When a perfume costs over $200 for a 50 ml bottle, one develops certain expectations. At the very least, one expects that such a pricy perfume will actually smell good. For me, Tom Ford Lys Fume doesn’t fulfill this most basic expectation. With sincere respect to anyone who enjoyed it, I found it kind of awful.
Perfume Posse’s review of Lys Fume makes frequent mention of a plastic note. I know exactly what they mean, but I actually perceive that note as bubblegum instead. The bubblegum accord is awfully sweet, and obscures the lily itself. I don’t get any of the promised spicy top notes (pink pepper, tumeric, nutmeg). I’m totally ready to accept that my lack of enjoyment of Lys Fume may be purely personal preference. This is a very warm, fleshy lily fragrance, and I like my lilies green and fresh. But I suspect that even someone who enjoyed this style of lily scent would find it vastly overpriced. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this may actually be the most expensive lily on the market. Let’s see, Serge’s is $140. Frederic Malle’s is $165. Y’all could really get a lot more bang for your buck elsewhere.