Tory Burch and Tory Burch Absolu

In my six months in the Nordstrom fragrance department, I sold more Tory Burch than any other perfume. More than Flowerbomb, more than Light Blue, more than Angel (and Angel ladies are devoted). I watched teenagers, mothers, and husbands all swoon over that bright, juicy blend of grapefruit and peony. At the time, I didn’t quite see the allure. Sure, Tory Burch was pretty, but in such an uncomplicated, unchallenging way. Unobjectionably appealing, like Ryan Gosling or a golden retriever.

Or Ryan Gosling AND a golden retriever!
Or Ryan Gosling AND a golden retriever! 

Tory Burch Absolu bears surprisingly little resemblance to its ancestor. It trades the original’s citrus sparkle for a thick, heavy jasmine note. All that jasmine is clearly supposed to make the Absolu a more sensual, nighttime perfume, but it just weighs down the original’s airy charm. I’m sure that Tory Burch Absolu will sell very well, especially to women who loved its predecessor, but I suspect that most people will still prefer the original.

Smelling Tory Burch Absolu actually gives me a newfound appreciation for the easy, breezy original. We all need a little uncomplicated pretty every once in a while. After all, who doesn’t love Ryan Gosling?


5 thoughts on “Tory Burch and Tory Burch Absolu

  1. And he’s Canadian too! I love that IMDb lists his “trademark” as “well-built physique and strong jawline.” Meanwhile the other Ryan (Reynolds) we sent you has the “trademark” of “sarcastic sharp edged wit.”Ryan Gosling’s films: the oh so good Blue Valentine co-starring Michelle Williams.

    Haven’t seen any Ryan Reynolds nor smelled any Tory Burch. Will have to sample the original.

    Thanks for the Ryan and golden retriever picture (love golden retrievers). 🙂

    1. Which Canadian Ryan do you prefer, LL? For me, it’s no contest; Reynolds is merely good-looking, but Gosling is straight-up beautiful.
      I don’t think you need to go out of your way to try Tory Burch- it’s perfectly nice, but really not a gamechanger.

  2. Not a big Gosling fan… in that I can easily recognize that he’s a good-looking man, but he just does nothing for ME. (Might be because he’s
    so blond.)

    Also have not smelled the Tory Burch, but I suspect I’d like it.

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