Some things just work, right? Tom Ford certainly hit a good thing when he launched the Neroli Portofino Private Blend. There are now seven in the collection, thanks to the latest – Sole Di Positano.
That means ‘sun of Positano’, in case you didn’t know. Positano is a cliffside village on the Italian Amalfi coast – a part of the world it seems Tom Ford is in love with.
As John Steinbeck once said, Positano is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone. Sole di Positano captures this dream-like beauty of the Italian coast – Tom Ford
I’ve never been to Positano, so I can’t say is Mr Ford is right or not. But, he’s certainly not wrong when it comes to knowing what his customers want.
And that’s gorgeous, fresh, summery, fragrances, in coloured glass bottles. The Private Blend Neroli Portofino collection of fragrances are housed in glass bottles of complementary sea and sky shades of blue.The latest, Sole Di Positano, is comes in luminous aqua tourmaline glass. Beautiful.
The fragrance itself is a green citrus floral fragrance. It opens with a burst of sunlit vibrancy, thanks to Italian bergamot, petite grain bigarade – bitter orange to you and me – lemon, and mandarin. And then there’s something called shiso leaf, which gives a sharp contrast.
The heart of the fragrance features ylang-ylang and sandalwood, jasmine absolute, muguet and orange flower. Soft musk and green moss give that classic sensuality of all Tom Ford fragrances on the dry down.
I have to say I was really surprised when I first took a sniff of this new Private Blend. It was much richer than I expected – almost un-summery, if that’s even a word. It’s quite heady, but the citrus is there, but if you are expecting a classic ‘summer scent’ then you will be surprised. I really like it – but being a Tom Ford fan, that’s definitely not a surprise!