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Tommy cologne first arrived on the scene in 1995 when everyone had a signature scent.
But Tommy was a beast of his own, and he came in a color-blocked box of red, white, and blue. The next year, Tommy Girl arrived. Both were fresh and energetic arrivals on the fragrance scene.
Tommy Hilfiger hasn’t stayed in the 1990s. Their fragrances have grown up with the world. They have mixed and remixed fresh citruses, exotic spices, and comforting woods into scents to fit various moods and occasions.
Favorite Tommy Hilfiger Colognes
Tommy Hilfiger has a plethora of men’s colognes to explore. Picking a favorite is impossible. However, there are a few standouts.
Tommy Hilfiger Cologne EDT
Tommy Hilfiger cologne smells like nostalgia, which may be different for everyone. However, the results are the same; everyone wants to bury their noses in it.
This scent doesn’t just belong in 1994, though. It’s a timeless classic.
The first notes make me think of eating citrus fruit in the fresh mountain air. There are slight hints of bergamot, lavender, and even a hint of mint.
As this scent begins to fade through the day, it starts to smell more like a masculine, mellow apple with hints of rose and cranberry.
The final lingering scent is a comforting, powdery, wooden smell of amber and cotton flowers.
Tommy Hilfiger’s new scent for 2020 is Impact. It smells like one of the colognes a friend would bathe his clothes in, hoping to make an impact during a night on the town.
In the first few moments, an orange and apple scent dominates.
The lingering aura is woodsy with notes of resin, cypress, and clary sage. It makes me think of generic cologne commercials with freshly shaven men standing in the snow beside a grove of evergreens.
Musky patchouli remains at the end of the night, along with a woodsy undercurrent of cedar and sandalwood.
I like to envelop myself in different scents depending on my mood. Tommy Tropics is one that I want to wear for myself on a summer evening, sitting on the front porch with a tall glass of something cold.
The prominent scent is refreshing and calming with fresh lavender and slight hints of greenery and citrus. As the sun goes down, the smell dims down to a woody musk with hints of cypress.
Tommy Now arrived in 2018. This is the Tommy Hilfiger cologne for the youth of now as Tommy was for the youth of the 1990s.
The scents are flavors to inhale. The refreshing top notes are tangerines with bergamot.
Exotic spices then come to the forefront. Ginger and cardamom add a delightfully complex layer. While this may sound like a spicy Indian tea or confection, the effect is modern.
Earthy moss with a leathery undertone is left when the other scents disappear.
In 2015, Tommy Hilfiger colognes introduced TH Bold. Being bold doesn’t mean it has an overpowering scent. Instead, it’s sporty, masculine, and energizing. Fittingly, tennis player Rafael Nadal is the face of Bold.
Bold seems more on the synthetic side. Fresh citrus tangerine, grapefruit, and bergamot lead out of the gate. Masculine floral hints take over as it rounds the corner: jasmine, lavender, and mandarin blossom. Cardamom takes it just a bit farther. The finish is still bold with a woodsy blend of cedar, vetiver, and sandalwood.
Tommy Into the Surf
Into the Surf is another scent I wear for myself. It embodies the essence of a summer beach lifestyle and has been part of the TH scent lineup since 2019.
Into the Surf begins spicy and fresh. It comes alive with a smell of coastal citrus made complex with ginger and cardamom.
The best part of this cologne is that it smooths into a pleasant violet leaf with pepper and sage.
Remaining on the skin is earthy, woodsy vetiver with hints of patchouli.
Freedom Sport is an unapologetically masculine scent that Tommy Hilfiger colognes released in 2013. It has a green, spicy, earthy scent.
Freedom Sport starts with a green rush of fresh leaves, clary sage, and coriander. It quickly turns into sharp spices that prickle the back of the nose: cardamom, cinnamon, and black pepper.
Not a long-lasting cologne, it tumbles toward an earthy and leathery finish of vetiver and patchouli.
Tommy Neon Brights
In 2015, 20 years after the original Tommy and Tommy Girl fragrances debuted, the company introduced several Bright variants. They shine with the energy, excitement, and enthusiasm of youth.
Neon Brights has unisex appeal. Fluorescent colors are the inspiration for this fragrance combination.
Zesty mandarin orange and lemon lend neon brightness on top. It continues to glow with a blend of ginger, coriander, and angelica. The final twinkles are a woody cypress, amber, musky moss, with a small pepper punch.
About the Brand
Thomas Hilfiger opened his first fashion and record store as a high school student. In 1985, he moved to New York City and launched a single menswear collection. By the 1990s, it was famous for its classic sportswear and casual wear, often marketed in connection with the music industry.
The classic Tommy and Tommy Girl fragrances debuted in the mid-1990s. The company has successfully released many new fragrances since then. Each one follows the company’s drive for celebrating individuality and breaking conventions.
Who Makes Tommy Hilfiger Colognes?
EstÄ“e Lauder Companies produces all of Tommy Hilfiger’s fragrances. The company began in 1946 as a cosmetic lotion company. Their first fragrance, a scented bath oil called Youth Dew, debuted in 1953. It is still a bestseller worldwide.
Today, this perfumer creates fragrances for a variety of companies.
There’s a reason Tommy Hilfiger is a multi-billion-dollar company. They cater to the classics, but they also create new classics. No matter the occasion, location, or mood, there’s a Tommy Hilfiger cologne to suit. They will be making fragrances to discover for years to come.
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Born and raised in Austin, David is a dedicated writer and avid fragrance lover. When he's not trying out perfumes, he enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants.