It’s a big regret of mine that there are so few dandelion centered scents out there. What’s not to love? They smell both greenish, milky and astringently bitter at the same time, which should make them a perfect candidate for spring and summer scents. As an added bonus there is a certain naughtiness contained, matching the best of orange blossoms. Therefore I was thrilled when I came cross a sample of Tokyo Bloom, a sample that I’d completely forgotten that I owned, during my big sample re-organization.
Tokyo Bloom opens with a sharp and cologne-y burst of galbanum, leaves and green lemons. Within minutes, the sharpness is gone and what’s left is – dandelions on grass. This is the manga version of dandelion. All the questionable features are gone, no crazy-staining sap, no aggressive roots, the obvious ambitions to conquer the World are eradicated. Instead, what I get is a soft little thing, looking at me with huge Bambi eyes, body retouched into childish prettiness, sexiness somehow still intact, suggesting that there is a definitely a possibility of a roll in the grass later on.
The dandelion note here is fickle. It seems to display itself best in warm and humid weather, it seems like there needs to be a certain denseness in the air for it to get it’s things together. There are times where I don’t get it at all, instead I get softly rendered orange peel, leaning towards green, served up on a big bed of musk. This is fine also, but as I do like dandelions I wouldn’t have minded more of the real thing. Still, Tokyo Bloom smells good. It’s part of The Different Companys L’Esprit Cologne line (yes, as everybody else, they also seem to be making a bunch of new generation colognes these days). And, as most of the new generation colognes go, Tokyo Bloom is long lasting, has minimal sillage and unoffensive enough to wear to the office.
Official notes: Notes: galbanum, basil leaves, dandelion, cassis, star jasmine, cyclamen, guiac wood, musk, amber.
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