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Tommy (1994)
by Tommy Hilfiger


Tommy information

Year of Launch1994
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 404 votes)

People and companies

HouseTommy Hilfiger
PerfumerAnnie Buzantian
PerfumerAlberto Morillas
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies > Aramis and Designer Fragrances

About Tommy

Hmmm, we're a bit concerned about some of the notes in this one.. Rain? Apple Pies?
Created for Tommy Hilfiger by Aramis in 1994 it has remained popular ever since. The fragrance is supposed to represent a journey across America: Lavender and bergamot from Nevada, Grapefruit from Florida, Drifwood from North Carolina, Cactus flower from Arizona and so on... It's a good job Tommy Hilfiger didn't come from the UK as it would have had a lot more of that "Rain" in it!

Reviews of Tommy

Fresh and young.

The scent itself is edible. I'm not even going to bother trying to breakdown the different notes or whatever as it all blends beautifully into this linear wear that last all of about an hour. Wore this often in Junior high and for good reason, it's the cleanest and most seductive scent a fifteen-year-old boy can wear.

Shouldn't be applied once you obtain a high school diploma though. I wish someone would somehow someway create a more mature rendition of this.
06th March, 2018
Let me start by saying I really like Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger (1994). It's sweet, crisp, clean, almost the perfect job interview or "be presentable with a hint of inviting" scent. It's good indoors 24/7 365, and it is almost usable in all weather save the dead of cold. But... It's also the Creed (band) of men's fragrance. It was everywhere, everyone used it, and it was the "must have" for the sleazy date prowlers of the late 90's and early 2000's, whilst other things like Curve (1996) or Lucky You (2000) were the workhorses, until Tommy Hilfiger failed to really follow it up properly and the scent joined them in the modern-day "Workhorse Force" that all 90's-chic fragrances have seem to gone into of late. The scent was originally created by minds at Aramis, and it shows. Anne Buzanthian, who helped transform Tea Rose (1972) into something The Perfumer's Workshop could mass produce by 1974, won the contract alongside Alberto Morillas, who would also deliver quite a few prolific 90's scents. Aramis had just released Havana in the same year as this, and the two could almost be siblings, except Havana was the far more complex and timeless of the two with it's boozy tobacco structure. Tommy comes across like a more ozonic tobacco-less version of Havana, with some of the woods and spices supplanted with gourmand-like fruit notes, and the official note pyramid had some bonkers stuff on it like "apple pie" and "rain" to make you question who they were trying to kid. I get how some think this is appropriate only for a teenager, because teens in the 90's beat this one to death, but I was a teen then too and I still say it holds up against the modern Sauvage (2015) and it's ilk.

The scent opens with grapefruit and lavender/bergamot mixed with some ozonic element that I guess is what the "rain" is supposed to be, with a touch of barely noticeable mint. Calone is here as well, because everything designer that was anything worth sniffing in the 90's had it, but we're not talking New West (1988) levels of the stuff. The heart of the fragrance is the oft-quoted "apple pie" accord, and indeed there is some semisweet "granny smith" type of green apple in here, not quite sour but tart enough to not disturb the shiny/fresh vibe of the top. From there, it goes down into fresh linens that I guess the "cottonwood" is meant to represent, maybe an early Iso E Super composite, who knows? Some resinous accords that are some form of synthetic woods with usual amber fixative are also spooled in here. It's not a fougère and not quite an aquatic, but neither is it fully a gourmand (a category which didn't quite exist yet at that time), so it's a fully abstract ozonic scent. Clean, sweet, sharp, a bit warm, and sparkling with a slight ozonic nose tinge, this has 90's written all over it in the biggest way a fragrance can. It's not quite candy sweet, but I feel the aforementioned Aramis Havana that this feels close to does this style better by being more balanced and a tad drier. I can see how this may have been seen as sexy back in the day because the "delicious" vibes of the fruit and how they subtly weave through the other ingredients and the stark ozone just come off the shirt collar like tendrils of "come hither", but far more sultry scents than this exist. Much like Eternity for Men (1989), Tommy shows a rare display of warmth without the heaviness or reliance on musk.

Ultimately, this scent like the aforementioned band Creed, has seen it's best years already, and has mellowed down to much less ubiquity, where it is used by new people discovering it's nice middle ground for work wear, and nostalgic guys "who were there" that are now a few decades older and like keeping this around for memories, or still think it can get them a date 20+ years on. Tommy does share the "clean yet slightly sensual" DNA that newer male fare also still abused, so maybe they're right. Some things are seductive enough to become "panty droppers" among the basic bro population in fragrance community, but not this, and I just can't shake the image of overcompensating guys marinaded in this walking into a bar with their shirts unbuttoned and flirting with the barmaid who had seen (and smelled) far better. Aramis still does work for Mr. Hillfiger, but judging by the gimmicky and flaccid compositions, they're just bottling rejected Estée Lauder formulas now and not composing it bespoke for Mr. Hillfiger anymore, with the stuff turning up in discounters like Walmart all the time instead of the fragrance counters where this one debuted. Once again like a popular 90's alt rock band, a few more minor successes came and went alongside Tommy, but this poor fella remained and slid into the realms of "remember when" or "oh guys still wear that?" which is that most dangerous middle ground a fragrance has to traverse before being old enough to finally attain a "classic" status. In a nutshell, this crisp ozonic fruit basket is perfect for the appliance salesman at Best Buy or the supervisor of concierge service, but that's about the limit of it's power outside casual use.
25th December, 2017 (last edited: 06th September, 2018)
Just a great classic scent from the 90's. If you wear it today around 90's high school generation women, they will lapse into memories and talk about 90210 and other 90's memories. This one is a fresh but dressy smell and projects nicely.
08th April, 2017
I had a friend in the 90's in college who wore this ..I didn't love it at the time and I was never going to interfere with another guys signiture scent so I blanked it out for 18 years. Recently tried this again and had a few flash backs to my college years, I love how fragrances do that ..Fahrenheit and Calvin klein escape also transport me back to fun times with girls and night club's and doing very little college work. Anyway this scent is actually really good stuff, very lightly spiced apple and pineapple with a watery feel and pretty respectable performance ..fits in with no fuss in today's fresh type scents without any reason to say it's dated.
24th December, 2016
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Well nice. This was a 'go to' fragrance of mine back in 1996/97. Best way I can describe the scent is like spicy green apples. I kind of get the Apple Pies note; this stands out more than the other notes, although the Midwest Spearmint note supports, giving a balance of freshness. Definitely a spicy, fresh, fruity gourmand vibe. Hefty sillage and longevity - lasts all day long. I find Tommy comforting and evocative, takes me back to home in the '90s.
20th April, 2016
This is the original Hilfiger scent. I agree with Turin, who states it smells like "the breath of someone who just drank an espresso and then chewed a cardamom seed." "It dries down to a grey hissy musk and woody citrus."

Now wouldn't you think this would get a two or one star review? Nope, a four star "recommended" review.

I found it to be a light, citrus herbal that rapidly disappears - not a bad thing with this inconsequential scent. I suppose one needs to apply it every ten minutes (forty squirts at least per application) in order to do it justice.

But then, one asks oneself, "Why bother?"
07th November, 2015

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