather to places that are suffering in the heat.

In the meantime, I was more in the world this past week, thankfully. I really do wonder how much weather affects our beings.

Got stuff done, did a fair bit of work; the plumber and the locksmith visited.

Noticed that the hedge row fruit is rampant this year and the fruit themselves are huuuuuge. They are ripening earlier than normal (our freezing rainy winter, then hugely hot June, then grey and wet again?). I’ll give it another week and then gird my loins (ie, gardening gloves, long sleeves and long trousers) and start picking. I’m thinking a crumble this year — or maybe a fridge cake. In the past I’ve done jam, but I feel something different this year.

I also made it into town for a haircut with associated errands. Got my fave hot chocolate (the no sugar stuff – ie, it’s 100% cocoa — that tastes like proper chocolate) and decided it’s actually too warm and humid to have it hot. Maybe iced hot chocolate next time?

One of my errands related to finally trying Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy Girl which turned out to be a bit of a faff, but I was triumphant in the end. Had to visit four shops before I was actually able to 1) find someone who would help me and 2) find a place that had a tester to hand.

So, managed to spray it on and get a blotter before getting haircut. Made a few notes and then ignored it for over an hour while other stuff got done.

I’ve wondered about this since I first read about it in Turin/Sanchez The Guide years ago. I’ve never been partial to Tommy Hilfiger – the clothes, the image, whathaveyou. Just not my thing. But they were so fulsome it stuck in my head.

It was released in 1996 – a fruity floral by Calice Becker. I mean, that sounds good, yeah?

Notes include (included? – ‘cause I’m pretty sure it’s been massively reformulated since release) apple tree flower, camelia, mandarin, black currant, lemon, honeysuckle, lily, mint, violet, magnolia, jasmine, cedar, sandalwood and leather, per Fragrantica.

So, initial notes, written before I removed my glasses to be shorn: aquatic melon, watery flowers, possibly freesia, very chemical.

I mentioned to a friend I’d sampled it and her response was “well, it was a zingy, refreshing tea scent an age ago – not any more’.

Definitely not any more.

Weird, conglomerated very sweet fruity maybe floral – ‘maybe’ because it’s difficult to differentiate any specific notes bar that melon thing and maybe freesia (neither of which is within the notes list — plus tea isn’t on the list).

Patty wrote about this in 2008 and didn’t seem hugely impressed (Tommy).

I expect this was something that people bought for teenage/young 20-something women as a gift when they weren’t sure what they’d like and weren’t themselves really interested in perfume.

In any case, there’s not a lot I can say about this version beyond what I’ve written above: it was a strange, slightly unpleasant aquatic melon generic floral thing on me that lasted well and dried down to an annoying, slightly metallic floral with no specifically discernible flowers (ie, a sweet chemical floral melange) except maybe freesia because to my nose freesia is just sweet and ever so slightly irritating – even in real flower form (plus I still remember Miranda Priestly going off on freesia in The Devil Wears Prada). I could still smell something on my wrist after eight hours of wear and I seriously considered washing it off at that point. The blotter still smells after three days – of something generically fruity floral, like bubble gum with flowers or that chewable candy that gets stuck in your teeth.

I feel a bit frustrated that I didn’t have the sense to sample it when it was released, as it sounds like it was the good stuff back then.

So, did you smell/own it when it was the good stuff? Still own it? Thoughts?

Pics: mine, pexels and Wikiscents

  • AnnieA says:

    I never understood some of LT’s judgments in The Guide. “Oy, Luca, were you smelling that with your nose?” Utter disbelief. Time saved with the TH TG…

  • March says:

    Still waiting on rain although it has cooled off a bit which is nice… like you and most other commenters I tried it from The Guide and remember being baffled, although I don’t remember finding it wildly objectionable, just boring with a metallic note that put me off (and of course it lasted forever on me). Same deal with the Lauder(s?) he raved about.

    • Dina C. says:

      Yes, on the Lauder! I blind bought a small bottle of Knowing purely based on his glowing review, but only rarely wore it. Finally gave it away to a lady who loves it a couple years ago.

    • cinnamon says:

      I haven’t tried any Lauders in a long while. Youth Dew has always been great though. So, that’s something?

  • Tom says:

    I tried it when Mr. hilfiger opened his giant wedding cake of a store at the top of Rodeo. Didn’t like it then. I wondered at. Mssr. Turin’s sanity when I read the guide, tried it again, still didn’t like it. I don’t like (and never have liked) to drink fruit tea and don’t need to smell like it, especially with the tinfoil tang it had. Bully for you for taking one for the team and trying it again.

