Aqua Vitae Forte (2015)

Aqua Vitae Forte by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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Aqua Vitae Forte is a popular perfume by Maison Francis Kurkdjian for women and men and was released in 2015. The scent is floral-fresh. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesSicilian mandarin, Calabrian bergamot, Calabrian lemon, Ceylon cinnamon, Guatemala cardamom, Pink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesTunisian orange blossom, Madagascar ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesMysore sandalwood, Haitian vetiver



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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 8.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
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First summer freshness with tea and lemons, then autumn sweetness with flowers
You know, I don't dare to say anymore that with a scent where I expect a tea note, I can hardly wait to test the scent. Yeah, I like tea. Yeah, I've got you bored with it by now. Yes, maybe some are even annoyed and are already rolling their eyes...
... but on the other hand ... I don't care about that, especially if the fragrance smells as great as this one, he he he :DD

Maison Francis Kurkdijan is often a nice fragrance label anyway, so I have higher expectations for certain fragrances. Of course, a fragrance doesn't always have to be great just because you like a brand, but luckily you don't get disappointed very often either, at least that's what I've been doing so far.

Anyway, this scent sounds fresh, and maybe it's the last days where you can try fresh scents before the weather finally gets cooler. Then,... then everyone will complain that summer is missing, and for sure those who still complained about the too hot weather because of the previous heat wave will complain the most :D

But I don't! Because I'm more looking forward to Halloween and later to Christmas :D And autumn in general, when the leaves of the trees become redder and look beautiful, the streets are illuminated in the evening and this creates a great atmosphere, the cat comes back home extremely dirty and wipes off his dirt everywhere, ... and ... I digress again, don't I? So back to the scent!

The fragrance:
The fragrance begins super refreshing but also bitter with lemons, black tea, cardamom (which doesn't even smell bad here!) and especially mandarins. Well, the mandarins are actually only quite intense and juicy tasty at the beginning, but are then quickly overtaken by the tea and the other fragrances bit by bit.
In the heart note, the fragrance gets a slightly spicy note (especially pink pepper, which also appears sweet), but still smells mainly bitter through the tea and also slightly citric, since now also the orange blossoms begin. Which keeps the fragrance a little fresh.
Also later I smell bitter tea notes, light spicy-sweet smells and some Neroli. Flowery notes I feel even less strong, the ylang-ylang for example I can't smell yet (but this changes in the base!).
Anyway, even a few hours after spraying, I smell mostly bitter, herbaceous, spicy scents with a nice pinch of flavoured black tea.
Soo, a little while later the Ylang-Ylang seems to really beat. This makes the fragrance really heavy flowery and almost overwhelmingly stuffy and sultry. But this isn't as bad as with some other scents, because once again a little bit later the ylang-ylang can be smelled strongly, but the scent gets softer and softer, so that it still smells nice for the most part, only that it doesn't have any tea or citric notes anymore. This later base is quite sweetish-floral and slightly woody. Only much later you can see some harsh notes again (but more in the background, but if you sniff exactly at the sprayed spot, you might smell a light tea/bergamot note again), but even then the end of the fragrance remains mostly flowery, but also soft.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The vibe's okay. After a lively start, the Sillage initially goes down a bit, but then becomes slightly more intense again as the spicier and tart scents build up. In the base, the fragrance finally reaches a quite nice Sillage and also decays rather slowly, so that one already has a lot of the fragrance.
Accordingly, the durability is also very good with over twelve hours, and I think there is even something more in it.

The bottle:
The rectangular bottle is of very high quality, has bevelled edges and goes up to the neck at an angle at the top. The lid looks gilded and has a rectangular upper part and a cylindrical lower part. The label on the front is square and has a golden edge, so it goes well with the rest of the bottle. On the back you can see the logo of the brand. A high quality and solid looking bottle!

Well, what can I say? Even though I liked the scent, especially at the beginning because of the tea notes, unfortunately it didn't become anything for me. Because, as you may know, I don't like Ylang-Ylang or generally sultry flowery scents so much, which radiate strongly here especially in the base. Although the fragrance later becomes gentler and less overwhelming and then has some bitter notes again, and it also smells quite good, but these floral-sweet notes also take the fragrance in my opinion its unisex status, because the basis for me extremely feminine fragrance, which is also the real reason why this fragrance is nothing for me.

The fragrance is somehow an all-rounder. The beginning is as mentioned fresh summery, but because of the base, which is rather autumnal again, I wouldn't use the scent on very hot days. Therefore I recommend spring and late summer/autumn most of all. By the way, you can use the scent as an evening scent or a night scent, even if it shouldn't smell like that at first!

Yes, a pity in itself, but you ladies could like the scent well and would be worth a test! Unless you don't like the beginning because you don't like tea... but then you would have to be abandoned by all good spirits not to like the great scent of tea, argh, how can you? DD
Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 9.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 8.5/10
Summer in a bottle
There are so many summer perfumes on the market at the moment,so many mainstream,niche,indie...that i sometimes think there's nothing new to smell or even worse,nothing to like anymore.All of them have dupes,flankers,copycats,that i swear i'm sick of.
And then there's Aqua Vitae Forte.
All around the world fresh lemons,mandarins and bergamots,but this time with the sandalwood as the main star,which i like so much! A scent that lasts and lasts with such a great projection,comparing to all the fresh fragrances i've tried! Monster! Great job Francis.


JoaoMartins 115 days ago
For me, this MFK is one of the best fresh/citrus perfumes ever created!+1
Bottle 10.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 9.0
Scent 9.5

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