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    Default Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    Hello all,

    I've been reading the reviews on basenotes for this fragrance. A few reviewers therein mentioned that the price is crazy, and you can get similar or better equivalents that are cheaper. They don't mention any names, so I'm just wondering if anyone can help in naming these alternatives ?

    Thanks in advance

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    Atelier Cologne's Grand Neroli is close.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    I remember reading a post from another Basenoter that one which is similar is: Anbar by Comme des Garcons.

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    Depending on the source, you can get a 6.8 ounce size of Chanel's Eau de Cologne for about the price of a 1.7 ounce Neroli Portofino. I am not saying it's identical to Neroli Portofino, but I think both are equally appealing takes on Neroli.

    Just checked, as a matter of fact: Chanel Eau de Cologne, 6.8, retails for $230.00 on the Chanel website. Neroli Portofino, 1.7, retails for $205.00 at Neiman.

    I love both scents. Sometimes I prefer one, sometimes the other; right now I'm enjoying the Chanel.

    I also like Creed's Neroli Sauvage, but to me it's a hair behind these two in terms of smell (note that none of these is going to have great longevity). From a discounter, it's in the middle as to price. I think the 2.5 ounce size is usually between $125 to $150.00.
    Last edited by barclaydetolly; 16th April 2013 at 11:55 PM.
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    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I remember reading a post from another Basenoter that one which is similar is: Anbar by Comme des Garcons.
    Weird. To me, Anbar isn't even close to the TF. (I like them both for different reasons.)

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    Neroli is too unique to have a clone. I dont think I've smelt any fragrances that resemble it.

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    Mugler Cologne

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    Penhaligon Castile.

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    Gendarme ?
    Neroli is deeper and natural, Gendarme pushes the boundary of smelling a bit chemical / bug spray.
    Both are very transparent, they share a hyper clean presentation.

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    None IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Next View Post
    Gendarme ?
    Neroli is deeper and natural, Gendarme pushes the boundary of smelling a bit chemical / bug spray.
    Both are very transparent, they share a hyper clean presentation.
    Gendarme does smell synthetic next to Tom Ford Neroli Portofino as well as Castile - but NOT like bug spray.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    a very cheapo would be 4711.

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    4711 is incredibly similar, but the longevity is very poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverwide View Post
    4711 is incredibly similar, but the longevity is very poor.
    I find NP's longevity to be equally as dubious! :-D

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    The only one that is somewhat close to Neroli Portofino mentioned so far is Grand Neroli. It substitutes vanilla for amber.
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    Many thanks gentlemen,

    I always appreciate the helpful and knowledgeable people around here.

    Thanks for your time. I'll be checking out the frags mentioned here.

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    I find the Neroli & amber combo of NP pretty unique & can't think of anything I've smelled that's as good of a blend of especially those two notes.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    Chanel Eau de Cologne, sort of.

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    I wouldn't put Gendarme or Mugler anywhere near Neroli Portofino in scent profiles. Not bad scents, just not similar to Neroli Portofino (Mugler, for example, smells more like a very mild, mustky, soapy vetiver). At least Chanel EdC, Neroli Sauvage, and a few others mentioned here are in the ballpark, though I'd agree they aren't interchangeable.
    Current Top Five:

    1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    5. Creed Original Vetiver

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, to my nose.
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Neroli neroli by L'Erbolario for 1/25 of the TF price!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francolino View Post
    Neroli neroli by L'Erbolario for 1/25 of the TF price!
    Gentlemen, I appreciate your continued interest in this thread.

    Francolino, your suggestion sounds very interesting, but I cannot find anywhere in Australia that keeps it, and I cannot find it anyone to ship it to me. Grrr............

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Mugler Cologne
    this
    Well, it's cheaper than therapy... edit: No it's not...

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    Lalique White was surprisingly similar to me and not even a quarter the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spcmiller View Post
    I find NP's longevity to be equally as dubious! :-D
    Agreed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul P View Post
    Gentlemen, I appreciate your continued interest in this thread.

    Francolino, your suggestion sounds very interesting, but I cannot find anywhere in Australia that keeps it, and I cannot find it anyone to ship it to me. Grrr............
    errata corrige 1/10 of the TF price, I would deliver it to you but it's a rough schedule for me now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francolino View Post
    errata corrige 1/10 of the TF price, I would deliver it to you but it's a rough schedule for me now!
    Francolino, it's ok. When you get some time, send me a PM. If you are still willing to help me, I would like to buy a bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I remember reading a post from another Basenoter that one which is similar is: Anbar by Comme des Garcons.
    It was me. Yes, this!!
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    Not exactly the same, but to me great alternatives: TDC Bergamote, Blue Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri, Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte (this is much sharper and dryer than NP).

