When Patty wrote about Tom Ford’s Private Blend Fleur de Portofino not too long ago, my goofy old eyes glossed over the Fleur part of the name and somehow wound up reading it as the original Neroli Portofino. A scent which I enjoy, but I did wonder a bit why Patty was raving about it after all these years. But I figured that perhaps she had rediscovered it and was loving it anew.
But then as I read on, it dawned on me that she was talking about a completely new scent: ding-ding-ding – light bulb going off above my head! And so I made haste to get a sample of it, as bergamot, Sicilian lemon and magnolia made my mouth water, and the inclusion of osmanthus and acacia intrigued me. The honey, not so much, as honey and I often don’t seem to get on too well. However, I do adore acacia honey, so it was worth a try.
And I’m so glad I did. Ms. Patty was so, so right in loving this baby! (Thanks, dear, for the perfume jonesing you inspire.) The acacia, osmanthus, and yes, even the honey, take this beyond your typical citrus-based scent, adding complexity and depth even as it delivers a crisp, refreshing Mediterranean vibe. I even detect the magnolia in the mix, much to my delight.
I only have a sample of Fleur de Portofino and am going through it like a hot knife through butter (three days in a row!), so am seriously in need of a spray decant to go hog wild and make the gorgeousness last as long as possible. I would say it’s near-full bottle-worthy territory, but I can’t go there. Because as wonderful as FBs are, I just can’t seem to bring myself to buy them except on very rare occasions. But never say never — only time will tell.
Anyhoo, have any of you tried this new Fleur de Portofino? Or are there any new scents that you’re craving and wearing as much as possible lately?
Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino notes from Luckyscent: Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, tangerine, bitter orange leaf, syringa, white acacia, magnolia, orange blossom, Moroccan rose, jasmine, acacia honey, cistus absolute, vanilla absolute, tolu, civet, ambrette seed