Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino and Goutal L’lle au The

Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino and Annick Goutal L’lle au The are two great summer or any time fragrances, but since they released at the start of summer, which they are perfect for, I’ve got them on steady rotation.

tom ford fleur de Portofino and Goutal L'lle du The

Speaking of summer, does anyone know exactly how to build an ark?  I don’t complain about rain in Colorado, but lawd, it has rained cats and dogs almost every day the last two months.

Annick Goutal L’lle au The is a green tea scent.  I expected a really light hand from Goutal, but this thing does not skimp on the tea, which is perfect.  It’s not heavy (think Cdg Tea, etc), but it has a great green smokiness with a musky bottom.  So it’s somewhere between Bvlgari Au the Vert, Parfum d’Empire Osmanthus Interdite (that osmanthus in Goutal L’lle au The are great) and the epic Goutal Eau de Fier.  Yeah, something in the middle of that tea mash-up, I swear!  I’ve loved it for all the greeny smoked osmanthus’ness of it.  If you want to see more tea perfume reviews, I did a big tea perfume review

The pairings it could have are endless, which is great because nearby I put on…

Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino.  This is his Private Blend Portofino flanker, which strikes me as being kinda weird, but I’m just not arguing about it this time.  I like all the Portofinos, they are lovely, light, great for summer.  Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino has something else, besides going well with Goutal L’lle au The.  Notes of Bergamot, lemon, orange, acacia blossom, mimosa, osmanthus, acacia honey.

Tom Ford said this about his 2015 release “Vibrant. Carefree. Captivating. Private Blend Fleur de Portofino is inspired by the cascades of white flowers that spill off the the branches of the white acacia beloved shade tree that dots the Mediterranean’s gardens and lines its tranquil avenues. Fleur de Portofino creates a crisp and bright floral accord from this bloom, then surrounds it with effervescent citruses and acacia honey. The fragrance creates an effect of sheer floral possession that is incomparably hypnotic and extremely bold.

So, yeah, like that.  It’s a lovely citrus, but that acacia and osmanthus just give it a beautiful floral push that makes it so much more than that, with a lovely honey bit that is enchanting.  Must be part of the reason it’s a great pairing with Goutal L’lle du The – honey and tea!  Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino is just a great mix of cologne and florals.  The drydown  is so enchanting with that honey sweetening it just a bit.

Great flanker, Tom, and those are words I almost never say.  First Tom Ford Noir Extreme, which was epically great, and now this.  Don’t make me take back all my snark about flankers.

I have some winners from last week’s drawing for Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile samples – Gigi and Mariann.  Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog, send me your name and address and remind me what you’ve won.  I’ll send you a quick “got it” e-mail so you know it didn’t drop into my spam filter and then get it sent to you.

And I’ll give away samples of Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino. I don’t have enough of the Goutal to share, just one small sample.  I’ll pick three winners at random from comments.  Have you run across a flanker you love?  Or a Tom Ford?

  • Katrin says:

    HI! I’m a bit late on this, but I simply must mention the flankers I adore: All of the Hermes’s Merveilles series,
    but I don’t really care for the original! I would love to try the new TF!

  • Kandice says:

    I would love to try this. TF’s Neroli Portofino is one of my favorites in his line. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Lena D. says:

    I attempted to spray TF Shanghai Lily in the Duty Free, but the spray top was broken and came apart! So I drenched myself in it! My jacket smelt like SL for a month at least. I liked it… A lot…Do not know if I have it in me to smell it again…

  • Sun Mi says:

    It’s so nice to see something positive about the AG – I haven’t tried it yet but have a special affinity for the island that it is based on. As for the TF, I’d really like to try this one as Neroli Portofino is the only one I like so far off all the ones I’ve tried!

  • gvillecreative says:

    I love shanghai lily. That’s definitely my favorite Tom Ford. The yLang yLang reads as beachy to me., and it has great presence. Love it!

  • Dina C. says:

    I’ve also been wearing the Goutal L’Ile au The, and I agree that it’s very well done. I like the smokey green tea quality it has. Lasts a while on my skin, but not long. It’s pretty from start to finish. I drink a lot of green tea daily, so it’s a scent that I already enjoy to begin with. If a genie popped out of a bottle and gifted me a bottle I’d be pleased.

  • Tiara says:

    Favorite TF is Shanghai Lily, no question about it. I also loved Velvet Orchid but didn’t buy more since emptying my decant.

  • rincoglionita says:

    Oh, my, how I would love to try this new Tom Ford! I was first introduced to TF through Black Orchid, which is an old standby for me (though not when the weather is warm). Last winter I tried Cafe Rose and fell in love. On me, it works year-round. This new one sounds amazing!

  • trickyholly says:

    I love TF’s cafe rose and rive d’ambre (though it fades on me almost immediately!).

  • rosarita313 says:

    I tend to prefer Tom Ford’s Signature line rather than the Private Blends but I can definitely go for a little Mediterranean coast right now.

  • springpansy says:

    I would love, love, love to try the Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino – please enter me in the draw! Thanks a bunch!

    • springpansy says:

      Oops – I don’t think I have a favorite flanker – yet. But I do love TF’s Shanghai Lily. Warm and spicy, soft lily. Gorgeous.

  • foxbins says:

    I’ve got a favorite flanker AND a favorite Tom Ford! Guerlain’s Shalimar, in any of its incarnations, doesn’t agree with me, but the Vanila du Mexique flanker is exquisite. And last fall I treated myself to a bottle of Shanghai Lily. I haven’t tried any of the Portofinos. I’d like to, though.

  • Dusan says:

    My favourite flanker, in fact one of my favourite perfumes full stop, is L’Eau Bleue d’Issey Miyake. Somebody mentioned Eau Premiere, which is also amazing. Have never tried a TF.

  • Neva says:

    The other day I went to a niche perfumery to try out Fleur de Portofino (I’ve read a review of it earlier) but it has not arrived yet…It sounds very intriguing to me.
    When it comes to flankers, I usually frown but there’s one that I like and own: Bulgari Jasmin Noir L’eau Exquise which is in my opinion a great tea scent too.

  • Nemo says:

    Ooh you had me at acacia 🙂 I have not tried any of Tom Ford’s colognes, but I do like many of their other offerings!

  • flowergirlbee! says:

    thanks for the giveaway!!anything with honey,mimosa and acacia has piqued my interest…i haven’t got to wear any tom ford’s as yet…i like the woodiness of premier figuier extreme..

  • Maria B says:

    I liked Youth Dew Amber Nude, which Tom Ford did for Estee Lauder. Then I made friends with a woman who wore Youth Dew, and I came to associate that fragrance with her so much that I couldn’t wear the Amber Nude version, which, actually, was very close to the original.

  • edpgypsy says:

    Somehow I missed the real we of this new Tom Ford.. Thanks for putting it on my raider! It sounds delightful!

  • Angela says:

    I love many fragrances in Tom Ford’s line. I’m excited to try this one because I adore Neroli Portifino. The flanker I will admit to buying almost every year is Calvin Klein’s Eternity Summer. They always smell so lovely on me with excellent longevity and sillage!

  • Caroline says:

    Really haven’t spent enough time with the TFs to form an opinion. Fave flanker is Eau Premiere (the 2007 release–yeah, it’s already been reformulated).

  • Cat McNeal says:

    They both sounds divine and refreshing! I am a huge fan of a lot of Tom Ford’s colognes. I’d love to try this!!