Artisan Acqua (2013)

Artisan Acqua by John Varvatos
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Artisan Acqua is a popular limited perfume by John Varvatos for men and was released in 2013. The scent is fresh-spicy. It is being marketed by Revlon. Limited Edition

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMinneola tangelo, Mandarin, Paradisamide®, Galbanum, Mastic resin, Angelica root
Heart Notes Heart NotesClary sage, Lavender, Coriander, Toscanol®, Basil, Geranium, Palmarosa, Jasmine sambac
Base Notes Base NotesMoss, Patchouli, Fir balsam

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Scent

7.5 (126 Ratings)

Longevity

5.7 (94 Ratings)

Sillage

5.4 (93 Ratings)

Bottle

8.2 (111 Ratings)
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Elysium

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Like the aroma of a basket full of citrus fruits on a terrace overlooking the sea
One of the things that I like most about Varvatos's colognes is the shape of the bottles and the admirable covers, whereas one of the things that I dislike most is the performance, as you should know most of the Varvatos's cologne suffer from a weak sillage and longevity despite the overall redolence is gorgeous. Artisan Acqua is a flanker to JV Artisan, yet a bit of a different take on the original, and to tell you the truth, I was not charmed the very first time I tested it. The strong barbershop, shaving cream, old school cologne, and aftershaves resemblance put me off quite a bit. But, when that powerful opening calmed down after a while, what I could not stop doing was to smell my hand, and the cologne positively captured my senses.

To begin with, Artisan Acqua comes with a nice presentation of all handmade and hands knitted rope, with a metal aged cap and medallion. The opening is just amazing as I aforementioned, bright but bitter citrus blend, you definitely get the mandarin and other herbal notes, a few sweetness from the pomelo, and the aromatic lavender, something more than a usual aromatic and citrus opening. There is a lot of citrus and spicy in there, mandarin, unnatural paradisamide molecule, and angelica create a lemon-minty accord.

After a bit, slowing emerging from the citrus aromas is a slight wood note reminiscent of bleached wood baking in the sun on the seashore. This clear, bracing and somewhat salty heart note takes over Artisan Acqua for several minutes before it is overtaken by an accord I’ll describe as floral, light and semi-creamy jasmine and orange blossom white floral accord. The floral effect is ephemeral and leads to hints of fir, gentle moss, and subtle wood notes. Yes, it settles down into a greener fragrance, more old-school accord, rather than the citrusy accord that was first introduced to my nostrils. In my opinion, there is more greenness that comes down due to the fir resin which adds depth to it. And yeah, there is something aquatic but not like Acqua di Giò, Nautica Voyage, or D&G Light Blue just to mention a few.

The dry down is balsamic and resinous, thanks to the lentiscus and fir balsam, ... It is freaking amazing, more than just what you aspect, not totally generic. I recommend for a casual as well as a business day, with a blazer, daytime. definitely, for warm spring months or lazy days at the beach, by the pool during summertime. The performance could be weak from time to time, which a cons most of the times, but it could be a pro if you wear it in the morning and have no time to take a shower before dinner or night out, so you will safely apply a night cologne without any dangerous mix. Although it does not last nearly as long as I would like it, it’s scent is unique: it is citrusy and spicy and has a great bite to it.

My overall take on JV Artisan Acqua is not the typical aqua fragrance! This is one hell of a scent but I do understand where all the hate comes from. Not meant for the younger mass population crazy for Dior Sauvage or Bleu de Chanel crowd pleaser lovers and for that reason I love this fragrance. This is a modernized gentleman's scent, the same school as Cerruti 1881 I would dare. Very intriguing. One would expect something fresh, tropical, and aquatic after looking at the bottle and ads. Artisan Aqua, however, is a clean, slightly soapy gem of a fragrance. It has a barbershop, shave cream vibe that is straight up addicting.

-Elysium
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UrbanMonkey

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UrbanMonkey
Helpful Review    5
Fresh masculinity for every day
Short and crisp.
I was in a perfumery and became aware of the John Varvatos fragrances. I was immediately enthusiastic about the Artisan Blu. But this one gave me the kick to order a JV. He arrived a few days ago and I've been bathing in the scent ever since. First on the card, then on the wrist, I couldn't get enough of it. A buddy said it smelled like shaving cream. He thought Artisan Pure was better. This will also be the next one to be ordered, but I still decided on the Acqua. This creamy, aquatic freshness with this spicy male undertone turned me on just right.
At first, Gilette shaving cream didn't even come into my head. I'm also a little angry that that association is there. There's something ordinary about the Gilette. John Varvato's Acqua certainly wasn't. This is a creamy, clean and beautiful, very masculine fragrance. The John Varvatos DNA keeps him away from old school.
It is now since 3 months the first new, me before unknown smell in which I would like to deep-sea diving.
John Vavarto's Acqua doesn't smell like shaving cream. Shaving cream smells like John Vavartos Acqua.
And that smells damn good!
It looks like I'm gonna buy some more scents from JV. Pure and Blu are on the list. I can't wait to see how the others smell.
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Brightstar

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Brightstar
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Helpful Review    1
Fresh and More than Acqua Scent (9.125/10)
Scent
Fresh scent. Feels like a combination of citrus scents and musky scent. The scent is more than an acqua scent and its unexpected.

Longevity
The hold of the scent is medium.
For non 4-seasons countries, it is very suitable on day and summer season. The longevity can hold for only 2-4 hours.
For the 4-seasons countries, the longevity is better which can be around 5-6 hours.

Performance
The performance is good on top notes. But fades away gradually within middle. Surprisingly, the base notes hold better even the scent is not so strong, but it is still there.

Sillage
The sillage is medium. The effectiveness is not enough.

Uniqueness
The uniqueness is on the bottle rather than the scent. Because it is in the family of John Varvatos Artisan, the scent is quite similar from each other, but the bottle is unique.

Bottle Design
The design is unique and attractive. With the mixture of modern design and traditional craft, it is a superb design of the John Varvatos Artisan Acqua fragrance bottle.
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Brightstar 23 months ago
Great bottle design.
Nice smell.
Not Long last (3-4 hours - southeast asia country).+1
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