Unisex refreshing and classy scent. Tends to be more feminine because it has a sweetness due to the almond (which i really enjoy). Lasting power and projection is average, and sillage is great. Definetely worth it!
Escale à Portofino by Christian Dior, 2008
Rated #875 in Fragrances
More lemon and petitgrain than orange and a final woody-milky and musky dry down with the almond's boozy-nutty undertone. Light and breezy with a cologny sparkling vibe and an old-school soul (because of the starring role played by a classy bergamot). The juice is essentially citric and energizing while the final almondy-woody muskiness holds on to be light and is just necessary to develop hints of smoothness. Its fresh and highly aromatic projection makes us guessing about something minty and spicy in the blend ( Blood-orange writes about juniper berries and caraway and i say that it's possible) cause i live that feeling. Pepper and mint? I guess. Effectively the juice teleports us back in Portofino or Capri, in the 60's, the years of italian Dolcevita full of good quality of life and huge projects for future. The juice is not fully complex or luxurious but is well crafted and joyful for a carefree hot mediterranean summer in the riviera.
I am currently in mourning for Nina Ricci's Signoricci. I recently discovered (thanks to Basenotes !) that they've decided as of this year to stop producing this citrus legend. Having tried Escale à Portofino on two or three occasions in airports, I have to say that it comes pretty close to Signoricci. Delicious citrus notes, perfect for summer.
Just perfect for hot summer as a special eau de Cologne , with a hint of gourmand almond.Unisex and subtle.
Dior's Escale a Portofino, is in my opinion the essential Summer fragrance. Citrusy, pleasantly fresh and full of vitality, this fragrance has me thoroughly impressed. This fragrance is similar in some instances to the classic 4711 Eau de Cologne, however Escale a Portofino is much more feminine and sparkling. The spicyness is very subtle to my nose, barely there in fact. I get more citruses and woods than spice in Escale a Portofino. The scent opens with Sicilian lemon, bergamot and petit grain, which makes for a very bright and energetic opening. Thankfully the lemon in this fragrance doesn't turn sour on the skin or remind me of dishwashing liquid. This fragrance does indeed have a rather masculine quality, which is brought about by the juniper berries, cedarwood and caraway. In my opinion, Escale a Portofino is perfectly unisex. Its simplicity is very appealing to me, however this fragrance doesn't last to well. About 2-3 hours was all I could manage to get out of Escale a Portofino which was a shame. Apart from the poor lasting power, Escale a Portofino would make a wonderful casual and refreshing scent for the warmer months.
I just received this, and this is the picture I have in my mind when I smell it: A woman from the early 1950's wearing capri trousers and a tied up plaid blouse with a silk head scarf and matte red lipstick in a convertible traveling with the top down. In Italy. It is a breezy, polite, classy citrus with something creamy and sweet lurking just below the surface. Summer in a bottle.
I tested this today...It was very nice but it smells exactly (to my nose) like some thing ive already smelled.
To me, this smells like lemon cream filling for cookies
I was a little disappointed in this: it smells just like a refined version of Nenuco agua de colonia (made in Spain, cologne marketed for babies), which is much cheaper. It's not that I don't care for it, however, I expect more from Dior. I must be missing something - I catch none of the Rochas funk, and nothing of (gorgeous) Diorella.
This starts with lovely citrus and orange blossom notes. As is often the case with petigrain, there is a slight creamy and woody-earthy aspect. The scent is clear, bright, and cheerful in tone. Definitely unisex, and not sweet or heavy in any way. That's about it -- a pretty good scent, no substantial development but quite pleasant to wear.
Escale à Portofino by Christian Dior, 2008
By: Christian Dior
|Notes||Bergamot, Citron, Petitgrain, Almond|
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