Faith Hill True ~ fragrance review

Faith Hill True

What does a “clean” fragrance mean to you? Answers usually fall into one of three categories: citrus, aquatic or laundry musk. Faith Hill True combines all three of these types, and, surprisingly, the result is a fresh, easy perfume that isn’t as Cleaning Lady as it sounds.

True was launched in 2010, and was the second Faith Hill fragrance. Its notes include yuzu, mimosa, lily, gardenia, woods, sandalwood and musk. I thought the original Faith Hill was a pretty, nicely made floral — a great find in the drugstore. Since I reviewed the very first celebrity fragrance, Elizabeth Taylor Passion, yesterday, it seemed fitting to review a more recent celebrity fragrance today.

The easy-to-wear True is a natural follow-up to Faith Hill’s original fragrance, which might feel more “special occasion” to some people. True opens with a tart hit of citrus and aldehydes which gives way to an aquatic note that makes me think of blue ocean, but seen from the peacefulness of a hotel window, without the disturbance of the salt and wind outside. The aquatic note doesn’t go as melon-y as Issey Miyake Eau d’Issey or Calvin Klein Escape, but it’s definitely aquatic and buzzes a bit with ozone. True’s white flowers blend right in with the aquatic notes, which makes perfect sense with lily and gardenia. (Think of Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage, for example.) 

Two types of musk infuse the fragrance. One is a laundry musk, lending its characteristic just-got-out-of-the-shower smell. The other is a woody musk that keeps the laundry musk from smelling too precious and roughs the perfume up a bit. This is the woody musk that I’ve complained about in other reviews, but I’m going to bite my lip and simply say that it isn’t overwhelming in True.

The result is a clean perfume someone could wear to the office without offending anyone. I can imagine people who say they don’t like perfume actually wearing this one. For me, the trouble is that I do like wearing perfume. I’d rather see the ocean from the beach than from inside a hotel room, even if I come away with a sunburn and sand in my eyes. And I’ve had enough Eau d’Issey forced up my nostrils that I don’t care if I never smell another aquatic perfume again.

But for the rest of you, True just might be worth a try.

Faith Hill True Eau de Toilette Natural Spray is (approximately — the prices vary a little by store) $9.99 for 15 ml, $18 for 30 ml, and $22.49 for 50 ml and is available online and at many drugstores.

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  1. sayitisntso says:

    I’ve sniffed this one in passing and I’m trying to think of something kind to say. Ummm…that Faith Hill sure is pretty. Does that count?

    • nebbe says:

      Why not!!

      Haven’t tried True, but I do enjoy the way her sleeves are suggestive of light, airy freshness.

      • Angela says:

        Thanks a lot! Thanks to you, I just laughed and spit tea all over my keyboard. (Yes, love those airy fresh sleeves.)

        • nebbe says:

          Gotcha ;)

          • Angela says:

            Snap!

    • Angela says:

      Sounds like a cogent (and accurate) comment to me!

  2. Carry says:

    Angela, I just enjoy reading your reviews about drugstore/celeb perfumes, most of them I’ve never heard of (perfumes and celebs). It’s a real joy to read them. It’s a bit like my new American neighbour over here in Ireland, who tries to be friendly and fair but between the lines makes it clear where he is standing – in a very hilarious way to the rest of us at least.

    Apart from that when I read “office friendly” it’s a turn-off. What’s the point wearing a perfume if it’s not smelled by everyone and his uncle? But that’s probably just me who loves perfumes as in perfumes.

    By the way, why do industrial perfumers not invent something “supermarket friendly”?

    Snailing away in the queue at my local supermarket I smelled industrial musk from the man in front of me. Not a perfume. He, or whoever washes his clothes, doused his garments in fabric conditioner. Not a bad smell as such, but absolutely bland overkill. Has nothing clean about it, just chemical.

    Looking forward to your next drugstore/celeb review!

    • Angela says:

      I’m so glad you enjoy the reviews. Yes, “office friendly” is damning with faint praise, I suppose. Really, though, Blue isn’t all that bad! (More faint praise, etc.)

  3. scentfromabove says:

    The bottle sure is cute! And the blue juice is pretty. Never smelled the original version. I guess I will take a sniff the next time I go to the drug store. Thanks Angela! :)

    • Angela says:

      I like the original version better than this one. It’s not wildly inventive, but it’s pretty and was surprisingly nice, I thought.

  4. AnnieA says:

    Wonder how well it co-ordinates with her husband’s celebrity scent…

    • Angela says:

      …Stay tuned for tomorrow’s review!

  5. annemarie says:

    Well, the price is certainly attractive, and that’s great. A lot of people in my part of the world wear fragrances from Elizabeth Arden, and a lot of them (not all all) are fairly bad. But they are cheap and VERY widely available. It’s always great to know about some good alternatives at that price point.

    • Angela says:

      Very true. Not everyone is willing to drop $100+ on a bottle of perfume.

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