I'll be the first to admit that Tom Ford Private Blend fragrances are eye watering-ly expensive but it is a range I recommend that everyone tries at least once; perhaps as a wedding day fragrance, a gift to mark a milestone birthday or to make special occasion that little more precious. Do I wear Tom Ford fragrances daily? Do I heck, I treasure them and wear only when circumstance dictates, by doing so each scent within my Tom Ford collection is shroud in happy memories.
Yesterday I treated myself to a bottle of Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi Eau de Parfum, I won't share my reasoning for such self gift but just know that it was well deserved (if I do say so myself). Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi has been taunting me since it first launched in 2014; a bright citrus, aquatic blend that is the definition of not only Summer but also unisex fragrance. Zesty, fresh and very, very easy to wear - from the first spray it was love and the start of a pricey love affair.
Mandarino di Amalfi has been created to effortlessly capture the calm and idyll setting of white homes, clinging to the cliff side of Amalfi coast in the midst of mid-summer. It is warm, calming, citrus based yet not overly sweet thanks to the aquatic notes. It captures the calmness and ease of a humid summer evening, cooled by crisp, salty ocean air and dusky blossoms trailing in the air. As a Brit this reminds me of an after dinner stroll while holidaying in Spain, Italy or even Portugal - calm, inviting and familiar.
I will confess that Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi Eau de Parfum does not stray too far away fromTom Ford Neroli Costa Azzurra Eau De Parfum nor Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau De Parfum. All three share a similar aquatic vibe but are far from being identical - think of them as sister scents. Mandarino di Amalfi Eau de Parfum is the brightest and most citrus centric scent of the trio. I'd describe it as a cooling fusion of lemon, orange and grapefruit, that does become almost reminiscent of lavender on the dry down. For those interested the fragrance pyramid is as follows:
Top Notes - Tarragon, mint, blackcurrant, grapefruit, lemon and basil
Middle Notes - Black pepper, coriander, orange blossom, clary sage and jasmine
Base Notes - vetiver, amber, labdanum, musk and civet.
Someone once compared Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi Eau de Parfum to a crisp white t-shirt, effortlessly cool, forever chic, suit all and every occasion. I couldn't possibly put it better myself.
Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi Eau de Parfum £92-£145 via Debenhams - link.