Acqua di Giò Essenza 2012

Acqua di Giò Essenza by 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

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (275 Ratings)

Longevity

7.7 (216 Ratings)

Sillage

7.0 (213 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (230 Ratings)
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8.5
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8
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7
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8
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Golcher

88 Reviews
Golcher
Golcher
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is it discontinued?
Not sure this is discontinued or not, some people claim it has while others claim it hasn't nevertheless I'm glad I have this in my collection and getting it at a decent price.

We can all agree on how masterful Acquia di Gio Profumo is and it's no wonder it's everyone's favorite but to me this one should be in the conversation even though most people don't included and will only name the OG, Absolu, Profumo and Profondo (Absolu Instinct is another great one that get's left out of the bunch too). Too be honest I find Essenza very similar to Profumo, in fact I had to do a side by side comparison to better understand the difference and it's narrowed down to the smokiness from the incense (brilliant move by Alberto Morillas).

I find this to be a fresher version, more suited for hotter days while Profumo has a classier edge and is more refined but the quality is there. This is a worth buy if the price is right, not worth paying ludicrous prices.
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MajorTom
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Giorgio Armani. Acqua di Gio. As it sounds. Giorgio Armani. It's music to my ears. Basically italophilically tinged, Giorgio Armani is for me the grandmaster when it comes to Italian nonchalance, but never negligence. No one else breathes so much style into a simple sweater, no one else manages to make suits look so formal and yet so casual at the same time. Often I am hung on the shop windows of the boutiques, but unfortunately, at least for me, the prices are out of reach.

So it is best to come to terms with it quickly and be content with what is financially presentable. In the case of Giorgio Armani, that's my fragrance creations.

In the last century and millennium, at the end of the 80s, beginning of the 90s, I always had a bottle of Eau pour homme above the sink. What a fantastic scent. And what a great bottle, with the corrugated black base. Some of you here may still remember it. For me, it was one of the best fragrances of all time, perfectly suited to Giorgio Armani, casual yet equally elegant, never intrusive yet always present. It's a shame that it no longer exists. The good old days.....
Then, at the end of the 90's, my legitimate successor, Acqua di Gio, moved in, a less citric but more aquatic fragrance, which felt at least as successful as its predecessor. Although there are so many manufacturers in the aquatic league, it simply had a unique selling point, you could always smell it among others. Unfortunately, from my point of view it became a real mass product and for me it became less and less interesting.

Then one day I was given Acqua di Gio Essenza as a gift. And so Giorgio Armani found me a sequel. The question, when such a Flaker comes on the market, is of course always what makes it different from the original. I would like to make a comparison with a car that some of you here may still remember, and this too is from the last millennium. We are talking about the Opel Kadett GSi. One of the most successful series of the manufacturer. In 1989 the Opel men decided to add a GSi 16V to this model, hoping to attract a little more attention - and sales, logically - with a pimped version. Here, too, the question first arose as to where the differences to the basic model lay.

Let's start with the exterior. Whereas on the Kadett GSi a thin exhaust pipe underneath the rear end bent down almost bashfully, on the 16V two arm-thick mufflers protruded horizontally to the rear, almost screaming the power of this vehicle. 16V insignia at the front and at the rear made clear to other road users that there is something special on four wheels. Similar to the appearance at Acqua di Gio. If the base is an unagitated flacon, the Essenza lies full in the hand, the makers gave it a heavy bottle, equipped with a cap that clicks into place with the help of a magnet, full and cheering.

Well, the optical appearance is convincing in both cases, but, as they say, now comes the fiver for the phrase pig, it's all about the inner values :-) Let's start with the cadet here as well. The GSi 16V was not only visually a power, also the driving performance was exorbitant for those times. For the regulars' table it was important that the Thunderbolt had 11 hp more on paper than its eternal adversary Golf GTI 16V (irrelevant in practice), but the thing went like the proverbial hell and at 225 on the motorway, 7-series BMWs were in your way, whose drivers couldn't believe what they saw and experienced when looking in the rear-view mirror.
The Essenza also makes a powerful impression, starts a little less citric but no less fresh, but then takes a slightly different course than the "basic model". While the classic one is somewhere between fruity and aquatic-woody, the Essenza first becomes mountainous, then a bit softer from my point of view, I can hear my tea notes, only to end after hours in a mix of wood and patchouli. All in all, a fuller, more perfumed appearance of the Essenza.
In both cases, car and fragrance, you may like the upgrade versions or not. In either case, both are characterized by a certain independence, which is (or was) within reasonable limits in terms of price and which leaves everyone the choice between two good products.

If I take stock of the Essenza, we have the reinforcement of Acqua die Gio, which goes along with a clearly higher sillage and durability. An independent bottle underscores the independent character, but one that never leaves the base or even denies it. While Acqua di Gio is perhaps one of the most suitable everyday fragrances, Acqua di Gio Essenza is the refined version for the evening, more perfect for a summer dinner under the open sky, for a lounge on the beach or lake when the sun sinks glowing red on the horizon. A beautiful fragrance, 100% worthy of the name Armani.

Even though I will continue to reminisce about the Eau pour homme and the Opel Kadett GSi 16V...as Ben Zucker sang: What a great time...

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5.5
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CD1810
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Somehow arbitrary
Originally I had rated Acqua di Gio Essenza quite high. My beloved classic from the nineties finally with decent durability, great! When I bought it in 2013, I was even willing to pay the very steep prices for a mainstream fragrance. Meanwhile, Essenza has gone down in price, but so has my opinion of Essenza.

I still like Essenza. It gives me a nice, very fruity freshness, which indeed lasts a very long time. It is really possible to hardly change the original significantly, but only to significantly improve its durability and sillage. That's something. In addition, Essenza attracts many compliments, which is also gratifying.

I find it disturbing that I can hardly identify individual fragrances: Acqua di Gio Essenza is somehow fresh, fruity, but above all synthetic. And I don't think it's aquatic. If you want to smell a pure aquatic culture, you should try Acqua di Sale by Profumum Roma.

I already wonder whether the original was so synthetic back then or whether my perception today is mainly related to the increased age, but especially to increased demands.

Be that as it may, I wear Acqua di Gio Essenza when I don't really know what I find olfactory. It then seems to me like a slowly fading memory of the past. It accompanies me fruity - fresh through the day: Unfortunately increasingly artificial and somehow arbitrary. It will definitely not be re-bought.
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Rickbr

190 Reviews
Rickbr
Rickbr
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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.
7.5
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JManDave

10 Reviews
JManDave
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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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Laurentparis

7 Reviews
Laurentparis
Laurentparis
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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.

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DPArtistDPArtist 24 months ago
The best warm weather fragrance in the ADG line, can be worn all year round but I'd prefer Profumo in the cooler weather. Lovely scent.
JoaoMartinsJoaoMartins 24 months ago
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The worst flanker from this horrible line.
Jazzy76Jazzy76 2 years ago
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It's the essence of the gentleman 3.0 : a modern, classy and aromatic deep jus with a good longevity and a quite strong sillage. High price
LucianLucian 3 years ago
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The only Armani scent I'm willing to buy again. I get great performances, compliments and I fell awesome very time I wear it.

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