Not exactly the kind of fragrance which I use to be smitten by. As well as the great Foetidus below suggests the opening is chaotic and easily misleading, something candied-artificial with a weird (soon collapsing) "balmy/rubbery-tart" fruitiness and a general aura of red-berrish artificiality. Grapefruit, something like red fruits from the forest (raspberries?) and simil saffron are dominant in this "shampoing pour le corps" phase. I get also increasingly something salty calonic, barely mineral and synthetically marine-ozonic in the hybrid indiscernible amalgam, an unpleasant mess soon joined by a sort of minty-anisic lingering undertone from licorice. Yes, the quintessence of Hilfiger's high school guys style "nondescriptiveness" in a bottle or far more, namely an emblem of olfactory void (a total absence of quality, conceptuality and creativity, a pure pseudo commercial operation with no future at all). Sorry Tommy but you hardly express your best when it comes to fragrances. Dry down is a misty vague idea of aromatic saffron with hints of saltiness and an indiscernible dose of abstract fruitiness (which is counteracted by a general weird stark woody aridity, something connected to hyper dry woods and hay of stuffs like these). Vanilla? Boh!!! May be something artificially soothing in the middle of the spicy-salty fruitiness (a bitter tart sort of fruitiness) but more probably something leathery, yes salty-leathery and woody. Resemblance to Le Male? Naaa, may be a vague ideal connection to Gaultier Le Beau Male which is more citric, more markedly ozonic and no leathery. Finally I can say that True Star Men is a rarefied synthetic connection of woods, ozonic patterns, saffron, grapefruit and soft leather, an amalgam anyway with "neither art not part" (good at chess and no slouch at bridge, either). Really not more to add, actually I don't get orris root and any idea (yet chemical-synthetic) of discernible further notes. This fragrance lasts not more than twenty minutes on my skin, seriously. Pass quickly by.
20th September, 2015 (last edited: 21st September, 2015)
The opening is a mix of a reasonable grapefruit with a steely-metallic fresh impression. In the drydown I get liquorice, but is quite faint, as is the rather generic wood note in the base; towards the end a slim vanilla emerges, which is o limited sweetness. Limited projection and poor silage on my skin, but the longevity is quite decent at around five hours.
Interesting opening but a bit dull from then on.
Discovered this scent many years ago. I think this is one of the scents that Hilfiger got right. Very aquatic and leathery smelling to me which seems to be a unique combination. Smells good on cool days and warm nights. As picky as my wife is about the colognes I wear she likes this one.
I always was verry fond of this scent, I never got around to buy it mainly becouse of the fact that most people in my city used this at the time. I'd discribe this scent as "Le Male but better done". Weird I know but thats what came to my mind when I first tried it.
Oh how much ones nose can change. The first time I smelled this it smelled like watermelon and cucumber. A generic fresh aquatic. I questioned myself, did I smell this? Or maybe it was Tommy 10?
Regardless, I am glad I picked this guy up. At Walmart for 20 bucks I got a 2 pack of 1 oz bottles -- True Star and Tommy. Tommy is a high school classic scent to me. True Star is different, and along with Tommy, it's very unique for a designer fragrance.
The TH house doesn't get much attention, but this fragrance deserves it. It's niche-like. It's very woodsy yet also very aquatic. The "wet notes" are definitley there. The top is a combination of woods and anise. Or perhaps it's licorice. I'd say anise though, since it smells more vegetable like, and dirty. Result: mulch. Yes it smells like freshly chipped mulch. It stays pretty linear, with the combo of mulch and wet notes. A nice sharper cedar or sandalwood comes in in the dry down.
An excellent modern woodsy scent. Great bang for the buck. Niche quality. I would love to know the perfumer behind this one, because he/she/they knocked this one out of the ball park.
27th February, 2010 (last edited: 30th March, 2012)
I do not agree with the statement that this is for 18-35s. I'd add half a dozen years to the lower, and ten or more to the upper end. Maybe that's what happens with all men's fragrances, over time there is age migration, because the fickle young and cool wannabes move on to the next new thing. A fragrance has to grab a non super-young audience, or die.
I like the instant clean grapefruit/sweet lemony element, there might even be a very slight trace of warm honey also, and this instant element mix has some staying power. After a time, a wet leathery, black liquorice emerges without being overpowering. This mixed nicely with the sweet first wave. There is ultimately a whiff that, indeed, as someone else hinted at, hits a bit like laundry water with fresh scent detergent in it.
I don't perceive the advertised sandalwood, which is completely fine by me, because too many men's scents these days are too musky/woody. True Star is a nice anti-wood option.
The scent is not strong, so I'd apply near sweat glands, the side of the neck, or toward the front opening of a v-neck or buttoned shirt. I'm looking forward to wearing this one on a sunny day next Spring, as I think it may be most suitable for Spring/Summer.