Acqua di Giò Essenza (2012)

Acqua di Giò Essenza by Giorgio Armani
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Acqua di Giò Essenza (Giorgio Armani)
Acqua di Giò Essenza (Giorgio Armani)
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Acqua di Giò Essenza is a popular perfume by Giorgio Armani for men and was released in 2012. The scent is fresh-aquatic. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Cascalone®, Grapefruit
Heart Notes Heart NotesBasil, Jasmine, Paradisone®, Sage
Base Notes Base NotesAmbrox, Atlas cedar, Patchouli, Vetiver



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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Scent 7.0/10
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Without surprises but delivers what is promised
It is certain that being among the first to explore an olfactory trend is a risky thing - especially because what we imagine might fall in public taste may be something very innovative at the time it was released. However, if the bet is right you gain the advantage of working in new lands and develop something that will become the model to be followed/ copied. It happened with the scent Acqua di Giò, which although was not the first aquatic fragrance was one that explored the trend early on hit very well the combination of aquatic freshness with a fruity fresh touch and a transparent musky base, a lightness that had a satisfactory performance for the genre and a lot of consistency from the beginning to the end.

After 16 years of success of what become one of the pillars of the aquatic family, the eau de parfum version comes at a time where the masculine market is not only less prejudiced with eau concentrations parfum, previously seen as feminine, but also demanding perfumes that have better duration and projection, thus able to stand out more. There is not much to reinvent or change in the aquatic trend and Essenza is not because of that a paradigm shift or a radical change from the original. Instead it is, as proposed by the brand, a refined and deeper version of the original, lowering the acquatic aspect but without doing it in order to compromise the original identity.

As a long lasting version, Acqua di Giò Essenza decreases the focus on water and fruity aspect of the output to put more emphasis in conveying the oceanic freshness in a mineral and slightly woody base of good duration. Thus, it opens with the aquatic and fruity departure from the original, less evident in the marine and metallic aroma. As it evolves one perceives another fresh aromatic chord, slightly floral, that gradually leads to the aforementioned mineral and woody base. Sometimes you can see flashes after all the evolution of the aquatic aroma of the opening in contact with the mineral aroma of the base, passing a very serene and refreshing feeling.

Essenza shown even without any surprises to be an acquatic more mature and better worked from beginning to end, with a good technical performance of sillage and longevity, which makes it an excellent candidate for daily use or even as a night perfume, with a good performance for summer nights or hot and stuffy night environments.
Bottle 5.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.5/10
Fine but uninspiring
AdG Essenza is a good example of a cologne that has been done many times over: aquatic woods, with adornments added for a small twist. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but its been done somewhat better, and at a more economical price point in many cases. It also suffers collateral damage from being the sibling of the original, over-exposed, AdG, despite the fact that it stands on its own as a separate fragrance.

The fact that it ships in an EDP concentration is one of the few things that make it stand apart from the crowded field of aquatic/woody fragrances. The strength is as expected for an EDP, and it lasts accordingly. This at least gives it real viability as an all-day work fragrance. I get full day wears out of it, with no touch-ups.

As for the fragrance itself, it opens with aquatic, slight citrus and woody notes. This transitions to a stage where the woody notes come to the fore and it remains pretty linear from that point to conclusion. Thankfully, it maintains a nice dryness throughout, nothing sweet or gourmandish sneaks in late on the game.

It is work-safe, flexible enough (read that: mainstream) to function "ok" in a number of scenarios.

I'll continue to rotate it with my other fragrances, mostly for work-wear, but won't buy again. Alternatives at a much more favorable price point, with similar scents include Polo Blue, various Issey Miyakes and Nautica Voyage. Between them all, I'll only re-buy the Nautica again.
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
A good aquatic fragrance but overpriced
It's a good aquatic fragrance with the water-citrus opening, floral notes at its heart and a woody background with a little pepper.

It is less fresh and more floral than the EDT. The EDT is clearly a summer fragrance. This one is more all-seasons and office friendly. As an EDP, it has an excellent longevity and is quite linear.

But, even taking into account these qualities and a beautiful bottle with a magnetic cap, I think it's overpriced. (Maybe too much advertising)

If you want an aquatic fragrance, try it because it's a true reference but I think there are other aquatic fragrances which give the same for less.


Lucian 16 months ago
The only Armani scent I'm willing to buy again. I get great performances, compliments and I fell awesome very time I wear it.+1
Bottle 10.0
Sillage 8.0
Longevity 8.0
Scent 8.0

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