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Is the Nerolidusche standard equipment?
Up to a certain point I don't really care about the price-performance ratio of perfumes; if a fragrance smells special and has been artfully composed, it stands alone and can taste whatever it wants. If I can't afford it or don't want to: Please, that's the way it is. But when I recently got a sample of Tom Ford's current "Acqua" Flanker for "Neroli Portofino" from a nice raffle prize, I really thought during the test that I was crazy: It smelled so damn identical to "4711 - Echt Kölnisch Wasser" that I decided to verify this impression in an A-B comparison. So here are my notes; preceded by the result of an offer search on the net:
4711 - Genuine Eau de Cologne: Currently between 12 and 16€ for 100ml.
Neroli P.A.: Currently between 140 and 150€ for 100ml.
4711: Slightly greenish-herbal, leaf rather than fruit. More refreshing. The well-known "metallic" bitterness. Input even more intense than the Tom Ford. Back out creamy.
Neroli P.A.: Very similar, but somewhat fleshier, more mandarin. A little less metal, but very soon the most delicate amber breath, which is only perceived because it is the only component that does not smell of cologne. Quieter, but slightly more linear in the fragrance. Becomes aquatic towards the end, which does not play a major role due to the proximity of the skin that has occurred up to that point.
I admit that if you don't like the classic metal note at 4711, you might be better off with Neroli Portofino (Acqua). Or even with ten, twenty other good - no: better, more special - colognes that are available for comparatively cheap money. "Farina Opposite", for example, wipes the floor with Neroli P.A.. The advantage is the significantly longer durability of the Ford in contrast to 4711: two hours instead of just one. Please: Whoever mounts the 800ml Molanus bottle of 4711 (about 60€) with a few cable ties behind the driver's seat only needs a hose and an industrial Mayo pump (ask at the local French fries shop) to shower properly before work in summer. You smell awesome for the rest of the day and still save money.
For these reasons, I can't judge the scent for the best of reasons. You don't have to.