Slightly Salty, Slightly Sweet, Coral Flower Cousin
Linari ACQUA SANTA occupies the same general olfactory space as a couple of Maurice Roucel's creations for Lolita Lempicka: L and CORAL FLOWER. There is a lightness mixed with a sweetness balanced by a kind of saltiness in this composition as well. ACQUA SANTA is less sweet than Roucel's Lolita Lempicka perfumes, and for that reason might appeal more to gents than those made-for-women compositions do.
After having worn each of these Linari fragrances on two separate occasions (I mean: two wearings for each), I can confidently say that this one is my favorite. (I also like FUOCO INFERNALE, but this one is more versatile.) The caramel here is not cloying and claustrophobic as in the Mark Buxton caramel perfume for this house, ANGELO DI FIUME, which I was literally waiting to evaporate--and in keeping with Murphy's Law of longevity, according to which my least favorite fragrances always last the longest, it dragged on for many, many hours.
With ACQUA SANTA, in contrast, I feel exactly the opposite, hoping that it will last on and on and on because the caramel is not a thick wall of impenetrable goo. No, it adds an ever-so-slightly gourmand touch to this oddly watery-salty-floriental perfume. If I were to add a Linari to my collection, this would probably be it.