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I had fallen swiftly in love with an aftershave my uncle got me, much to his disappointment (he was trying his best to wind me up as is tradition at Christmas in my family, thinking I hated getting aftershaves he thought he was on to a winner.) After a few years of getting this aftershave for Christmas, my Dad completely forgot what he had picked up the last couple of years and got me a different bottle from the same label. This became my new favourite scent and then a couple of years later the same thing happened when they let out a similar looking bottle with a different smell in it. That's how I came to Bvlgari's Aqva Marine.
Sotirios Voulgaris founded Bvlgari in 1884 in Paramythia in Greece. He ended up in Rome after hopping between a few places and by this point his surname had morphed into what we see now: Bvlgari, pronounced Bulgary. The V comes from Latin and is pronounced as a U which took me a good few years to understand. Straying from their roots in jewelry, the company soon diversified into other fashion items such as clothing, accessories and, of course, smellies. LVMH (Louis Vuitton, Moet Hennessy) currently own the company and half of that name means something to me at least.
Aqva Marine followed Bvlgari's Aqva in 2008. It's obvious from the names that the scents are going to be quite similar and the bottle backs that up as it's almost the exact same as the bottle for Aqva. It's similar to one of those half sphere pebbles that you can buy for filling display vases just on a bigger scale. The top half is where the spray button is and it blends into the bottle seamlessly and never breaks the circular look other than when it's being pressed down. There is no lid to remove from this one either so slightly less fiddling than normal is required to get to your fragrance. Colour wise they have went for a much lighter colour than Aqva's black green, but stayed with green, this time a very light sea green tinge.
Top notes: grapefruit, neroli
Middle/Heart notes: water notes, seaweed, rosemary
Base notes: Virginia cedar
The colour change on the bottle from its predecessor suggested to me that this would probably be a lighter fragrance and I was right. It's a much fresher and lighter version of the Aqva scent. The initial hit is very spicy and fruity but is soon calms right down leaving a mild and very nice version of the first aroma's you notice. What's left is really playful and light in comparison to its big brothers darker and sexy smell. After a while the spice comes right out of the scent and you're left with a really mild, clean scent. It's airy and fruity smell means it would probably be better to wear throughout the day as it'd be quickly overpowered by any other darker and stronger fragrances in the room.
===Is it noticeable?===
My partner Allan does like this stuff but much prefers "Joop!" probably because when he wears that he gets a lot of compliments on how he smells. As for Aqva Marine, a few people have noticed it when I've hugged them but not many. Allan was wearing "Joop!" the other day when my Dad visited and after hugging Allan he couldn't smell anything on me at all, despite applying this quite heavily. That goes back to what I said about stronger fragrances really wiping this right out which is quite a shame.
===How long does it last?===
Considering how good Aqva is at staying with you throughout the day, I had been expecting this one to have a bit of staying power, but I was really disappointed. I applied this at 9:00am this morning and at 12pm I can no longer smell it while I sit at my desk. Even if I'm making a point of sniffing my wrist the only thing I can detect is a slight clean smell but nothing you couldn't achieve from having a good wash. Less than three hours is not really any good. Even on my clothes this has totally disappeared. As for how long the bottle lasts, I have a 100ml bottle which I got for Christmas. Five months of wearing it sporadically and it's almost gone. I don't wear this stuff every day. I wear it maybe once or twice a week but if you want to smell it for a while you need to apply five or six squirts of it. Even then, it still only lasts a few hours. As such the bottles really don't last long and if I had been wearing this daily, it'd have been gone a couple of months ago.
Price wise this is currently coming in around £26 - £30 for the 100ml bottles in most places. That's about normal for most of the stuff I buy however it's a little bit misleading. It goes down so fast that if you did want to use this daily you'd have to buy two or three bottles in the same period that you'd go through one bottle of a fragrance with better staying power. Not fantastic really. If you like it, I'd really suggest doing what I do and change what you are wearing throughout the week so that you don't go through it at a rate of knots.
