Escale à Portofino by Francois Demachy for DIOR 2008

Hello Happy Huffers,

In todays post we look at a fragrance that I’ve always thought of as a mid summer spritz to cool, calm and collect myself. I have rarely worn it in the cooler months and then only for memories of summer. It has always felt beautifully blended but today for the first time I am wearing it for review purposes.

Escale à Portofino for DIOR 2008

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, petitgrain and lemon
Heart: Almond, orange blossom and juniper berries
Base: Cedar, cypress, galbanum, caraway and musk

BANG! WHOOSH! Citrus opens bright, effervescent and audacious. A sparkling and fun fizz that says summer is around the corner, we are gripped by spring, life is good and wonders will never cease. For a fun pick me up to any blue day then Escale à Portofino is the antidote. A big cheesy smile in every spritz. We maintain a green freshness as the juniper berries sweep in but my skin and nose doesn’t register the orange blossom except as background voices to the lovely green snap of those berries, and the citrus stays around for a very decent length of time into fragrance life.

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When the almonds come through its a sweet milky surprise, woodsy too, adding a lovely depth to what is essentially a very cologne-esque adventure. I am surprised that Escale à Portofino hasn’t been marketed more directly to the men, it would be a perfect masculine as well as being a lovely feminine. The dry down never registered with me before today, it maintains its green heart but warming and unsweetening slightly and becoming a bit more herbal. Very interesting. A very Green Tea scent to close, gorgeous whispers and wafts before finally, gone.

My main qualm with Escale à Portofino is that usually when I wear it the lasting power is terrible, around 3 hours maximum. Today though when worn with the express purpose of reviewing it I got over 6 hours of fragrant life, interesting. This may be better in mid seasons rather that the heat or cold? Today is a lovely 20 degrees celcius with the sun shining and I feel like I have made a new fragrant friend, the whole life of Escale à Portofino got more interesting and longer.

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Don’t you love it when an old favourite that you’ve worn for ages at a certain time changes its face for you? What frags have done this for you?
Portia xx

17 comments on “Escale à Portofino by Francois Demachy for DIOR 2008

  1. brie says:

    “I wear it for memories of summer”…love that P! I do the same…sniff my ‘fumes to remind me of other times/places…. a sweet milky surprise with a tinge of green tea sounds right up my alley! Too bad it doesn’t last that long on your skin.
    For me I turn to SSS Jour Ensolielle…I could wear this one year round (it is probably the only fragrance that I can for I do usually have seasonal perfume changes) but it moves me in different ways as the weather changes in my neck of the woods….in the winter it brightens my mood (as the cold makes my tiny body cranky!!!) in the spring it reminds me that warmer weather is around the corner and in the summer it just makes me smile!

    • There is so much love for the SSS. They have a very loyal following, don’t they?
      4 hours is pretty good for a fresh scent, I like to change it up anyway. If I want to smell like something for a long time I’ll get out some of the super long life frags. Tonight I wore vintage CHANEL 5 Parfum and over 6 hours later it’s still kicking!!
      Portia xx

      • brie says:

        ha! Ha! I think I am Laurie Erickson’s (Sonoma Scent Studio) number one fan (as you already know!). Actually P that makes alot of sense now that I think about it…sometimes we don’t necessarily need longevity as it gives us the ability to switch perfumes in the middle of the day and change moods…I like that :)!!

  2. Dearest P
    Almonds and green tea after a citrus and juniper burst to start… this one is in The Dandy’s top 10 at the mo. I do hope my dear readers take as much of a liking to it as you and then I’ll be wearing it all the sooner.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Tatiana says:

    Just when I thought there was very little I was tempted by and I was beginning to enjoy the collection I have you tempt me with this delightful description of sparkling effervescence, green freshness and milky sweetness. Sigh, off to find sample. Good thing the DH is away and doesn’t read the perfume blogs.

  4. laniersmith says:

    I have been wanting to buy this since I found a bottle of it at Mademoiselle Antoinette’s Parfumerie in New Orleans Square at Disneyland earlier this month. Yes Disneyland! It really is lovely as are the other perfumes in Dior’s Escale line. I am just kicking myself that I didn’t get it. Thanks for reminding me of just how great it is.

  5. Mary P. says:

    Now that the weather is starting to warm up here in Texas I’ll have to check this one out. It sounds great – love the vanilla base. You are right, vanilla adds depth, maybe that’s why I love it so 🙂

  6. LaurenW says:

    I love Escale a Portofino! It’s one of my summer favorites, along with the Escale a Pondichery. I haven’t tried the other two Escales, Parati and Marquises, but would really like to.

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