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West Indian Limes (1870)
by Truefitt & Hill


West Indian Limes information

Year of Launch1870
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 55 votes)

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About West Indian Limes

West Indian Limes is a masculine fragrance by Truefitt & Hill. The scent was launched in 1870

Reviews of West Indian Limes

Overall a thumbs up.

The scent - and I recognize this is subtle - is less limes and more limeade. I swear I can smell the lime juice and the sugar mixed in with it together in some kind of delicious, refreshing wearable.

When you compare, for example, to the much less expensive but substantially longer-lasting scent of Pinaud Lime Sec (which I think one can smell equal parts lime zest and lime juice in), the West Indian Lime scent would be more "artificial", but to my nose it isn't what I'd describe as "synthetic". Still, I find myself wearing the Pinaud because it lasts well, and by comparison I've been told it smells very clean (if not very complex).

Still, though, it smells good - again, exactly like the limeade you'd get from a vendor on a beach boardwalk in the summer.

But the scent is, sadly, not very long-lasting. I'd suspect only someone standing close to me on the train is going to smell it at 9am, and by lunch nobody'd be the wiser; the scent is gone by then. The staying power is its primary drawback; at $75-$100 bottle, I'd like it last more than a couple of hours.
26th April, 2016 (last edited: 25th April, 2016)
I have a theory about old style perfumes of this sort that pre-date the synthetic fragrance revolution.

At the time it was created people were generally not as familiar with the smell of something like a lime to the extent that they are now, similarly they weren't used to synthetic fragrances. So essentially something 'lime like' automatically brought all the associations of a real lime with it.

These days people are very familiar with fresh limes - and simultaneously familiar with synthetic 'lime like' smells used in air fresheners, cleaning products etc. To the point where this fragrance smells like a good synthetic lime smell rather than bringing to mind fresh limes.

Yes, you do get neroli, orange, a touch of cloves etc. The dominant smell is that of synthetic lime though.
08th May, 2015
There is no doubt that this is one of the most "authentic" limes on the market, despite some subtle synthetic notes. It has a very pleasant opening, is very inoffensive, and is charmingly sweet.

My only criticism is that dries down to an almost "Pez-like" smell after about thirty minutes. I am a person who enjoys his Pez, but it might not be the most sophisticated aroma in certain settings.

I think this would be appropriate for summer and spring.
17th November, 2013
Reminds me of hospital cleaner.
Im sure they have updated their recipe in the last 10 years as the scent has changed demonstrably.
Strong, sweet citrus scent - lasts way too long, scared off many a female companion, before I even had the chance to scare them by talking.
21st December, 2012
I'm reviewing this one before I get to the others, because it stands out from their line; it's the strongest, longest-lasting lime scent that I've encountered in a long time. (Which isn't saying much, and I suspect the reason behind this is that a lot of it is synthetic.) The top notes are very crisp and sharp like Trumper Limes but quite a bit stronger, again like cutting into an actual lime. It weakens a bit after the initial citrus blast, but maintains that dirtier, slightly woodier scent that the rind itself has after everything's been squeezed from it. Beyond that, it starts to get sweeter, and even a bit candy-like (hence my suspicions of synthetic notes), but a fairly natural lime rind still obviously remains, along with some light woods. While Trumper GFT's undying lemon note is more convincingly natural than this, the Truefitt is still pleasant enough, and not nearly as bad as comparable designer atrocities, so I don't count this against it. I also don't see GFT as being enough of an apples-to-apples comparison. So if you want one of the myriad English lime scents, don't want it to be gone in a flash, and don't mind if it's got a more synthetic tinge to it, then this is your winner, hands down.
08th October, 2011
A nice opening of lime, lemon and bergamot to this one. A bit different that GFT limes where that one is a complete blast of lime, but fades almost immediately.

The T&H Limes evolves over time to develop some neroli notes with hints of lime creeping up throughout. I don't detect much of the lemon and bergamot from the opening as this develops either. Stays pretty linear to my nose through the mid and basenotes with hints of lime imbedded in neroli. Longevity is pretty decent lasting 4-6 hours on me and for a lime fragrance it is by far my favorite that I've tried.
26th April, 2011

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