Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Summer Fragrances

2 Summer Fragrances & the Story of How I Stopped Wearing Perfume and Got Back into It (AKA Blame It on the Men!)

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.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Summer FragranceI just LOVE the teal bottle of Tom Ford Neroli Portofino

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!

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Summer FragranceDolce & Gabbana Light Blue and I were finally reunited after many years apart

Now on to the fun part: me trying to describe scents…

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum 1 oz/30 ml ($140)

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Summer FragranceAccording 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)

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Summer FragranceOfficial notes are Sicilian Citron, Bluebell, Granny Smith Apple, Jasmine Sambac, Bamboo, White Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, and Musk.

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?

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  • Reply
    May 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Perfumes also make me nauseous in the morning, I don’t know why but it just does! You perfectly well sums up the Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue perfume, I believe it is the perfect perfume for a summer evening!

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      Carol in a
      May 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      I think I have a heightened sense of smell in general in the morning!

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    May 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Welcome back to perfume world 🙂 Now I won’t be surprised if an obsession kicks in ;), there are so many amazing scents in the market! My perfume taste changes spending on the season, fresh/floral scents are my favourites for warmer days, they are refreshing! I can’t really think of any citrusy scents, maybe acqua di gioia ( this is the description, deliciously heady current of crushed Mint, with a zest of Italian “Limone Primo Fiore Femminello”, harvested from the first spring blossoms in Calabria), however it is more on the floral side.

    Ela BellaWorld

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      Carol in a
      May 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you, Ela, it feels good to be back! 😉
      And thanks for the recommendation, I’ll definitely give Acqua di Gioia a spritz.

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    May 25, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Once again, Carolina, you seem to be my sister by another… well, country. Perfume is the one beauty item I can forget wearing for weeks and that I never really obsessed about. I do own a few an I do use them, but if I forget, I will probably not notice.
    Oh, and yes, blame it on the men. Always.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Carol in a
      May 25, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Haha, yeah Anne, I know what you mean… I always feel the same about you!

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    May 25, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I love a good perfume, I don’t normally like Tom Ford scents but the Neroli Portofino is lovely!


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    May 25, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    If you like citrusy scents and you prefer them light, you should look into Atelier Cologne! I got one of their travel sets and really enjoy all of the fragrances. Bergamote Soleil is a great sunny cologne, and Cédrat Ennivrant is my other favorite.


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      Carol in a
      May 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Thanks, Lulle, I’ll see if I can find it here!

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    May 25, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Welcome back to the perfume world. 🙂

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    Trang Do
    May 26, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Great read dear!! Welcome back to perfume world!!
    Kisses and hugs from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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    Shireen L. Platt
    May 26, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I have my eyes on that TF perfume too but for my husband! The bottle is so freaking chic but I’m worried that he won’t like it…which may not be a bad thing after all as I will use it. 😛

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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      Carol in a
      May 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Haha, yeah, it’s a win-win situation!

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    H A Parker
    May 27, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I’m going through that faze now, where I’m just not that interested in perfumes! I remember when I was in my teens, I would love all of the Brittany Spears and CK perfumes haha. But now I just love my Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess and that’s it. But reading the notes in the two perfumes that you’ve recently purchased sound amazing. I absolutely love citrus scents, so the fact that they have: lemon, apple and orange combined between the two makes me want them both haha. – Natural Pretty Daytime Glam Tutorial

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    May 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I am surprised to hear that you have never been on the fragrance band wagon! So interesting to learn more about you 😉 Yes I have 5 scents I rotate thru simultaneously though I have been told that I shouldn’t do that.. Congrats on your gift card and PSH who cares what you ‘should’ spend it on.. There’s enough room for that when it’s all said and done!

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    May 28, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Ohh mang that Tom Ford bottle is SEXY! I will probably be drawn to the Dolce & Gabbana since I love apples and jasmine scents!

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    June 3, 2016 at 1:38 am

    If only fragrances didn’t break the bank lol! I have five that I alternate between depending on my mood. These days I’ve been reaching for Plum Blossom by Jo Malone, but I might Ralph Lauren some love now that Summer is here!

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    Gilly Salazar
    August 14, 2020 at 2:56 am

    Hi there Carolina, it has been a week of thinking what to get and then now, I am reading your blog. So happy to see this and ended up getting both.. 🙂 haha

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