...in the unchanging sea of time. - Andreas Tenzer
Scents like waves are fleeting and difficult to capture, yet here I would like to at least try to "capture" "Wave" by Missoni a little by trying to describe this one.
After I got in the fall to a purchase this fragrance as a sample and there is still no detailed commentary on this, I thought I can do just the beginning.
Missoni was me until then no real term, but evil tongues claim that the fragrance house is strongly oriented to Chanel. First we had "Missoni Pour Homme" as a slightly more old-fashioned version of "Bleu de Chanel Parfum" and so now "Wave", which tries to emulate "Allure Homme Sport". This is certainly not to be dismissed, although the fragrance also reminds me above all of "Versace Pour Homme", as I once owned a whole bottle of this a few years ago. Probably the fragrance is somewhere in the middle between these two, ie a little less citrusy than the Versace and a little creamier than both.
The nose behind Missioni "Wave" is Christophe Raynaud, who was already responsible for 1 Million Privé, and this is supposed to be the best of the 1 Million series. So now something for the summer...
So how can you describe "Wave" now, if you do not know "Allure Homme Sport" or "Versace Pour Homme". The fragrance starts quite clearly with maritime notes. That doesn't mean much at first, at least not to me, so I'll try to describe these "maritime notes" a little more precisely. To put it bluntly, the fragrance is reminiscent of the smell of the sea; that means, above all, salty like a fresh sea breeze blowing around your nose. Or to paraphrase the fragrance's name - the opening smells like you're standing in the ocean and being washed over by a wave of cool, fresh water, leaving behind the salty taste on your tongue and the slightly seaweedy scent in your hair. However, this is also joined by a note of orange, which also gives the prelude a slightly citrus note. Here, however, the fragrance also reminds of a typical "Freshie" or deoduft, like so many other blue fragrances, which hit the same notch a la Dior Sauvage, Dylan Blue etc.
After about 30-60 minutes, however, light floral notes come out and gave the fragrance a certain delicacy and sweetness. Since I like a floral freshness anyway as a fragrance DNA very much, the fragrance turns at the latest here for me in something quite pleasant or less arbitrary.
The Drydown then is for me but the real highlight of the fragrance, because it develops here a certain creaminess, about like dry, sweet and creamy wood. A vanilla note can also be made out here with a little imagination, but the fragrance always retains its freshness.
Overall, Missoni with "Wave" the wheel, or the perfume, certainly not reinvented. But it is a rock-solid fragrance that throws together the tried and tested and a small note of its own, especially in the drydown, can still flow in. The scent seems clean, soft and aquatic, like freshly washed laundry hung out to dry on the beach. So he does a lot right and, the reviews show it, certainly comes to the masses also good.
Durability and sillage are quite passable, just for a fresh fragrance. With me, the fragrance remained about 6-7 hours on the skin and was consistently well perceived. So here too "Wave" can score and has the nose in front of many other comparable representatives of this fragrance direction or at least on par.
It is perfect for spring and summer and fits especially for the slightly younger age group. The fragrance is marketed as a men's perfume and so I perceive him. Despite the floral notes in the middle part, the fragrance never seems feminine and always exudes a certain masculinity, possibly due to the vetiver, which is listed as a base note.
So how do I personally rate this fragrance? "Wave" is overall a fine, round fragrance that does many things right and will certainly find its audience or buyers. In addition, I can imagine that "Wave" could anchor the Missoni fragrance house for the broader masses stronger on the fragrance map.
For me, however, it is then ultimately a little too generic, in the sense of nothing special, and ultimately also seems a little too synthetic. This is him in this price range (about 25 € for 50 ml) but also to forgive, he raises but not at all the claim to be something special or exclusive. So who is looking for a cheap and quite pleasant alternative to "Allure Homme Sport" or "Versace Pour Homme", this fragrance is recommended.