Back in the eighties I visited Portofino and stayed at the Splendido Hotel, a great location in the Italian Riviera resort town. What I remember most was a British “aristo” coming down to the pool in his pyjamas with monogrammed velvet slippers and ordering champagne for everyone. It was 9am and he did not like drinking alone.
I was captivated by the hotel and the small town perched on the edge of the water so I can completely understand why Tom Ford named a perfume Neroli Porfofino Private Blend, he must have been there.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
Neroli Portofino is a great perfume and I will borrow from the experts their description:-
‘It's described as a burnt, smoky orange smell, wrapped in a fresh citrus accord, with florals tones, musk, ambrette and angelica seeds. Created in collaboration with perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux (the nose behind Tom Ford’s award-winning Jasmin Rouge) and constructed as a reinvention of a classic Eau de Cologne.
Neroli Portifino affirms Mr. Ford’s inspiration with the white softness of blooming Tunisian Neroli, Italian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, and the subtle but therapeutic blasts of Provencal Rosemary and Lavender. The sophisticated sensuousness of the fragrance is further expressed by the presence of amber deep within the base which adds an unexpected touch of solar-like warmth’.
Neroli Portofino instantly evokes the old world glamour and seductive essence of the Italian coast. The translucent turquoise glass bottle represents the clear, opaque azure sea, similar to the warm waters of the Mediterranean sea.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum, 50ml - £164