    I had a pleasant weekend avoiding the heat until some chucklehead exiting from the entrance of a parking lot without looking smacked the passenger side of my car. Just happened, so I don’t know what his insurance is going to do about it (I don’t have collision on my 22 year old car) You can’t open the passenger door from the outside now thanks to this, added to a previous hit and run that broke the drivers door means that it’s quite the production to drive. Oh well. Fun, fun, fun..

    • alityke says:

      Bugger! Sorry about the prang. Hope the insurance gets sorted out pronto

    • cinnamon says:

      That is frustrating and hugely irritating on car. I sometimes wonder if people who do this do it a lot and already have issues their licence (ie, why they don’t leave a note with an apology and their details). Fruit tea. Yes, I guess so. Certainly not my thing and agree about being flummoxed by Turin’s love for it. But then again there a few things in the guide he loves which I loathed. So, no accounting for taste.

  • Musette says:

    I remember the name – but that’s all I remember, alas.
    We had a really scary storm a few nights ago – winds out of the North so strong I couldn’t get the storm door open! Yikes! Lost a(nother) branch on the 2nd peach tree – I’m thinking this might be that tree’s swan song..we’ll see.
    Now it’s cooler – so much so that I had to pull up the comforter last night – got a little chilly.
    Not complaining – 90F at 8p is a little much, even for my heat loving self.

    • cinnamon says:

      You’re not missing anything. Maybe years ago it was better. Sorry to hear about peach tree limb. It’s hard getting older.

  • Portia says:

    So interesting Cinnamon,
    This is one of my BFFs signatures. She’s worn it for decades and it doesn’t smell on her like it does on you or me (Much like your experience but not quite so bleaugh.) On her it’s a lovely fruity, minty, white floral and that metallic note makes it seem niche and $$$$.
    I still buy her a bottle whenever I see it on deep discount.
    Portia xx

    • cinnamon says:

      I used to work with someone who wore Angel beautifully — like it smelled nothing like the bottle and was instead just a gorgeous patchouli. Fruity, minty, floral, huh … None of that was discernible on me.

    • March says:

      I’ve always been fascinated by this — the fragrance that smells amazing on someone, different than me and/or most people.

      • Portia says:

        It’s such a well documented thing but always surprising in real life March. I’d not even thought about how fabulous it smells on her until trying it on my own skin.

  • Maggiecat says:

    I tried it after reading The Guide and thought it had an off-putting chemical note. I like tea scents, but didn’t really find tea in here either. (I had the same reaction to Tocade, which they also raved about: all chem lab, very little rose. Maybe it’s me?)

    • Maya says:

      I never tried Tommy Girl, and Turin and I do not agree on much. I don’t think it’s (just) you on Tocade because my reaction was very similar to yours.

    • cinnamon says:

      It really was nothing but aroma chemical on me. And, as I noted, it was really hard to smell any individual notes.

  • Dina C. says:

    I never owned it, and it doesn’t sound like it ever would have appealed to me, either in the original or its sadly mangled version. We had a violent thunderstorm sweep through our neighborhood yesterday afternoon, and there are several large trees down. As I type this I’m listening to chainsaws clean up the wreckage. Getting a fresh haircut is (usually) a pleasure. [ love the smell of real freesia and had some sprinkled throughout my wedding bouquet along with roses and stephanotis. It smelled divine.

    • cinnamon says:

      Weather is certainly getting weirder everywhere. And totally agree that getting a haircut can be a pleasure. Like feeling a bit new.

  • ElizaC says:

    When I tried it a zillion years ago, it made me smell like Liptons instant iced tea. Highly amused me! Sad to hear it is not the same.

    • alityke says:

      YES! The sugar free Lipton Iced Tea!
      Don’t know why I didn’t get it back then. Such a shame it’s changed. I wonder if my last quick spritz in the wild was quite an old tester

    • Tom says:

      Omigerd that’s it exactly!

    • cinnamon says:

      Interesting. The Liptons you get here is crazy sweet and doesn’t really smell or taste like tea. The packets were a staple growing up. My mother loved that stuff.

  • MzCrz says:

    This was never “good stuff.” I tried it when it was first released in 1996. Hated it. Tried it again when Turin raved about it. Hated it and thought he was laughing up his sleeve. It might have gone down a treat if I was 12 years old, but I doubt it.

    • cinnamon says:

      I am sort of curious about what it was in its original form. In any case, I get why you would say it was never ‘good stuff’.