Costa Azzurra by Tom Ford

Following the success of Tom Fordn’s Neroli Portofino, the house released several other editions to the tropical line up along with flankers as well. Mandarino di Amalfi, Fleur De Portofino, Sole Di Positano are just some of those excluding the acqua flankers. Then came Costa Azzurra.

Private Blend Costa Azzurra captures the evocative mix of island woods on the desirable destination of Sardinia, with its unique aroma of salty beaches, dry herbs, evergreen trees and driftwood mingling with the scents of the low, thickly forested landscape known in the Mediterranean as the macchia – a tangle of oats, juniper pines and herbs.

  • salty
  • woody
  • seaweed
  • driftwood
  • agarwood
  • oudh
  • juniper
  • myrtle
  • basil
  • lavender
  • citrus
  • Italian lemon
  • mandarin
  • resin
  • frankincense
  • vetiver
While labeled unisex, I find this much more masculine. The initial blast of salty sea breeze dies down to a more mature version of the classic Tommy Boy. Ford fragrances and been distinctly underwhelmed-over priced and over rated I thought. This, on the other hand, is definitely one worth investing it. The salty-beachy-seaweed note is very clear but it’s light and fresh and sharp. It’s champagne on a yacht seaside type of fragrance on a sunny gorgeous day. Most aquatic-marine fragrances smell painfully artificial and unpleasant, but this smells natural and beautiful while still invoking images of the ocean. 
For a premium “Private’ line from Tom Ford I expected better performance. This fragrance while smelling amazing lacks in power and projection as well as longevity. You may get maximum 2 hours out of this fragrance before it’s a skin scent. The price is very steep starting at $225 for a 50ml (1.7oz). House of Parfum gives this fragrance a 6/10 rating. 

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