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Is Tobi Tobin the next Jo Malone?

Is Tobi Tobin the next Jo Malone?

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Los Angeles-based niche perfumer and interior designer Tobi Tobin leads the kind of life that many of her celebrity clients portray in movies and rap about on Spotify. Visit her flagship store on San Vincente Boulevard in Los Angeles and you may see the likes of Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, Lady Gaga, Usher or Katy Perry dart from a black Escalade and enter the eclectically-styled interior with her trademark black lacquer counters and gold interlocked T logo signs. Her client list is basically a Golden Globes Award Show presenter roster. (Yes, Oprah is a fan too.) The celebs snap up her artisanal fragrances, natural soy/coconut blend candles and handmade chocolates by the dozen.  The L.A. Times calls her the rock’n’roll Martha Stewart and that isn’t far off. Just consider her almost unbelievable resume:

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Taylor Swift at the Tobi Tobin store.

At the age of 14, Tobin won Elite Modeling Agency’s “Look of the Year” Award which catapulted her into the world of high fashion where she was featured on the cover of more than 250 years spanning a 15-year career. She landed a handful of major ad campaigns and basically worked non-stop. When modeling ceased to challenge her, she moved to Los Angeles where she became a private chef to many celebrities including: Helen Hunt, Roseanne Barr, Kiefer Sutherland, John Cusak and Hank Azaria. In her spare time, she decided to write a novel called “Door-to-Door” that became a bestseller and was optioned by Britney Spears and New Regency for the film rights.

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After spending several years inside celebrity homes as a private chef, she decided to explore the world of interior design. She excelled in this field as well. Her work was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest several times and her branded products and design projects were featured in over 250 publications.

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Tobi Tobin shop interior

Here is where it becomes a true Hollywood story: she became the youngest interior designer to be awarded the AIA award, which is the highest honour for Architectural Design.

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Tobi and Brooke Shields

Fast-forward a few years and Tobin has once again paved her own way by starting a niche perfumery that also offers luxe candles and handmade chocolates. And while there are dozens of perfume start-ups these days, Tobi has something special. Her ability to blend fragrances notes is exceptional – likely honed by her years as a private chef. She is able to blend ingredients in a very complex and beautiful way making her scents something special.

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Tobi’s unisex fragrances are all housed in sleek black bottles and come in a faux croc box. 

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Crow (Tobi’s Signature Fragrance)

Notes: soku lime, white tea, lemon, bergamot, sweet lilac, jasmine, rose, gardenia, violet, raspberry, pear, oak moss, nutmeg and moss

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Each of Tobi’s signature fragrances is meant to evoke a destination. The notes were chosen to take you on an olfactory vacation – even if you can’t leave your apartment.

No. 1 Floral

white grapefruit/lily/bamboo

Think long memorable walks down a Savannah Georgian estate path. Sweeping ancient oak trees shade your journey. A floral combination of pure crisp bergamot, white grapefruit and lemon open this refreshing scent. Sweet aromas spark inspiration with blooming floral notes of lily of the valley intertwined with night jasmine, geranium petals and bamboo leaves. This sophisticated fragrance finishes with delicate notes of white musk, amber and cashmere accord. 

No. 3 Floral

Jasmine/rose/sandalwood

 Aah…Palm Beach..A stroll down Worth Avenue ducking in and out of Via Mizner. Tailored, sophisticated and elegant. A chance to sip some southern iced tea and feel the warm ocean waters…The journey begins with transparent notes of bergamot, grapefruit and mandarin flowing through the heart. Imagine the bygone days with red berries, jasmine gardenia and rose. The sun gently dips as you prepare for your black tie affair with sensual gentle notes of sandalwood and musk.

No. 7 Citrus

Pamplemousse/rose/vetiver

Imagine experiencing a mesmerizing summer  gazing over the golden sea of Menton, along the French Riviera. This intoxicating medley of citrus opens with notes of grapefruit, orange and lemon. Vivacious rose, jasmine, magnolia, and fresh dewy greens evoke a quiet and relaxing afternoon in a secluded garden. Vetiver, amber and rosewood scent the air as you stroll down Medieval streets.

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No. 8 Citrus

Orange blossom/lemon/amber

Fijian island misty waters breath energy into your spirit, you are revived with crisp citrus notes of bergamot, lemon, mandarin and neroli. The tantalizing breeze carries lush floral accords of blossoming orange flower. Imagine falling into an inviting hammock. Sensual undertones of amber hypnotize the senses. You drift off to an alluring and memorable evening. 

No. 13 Fruit

Yuzu/fig leaf/honey melon

La Dolce Vita…Capri, Italy…Limestone cliffs. The Tyrrhenian Sea. Midday naps in your beautiful villa remind the heart and soul of this refreshing blend as it opens with Yuzu, grapefruit, orange and aquatic lotus. Dinner follows high on a cliff overlooking a sea of twinkling lights. Clove leaf, rose, jasmine, honey melon and fig leaf scent the evening sea air. You finish your thoughts with base notes of sheer musk and white woods. 

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No. 15 Fruit

Fresh fig/cassis/musk

Romantic Portugal is the inspiration for this fruity scent. Picture fairytale castles, vineyards and rolling hillsides. Take a deep breath and inhale notes of blackcurrant, cassis, fig leaves, cyclamen, jasmine and hyacinth. Creamy coconut adds a softness. Woods, amber, green leaves, musk and crushed tonka bean ground your emotions. 

