Do you ever just get tired of hearing about a somewhat readily available perfume that you’ve never smelled, so you finally just smell it and end your misery? Yeah, exactly.
Tommy Girl has notes of black currant bud, apple, tangerine, mandarin, spearmint, heather, honeysuckle, violet, rose, magnolia, jasmine, lily, sandalwood and cedarwood. Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez have given it five stars and pronounced it a masterpiece in Perfumes: The Guide. As I agree with about 80% of the perfumes that landed on that list, I figured I should try Tommy Girl with an open mind and see what I came up with.
The open is really horrible, it’s like a bad day at the playground and I threw up fruit and gum all over the wooden merry-go-round. Not an auspicious start, and the open gets a one star. But we all know to wait on these things, it can and often does get better… or worse. Or I could be an unwashed rube that just doesn’t get the shimmering brilliance of Tommy Girl.
- 30 minutes in… slightly rancid Doublemint gum and fruit throw-up in the flower bushes by the side of the playground.
- 1 hour … Okay… now we’re seeing some signs of something besides a really horrible open. How exactly did this perfume sell so well with that open? That’s truly the mark of Tommy Love that people would stick with that. Isn’t this supposed to be tea? I mean, I get a little, but the florals are just burying most of the fun stuff so far.
- I’m going for a run, let see if some heat can give TG a little oomph. Okay, that’s much better, getting the tea and a delicate floral accord, the fruity notes are gone. This is very pretty, but it’s really not me that much, has a little too much fresh feeling floating around.
Is it a five-star masterpiece? Not for me, but if you like the interplay of the notes and the overall direction of the perfume, I can see how you would make it a favorite. I certainly don’t dislike it, and it was better after an hour than I thought it was going to be.
So which one(s) of the five-starred perfumes are you sure you’ll hate, but think you’ll try just to see?