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on 9/24/2015 12:45:00 PM
More reviews by Aimbl
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I am not fond of neroli portifino. It's relatively expensive and does not do much for my skin chemistry, evincing a stronger orange blossom than citrus. (I do have skin chemistry that may not be the norm -- une fleur de Cassie is wonderful on my skin, as is Guerlain Aqua allegorical Pamplelune, two scents which others seem to find difficult. I do have horrible issues with Caron vintage extrait narcisse noire, Schiaparelli shocking and piguet Baghari and Bandit). Given the popularity and high ranking of neroli portifino at basenotes and fragrantica, I am reluctant to demote it based on my skin chemistry quirks. I am in agreement however with a basenotes reviewer that likened this to something dead; another stated it was something like A&D medicated ointment , and another said it was like sunscreen lotion. I also get a slight rubberized which is more plastic than camphorous. Reviewers below mention an aquatic note which is an accord I have avoided since I overdosed on davidoff cool water in the 1990s. The neutral positive reviews likened it to 4711, a traditional citrus herbal cologne from 1790s ( perhaps one of the oldest fragrances still available) which I do enjoy much more and which is inexpensive. I would characterize neroli portifino as more of a floral citrus, closer in character, but not similar in scent, to Creed zesty mandarin pamplemousse than a straight citrus herbal cologne. ( actually, I think NP wants to be Creed Neroli Sauvage, a citric cologne with floral undertones and ambergris base, also outrageously priced, and I say this as a fan of Creed). In comparison to eau de Guerlain, EdG is more sweetened fizzy lemon on me; eau sauvage (modern reformulation) sweet lemon that all but disappears; and atelier cedreat enervant and orange sanguine, both juicy and ripe. In its favor, Neroli portifino does not go candied or lemon furniture polish on me (like eau de Hadrian), and the dry down is not atrocious when at wrist level where I can avoid the scent. If I were to spend this kind of money on a citrus (and I can say definitively that I never would) I would probably prefer FM bigarade concentree (I have BC as part of an assorted coffret. BC does have a cumin note that others find problematic). I also am very fond of Hermes l'orange vert.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 8/24/2014 11:53:00 PM
More reviews by AlohaPandaXOXO
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Red, Straight, Medium
I tested this on a whim and was really disappointed by the quality of the scent considering the price. Upon first spritz, the perfume had an overpowering smell of zinc oxide - like diaper rash cream. Now I love Tom Ford and believe he can make anything sexy, but a fragrance reminiscent of diaper rash cream at this point isn't something I really want to spend 200+ on. It was utterly bizarre. Later the heart of the scent does develop a more sunny orange blossom overture, but the zinc cream smell still persists. I'm wondering if this is due to the fact I was using a tester bottle from a heavily trafficked Sephora, but there is something very mass market in this perfume that just rubs me the wrong way.
on 7/10/2014 12:01:00 PM
More reviews by su
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Great perfume for summertime. Light and aquatic. My husband loved it as well. Unfortunatelly, lasting power is too short (about 2 hrs on my skin) and, due to its price, I won't purchase this one.
on 6/29/2014 7:01:00 PM
More reviews by firesyren
Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
Neroli Portofino is a summery, breezy scent that mentally takes me to a white sand beach. As others have noted, there is some citrus in here that is a little sweet, not tart, there are aquatic notes, and it seems kind of "green" too. This scent has zero lasting power on me. It lasts no more than an hour. And, it isn't a scent that is overly unique in my opinion-I feel as if I've smelled this scent several times before. It smells like the Crabtree & Evelyn store---I know I have smelled some soap product there that is just like this scent. Also, a long time ago, Love's Baby Soft made a version of their cologne called "Rain", if I remember correctly---it was kind of greenish-blue. This scent reminds me of that. Lastly, my mom, when she borrowed this from me and wore it, said it reminded her of Jean Nate. LOL, I see that someone else mentioned that in a review as well.I have a nice collection of Tom Ford scents. Luckily this one is only a decant, because I would never buy it in full size, as it lacks the uniqueness and lasting power that other Tom Ford scents have---and it's expensive, for a scent that doesn't last on my skin. Of course, this is a summer scent. I suppose light and airy, which this perfume is, fits the bill perfectly for hot summer weather!
