Seacoast Salty Air Caressing the Senses
"Azure is ghastly!"... I'm just wondering what all the hype is around Azure. If you're anything like me, stand out from the crowd. Azure is magic, and it is king, it is unique, it is a surprising compliment getter, Azure is not super excited, Azure is not for everyone. Do you think that Azure is just like the million other colognes you encounter daily at work, gym, or street? Maybe, yet there's nothing wrong with that. Azure smells lush! All the aquatic ones you like are the same anyway, and they all end up feeling like seaweed, marine, and calone. It is clean and happy and bright. and it's just lush!"
Azure is quite a relatively new fragrance inspired by seaside air and a relaxing ride along the shore. Azure is the color of the bottle, which varies from pale gray to blue. It may present like an aquatic, but no. It is far classier than your typical Nautica, which I adore. It gives an aura of mature cleanliness, with just enough of a fruity touch to keep it fun and exciting. Such fragrances tend to be synthetic, but I think this is much more natural smelling.
The opening of Azure is fresh and salty, with zesty citrus fruits. Juicy pineapple and lemon are the most noticeable, and the effect is rather pleasant, boasting none of the acidic or tart qualities that both fruits are so well-known for. Herbal aroma of violet leaf, a staple for any semi-aquatic, semi-fougére fragrance, adds just a touch of luscious greenery to the opening. Still, for the most part, all is fresh, oceanic, and in keeping with blue tones. Perhaps the most enjoyable element of the overture is the salty undercurrent that it boasts.
The heart emphasizes the spicy pepper, with a tinge of aromatic lavender and sage leaves surrounded by a spectacular fragrant tea. It is not a delicate yet overworked green tea accord, rather a Darjeeling in its white variant. And pineapple is still there lingering in the background.
As it moves into the dry down, Azure drops a lot of its initial weight and becomes much thinner and more astringent. The pleasing sea air aspect softens. What is left is a tinny wood effect that is a bit discordant amongst the more luxurious hints of tonka bean and cashmere wood, all sweetened by orcanox synthetic molecule, equivalent to ambrox and ambroxan, all reproducing the ambergris. It's at this point that the scent loses its identity and settles into a generic fresh male state on par with many other colognes of its kind. Miserably, here I must agree with the crowd, even though Azure is flat out gorgeous to me, a combination of notes that are both new and familiar at the same time.
It is a distinct scent for business, the office, a warm afternoon, or semi-casual evening affair, which suits late spring and full summer seasons. It is not quite beastly, but considering the style of fragrance, it can be considered a beast among its peers. I got nearly a day wearing it, and it projects well throughout as I receive many compliments when I put this on.
Once again, is Azure ghastly?