No. 19 Wood/spice

Bergamot/lavender/tobacco

 Take an olfactory trip to Big Sur, California. Coastal waters and cypress trees carry notes of bergamot, grapefruit, lemon and apple. Soon delicate floral notes of jasmine, rose, lavender and eucalyptus emerge and warm the heart. On your path, redwood trees begin to cover the light of day as you smell cedar wood, vanilla, tonka bean and amber musks. You are finally mesmerized with woody notes of tobacco, leather and vetiver.

No. 20 Wood/spice

White pepper/orange flower/cedarwood

Experience the scents and mood of the Swiss Alps with Scent No. 20. Notes of white pepper, cardamom, ginger, basil, and clove astonish and thrill. A magnificent adventure awaits you. Striking notes of violet, lily, iris, orange flower and jasmine unleash the senses of the soul, taking a moment to admire the breathtaking view. You finish your day with a brilliant crackling fire and memories of vetiver, tonka bean, cedar wood, cashmere musks, amber and moss. 

No.21 Wood/spice

Citrus zest/ginger/clove

This Fairy Tale begins on a romantic weekend at the Chateau de Foix. Sparkling citrus notes delight and revive with bergamot, lemon, grapefruit and orange peel. Magical days spent lingering in verdant gardens evoke memories of crushed ginger, eucalyptus and clove. The elegance of the night sweeps you off your feet with sandalwood, amber, camphor as you drift in your enchanting dreams.

There are 10 luxury scented candles designed to create an elegant mood.

tobi tobin and her dog theoTobi Tobin with her rescue dog Theo.

Tobi Tobin fragrances, candles and chocolates are available exclusively in Canada at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street & Yorkdale in Toronto and thebay.com


37 Comments

  • Reply
    @tserings
    July 25, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    wow what an enchanted life!! she sounds like a supernova!!

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    Emily Mitton
    July 25, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    What a talent!!! Obsessed with everything and can’t wait to check it out!!

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    Carol Luciano
    July 25, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    What an outstanding resume. Very talented. It’s nice to read about someone doing what they love over and over.

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    natalia
    July 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I did not know this new fragrance brand.

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    Joyce Anderson
    July 25, 2018 at 11:43 am

    What an amazing woman! It is perfect that she has developed what is describing heavenly fragrances.

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    Heather Schell
    July 25, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Beautiful piece Dave! I love the concept of each scent ‘evoking a destination’ and each one being so unique. I need No. 15 Fruit, Portugal is my favourite place.

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    Chelsea Montgomery
    July 25, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Perfect read this morning Dave! I am a huge fan of Jo Malone and after reading this piece it sounds like this is totally up my alley. Will make my way to The Bay to give them a go!! Thank you as always!

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    Yukita
    July 25, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Im in love and haven’t tried the products.

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    Lorie. Bender
    July 25, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Sounds like great products! Would like to try them!

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    Michelle Conn
    July 24, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Wow!! What a career/life Tobi’s had so far and she’s still so young…..very talented!!!! I really do love a good story about scents….keep them coming please Dave!

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    Laura Nye
    July 24, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Great products!
    @lauranye570

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    Rhonda Stefani
    July 24, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Remarkable talent and ambition! What a fabulous journey.

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    Flossie
    July 23, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    What an amazingly talented lady and she very pretty also. Will deffenatly be checking out some of her sents #7 citrus sounds like one I would really love, I could almost smell some of these sents , very well described Dave

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    Anna Roszak-Robinson
    July 23, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    She is an amazing, talented lady. I will definitely look for this when I’m at Hudson’s Bay
    @robinson4206

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    L.K.
    July 23, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Very interesting!! Always cool to get the backstory! Thanks for sharing and as always thanks for putting brands out there that are interested actually worth the investment!

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    Amy McIlmoyle
    July 23, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    What an amazing and talented woman! Want to smell ALL scents 💜

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    Josephine Lynne Jennings
    July 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Beautiful , clever lady.

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    denise
    July 23, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    loved learning about her

    @momof3boysj

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    Naomi
    July 23, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I need to try Crow! We rescued a crow with a broken wing and he lived with us for a whole year. He did NOT smell as nice as his namesake Tobi Tobin fragrance sounds, though!

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    Ernestine Perez
    July 23, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Wow! I would love to try them all but if i had to choose one, it would have to be No. 13 Fruit! They all sound like a favorite though! @Ern67Prez

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    September Dee
    July 23, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I can’t wait to give these scents a good sniff. They all sound wonderful!

  • Reply
    Linda
    July 23, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Love the article talented lady
    @lindalag1

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    Brenda Elkins
    July 23, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Fascinating article Dave. Tobi sounds as interesting as her fragrance notes! I love to read about creative people. Now I am really intrigued to try her fragrances. Thanks for this splendid introduction.

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    Gezele MacMillan
    July 23, 2018 at 7:44 am

    This is really interesting Dave!! She has quite a unique ability for mixing different notes.

  • Reply
    AdeleAWright
    July 22, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Very interesting! I must check this out next time I am in Hudson Bay! @AdeleAWright

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