I was able to try Neroli Portofino today and would like to post my thoughts. Portofino opens with similarly to any other nouveau eau de cologne (Castile, Purple Water, etc) and the opening is a quite nice natural smelling citrus and bitter neroli. Within a few minutes a brief ultra floral neroli and bitter orange blossom takes over and from there the usual (and by usual I mean monotonous) chemical musk arises as stays for many hours. I have taken a shower and washed my hands several times since applying the musk is still going strong--certainly not a good sign for a quality cologne. Neroli Portofino strikes me as a less refined more masculine and very soapy version of Penhaligon's Castile. If anyone has any additional comments, please add them.
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3/19/10 at 10:38pm