Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford, 2007
Cons: to expensive
bought this to go on family holiday early May 1st night out asked Mam if she'd pinched my aftershave Tom Ford as i was wearing Aventus No she said im wearing Avon forever Salma Hayek 14 quid a bottle. I couldnt tell the difference. TRUE !!
Pros: Super fresh/clean, long-lasting
Cons: Price point, not complex
First wear test of Neroli Portofino today. Wore it to work with 4 sprays. It was slighltly sharp right out of the gate, so I'm glad I applied at home just before making my drive, as that gave it time to settle before arriving.
I get a super fresh, clean, soapy and slightly floral set of notes. That's pretty much it, very simple to my nose, but effective. Drydown didn't change a huge amount, just that some of the top notes obviously receded, but it stayed fairly linear.
The earlier references I've seen to Mugler Cologne seem to hold up. I happen to have my bottle of MC in my desk drawer, and I took a couple of spot checks to compare the two today. Open wasn't identical - although both are very nice - but as they each dry down, I swear the gap closes to almost nothing. Don't ask me to explain it, they just come across as very similar to me.
As for reports of short longevity, I can report that this wearing lasted me the whole business day, PLUS. I'd brought a sample of Creed's Himalaya, with the intent of applying it sometime in the afternoon to get 2 wearings in today. At 5:00pm, I literally had to wash the Neroli Portofino off before I could apply the Himalaya. It was close to my skin, but still hanging on very admirably, and staying composed at that point. That's an 9.5hr day, at the point I washed it off. I believe it would've made 10+ hours no problems, and it was strong enough that the girlfriend would've definitely noticed it.
So, net-net, I really enjoyed Neroli Portofino. Would I buy a FB based on this wearing? No. Mugler Cologne is so much less expensive and yet so good in comparison, it'd be hard to justify. However, I would like to get another larger decant to continue trying NP against some of the other similar frags: Atelier's Grand Neroli, and Creed's Neroli Savauge being the ones that jump off the page as requiring a comparison.
I'll update as I get more intel.