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The sound of the sea
Megamare obviously belongs to the more polarizing scents and I can understand why. In my eyes it is not a typical perfume that you apply to smell good or to radiate something subtle like "neat" "success" "attractiveness", etc.
For me, it seems more like an attempt to describe the sea in the words of a fragrance and I find this attempt very successful.
I experienced the story like this:
The first (and only) spray feels like a 20-meter wave that breaks into itself and then opens the view to the roaring sea. Somehow I have the feeling that the scent changes between two slightly different scent colours in the beginning and it feels like a wave up and down. I can't describe this smell exactly, but it comes close to a mixture of salty air and something spicy, which gives me an image of copper with verdigris
So no classic freshness in the sense of citrus notes or similar
The whole thing remains relatively long (about 4 hours) until the fragrance becomes a little "cooler", the spice becomes a little more subtle and it gives the impression that the sea is calming down a little, but the salty and cool-looking remains.
Again almost 4 hours later the scent changes slightly and the only note I'm sure to recognize (since I have the herb at home and know it from Ganymede) is the Immortelle. It blends with what else is in the fragrance to create a smell that evokes the association of salty sand on the beach, as if after a stormy and exhausting escapade through the sea, one has finally arrived at the safe beach and is left there simply exhausted but satisfied.
This way the fragrance fades and remains present for another 4-6 hours.
So in fact a very very high durability, only after more than 10 hours only close to the skin and then still perceptible. However, the silage on my skin is not quite as extreme, so the first 3-4 hours well perceptible (well over an arm's length) and then until about hour 8 about an arm's length (according to my girlfriend).
For me, this is not a fragrance for all days and not a fragrance for the office, but one for me privately. For me privately, because I love the sea and I really like this story about the sea. Maybe I have to say that I have an affinity for experimental concepts because I myself am involved in experimental music. So I am not one of those people who say "yes, who doesn't appreciate that, has no idea, blah, blah, blah..." or because a religion or something else makes it, no, I just like it. Most of it at least, if pure provocation is the goal, I think it's sh**e too. The other fragrances of Gualtieri I don't know yet and I'm not sure if he is such a provocative little bear or not, but with Megamare I had the feeling that this is meant seriously and was created to express how the sea could smell, not just to do something (à la Sécrétions Magnifiques) that "shocks"
To conclude with a musical comparison - this is the best way to express myself - Megamare is in my opinion not a pop song that wants to romantically depict the sea as a theme, but also not a heavy metal number that deals with ship accidents and the brutality of the sea. It's just an experimental attempt to depict the real sound of the sea, the waves, the roaring wind, the water hitting high rocks and the sand being washed away.
Such a concept is special and not everyone likes it and I don't think I need another such fragrance in my collection, because otherwise I like it more classic (so smell good in the office etc.). As a sea-fan and person who likes experimental things, I wouldn't want to miss Megamare at least, because it causes a lot of feelings compared to all the other aquatic creatures I've tested!