Coasting for Mandarin (Perfume Thoughts, Mandarino di Amalfi, Tom Ford Private Collection)

tomford_mandarinodiamalfi002One of my favorite places in the world is the Amalfi Coast.   Those winding roads, the gorgeous sunsets, the limoncellos everywhere – they all make an unforgettable experience. And there are a lot of colognes that have been inspired by that region. One of my favorite niche brands, Carthusia, is based there. So even though Tom Ford’s ‘Mandarino di Amalfi’ promises mandarins in the title, I thought it would also evoke limoncellos, the citrus most associated with the regions.

But ‘Mandarino di Amalfi’ is mandarins through and through. It is basically a cologne, but this is quality cologne, and heavier and richer. Calice Becker is the nose for this scent, and she never does anything small – the orange blossom here is sweet and she even fills it up with basil and mint. It is nice and it smells expensive. But at Tom Ford’s prices, you ask yourself if it is worth it. You can get Dior’s Eau Savage and more or less get the same effect – although with grapefruit as the star note. I didn’t buy my bottle of Mandarino di Amalfi. I got it as a gift and honestly, if I were to buy something from Tom Ford’s Private Collection, I don’t think I would ever have chosen this. But I appreciate it, and on a hot summer day, this would be fantastic.

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