Agua Brava (1968) Eau de Cologne

Agua Brava (Eau de Cologne) by Puig
Bottle Design: André Ricard
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Agua Brava (Eau de Cologne) is a popular perfume by Puig for men and was released in 1968. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lavender, Sage, Juniper, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnation, Bay leaf, Pine
Base Notes Base NotesLeather, Moss, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver

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Scent

7.6 (111 Ratings)

Longevity

6.8 (80 Ratings)

Sillage

6.1 (84 Ratings)

Bottle

6.8 (88 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 24.08.2019
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FvSpee

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Greatly helpful Review    16
Men's spice
"Agua Brava" is about the Spanish translation of "Eau Sauvage", and since this Spanish classic appeared two years after the Diorschen-Ur-Wildwasser, the thought of a small name plagiarism is not far away. The fragrances have only a distant relationship, although they are both beautiful.

Agua Brava reminds me of the two less of the theme "gurgling torrent"; that is rather a deep, dark forest; the reminiscences as Pino Silvestre, which appear in some of the occurrences, do not come from without danger. In the long initial phase, however, I feel that the Agua Brava is quite prominently man spicy (one may well think of "men's cover"), the juniper note reminiscent of juniper schnapps or genever (which I was recently able to enjoy in Ginepro Nero, for example) is prominently represented here for me, and therefore even more herbs and spices are grouped, which are responsible for the austere notes in the spice cabinet and the children usually do not like, because they are too bitter and somehow too unpleasant: Laurel leaf above all, and sage, lavender and carnation, which I smell more like cloves, also fit in here. But this never turns into a somehow "oriental" or "gourmand" direction, everything is too clear, fresh, unsweet and dry.

As with an upside-down fragrance pyramid, the citric and woody-etheric (pine oil) notes penetrate to me later, and in the end it's a little less dusty when the more soft-woody and light green sounds come to the fore more. Patchouli and Vetiver, two guys who are always dangerous for me (I don't like them very often), stay in the background, don't whine, just check the situation cool.

The shelf life and Sillage are remarkable for a Cologne.

A very, very pleasant, extremely masculine, original, at first sniff basically likeable, old-school summer and autumn fragrance. Suitable for ladies and young men when they are ready to experiment outside the comfort zone.

Supplements:

I found nothing about Rosendo Mateu at Wikipedia & Co. In view of the fact that he has thrown new perfumes onto the market at least as late as 2015, i.e. more than 45 years after this fragrance, which he clearly co-created (I once wrote a commentary on an oud published by him under his own label, I remember), Agua Brava - if he is not a Methuselah - must have been a kind of étude for him, or at best a journeyman's piece
In the comments and statements there are some that I completely agree with, including Naimie45, Azahar, Yatagan, FabianO and Cappellusman; thanks to the latter for rehearsing!
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Leimbacher

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Under olive trees
"Agua Brava" is not good water, which people with poor language skills might assume. All you have to do is let them smell the scent of Puig - because he is anything but chaste or sweet. This Spanish men's classic has a lot on its tally. Which the woody, dark lid suggests.

It's mossy, woody, prickly and self-confident. Definitely a little stud, macho, stud. At least that's what he means by himself. And conviction, as you know, is everything. A very Mediterranean scent, very woody, very sweaty, very hot. It reminds me of olive oil and cypress groves just outside Seville. Herbaceous, almost medical. Character head. Sauna with ponytail.

Flacon: thick belly, fine wooden cap - makes a difference and you know where to go
Sillage: a herbaceous, Spanish racial macho fragrance. But it's not as loud as you might expect...
Durability: I dabbed well and tilted (no spray bottle), solidly dieselled myself, but "only" held 6 hours

Conclusion: a man of life from the Iberian peninsula - ethereal, oily, green and pungent. But kinda animal sexy. Oldschool but not from yesterday!
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Mantus

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Distinctive maturity
The first thing you can notice is an intense aromatic, slightly sweet berry-like note, which also has a fine masculine wooden aura and is due to the juniper.

At the same time, the juniper is enveloped in a strong Mediterranean note, which ensures that the top note is subtly mild and comes from lavender.

These two notes are surrounded by a fine, yet clearly recognisable, citric and herbaceous note, which is responsible for the fact that the top note appears pleasantly refreshing and that the bergamot comes from the interplay with the lemon
The entire top note is enveloped in a delicate, ethereal nuance, which is quite noticeable, but I feel this nuance rather as a feeling and unfortunately I did not come across sage.

This constellation is perceptible on my skin for 20 minutes before the heart note unfolds.

Now a deep and engaging spicy note is to be noticed, which also carries a certain discreet bitter touch with itself and is to be owed to the bay leaf.

The laurel leaf is enveloped in a strong aromatic note, reminiscent of pimento, which also has a fine peppery tone and gives the fragrance a fine, yet striking and very mature masculine aura and comes from the carnation.

These two notes are accompanied by an ethereal, already a little resinous woody nuance, which gives the heart note something soothing and comes from the pine.

The heart note is perceptible on my skin for 3.5 hours before the base asserts itself.

The base becomes strongly brightening mossy and unfortunately also quite old-baked.

The moss is accompanied by a fine earthy nuance, which also brings a subtle sweetness with it and in my opinion is responsible for the fact that the old baked aura is still a little increased and is to be owed to the Patchouli.

These two notes are enveloped by a deep, spicy, slightly creamy note, which gives the base a certain volume and comes from sandalwood.

The entire base is surrounded by a light and slightly tart shade, which gives the base something clear and comes from the musk and vetiver.

Unfortunately I could not see leather, but I can imagine very well that this component was used for background painting.

In total, the fragrance lasts 7.5 hours on my skin.

In the first 30 minutes, the Sillage is designed in such a way that one is perceived very well at an entire arm's length and then swings for 2.5 hours to a very well perceptible half arm's length, before it is reduced in leisurely steps to the end of the fragrance.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to our perfuma "Zirkeltanz" for the vintage miniature.
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Miaw2

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Fresh Pine!
If were going to consider all of what i read about Agua Brava i would never buy it.

Certainly this is another "classic" or/and "old school" kind of fragrance. And that's the reason i do like it.

Opens with a nice sage and lemon notes that remains for a while. The pine note joins in the middle and remains untill it fades out.

A woody note mixed with vetiver gives a little depth in the drydown. The accords are very smooth here, nothing extreme neither ethereal.

Cheap yet great, this is a wonderful fragrance with a nice clean/soapy vibe. Reminds me a little of Guerlain Vetiver Extreme in the late drydown.

Sillage, projection and lasting power are great considering this is an EDC.
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Gmmcnair

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Gmmcnair
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As Green As the Bottle
I love Agua Brava. It starts with a crisp and herbaceous lemony opening that settles down to a cool pine scent. Not like a Christmas tree, and not like Polo with the tobacco. It is also crisper and less herbacous than Pino Silvestre. No heaviness to this one at all....just a beautiful coniferous clean.

Laating power is about 4 hours on my skin, pretty good for a cologne rather than EDT. Can be had for very reasonable online.

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Aspvl 30 days ago
Fresh, green, piney, long-lasting classic of Spanish perfumery. Lovely!+2
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