Passerelle by Tommi Sooni 2012

Hey Hey All,

Today I am lucky enough to be bringing you Australian crew, Tommi Sooni, creatively directed by Steven Broadhurst. I follow their blog and when it dropped hints that Passerelle was available I nipped across to their site and ordered a couple of samples. I will be dipping into them to do the review and then they are going in this Thursdays draw! I am able to do this because Steven has offered a couple more samples at a later date as a Thank You for buying mine today. Isn’t that cool?

I have edited from the Tommi Sooni site here:
Passerelle is a distinctive perfume with links to classic French perfumery, an Australian perfume that reflects the unique floral notes of our native flora….Australian Spring floral bouquet of delicate native jasmine, tea tree, honeyed myrtle, boronia buds and the flowers of silver wattle (adopted by the French and known to the world as mimosa). From overseas; yellow rose, honeysuckle, wintersweet and golden trumpet, plus petigrain for the green stems.
The word Passerelle is French for bridge or catwalk, a name befitting a perfume that is both fashionable and a fragrant link between two cultures.

The fragrance goes on fresh and bright green with the Aussie flowers and petigrain contrasting and combining beautifully. Passerelle feels like real old school perfumery to me, the stuff you find in perfectly preserved vintage purchases. There is a definite womanly, human background and Steven informs me there is a civet accord hiding here. The tea tree is also adding a soft base note below and through the orgy of flowers and glorious, almost alpine flight of fantasy over the top. This is a wholly wearable scent; sexy and alluring but cool and serene. There are definitely facets to this perfume that will take time and wear to discover.

I can’t tell you exactly what’s happening here, these notes are not in my repertoire yet but I can tell you how deeply impressed I am. This is world class perfumery and could proudly sit beside Serge Lutens, Tauer or Parfums de Nicolai in your cupboard or on your dresser. Different, vital and Aussie. Congratulations Tommi Sooni, this one feels like a winner. It was still humming along nicely when I left for work this evening, 6 hours after dabber application. A whisper of itself still remained, the light and deep notes still vaguely discernible. Then I sprayed lavishly with something else for work.

Passerelle is available from Tommi Sooni $180/50ml or $10/2ml, Sündhaft Hoyer & Kast OHG Geschäftsführer, LuckyScent

11 comments on “Passerelle by Tommi Sooni 2012

  1. Undina says:

    So far I tried only one perfume by Tommi Sooni – EDTS II – and it is on my wish list, I’m just trying to decide if I need a bottle or should go for a decant.

    Passserelle sounds like a perfume I might like as well. I will definitely test the complete line one day.

  2. Tarleisio says:

    I’ve read so many great things about Tarantelle…, now Pasarelle and Tommi Sooni, too! I really should track these perfumes down and give them a whirl! 🙂

  3. Clare says:

    As a fellow Australian, I almost felt it was my patriotic duty to try the Tommi Sooni line. I applaud the aim and aesthetic of the company and was especially excited to learn that Tarantella was a a green chypre. No one creates classic green chypres any more (my favourite fragrance genre) and it seems like a brave move, given that this supposedly aloof and “unfriendly” fragrance style is the antithesis of the current and popular trend for fruity/floral/sweet/amber/vanilla perfumes. I ordered a full set of samples from their website, though the price (US $10 for each 2m vial) was a bit of a sting.
    So far, I’ve tried all but EDTS II and I love them all. My only complaint, and it’s a bit of a deal breaker, is with the longevity. Nothing disappoints me more than sampling dozens of “meh” perfumes and then, upon discovering something truly swoon-worthy. finding it disappears after a couple of hours. Such was the case with Passerelle (gorgeous, lovely!), Jinx and EDTS I. Tarantella fared a little better, respectable enough, but did lose the endurance race in a side-by-side with some of my other “greens” such as Scherrer, Chanel 19 and Miss Balmain. Purchase is still under consideration though as it’s so smooth and lovely and the drydown divine.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there Clare,
      You have left my favourite in the line till last. EDSII is wonderful. An extra spritz and hour after initial application gives the Tommi Sooni line quite a lot longer life, you might like to try that next time.
      Portia xx

  4. Clare says:

    Thanks Portia,
    I’m currently giving Passerelle another outing as the weather is balmy today and I’m starting with a fresh nose. We’re a couple of hours in and I can at least still smell it. I would love to add this beauty to my collection so I’m urging it on with sniffs of encouragement. Rather unfairly, I’m wearing ultra potent Tauer’s Carillon pour un Ange on the other arm as I wanted to compare notes (funny how one fragrance reminds you of another until you put them both on and feel like an olfactory idiot upon realising they are quite different). Got a second opinion (from nearest human) and my son prefers the Tommi Sooni.
    Anyway, thanks for the tip. I did do a few “top-ups” when sampling the others but wondered if this was, you know, “cheating”. Looking forward to EDTSII. It seems to be the most popular from what I’ve read. I left it to last as I approach orientals with caution; I’m not wild about vanilla and amber (on me, love it on others) and I often feel like I’m wearing someone else’s perfume.
    Here’s hoping!

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