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    Get a decant, you will eventually get the bottle or a decant.

    I have come to this realisation with some of the "like" fragrances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, to my nose.
    Actually, I'd say Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza (the black bottle).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmellyKid View Post
    Neroli is too unique to have a clone. I dont think I've smelt any fragrances that resemble it.
    I agree. There are others with the same vibe like Atelier Cologne's Grand Neroli , but for me nothing lifts the mood like Neroli Portofino.
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    4711

    Wouldn't say it's "better", as Ford products are high quality. Longevity isn't the best, but it's cheap, quite similar, and a cologne splash.

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    Neroli Portofino is a wonderful orange EDP. Like an EDC or EDT but longer lasting.

    4711 does not last long at all. It's an EDC and also not one of the better ones. Try the Farina EDC. Alas, it's the nature of an EDC, even Guerlain's Cologne Imperiale fades quickly.

    Also try MPG Pour Le Jeune Homme for the scent of and EDC with greater longevity.
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    florida water...$5 a bottle..is my go to summer fragrance along with speick
    14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it

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    I didn't want to buy NP, but I ended up doing so anyway just for the longevity.

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    @Paul P,

    There couple L'Erbolario points of sale in Australia, perhaps you could give them a call to see if they have any Neroli Neroli in store.

    http://www.erbolario.co.uk/filemanag..._erbolario.pdf

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    If you look at a discounter Eau de New York can be had relatively cheap

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    Many thanks to all respondents

    CX827, thanks for that tip - there is in fact an authorized Australian distributor, and I will be putting in my order soon.

    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    Ive sampled this, and although I love the idea, I find it way to strong.

    Creeds Neroli Sauvage is much lighter and fresher.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    Quote Originally Posted by spcmiller View Post
    I find NP's longevity to be equally as dubious! :-D
    I also struggle with NP's longevity. I've heard it praised as often as questioned though.

    I'm wearing it today. I love the scent. It would be in my top 3-4 if it weren't for the longevity issues I suffer with it. I wondering whether I could possibly have got a 'bad' bottle. Given the money involved, that would be no laughing matter...!

    As another poster mentioned, I found Mugler Cologne somewhat similar, but decidedly inferior as a scent.

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    Paul P anytime!
    (Neroli Neroli sounds pretty good and actually i was just browsing to see any boutiques carries this brand in Pacific region and saw that page)

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    I've never had a Neroli scent last all that long, but boy do I love them while they're there.

    I get about four or five hours out of Neroli Portofino, maybe seven or eight if I spray it on my clothes and really wet my arms. That's maybe 1/3 longer than Chanel's Eau de Cologne, which I personally like a tad better (but really, both are great scents). Neroli Sauvage, from what I remember, lasted about as long as Chanel, but I've never had a full bottle so I can't say for sure.

    And again, while I like Mugler cologne, it baffles me why anyone would say it smells of Neroli. It is a light, musky, vetivery scent -- just a hint of vetiver. If you smell any of the Nerolis above on one arm and Mugler on the other, I can't imagine you'd put them in the same family, but that's just my nose. Now, Mugler and Original Vetiver, that's another story . . . .

    Finally, somebody mentioned Eau de New York. That one does last longer on my skin than any of the Nerolis we're discussing. But EdNY is like most Bonds: it lasts a long time, but doesn't smell all that great, especially compared to Neroli Portofino or Chanel EdC.
    Last edited by barclaydetolly; 24th April 2013 at 05:54 PM.
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    1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    5. Creed Original Vetiver

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    Thierry Mugler Cologne imo smells close to Neroli Portofino. Maybe 85%. So close that I wouldn't buy Neroli Portofino for that price.

    I wouldn't say Mugler is inferior, it just has a cleaner soapier vibe. Portofino is smells lighter with more neroli. If they both were the same price and I didn't own Mugler Cologne, I would buy Neroli Portofino.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmm150 View Post
    Thierry Mugler Cologne imo smells close to Neroli Portofino. Maybe 85%. So close that I wouldn't buy Neroli Portofino for that price.

