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    Default Dior Escale Portofino 2008 Limited edition

    Hello all!

    I have been enjoying reading the very informative entries at Basenotes for some time now and thought it time to contribute with something myself; not only be lurking about.

    Yesterday I stumbled across a new summer fragrance from Dior. Escale Portofino created by Franois Demachy is an orange flower fragrance inspired by Portofino on the Italian Riviera. I was told it is the first in a series of fragrance cruise collections" with very limited distribution. My local perfume shop had received only six bottles and of which two were already gone. The shop lady characterized it as Eau Sauvage for women.

    Testing the fragrance revealed it to be a light and very nice citrus floral. I had been in search of a good summer fragrance for warm days so I bought a bottle on the spot.

    According to the text on the box Escale Portofino is mainly composed of natural ingredients and includes sixteen Mediterranean essences. The notes include Calabrian bergamot, Italian citron, Sicilian petit grain, bitter almond, orange blossom and cypress.

    The price of 75 ml Eau de Toilette was 595 SEK, about 60 .

    Escale Portofino is not very long lasting, probably due to the natural essences and is more of an Eau de Cologne type of fragrance. The opening is sparklingly citrus green but after five minutes those notes have almost vanished and the orange blossom dominates. I am not good with notes and am unable to pick out the bitter almond but there is a kind of milkiness making the orange blossom softer and not so much an in-your-face note as I recall the scent of real orange blossoms to be. The orange blossom note remains through the drydown but becomes more soapy and is joined by a subtle woody note.

    I find Escale Portofino to be a clean and elegant summer fragrance with a kind of old fashion glamour about it. It is more floral and much less woody than I remember Eau Sauvage to be. The opening is also greener. I have yet to smell Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermes so I cant compare it to that but I find Escale Portofino a rather more feminine than a unisex scent.

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    Hej Sunnanvind and välkommen to BN!

    I tried this fragrance a couple of days ago and I like it. Maybe a bit on the feminine side as you said and I have to retry it. I really need more summerscents.

    /pelle

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    Wow! A feminine version of Eau Sauvage - now that has got me interested
    Sunnanvind. Welcome to Basenotes by the way. You are no longer a lurker....
    Hope to read more from you soon.

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    I'd like to try this. Haven't seen it anywhere in my area yet, though. The notes sound wonderful.

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    To me, it's a kind of mix of Eau Jeune (the green one), the old Gyvenchy III and l'Eau de Cédrat (Guerlain). Very nice, refreshing, even unexpected. I really like it. The only negative point is that I doesn't keep long onto my skin.

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    That sounds very nice, i'll keep a mental note of it.
    erase that. I will make a REAL written note of it. The way my mind is these days, i may forget!

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    For me is very near to Eau Impériale Guerlain, a good sillage, on my skin an almost full-lenght.
    Almond? not in my opinion, only a good freshness citrus mix
    A, quales ego mane rosas procedere vidi!
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    Where have y'all been seeing this? I'm dying to try it but when I called a Dior boutique yesterday the SA was a bit of a jerk. I said, "Do you have Escale a Portofino in yet?" And he laughed and said, "and that would be..... what?" I said, "A perfume" and bit my tongue. They didn't have it. I don't even think he knew it was one of their new releases.

    So... please... someone throw me a bone!!

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    I tried it yesterday, it is very fresh but still feminine. It reminded me hot summer nights.

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    Nice and of high quality eau de cologne
    "PLAIN LIVING, HIGH THINKING" O.W., De Profundis
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    Noses: 1) Jacques Cavallier 2) Maurice Roucel

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnaea View Post
    Where have y'all been seeing this? I'm dying to try it but when I called a Dior boutique yesterday the SA was a bit of a jerk. I said, "Do you have Escale a Portofino in yet?" And he laughed and said, "and that would be..... what?" I said, "A perfume" and bit my tongue. They didn't have it. I don't even think he knew it was one of their new releases.

    So... please... someone throw me a bone!!
    Just bought this wonderful scent yesterday. While at the Dior counter I asked the saleswoman if my mom in the US could also get this perfume. According to her, the scent is not yet avalable in the US and will be severely limited when it is available. (I live in the Netherlands and here it is only sold in 8 shops in the entire country.)

    Good luck, it really is worth the effort of finding it. I did hear it will be available at Bloomingdales in NYC and LA.
    Last edited by Dawa; 2nd July 2008 at 12:35 PM.

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    I read somewhere that this will be available in the Disney stores in the U.S.A. or
    was that a joke? Anyway, I tried it yesterday and must admit I was excited by it.
    The sparkling, acidic top notes were stunning and then the almond, caraway, cold
    spices (whatever they are) seemed to soften the initial lemon fireworks and tone them down a touch.
    It didn't last long on my skin, but certainly left me wanting more..........
    It's confident and classy, a great antidote to global warming, an under-confident teenager's new
    best friend and the answer to every menopausal women's prayer. Yes, indeed it is all those things
    and maybe more. In fact I love it to bits.
    Last edited by kewart; 2nd July 2008 at 08:44 PM.

