For the past two years, I've been besotted with the gorgeous fragrance Neroli Portofino from Tom Ford. I love everything about it and a hobby of mine is to go visit it every time I go into Brown Thomas, dousing myself liberally in it whilst trying to say loudly enough so the poor sales assistant can hear me "Oh yah, I'll totally be in to get this next payday." She knows it's not going to happen and I know it's not going to happen. I've been smart enough to strategically forget the price for a bottle of Neroli, but we're talking around the €200 mark at least. That's my grocery shopping for the month and then some! Perfume or food.... Perfume has no calories...
I'd read a bit about this 4711 eau de cologne online, but kept forgetting to check it out in Boots. So when I was wandering around a Boots in Belfast over the weekend, trying to buy but also trying not to buy, I caught sight of it, sniffed it, shrieked like a banshee for Joanne to come smell it, before popping it into my basket, delighted with life.
Now, I bought a 50 ml bottle which retails in Boots for €15.79 but is on sale for a measly €10.53! That's nothing and I can still do my grocery shopping, whilst smelling delicious. And 4711 really is delicious. It's much lighter than Tom Ford's offering and doesn't last too long, but for that much, I'm not expecting miracles.
I just want to smell like I've woken up on a sunny morning in Italy. I'm wearing a white flowy top but have no fear that I'm going to spill anything on it. I'm heading out to some piazza to have a coffee and I know it's going to be a good day. And that's what I love the most about this fragrance. It makes me feel happy and content. The mix of citrus, floral notes and sandalwood is perfection for me and now I'm hoping the weather stays warm for a bit so I can continue my love affair with it.
If you hate humidity, clamminess and want to feel fresh, then 4711 is your only man. There's lots of history surrounding 4711, but I've no interest in that. All I care about is that it has saved me €200! I love a good dupe and this my friends, is a great one.
In. The. Love.