The chances that a flanker might reach a similar level with the original, not to mention providing a fresh air of innovation, are at this time close to inexistent, in a rush driven by profit that is neglecting the once fine art of perfumery. Therefore when something like this happens, the scent responsible might be considered exceptional.
Acqua di Gio Essenza is a re-interpretation of the iconic 1996’s Acqua di Gio, designed by the same perfumer who authored the classic, Alberto Morillas and was introduced in 2012. Belonging to the woody aquatic olfactory group, this new fragrance is a more intense version not only because is available as EdP, but also due to the strong and pleasant composition. Instead of the sea notes employed in the original scent, this time an exquisite blend of woody and amber creates a sensual fragrance. And on top of everything, Acqua di Gio Essenza does an excellent job in the persistence department.
When I tested it last Saturday, I began by spraying once my wrist, after which I waited to detect the interesting notes that I was supposed to discover, according to the most recent reviews. But, instead of this, the first 10 minutes I was wondering if this was a joke, because the fragrance behaved very subtle until reaching the mid development. Acqua di Gio Essenza top notes are bergamot, grapefruit and cascalone while its heart is basil, jasmine, sage and paradisone. Later on, the dry down features accords of pepper, patchouli, vetiver, Atlas cedar and ambrox. Moreover, the aroma perceived in the extreme dry down is enchanting, not comparable to anything sampled lately.
Acqua di Gio Essenza comes in a bottle that has the same form as its predecessor, except the glass is transparent, adorned with a silver plate at the bottom and topped by a stopper in a matching color scheme. The video commercial was directed by American fashion photographer Bruce Weber and features the Canadian male model Simon Nessman, being more focused on the idea of sensuality.
Acqua di Gio Essenza Giorgio Armani Perfume Details
- Acqua di Gio Essenza by Giorgio Armani is available in 40, 75 and 180 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Aquatic
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Perfumer: Alberto Morillas
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual
Simon Nessman Video for Acqua di Gio Essenza Giorgio Armani, directed by Bruce Weber