Tory Burch by Tory Burch EDP Perfume Review

Tory Burch perfume

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

Tory Burch has a really cohesive preppy-chic aesthetic that I find it extremely frustrating that the perfume is so generic.The fashion brand is a mash-up of preppy Hampton-ish meets Palm Beach elements throughout the decades; the brand could have fun with this perfume. But, instead they played it safe and boring, giving us what could easily be a flanker of well, anything launched in the past 15 years.

Tory Burch is a one of those all too familiar “high pitched” citrus and florals. For the most part, Tory Burch is a synth citrus and peony that makes my eyes water. It’s rather linear too. Once the citrus burns off, it’s a familiar white floral that eventually dries down to an even more familiar clean white musk.

I’m trying to be diplomatic here and I’ve typed and then backspaced some really harsh things because they just sounded mean for mean’s sake. So, I think this is the best way I can put it. I’m frustrated by this fragrance because it’s redundant. It reminds me too much of Clinique Happy and to top it off, it’s also in an orange bottle (OK, that’s the brand’s “color” but it is also Hermès’ color but you know what I’m saying – it’s orange). There is nothing wrong with smelling like this (for me, it will always remind me of high school which I hated), but if you want to smell like this at least buy the Happy during Clinique gift with purchase time and get some nice little travel sizes that you can take with you during your next vacation.

Bottom line, I’m sick of people/brands/designers feeling the need to launch a perfume just because they can and then giving us something that is so boring and generic that you know it’ll be discontinued in two years. I’m sick of stuff taking up the shelves that frankly shouldn’t be there.We have new stuff like this pushing old, good stuff off of the retailers’ shelves. It’s annoying.

Tory Burch

Notes listed include grapefruit, pink pepper, currant buds and leaves, mandarin, neroli, peony, tuberose, mimosa, jasmine, carrot seed, sweet alyssum, vetiver, sandalwood, cedar, sandalwood and white musk. Launched in 2013. PERFUMER – Karyn Khoury

Give Tory Burch a try if you like citrus florals. Or if you like Clinique Happy and for some reason don’t want to buy Happy instead.

Tory Burch comes in 3 sizes (1 oz, 1.7 oz and 3.4 oz) with prices ranging from $65-$115 at Nordstrom.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONA crappy version of Clinique Happy. OK, I’m being harsh again. It’s a familiar citrus floral. Doesn’t add anything to the perfume world.

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10 thoughts on “Tory Burch by Tory Burch EDP Perfume Review

  1. Ha! I kind of enjoy reading snark, especially when it agrees with my assessment. I approached this fragrance already convinced that I wouldn’t like it. The whole Tory Burch ready to wear line annoys me, it brings nothing new to the table. It reminds me of Tom Petty. Recycling exhausted cliches. And yes, I meant all the redundancy of that last sentence. The only way you know that it’s Tory Burch is the logo and the god awful orange color that makes everyone look sick.

    But I digress….
    well maybe not…I actually feel exactly the same about the perfume.But I have to say that I was not annoyed by its very existence until your sentence about crowding out more legitimate efforts. Now it REALLY tweaks me.

    1. I can sort of see why people like the “look”, it’s preppy and for some reason that does well no matter what is happening in the economy. It just must be something that attracts people…no clue. I just know I look awful in orange 😉

      Well…what happened is that I noticed that this perfume pushed Caron into a dark corner. This perfume is highlighted in the “marshmallow cereal level” and now stuff like Caron is in the “birdseed and oat cereal level”. Ugh.

  2. How I hate Clinique Happy! And preppy chic! So I would really HATE this!
    I’ll be mean for mean’s sake!

    1. Thank you 🙂 You be mean so I don’t have to 🙂

      Also, yes and yes. Both of those are sooo not me.

  3. *ducks from thrown tomatoes* Although I’m not preppy chic, I actually like the Tory Burch scent. Although not original, I find that it’s not as sharp or sour as Clinique Happy. It seems to lean more floral than citrus so it combines a love and a hate for me. I like florals, but citrus? Not so much. But it combines the two in a way that I would be happy to wear. I even attempted to purchase the Nordstrom anniversary set, but it was sold out in the first week. I do agree with you wholeheartedly that too many celebs/designers stamp their names on unoriginal scents to make a buck, and the market is over saturated.

    1. No reason to duck! We like what we like. And let me tell you, my personal collection contains some things that people sure have said some nasty things about online. – And chemistry, sometimes stuff just smells better on one person that it does another. (Do agree it’s less sour than Happy).

      I have a feeling, just because this was pushed so hard when it was launched, that it’ll start showing up at discounters in a year. Which sadly is the fate or most designer scents. – I loved the Agent Provacateurs when they were launched and ended up waiting and get them for crazy cheap a year after their launch.

  4. I agree that this is a dull fragrance. Someone gave my mother a TB candle that apparently has the same notes as the perfume, & it smells much better, though I would never pay $60 for it.

    1. I find that my tastes in home fragrances are different from my tastes in personal fragrances. I can see this being a good candle scent…but yeah, not at $60. I can pretty much buy any candle at that price.

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