I second that....totally unimpressed with most of TF’s lines.
I tried back to black - yes I get why people like it. Success is a job in NY - yup, good stuff. allure homme sport (finally) - yup I understand its popularity. Encre Noir - yup. Then I tried Tom Ford Neroli Portofino and I was very surprised. I thought it was one of the cheapest smelling fragrances, actually no the cheapest smelling most synthetic fragrances I had ever tried. It's not anywhere in the universe of stuff like Malle Brigadare Concentree or Creed Neroli Sauvage, and not even in the universe of designer stuff, or even $15 stuff from bath and body works. Neroli Portofino smells like something you would purchase in giant 16 oz containers from a cheap drugstore. I'm talking about Dana level stuff. Just being honest. I absolutely do not understand this and I would be very surprised if TF was using top quality ingredients in this thing.
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I second that....totally unimpressed with most of TF’s lines.
Azure Lime smell very cheap and synthetic, but i never tried Neroli Portofino.
The others seems very nice stuff
To me it's a light cologne style scent that has some longevity. I'm not too big on colognes, so haven't purchased it.
Might be okay on a very hot day. Didn't think it smelled cheap...just light colognish.
Yeah I don't mean to bash, but I thought it was that bad. Cheap is the only way I can describe it.
Back to Black is hypnotizing me though. This is in the "musc ravageur" family of mature and sophisticated gourmands, and might be an equal. I don't want to buy another bottle as I have way more than I can use as it is, but this is definitely good stuff.
That kind of scent (NP) is usually found in much less expensive colognes, which is probably part of what evokes the "cheap" sense of it you have. I'm not a big light cologne fan either so I understand.
Yes, Back to Black is pretty awesome. It's dead to me because my mom wears it. That's not a knock on the scent as too feminine - I had sent her a sampler kit with a lot of stuff and she loved that the most, so I got it for her for Christmas. I'd wear it, but it would seem odd for me.
lol your mom wears back to black as her sig scent? that's a pretty cool mom.
Agree with this thread. As I put in my Basenotes review, it smells like when you get you carpet or car seats shampooed. Cheap, hideous and disgusting.
4711 is extremely similar to me except NP is less herbal and lasts longer. I basically agree with you guys - I like it but maybe not for the price.
I also tried Neroli Portofino recently... walked away severely unimpressed.
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I lobe neroli and like the typical cologne style yet, it's very difficult to find a quality long lasting or and Neroli Portofino hits home for me at least.
I have yet to smell this, but that's a bummer... With as much as I like Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather and Italian Cypress...I was hoping most of the rest of the line was decent too. Can't win 'em all I guess.
I have tried Noir de Noir, Tuscan Leather and Tobacco Vanille and out of those the only one I really like is Tobacco Vanille. TV is definitely FBW!
If you like that kind of light cologne smell, Neroli Portofino has more legs than most of them. The TF rep buried me in samples.
I had a lot of resistance to Ford, but they are quite good.
I find the scent of Neroli uplifting. Tom Ford does Neroli well, as I find this with all of his offerings.
I am not impressed by any other Neroli scents in this category.
ive smelled this too. absolutely hated it
I tried it. It's unfortunate that the whole neroli to orange flower axis (like lavender, mint and verbena, to an extent) is so popular in household and similar products. I think quite often when confronted with these scents in perfumery the mind makes that 'this is familiar . . . I know - the stuff Mum used to clean the house / air the linen / do the dishes with' connection, which more often than not is a serious strike against the perfume in hand, especially if the person smelling it is not that experienced.
It probably also doesn't help that quite often the companies (Givaudan, Ferminich, IFF, Symrise etc.) who provide a lot of the ingredients, (if not the actual whole composition), for said perfumes are also in the business of providing scented ingredients for flavouring, air fresheners and a host of household items as well, so who is to know if some of the same captive molecules or patented bases turn up in different places at different ends of the price scale?
I find the Tom Ford line very commercial and it's clear that he has a lot of fans here (I'm not one) so my take on Neroli Portofino is that it's another 'popular' one from the line-up, thoughtfully expanded to include shower gel etc., but it will always be potentially damned amongst part of the population because of the scent association thing mentioned above. It's not unusual - a lot of people here can't get past the 'Toothpaste' association for scents where mint is a component, or 'Pledge' for anything with a lemon/verbena accord.
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The Tom ford Neroli and Lime are made with some quite poor and obvious ingredients. They are also lazilly composed. It is as if somebody "knocked up" a lime and neroli for the line in a couple of hours.
I quite like a couple of the TFs but I was shocked by these..
I could not disagree more with the OP. Neroli Portofino took me multiple visits to fully understand its place on my shelf. It is now one of my favorite summer AM fragrances I have. I will agree that it is somewhat unfortunate that this style has been abused in common household products which inevitably can evoke a quick thought of 'cheap' or 'common', but if you spend time to experience the product thoroughly there is no mistaking the craftsmanship and thought that went into this. It's not heavy, it's not pretentious; it says summer is here.
As all fragrances are heavily subjective, I appreciate that some may not enjoy this but I urge you to avoid dismissing it so quickly.
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My top 16:
1. Joop! - Homme 2. Puredistance - M
3. Tom Ford - Tobacco vanille 4. Tom Ford - Neroli portofino
5. Tauer - L'air de desert marocaine 6. Armani Privé - Ambre orient
7. Bond - Harrod's oud 8. Amouage - Jubilation XXV
9. Parf. Brückner - Aoud 1 10. Clive Christian - X
11.Xerjoff - Regio 12. Lush - Breath of God
13. M.Micaleff - Art collec. 102 14. Armani Privé - Figuier eden
15. Nasomatto - Pardon 16. Heeley - Oranges and lemons ...
I will not bash Tom Ford because most of his scents in the Private Line are nice, but I do not think they are worth the price.
Five that I am enjoying right now
1) Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company
2) Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain
3) Bois des Iles by Chanel
4) Devin by Aramis
5) Coromandel by Chanel