Tom of Finland EAU DE PARFUM

Composition:
Top Notes: Aldehyde, Lemon

Middle Notes: Birch Leaves, Pine, Safraleine, Pepper, Cypress, Galbanum, Geranium

Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Iris, Vetiver, Styrax pyrogene, Suedu, Musk, Gray Amber

$98

   

Tom of Finland's artwork shaped the world's concepts of masculinity. The men in his creations were robust, lusty, and more than a little playful. The raw power of his imagery continues to influence generations of artists. His inspiration flows into the worlds of fashion, film, culture – and scents.  The controlled energy of Tom is equally at home with a night-on-the-town and the demands of the boardroom. Whether it's a casual affair or an affair of state, you'll be wearing the self-assurance of Tom.

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With Tom of Finland, the challenge was to avoid a purely sexual banality, a conventional story of propositions clad in leather and conducted in backrooms. At the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles, I discovered a world that was highly erotic, but it was an eroticism presented as art, as a veritable religion. Tom's drawings have a fine, elegant beauty; they are never vulgar. They convey a happy sensuality, a light-hearted debauchery. The viewer is amused, entertained. To create the perfume 'Tom', I thought it would be interesting to go to the antithesis of the cliche, and assign thescent to a 'straight' perfumer, Antoine Lie, who has played up the contrast of subject and viewpoint in his successful interpretation.

Although heterosexual, I must admit that many of the most beautiful souls I've met in my life havebeen masculine and gay. I'm fascinated by their culture, their talent. This perfume is my way of paying homage to them, to show the straight world that there is much to learn from gay society, to blend absolute purity with outright sensuality all the way to a sexuality without borders.

Tom of Finland is a resolutely modern perfume. Antoine Lie has composed a tune which is directed toward the sons of Tom, a new generation of men who are at ease with their bodies, their vanities, their attitudes. Gay or straight, it doesn't matter. The frontiers have expanded and barriers have faded to make way for a beautiful and original vision of masculinity.

Etienne de Swardt, Founder of Etat Libre d'Orange

Antoine Lie, Createur Parfumeur
 
 THE WATER SLIPS OVER HIM AS IF SLIDING DOWN A MARBLE ROCK, SINKING INTO THE GROOVES OF HIS MUSCLES, VANISHING INTO HIS PORES. THIS IS FRESH, PURE WATER, WITH TOP NOTES OF ALDE-HYDES AND LEMON, A WATER THAT WASHES AWAY THE SINS OF THE NIGHT AND LEAVES THE SKIN LUMINOUS.
Tom of Finland FEELS CLEAN, LIKE A SHAVING FROM A CAKE OF SOAP. IT IS AN ODE TO THE BEAUTY OF THE MALE BODY AND TO THE RADIANCE OF THE NATURAL SELF. FOR THIS MAN, CLOTHING BECOMES A JEWEL-CASE THAT SERVES TO REVEAL THE TRUE EROTIC POWER OF THE FLESH.
Tom of Finland IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, OFFERING UNRESTRICTED ACCESS TO THE IMMENSE OUT-DOORS, THE DEPTHS OF THE FOREST, WITH NOTES OF BIRCH LEAVES, CYPRESS, GALBANUM AND PINE AT ITS HEART.

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