    I wouldn't say Mugler is inferior, it just has a cleaner soapier vibe. Portofino is smells lighter with more neroli. If they both were the same price and I didn't own Mugler Cologne, I would buy Neroli Portofino.
    Wow, I never would have guessed somebody would say they're 85% close.

    I like Mugler, but love NP. My biggest two knocks against Mugler are (1) I can't smell it at all after about an hour (though I think it's still there), and (2) I like Original Vetiver a bit more, and the two are just too similar.
    Current Top Five:

    1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    5. Creed Original Vetiver

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    How similar are Neroli 36 and Fleur D'Oranger 27 to Neroli Portofino?

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    Ferre's Bergamotto Marino. Much like 4711 only with much more "punch".

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    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    Wow, I never would have guessed somebody would say they're 85% close.

    I like Mugler, but love NP. My biggest two knocks against Mugler are (1) I can't smell it at all after about an hour (though I think it's still there), and (2) I like Original Vetiver a bit more, and the two are just too similar.
    Ok. I just put on NP on one arm and Mugler on the other. Here is what I think as of now. Creed OV and Mugler are a myuch closer match but I wouldn't buy Creed OV since they are so close and Mugler is so much cheaper.

    I also take back what I initally said. The dry down is about 65% similar between Mugler and TF NP. The opening is not too similar. Now that I have both on, I prefer Mugler Cologne to NP even if NP was cheaper than Mugler, I would still choose Mugler. Man Mugler needs to make more appearances on my skin. It is so fresh and clean smelling.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    I love both MC and NP. Great, clean, fresh scents.

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    OK, the Mugler Cologne is tempting me. How close is it to NP and AdP Colonia Assoluta/Essenza? I have Borsari, which is an inexpensive "colonia" scent, but am looking for something with more neroli and doesn't smell as cheap

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    + 1 for Bergamotto Marino by GianFranco Ferre. A great, cheap alternative!

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    Insomniac, I don't know about Assoluta, but I didn't find MC to have much in common at all with Essenza. The latter evinced far too much of that barbershop vibe for my tastes. MC does get noted as having a soapy element, but it's not the same kind of soap as Essenza. It's more like a freshly scrubbed, squeaky clean note. Essenza's is a shaving lather soap. In my humble opinion, of course! Obviously, I much prefer MC to Essenza

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    John Varvatos Artisan is similiar to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    + 1 for Bergamotto Marino by GianFranco Ferre. A great, cheap alternative!
    Would you say BM is less "floral" than AdP? That's the one thing I don't like about their frags... I'd like something with the floral turned down a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neal View Post
    Penhaligon Castile.
    exactly what i thought when i smelled it.

    I have a sample of this and i never even properly tried it. This house really has surprised me. Quality

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthierry View Post
    John Varvatos Artisan is similiar to me
    +1 for Artisan. Not the best longevity, though, but a fantastic citrus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by insomniac View Post
    OK, the Mugler Cologne is tempting me. How close is it to NP and AdP Colonia Assoluta/Essenza? I have Borsari, which is an inexpensive "colonia" scent, but am looking for something with more neroli and doesn't smell as cheap
    I'll just say again that to my nose, Mugler Cologne is nothing like Neroli Portofino. Nothing at all like it. I know somebody said they were 65% similar or so. I just don't get that at all.

    One is a neroli. One is a light, almost ephemeral, soapy, light musk (with a whiff of vetiver). Not alike at all to me.

    I should add that they're both worth a bottle. I like Mugler . . . but love Neroli Portofino.
    Current Top Five:

    1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    5. Creed Original Vetiver

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    Ferre Bergamotto Marino. Only trouble, the Ferre grated on me for some reason. I don't think NP does. Another similar one would be James Bronnley Gentlemen's Eau de Toilette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fraddicted View Post
    Ferre's Bergamotto Marino.
    Quote Originally Posted by 0j76 View Post
    Ferre Bergamotto Marino. Only trouble, the Ferre grated on me for some reason. I don't think NP does. Another similar one would be James Bronnley Gentlemen's Eau de Toilette.
    Just tried out Neroli Portofino today, and I couldn't believe how much of a Bergamotto Marino vibe it had.

    Equal parts Mugler, Berg Marino, and Philosophies's Amazing Grace is Neroli Portofino in a nutshell... it works well, but only for about 45 minutes

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    4711. Use unscented lotion to bolster longevity.

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