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Colonial goods XXIII - Powerful water, spicy water!
This review is a slightly altered remake of a commentary of mine that appeared about two years ago; it seemed imperative to grant this arch-classic of the green-spicy colognes genre a place in my cologne commentary collection.
'Agua Brava' roughly means wild, rushing water, and so represents the Spanish translation of 'Eau Sauvage'. The fragrance was released in 1968 by the Spanish Puig Group and thus two years after the original Eau Sauvage north of the Pyrenees. The thought of a small name plagiarism is not far away. However, it is not a fragrance plagiarism, because both waters show only a distant relationship, although they are both beautiful.
As a perfumer Rosendo Mateu is responsible. It must have been a youthful work of this Spaniard, probably Catalan by name, because he still created new fragrances in 2015, over 45 years after this fragrance. After decades in the service of large and small brands, he has in old age even founded a small label under his own name.
Agua Brava reminds me less than 'Eau Sauvage' of the "gurgling torrent" theme; this is more like a deep, dark forest; the reminiscences of Pino Silvestre that appear in some of the preliminary comments are no accident. In the long opening, however, I find the Agua Brava to be quite prominently masculine spicy. Prominently represented is a juniper note, which can certainly make you think of genever and other juniper spirits (this pithy note can also be found in Ginepro Nero before Erbolario). There are even more herbs and spices grouped around it, which are responsible for the austere and tart notes in the kitchen cupboard. Children usually don't like them because they are too bitter and somehow too unpleasant: Bay leaf especially, and sage, lavender, and clove, which I tend to smell as clove, also fit in here. But that never turns into a somehow warm-brown 'oriental' direction: everything remains clear, fresh, dark green, unsweet and dry.
As with an upside-down fragrance pyramid penetrate to me the citrus and woody-ethereal (pine-oily) notes later. In the end, it then also hardly dusty, when the rather soft-woody and light green sounds come more to the fore. Patchouli and vetiver, two guys who are always dangerous with me (I very often do not like at all), keep in the background, they do not whine around, but just cool check the situation.
A very, very pleasant, decidedly masculine, original, at first sniff fundamentally likeable, old-school summer-and-autumn fragrance. For ladies and young men then suitable when they are ready to experiment outside the comfort zone.The durability and projection are considerable for a cologne