Neroli Portofino Collection by Tom Ford

Inspired by Portofino, a small fishing village nestled on the Italian Riviera. The town is clustered around its small harbour, and is known for the colourfully painted buildings that line the shore.

Neroli Portofino  is a unisex fragrance that’s very aromatic and citrusy. Launched in 2011 and created by Rodrigo Flores-Roux. At the top you get notes of bergamot, mandarin orange, lemon, lavender, myrtle, rosemary and bitter orange. At the  middle notes you get african orange flower, jasmine, neroli and pitosporum; base notes are amber, and angelica. 

This fragrance smells like what a beach. No coconut or sweet sugary gimmicks to fool you into believing what a tropical smell should be. A very beautiful Neroli scent that isn’t musty and makes you feel fresh. Inside the translucent green bottle is the most epic orange and almost soapy scent. A gorgeous summer fragrance that will transport you to a European Riviera. The bad is that it has weak siliage and lasting power for the price you are paying for this. Neroli Portofino isn’t for everybody but it’s a perfect summer vacation scent. It’s very similar to the legendary Acqua Di Parma Colonia 1916. 
2016, the houseof Tom Ford introduced Neroli Portofino Acqua. A fresher, cleaner flanker of the original. 

Top notes are bergamot, lemon and petitgrain; middle notes are neroli and orange blossom; base notes are amberwood and white musk.
Siliage is weaker here than original and longevity almost non existent. It’s taking the orange and neroli from the original and adding them with some sweet vanilla and watering it down. It’s watery, and very light. Very much a skin scent. The neroli in this is better than in the original and this fragrance veers in the direction of more feminine while the original more masculine.

Another new addition to the Neroli Portofino family was introduced in 2016, Forte. The fragrance featured adding leather, woodsy notes, lavender, basil, galbanum and orange blossom. This version is spicier, richer and much more dense. It’s a lovely perfume fragrance however the beauty of the original is the light sun-kissed twinkle of neroli. With Forte, Tom Ford has intensified the original so rich that you no longer see the clarity of the original. Performance here is vastly improved as opposed to the original. 
If you’re looking for a tropical fragrance this year, then Neroli Portofino is a great addition to your collection. I do feel Tom Ford has lost that “private blend” edge with these and should just call them “designer blends”. 

Do you wear one of the Neroli Portofino blends ? Let us know what you think.

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