One important aspect of anything you are planning on slathering on your skin and inhaling throughout the day is what it's made up of, especially if you have any allergies. This one doesn't make me sneeze in the slightest like some other scents do, but you may be different. If you want to check it out before you decide to buy, the ingredients are as follows:
Alcohol DenaturedSD Alcohol 39C , Aqua/Water/EauWater , Parfum/FragranceFragrance , Benzyl Salicylate , Limonene , Butylphenyl Methlyproprional , Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate , Ethylhexyl Salicylate , Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane , Linalool , Citronellol , Citral , Geraniol , Alpha Isomethyl Ionone , Farnesol
I'm really torn on this one. It's a very nice smell, but it just doesn't last. It doesn't leave a trail and it's hardly noticed by anyone. If someone's wearing anything stronger, your scent will disappear into the background. Even if you're getting up close and personal, this would be difficult to smell after a couple of hours which is a real shame. Due to the staying power, the price isn't fantastic as you'd run through this like water if you used it every day. That means that I'll be giving this one three stars out of five. I'd recommend it if you're looking for something light and short-lived.
My husband has just received this for his birthday, after having a small sample bottle and he really loves it, so I thought I would write a review on his behalf, and of my opinion of the fragrance.
There are quite a few fragrances from Bvlgari, and trying to tell people about it so they can buy it as a gift was a bit difficult, so I had to write it down for them. There is another version of this that is just called Aqua but this is the Aqua Marine fragrance.
This is one of the more expensive fragrances available. Not overly so but I would describe it as mid range price. A 100ml bottle from boots costs £55.00 and a 50ml bottle costs £41.00.
The bottle itself is quite different, and I really like that, very often I find that men's fragrances are dark bottles, or not very interesting, so the fact that it is round with a little squirter on the top makes it more interesting than most and the lovely blue/green colour perfectly matches the name.
The details of the fragrance taken from the boots website are as follows:
"Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme Marine unfolds gradually, like the glints of iridescent light shimmering on the sea's surface. The top notes are sparkling, bright and crisp with neroli bigarade and grapefruit giving a lively freshness. The heart note of posidonia - an aquatic plant, is shared with the original Aqva Pour Homme. White cedar wood gives radiant, tactile and natural tones to the final, enveloping base notes".
Now I tend not to buy in to all the propaganda they write about perfume, mainly because I don't know a huge amount about scents and top notes. I know if I like what I smell and what it smells like.
The smell of this fragrance, when I sniffed the bottle reminded me of cold earl grey tea (in a nice way), but a bit fruity and it was very pleasant, and a refreshing smell, not harsh like some fragrances. However it smelled completely different when my husband sprayed it on himself. After a couple of minutes I gave him a good sniff and It smelled even more fruity and I could definitely smell the cedar wood.
The fragrance has pretty good staying power too, it stayed on him all day, by the end of the day you had to get quite close to smell it, but it was still there.
I personally think this is better as a day fragrance than night, as it's very subtle and fruity. I think for an evening out you might want something a bit stronger.
My husband loves this fragrance and it's strange bottle. So it made a great gift for him. I'm not it's something he would buy himself though, due to the price.
As a big fan of the Bvlgari BLU I had to see what this fragrance was like. I expected it to be just as good and when I bought it I knew I had made the right choice. The bottle that it comes in is like a smooth rock which you could imagine skimming across the water and is a very nice light blue colour . The fragrance itself smells very aquatic (hense the name AQVA) I believe this also has traces of the aquatic plant posidonia. Unlike a lot of other fragrances you can't really smell the alchohol. I've had this since christmas last year and use it constantly and there is still about half the bottle left even though i'm spraying a hell of a lot. Definately worth the money and one of the better fragrances I've ever bought. I think I only paid about £35 for this so good price overall.