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    I know that it hasn't made it way to LA yet ... but it sounds great!
    Oh please, if everyone around here is going to start telling the truth, I'm going to bed. - The House of Yes

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    OMG! My husband returned from a trip to Europe and brought me back some
    Escale a Portofino!! It is really beautiful and quite similar to Eau Sauvage.
    The top notes smell very grapefruity to my nose (although there is no grapefruit
    listed.) It lasts about two hours, but I just re-apply. I can't wait for some sunny
    waether now - it's been pouring with rain here all week (Wimbledon is on this week
    of course.....) Congrats. to Venus Williams by the way!

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    OK, after posting that I have reached perfume saturation point, I am now intrigued...how very ironic. :-)
    "I don't know the key to success,
    but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
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    Christian Dior - Escale Portofino

    This is what one may call a delicious fragrance (this alone would scare off a lot of men)! I tried it on, over a month ago and ever since I have been testing it whenever I can just to decide if I want to have it or not. Or actually if it is good on me or not. First I was attracted by the simple elegance and vintage feeling of the bottle. My congratulations to the designer! Then the name is definitely marketable especially ahead of summer. Portofinos myth as a place for the sophisticated wealth and/or aristocracy adds to the elegance of the whole concept. Testing the content of the bottle was such a pleasant experience. Sensual, clean, citric with a distinct almond note. The warmth and richness of this fragrance captured me ever since. I am from the Mediterranean and to my surprise this fragrance has something from the warm nights enriched by the scents breezed through the leaves of orange trees. To my modest opinion it is the almond that made the difference from an overtly sweet orange blossom perfume. And it is that limited sweetness that I appreciate as well. It is true, Escale Portofino tends more towards a feminine fragrance but I still think that its clean citrus, floral and almond notes as well as its dry down can suit astonishingly well a man who flirts with old citrus classics but with a twist. Dear all I recommend at least a couple of tests. By the way I agree with the overall idea that female and male fragrances are marketed as such it is entirely up to each individual to test and decide if a fragrance is well suited or not for her/his personality, skin, etc.
    Escale Portofino doesnt last that long, but it doesnt last that short either. As it has been widely said it contains many natural essences that understandably wouldnt last many hours. On my skin it lingers on for approx. 6 hours, and on my cloths more.
    Now where to get it!? It has been marketed as a limited edition perfume. It may be so but I have seen it all over Europe. Best places to acquire a bottle, or two, is of course most Tax Free stores. The cheapest Escale Portofino I have encountered is at Vantaa Airport: 75ml for 48,70 ; in both Athens and Feregehy international airports, the same quantity was a bit more expensive.
    Best,
    Michail

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    Quote Originally Posted by kewart View Post
    I read somewhere that this will be available in the Disney stores in the U.S.A. or
    was that a joke? Anyway, I tried it yesterday and must admit I was excited by it.
    The sparkling, acidic top notes were stunning and then the almond, caraway, cold
    spices (whatever they are) seemed to soften the initial lemon fireworks and tone them down a touch.
    It didn't last long on my skin, but certainly left me wanting more..........
    It's confident and classy, a great antidote to global warming, an under-confident teenager's new
    best friend and the answer to every menopausal women's prayer. Yes, indeed it is all those things
    and maybe more. In fact I love it to bits.
    It is available at Epcot Center in Florida. You can link from the Dior website to the Disney website and they have a big promotion this week where samples are being offered. Unfortunately it cannot be bought on-line. I am so curious I probably would have bought unsniffed.

    I live near Los Angeles and cannot find it anywhere

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    I got over my saturation point by blind buying this fragrance and I'm so glad I did. It arrived today and it's gorgeous. I don't normally do citrus fragrances, but I like the tangerine/lemon aspect of this. Someone said it smells of summer, and I really do get that. It's light and fresh - I just hope it lasts well. I'm getting a touch of nostalgia, because it reminds me hugely of 4711 - and I wore that when I was all of 12 years old!

    Ordered mine from Escentuals by the way.
    Last edited by Clemmie; 12th July 2008 at 09:08 PM.
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    Hi there!
    Well finally I got a bottle of EP all mine :-)
    At Heathrow airport, duty free had the 75ml for approx. 40!
    I am happy I got this one; as I have said in the past, this is a feel good fragrance and a very unisex one to my humble opinion.

    Take good care!

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    I got spritzed with this by four separate SAs in France and London in the same week - and though you would think that should have made an impression, I had so many other perfumes on at the time, plus a fistful of touches in both hands, that I was suffering from sensory overload on each occasion. Then the other Saturday I wandered into the humble little department store in my one horse town and there it was again! This time Escale had my undivided attention and it was love at first spray. I am in serious danger of making this my next FB, but am in touch with the guys over on the abuse clinic thread for when I am feeling weak...

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    I liked it when I smelled at the Duty Free in Miami Intl Airport a couple months ago. I agree with the above comparison to Imperiale by Guerlain. I am not in the market for a new 'Eau cologne' type scent now, but the scent is pleasant, skillfully blended and got my attention.

    If I received this as a gift, I'd be happy. However I'm not rushing around trying to buy a bottle myself.

    Somehow when I see the name, I can't help but think that Dior ripped off of Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford (Private Blends).
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