Tuesday, September 3, 2013

4711 - A dupe for Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino!

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.


  1. Hah!! My mam used to go on about this one when we were chung wans. She also had a love for youth dew so I always figured this was more like a manly cologne type spray and never tried it. Must have a squirt next time I'm in Boots. I know what you mean about the Tom Ford SA's though, the odd time I get to Cork to a TF counter I get pounced upon by a bored SA, (I wouldn't say they sell much) and end up having a quick spritz & running away from them at speed.

  2. I have always thought this smelled like Tom ford - my friend used to have Spanish students and they always used this so to me it reminds me of summer . I just can't get over how spendy Tom ford P is - come on now. On Spain they also have body splashes in the supermarket that smell similar for about a euro

  3. I remember walking past one of the 4711 shops in Cologne, Germany - you could always smell it from miles away... Haven't smelled it in ages, have to give it another go :)


  4. Deadly, there is no way I’d spend €200 on a fragrance but hell for €10 that is epic!!

  5. I haven't seen this in years, there used to be a bottle in my Mam's press at home for as long as I can remember but I can't place the smell! I love how they've kept it exactly the same. Must grab a smell of it! And jaysus, for €200 Tom Ford would want to pop out of the bottle, genie-style

  6. That's gas! I'm curious about the Tom Ford fragrance now - must have a sniff in BT's sometime. Never thought 4711 could be a dupe for anything as it has such a distinctive scent!

  7. Oh wow! Now I must absolutely smell this! I'm glad to know that you have food in your fridge! :)

  8. I'm going to get this, I love Neroli. I had a look on the Boots website, it's still on offer.

  9. Hello,

    I would encourage you to try Patricia de Nicolai's 'Cologne Sologne'. It is a neroli centred classical cologne not unlike 4711, but it has much higher quality ingredients and lasts a lot longer.

    Moreover, the price of a 1L jug is very reasonable (around $100) considering the [expensive] Tunisian neroli used in it. I would even bet my first born that the cost and quality of ingredients used in Cologne Sologne is better than the overrated and overtly synthetic Neroli Portofino.

    Good luck!


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