Is this worth my time and effort?
After wearing it, finding it quite agreeable and the most enthusiastic response of my husband since Reflection (I believe “fabulous” was his exact word), I thought this was indeed worth taking a closer look. Seems like I saved the best for last…
Escale à Portofino was the first of the three existing “Voyages” fragrances by Dior, it was released in 2008 and created by Dior’s head perfumer Francois Demachy. Its notes include bergamot and petitgrain, almond, orange blossom, juniper berries, cedar, cypress, galbanum, caraway and musk.
A few weeks ago my younger son broke two of his little fingers. They got squashed under a falling cupboard. Thankfully all turned out well, he is healing perfectly and won’t have any permanent damage, but it was a big shock, maybe even more to me than to him.
Victoria from Bois de Jasmin suggested to utilize scents with orange blossom to soothe him as well as me. I wore Grand Neroli a lot and I believe it helped greatly. As the one pleasant side effect of the whole story, my interest in orange blossom scents got aroused.
Escale à Portofino is a beautiful orange blossom perfume.
It starts with a slightly sharp but sparkling top of neroli, lemon and petitgrain and mellows quickly into an orange blossom soliflore. The other notes are playing only supporting roles to let the orange blossom shine, aided by a slight, but wonderful almond bitterness in the heart. The drydown is a soft fade-out of orange blossom on wood.
It is a fragrance done in classic cologne style, so it is not expected to last for hours, but it is surprisingly tenacious for its kind.
All in all, Escale à Portofino is – by far – my favorite of the three in the series.
It is refreshing and calming, balances warm and cool notes graciously and has an inherent air of sophistication and elegance that goes well with the image the bottle projects.
I envision the Italian Riviera in the sixties as depicted in movies like The Talented Mr Ripley or the Hotel La Sirenusa in Positano we visit in the lovely “chick flick” Only You starring my beloved Robert Downey Jr.
This was one of my favorite movies in my twenties, I have seen it countless times. I loved the story about unwavering belief in fate and the one, perfect man, the beautiful setting in Italy, lovable and believable characters played by very good actors.
Didn’t I hear that somewhere today?
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