Tom Ford Neroli Portofino and Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue are perfect perfumes for the summer
I think the only beauty category I’ve never been majorly obsessed with is fragrance. I did enjoy the occasional spritz here and there throughout my teens and early twenties, but since my mid-twenties I’ve been on a sort of fragrance hiatus.
It all started out when I met Mr. Page (it’s always the man’s fault, you know), who was (and still is) a CK One wearer.
The thing is that I used to be a CK One wearer too, but I stopped using it when I met him because I liked smelling it on him, and if I wore it too, I just couldn’t.
So there I went fragrance-less for a few months that eventually turned into a few years, because the longer I stayed without using any perfumes, the more it bothered me whenever I tried a new sample. Like, it would really make me nauseous and give me a headache, especially in the morning, for some reason. Until…
Until I bought two perfumes in one week… OOPS!
Again, it’s a man’s fault! But a different one this time.
Yep, I’m blaming Mr. Ford and his gorgeous teal bottles that lured me into spritzing some of their content on my wrist while I was browsing the aisles of Sephora a few weeks ago…
Next thing I knew I was exiting the store with a teeny tiny bottle of Tom Ford Neroli Portofino in my bag and 100 euro less on my bank account.
But, you know, it was around my birthday, and it was the first perfume I liked on myself in years, and Sephora was having a sale (I actually paid €80, not €100)…
Then, my birthday came around, and I got a Sephora Gift Card, and instead of using it sensibly to stock up on makeup remover… I got another fragrance.
This time I won’t blame a man…
I’ll blame two: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana! 😉
After Mr. Ford opened up the world of perfumes once again for me, I was suddenly remembered of how I used to like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue back in the day. Well, yet another trip to Sephora confirmed that I still liked it very much!
Now on to the fun part: me trying to describe scents…
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum 1 oz/30 ml ($140)
According to Sephora’s website, the unisex Tom Ford Neroli Portofino features fragrance notes of Tunisian Neroli, Italian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Winter Yellow Mandarin, Orange Flower, Lavender, Rosemary, and Amber.
According to my untrained nose, it smells citrusy and flowery in a very light and fresh sort of way. I find it rather classy and clean – something you could wear at a job interview or business meeting.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette 0.84 oz/25 ml ($55)
I can definitely detect some lemon and apple, but also something deeper and woodier. It’s sexy in a way, but still fresh.
I tend to wear Light Blue more at night, while Neroli Portofino is more of a daytime fragrance for me. So I should be fine with just these two, right?
…Oh boy, I feel a new obsession coming!
Do you wear perfumes? What are your favorites? And what are some light, citrusy fragrances you’d recommend?