Since I was old enough to pay for my own trips, I have not once taken a “beach vacation.” With my fair skin, I’d look like Georgia O’Keeffe: The Final Years if I sunbathed. I love beaches — but not in hot weather, so I must claim ignorance when it comes to the Caribbean and Mustique — the inspirations for Tom Ford Private Blend Azure Lime.
Azure Lime’s ingredients are “mysterious” (i.e. they are listed only in publications I don’t trust or they’re simply referred to as “citrus, flowers and musk”). Azure Lime follows a tried-and-true, summer-cologne recipe: it has a refreshing orange-lime opening with a touch of “white” flowers (mildly coconut-y and reminding me of gardenia), spices (perhaps a bit of cardamom and lemony nutmeg), and as the perfume dries down, I smell light, sweet woody (cedar-cypress) musk.
I tried Azure Lime several times at my local Nordstrom’s Tom Ford counter and was surprised at how quickly the Eau de Parfum faded. When I finally got my hands on a sample of the fragrance, I used the entire vial of perfume (the equivalent of 12-15 sprays) and Azure Lime lasted over six hours on my skin and had good sillage during the first few hours' wear. Azure Lime’s orange-lime accord (so juicy and zippy) disappears on my skin within 30 minutes. The hours that the perfume persists on skin are filled with quiet floral and musky-wood notes that turn a bit sharp and talcy as the day progresses.
Azure Lime, though not innovative, is a type of fragrance with wide appeal, and it’s a shame it’s not in the ‘regular’ Tom Ford line-up. I can’t imagine paying Private Blend prices — almost $200 for 50 ml — for what can (fairly, I believe) be described as a sport fragrance.
Tom Ford Private Blend Azure Lime is $180 (50 ml) or $450 (250 ml); for buying information, see the listing for Tom Ford under Perfume Houses.
Note: top image is Affiche publicitaire de la Royal Mail Lines pour ses croisières à destination des Caraïbes par Kenneth Shoesmith, 1939) [cropped] via Wikimedia Commons.