Tokyo Milk Crushed (release date unknown)

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Perfumer Margot Elena

Crushed is a bright, pretty, green, grassy jasmine demi-soliflor. It’s delish and it’s balanced. It has a buoyant sweetness that the cloying fruity-florals of the world should emulate. The name says it all. It smells like a handful of springtime grass, stems and flowers rubbed together in your hands and sniffed.

It smells fantastic, but is it a perfume? I love to smell it out of the bottle and even on my skin, but I find I never wear it. It captures my difficulty with the three Tokyo Milk Dark series I’ve tried (the other two are Excess and Arsenic). Crushed is effectively a base, closer to a scent than a fragrance. I wouldn’t complain if I smelled this on someone else, but I prefer to wear a true perfume. That said, Crushed, with its inherent Spring briskness, would be a great alternative for any man who wears a fragrance with “fresh” or “sport” in its name.

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