on 6/19/2014 10:30:00 PM
More reviews by fionarocks
Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Love it. It's masculine and fresh but still warm and I feel sunny when I wear it. I like pairing it with Jo Malone Grapefruit for an energy boost.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 4/13/2014 11:22:00 PM
More reviews by Eryn2
Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm
Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium
Yeah, no. Boring citrus-aquatic, quickly turns very cheap-smelling. The price is shocking considering the product. Made to be office-safe, I take it. I LOVE TF fragrances; but this one is a huge miss. Fades fast but lingers as a hint of a skin scent.
on 3/29/2014 2:51:00 PM
More reviews by Empyrean_Luminary
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Other, Straight, Medium
Oh dear. This is a stringent, antiseptic, sharp, and acidic scent. Remember your grandmother's big yellow bottle of Jean Nate body splash? Yeah, this is that mixed with a beachy sunscreen scent. Not there's anything wrong with a $5 bottle of Jean Nate, but when it's repackaged in the mid $100 range it's just absurd. When I sprayed this, some of it ended up on my shirt collar and a few hours later it turned atrociously skunky. I ADORE Tom Ford's Black Orchid EDP, but this one I definitely avoid.
on 3/28/2014 2:47:00 PM
More reviews by mav221
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
After searching and searching for a scent thats not to fruity, spicy, citrus, I found; NEROLI PORTOFINO by Tom Ford. First purchased the body moisturizer and instantly knew I would go to quickly through it, so I shelled out 250.00 for the parfum. This is has no lasting power what so ever! I don't think I have ever been so disappointed. : ( I actually tested it and it ranges between 1-2 hours. HUGE FAIL. It was suggested to spray in hair and that didn't help either.
on 9/5/2013 3:15:00 PM
More reviews by girlnextdoor
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium
Got the splash bottle of eau fraiche this summer, and I love it so much. I get a lot of orange blossom and a touch of lavender on my skin. This is a light scent, it fades to just a whiff of orange blossom by the end of the day, and the eau fraiche is obviously not going to last as long as a real perfume. But honestly, I kind of love how faded this gets; I have a miniature orange tree in my house that only blooms once a year, and the scent is translucent and transient, so that only sometimes while I walk through the living room I catch just a whisper of the blossoms. The fleeting scent of orange blossoms on my skin at unexpected moments reminds me of this, and just makes me feel so happy and at home. I think Tom Ford does a great job of creating fragrances that are classic and simple. My downsides for this actually have nothing to do with the scent. The splash bottle, while gorgeous with the turquoise and gold, is such a pain to use. I decanted some into a pretty glass faux retro atomizer that I found at Ikea, and that is what I keep out on my vanity. The other con is the price. This was a gift, so I can't complain about that, but its $110 for what amounts to a body spray. I will likely never buy the real perfume ($210), but I will rebuy the splash as a fancy treat for myself.
on 9/1/2013 12:53:00 PM
More reviews by dolcefan
Skin: Oily, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
This is beautiful. Other TF scents are too strong or heavy for my taste. This reminds me of being in a sea town....mandarin and I get hints of lavender right at the start. Shortly afterwards is when the bergamot kicks in for me. Overall, these scents do not change again over time. On me it keeps the same essence through the day. This one won't be for everyone, starting with the fact that perfume changes on everyone's body chemistry. On some it may be too citrusy, on some, too "soapy". For me this smells like I just emerged from the best shower (of Mediterranean water ) in my entire life. I said I'd repurchase, but as it is so expensive this will depend on my finances when that moment arrives!
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
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