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Acqua di Portofino (2002)
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Year of Launch2002
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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A green, woody citrus

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Reviews of Acqua di Portofino

A typical italian dandy-mediterranean discreetly fresh (herbal/marine) fragrance. Acqua di Portofino is a quite decent yet "traditional" (with its easily runned formula) take on a central accord mastered by light spices, aromatic herbs, marine patterns, soft suede and aqueous musk. It retraces the classic "marina yachting" yuppie range of juices which try to represent a sort of vaguely posh (white linen-kind) and "spring-summery" mediterranean-nautical concept. A "boat club type of fragrance" indeed. Vetiver comes up gradually well connected to vague ozonic elements, aromatic-spicy ingredients and sporty-patchouly. Dry down is discreet, sharp, close to skin and virile, with this typical sporty mark a la Chopard Heaven/Dior Eau Sauvage/I Profumi di Firenze Fresco di Vetiver/Ralph Lauren Polo Blue (vaguely Aramis New West for its aromatic-marine approach) or stuffs like those (each one of the previous partially "taken" for several of its facets). Nothing original or to die for but surely a yet classic alternative for all the lovers of this "conceited" genre.
15th August, 2016
it belongs to the "old school", sugest outside activity, for a mature man. at the beguinning is very nice, but gets soapy along the day.nevertheless I like it very much because it is sutil, rminds a bit of eau sauvage.
29th March, 2013
I thought this was going to be a nice gem in the citrus family. Alas, it was not meant to be. I smelled this out of the sample sprayer & really thought this was going to be one of the better citrus fragrances I had tried. Not quite.

Tangerine is the dominant note immediately. It is coupled with the tarragon. I don’t get the cedar at all. I really like the notes until I get about 10 minutes in, and then I just sense that AdP is for the more mature person. I honestly get a bit of nursing home from this fragrance. If Demeter ever makes “Nursing Home”, they can use these notes.

Middle notes settle down into a blasé mix of spices & lavender. They are uneventful & just linger, not unlike a vulture hovering over a dead carcass. Not necessarily stinky, there’s just not much there.

The longevity on this is actually very good for a citrus, maybe up to 15 hours. After a couple of hours the sillage drops quite a bit however, to minimal projection.

Base notes eventually settle down into a patchouli base that’s pretty weak, but it does linger on the skin for a long time.

If this still make this in 30 years, maybe I’ll pick up a bottle then.
02nd November, 2012
at the end its worse shortage is a lack of personality: I remember at least 20 or more absolutely similar fragrances. Usual mix of citrusy and marine notes, very light and mild, maybe with a hint of basil and a short drydown with musk. I bought it once, it won't happen anymore.
22nd September, 2012

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