Tom Ford Lys Fume EDP Perfume Review

Tom Ford Lys Fume

At one time, I liked Tom Ford Private Blends but then the line started discontinuing the good stuff and replacing it with crap like the White Musk Collection. Like many people, my heart fluttered when I heard about “Jardin Noir”. Yeah, “noir” is overused and abused in the perfume world but I mean, it’s a “dark” floral collection. What could go wrong? I couldn’t wait to try Lys Fume. In my mind it was a dark, smoky, boozy lily that was unlike any of the other lilies in my collection. It isn’t.

You spray Lys Fume and you know it’s a lily fragrance. It opens as a heady and spicy Asiatic lily. I do get the dry, almost numbing nutmeg and pink pepper over fresh lilies. It’s lily in a spice market. Inhale more and you get this mushroom meets prosciutto quality. Oh, and pink bubble gum. Tons of Bubble Yum. The dry-down of Lys Fume holds the shape of a lily; however, it has the addition of a waxy, cheap vanilla candle and ylang-ylang infused spiced rum. I also get hints of overheated hair being scorched by a flat iron.

You know, Lys Fume is a lily fragrance. It’s one to try if you want a lily scent; however, there are so many things like this on the market. It’s hard for me to recommend this one because it’s expensive and in my opinion not the best lily. If you want a big lily, try Donna Karan Gold or Serge Lutens Un Lys. Both of these are cheaper and “better” in my opinion. Now if those aren’t too your liking, keep trying and maybe try Lys Fume.

Jeanne Moreau

Notes listed include Italian mandarin, pink pepper, turmeric, nutmeg, white lily, ylang-ylang, artemsia, rum, Madgascar vanilla, labdanum, styrax, and oak. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Tom Ford likes to keep it a mystery…

Give Lys Fume if you must try all of the lilies. Or if you like perfumes like Donna Karan Gold, Serge Lutens Un Lys, Madonna Truth or Dare, Chantecaille Tiare and/or Etat Libre d’Orange Charogne. Lys Fume is a floral so many people are going to associate it with the feminine. If you’re looking for a more unisex/masculine lily, try ELdO Charogne.

Lys Fume has average projection and average longevity for an EDP.

Lys Fume comes in 2 sizes with prices ranging from $205-$495 at Nordstrom and Harrods (UK).

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONLily and vanilla plastic. You know, it’s a lily and all of that but you can find something like this for a better a value. Honestly, I think Lys Fume is a rip off.

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3 thoughts on “Tom Ford Lys Fume EDP Perfume Review

  1. I’m with you! I used to be a Tom Ford’s (brand, not a person) fan girl, I liked most of the perfumes in PB collection. Both Musks and Noirs are far from being my favorites. I kind of liked Ombre de Hyacinth but I attribute it more to my liking galbanum in most perfumes – and I do not plan to buy even a decant.

    With Lys Fume my opinion shouldn’t matter because I do not like lily-centric perfumes in general. So I’ll gladly agree with your description 🙂
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    1. Yeah, I should say fan girl of the perfumes, not the guy. He’s a jerk.

      I tried Ombre de Hyacinth and like it, the best out the Noir Collection IMO but I know we can find something like it that doesn’t cost a million dollars.

      Haha, you know, lilies are beautiful IRL but I don’t think they shine as a soliflore. Nice to a mix but are hard to “work with” when lily-centric.

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