REVIEW

The Fragrance Awards: Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Forte

Remember our Skincare Awards back in early September? Well, we’re back! This time we turn our attention to all the fragrances, old and new, that have claimed a spot on our wrists and décolletages. From classic to citrus and everything in between, these are the fragrances we keep re-purchasing, find ourselves gushing to our besties about, and stare lovingly at on our bathroom shelves for inappropriate amounts of time.

Tom Ford is a god amongst men. When he’s not directing Oscar-nominated films like A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals, or running his eponymous fashion label, Mr. Ford is elevating our beauty shelves and ensuring that our noses are never not blissfully happy. How? With a long line-up fragrance of that speak to both a man and a woman’s sense of self. We’ve already gone deep on Soleil Blanc, Black Orchid, and a slew of his candles, and now dear friends, it’s time to shamelessly whisper sweet nothings into the ear of Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Forte.

If you want to smell like ~sex on legs~, this is your hot ticket. A stronger, bolder return to the OG Neroli Portofino, Neroli Portofino Forte begins with notes of lemon, bergamot, and mandarin, and is enriched with green basil and suede. The neroli is more opulent than its predecessor, and it’ll stay on the skin for 8-10 hours. In trying to encapsulate its overall vibe, the word ‘animalistic’ springs to mind.

Olfactory benefits aside, this is probably the most Instagram-friendly bottle of perfume to ever exist. Never will your iPhone lens capture something more beautiful, more majestic, than a bottle of Neroli Portofino Forte glistening in the sun *wipes away single tear*. Be even more inspired to buy your very own bottle by our highly srs review below.

If Neroli Portofino Forte was a mood: Confidence
A language: Russian
A place: The nearest DF
A person: George Clooney
An era: The Noughties
A song: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
A time: 1am
A character: Wade “Cry Baby” Walker
A YouTube video: This

Words, Madeleine Woon. Photography, Ellen Virgona.