The Short - Masterpiece, simple, modern, versatile, and beautiful TEA floral
The Long - In my teens, before I had developed a more refined nose, I hated the image of this fragrance and that EVERY SINGLE GIRL WORE IT. However, I loved the tea note in this scent and lamented that my nonconformist heart would not accept a scent that everyone wore.
My love of the fragrance was later validated. "In 2008 Luca Turin, a European biochemist who’d done groundbreaking research on how olfaction works, joined forces with Tania Sanchez, a thirtyish American, to produce an English edition of his cult hit French perfume guide. The result, their Perfumes: The Guide, has a wide readership among people who admire good perfume..." Sanchez and Turin bequeathed a five star review to Tommy Girl and declared it a masterpiece.
Relegated to drugstores and no longer in vogue, I was thrilled that it was no longer my sister's/best friend's/boy friend's little sister's/arch-nemesis's "signature" scent. Reminded of the tea note I previously coveted, I revisited this fragrance. It does still smell, "like a boiling samovar full of floral, interesting tea" as Perfumes noted. I love this as a fresh summer scent or as a "I took a shower yesterday" back-up perfume.