Tom of Finland (2008)

Tom of Finland by Etat Libre d'Orange
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Tom of Finland is a perfume by Etat Libre d'Orange for men and was released in 2008. The scent is leathery-spicy. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Antoine Lie

Fragrance Notes

Aldehydes, Lemon, Birch leaf, Pine, Safraleine, Pepper, Cypress, Geranium, Vanilla, Tonka bean, Iris, Vetiver, Suede, Musk, Ambergris

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (151 Ratings)

Longevity

7.8 (119 Ratings)

Sillage

6.7 (106 Ratings)

Bottle

6.3 (105 Ratings)
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FungShangLou

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Latex. Baby oil. Perverse
Etat Libre d'Orange is notorious for its controversial fragrances. Tom of Finland joins this league for me, although still far away from secretions magnifiques. Like this "scent", I also perceive TOF as an olfactory interpretation of an orgy, but more wearable.

Primarily it smells very sweet, powdery and synthetic. I never smell suede or leather at any time. I always hear a subtle smell of musk and aldehyde, which in my opinion smells like skin or man. We're talking about Tom of Finland, so it smells like men's skin, which is underscored by spicy sounds of pine. A slightly silky iris creates impressions of body lotion or, especially with aldehyde, baby oil. I have pictures of oiled, sweating men in my head. What's more, they "lie" on latex sheets, because TOF actually smells synthetically like rubber! Rarely experienced such a perverse smelling scent, is probably not called Tom of Finland.
for nothing
Ultimately, TOF is very sweet, which makes it wearable. If you apply it thinly, you have a fine, warm Sillage. To my surprise, the environment is very positive about him. Guess the dose makes the poison. A difficult fragrance, but nevertheless quite universal to use: from sports to office to swingers party...
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Beginner

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Master Leather
I was very excited about my first Eldo and sprayed the Finns on my wrist full of excitement. First of all, a fat load of rubber and sugar syrup shoots into your nose, so I wanted to reach for the scrub brush in the first reflex. That's how the darkroom in the relevant bars must smell when the going gets tough - latex, leather and lubricant in rough quantities. And vanilla, which seems to get stronger over the hours.

I don't know what to think of Tom. He frightens me with his hard sex, but reconciles himself later when cuddling in the vanilla dream with me. But I think I know a solution - I will give the perfume to my better half, because the base is very feminine and fits better to her. In any case apply sparingly, because it is not humble.
ColinM

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Essence d'Eldo!
Tom of Finland is one of the perfect examples of how the worse (which sadly means, quite a significant part of) niche perfumery works, and how it relates to “mainstream” alleged competitors. On one hand, here we have the witty, creative, avantgarde Tom of Finland, $85 a 50 ml bottle from fancy underground and/or luxury shops; on the other hand, there we have the ultra-boring and generic Essence de Cerruti, $15 a 50 ml bottle, that kind of uninspired cheap stuff which pops out around Christmas in the “gift boxes” section of supermarkets and chainstore perfumeries, straight from there to your uncle Reginald’s shaving shelf. Or to the “bargains” section of Amazon and the likes. Ask any niche connoisseur, they’ll probably rave about Etat Libre’s Tom of Finland and will have barely heard about Essence de Cerruti (and anyway it’s just another Cerruti: boo-ring!). Now, who composed both scents? Antoine Lie, the Dr. Niche and Mr. Mainstream of contemporary perfumery, carbon-copying the same couple of recipes over and over for any paying customer from Zegna to nu_be. Are they similar, Cerruti and Tom? No, not really. They’re nearly identical – on the drydown, they’re hilariously identical. Just blind test them side by side. The same, exact, unoriginal cheap musky leather with some minty/balsamic stuff, saffron and violet and a bone-structure of any woody Oriental designer (Cerruti is slightly heavier on the latter, while Tom leans more on musky leather). Decent per se, perfectly acceptable for Cerruti or fellow unpretentious and inexpensive mainstreamers, plain pathetic for Etat Libre d’Orange. Chapeau to these little French rascals for being so successful in fooling hipsters with this stuff.

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Tinctureall

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Nice but kinky
Soft but strong opening. Powdery citric, slightly sharp, lavender/irissy, plastic tonka beans. It makes me think of action man wearing perfume after a hard day in the toy box. There is a cumin sweaty plastic man note like he has been hot. There is a dusty sharpish green powdery quality to this like a plastic bag that used to contain dried herbs such as tarragon, oregano and thyme. Long gone, but the dusty smell lingers rather nicely. The herbs recede to sharper woods but more laminate than forest. A sweetness here but only a hint of almond marzipan. Action man has some play dough on his plastic shoe leather having scrambled out and away from the plastic toys. He wipes it off quickly, regains his composure and sits on the wooden box looking smart in his plastic leather bomber jacket.

I quite like this but it isn't a classic perfume structure. More modern and slightly minimalist in progression yet there is a lot going on within it. It isn't thin or linear but doesn't shift much. Just fades to dry leathery musk. Nice but almost kinky with the sweat and plastic leather.

How I laughed at the reveal of this one. I hadn't any idea who Tom of Finland was before this. A fitting tribute.
(Blind testing of a series of ELdO samples, so these reviews are from nose notes.)

I've just read the other review below and funny how we both pick up on a playdough moment, because that is a very specific smell. It doesn't stay.
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Tnahowru

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Tnahowru
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Should be a unisex...
Tom of Finland smells wonderful on me, and it's now on my wish list. This is the first man fragrance I've smelled that is lovely on a woman.

The top is all spicy, woody, and citrus, and it's ok.

The heart is the same but smells like some patchouli is hidden and a tiny bit of playdoh which doesn't last long.

The base is what I can't live without. It's all amber, musk, vanilla, and iris.

The dry down started about six hours into it, and lasted at least 24 hours on me. The silage is just above average, I kept thinking which lovely scent am I smelling (left or right wrist).
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Itchynose 7 months ago
Suede is the protagonist, sweet from vanilla and tonka bean, airy from aldehydes and iris. Smooth, plasticky, narcotic and weird.+1
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