The last time I bought something for myself it was only a couple of months ago to complement the oodles of aftershaves I have and thanks to family and friends after three years I'm only beginning to run out on the oodles of Fahrenheit ranges that were given as gifts. I've had it all from Christian Dior where this very famous, heady and strong masculine scent is concerned from the shower gels to the roll on (not recommended) to after shave balm, lotion, EDT, the aftershave and loads of other similar bottles! It's never ending! However the biggest shock I've recently discovered is that amongst the many bottles of other brands I have, they all share a very similar quality - they all have similar base scents of "Fahrenheit," which clearly tells me that after such a long period I still adore Fahrenheit regardless of its potency. "Aqua Marine," by BVLGARI is slightly different however.
When I was a student I first discovered the original aftershave that had no branding on it other than just simply the company name and was drawn to its spicy undertones and fruity edges. The problem I felt at the time was the price for such a small bottle and the fact that it never seemed to have long lasting capabilities. As a result fast forward 12 or so many years and it's not difficult to fathom despite a recession that prices for BVLGARI are still as expensive. My 50ml / 17.oz bottle of Aqua Marine cost me £34 from House of Frasers, in Glasgow and despite the copious ranges of different brands and quantities on offer, House of Frasers were unable at the time to sell me any other quantity available let alone other types of this fragrance. They do exist however in the form of gift sets, sport sets and an aftershave 50ml balm I received last year with another 50ml; I strongly recommend the after shave balm if you can get it because it goes on in a milky fashion but doesn't burn skin and feels wonderful when applying. Prices online range from around £28 and upwards and I know who I'll be spending my money with in the future when it comes to aftershaves as opposed to relying on good old department stores! A 100ml Eau de Toilette spray bottle does exist and usually costs around £50 and upwards. I see however one particular website is selling this at half price now so it does pay to shop around.
The name "Aqua," however comes in two different forms; the standard Aqua bottle with a darker glass and a slightly different format in the form of "Aqua Marine," which consists of a suitably light sea blue liquid as a contrast to the darker glass of the original. So in no way should you ever be confused due to the changes for different versions here. As a bottle appearing amongst other aftershaves however "Aqua Marine" is gorgeously different to many other glass bottles on the market. It resembles a smooth polished pebble, as if carved by the sea before being washed up on the beach waiting to be discovered, only accentuated by its dark writing on clear glass for the most and a quarter cut on the top in chrome with a built in flush fitting push dispersal button. I find it incredibly compact to slide into the side pockets of my daily messenger bag unlike bulky bottles that can appear to be too big for their own good. The pebble design also has a cylindrical shape to it so it's never quite able to lie flat on a level surface despite its flattish sides.
Because of its relatively easy design and flush dispersal button built in, Aqua Marine as a product in its own right is incredibly easy to just pick up and apply. There is no outer packaging to fuss with here and what you get is an incredibly versatile scent that can be used for any occasion, day or night. Of the base notes BVLGARI have contained here, they have been rather clever to mask the original scent of the original Aqua aftershave. I've often thought that the original was too spicy for me to contend with and that the original scent was never quite strong enough to last without constant reapplication. BVLGARI however have wasted no time in producing a scent here, which is different and contains oils from sea grass (known as Posidonia) to give it its sea like scent.
Packed with lemons and grapefruits there are other ingredients such as cedar wood, Neroli and sandal wood which often tickles my sense of smell and since being a fan of Yankee Candle for all these years, I can report that Aqua Marine is identical to the "Cottage Breeze," candle currently on sale. As such Aqua Marine to my mind is also very reminiscent of a very old YC scent called "Ocean Breeze," but isn't as peppery.
The only downside to this aftershave is an abundance of overwhelming alcohol contained in the aftershave and often appears with menthol qualities when sprayed onto skin. Although this may not be good news for many, I welcome the strong alcohol impression because a few squirts of this ensures longevity and after a few hours, Aqua Marine can still be detected. Sprayed on just after a wet shave doesn't sting me either so on that basis, this is very welcomed despite the strong alcoholic content. Many of my friends have also complimented me with this scent whenever I've worn it and it seems to impress them with its slightly different scent.
Indeed thanks to its fresh and clean citrus backdrop Aqua Marine is a wonderful scent to be considered for the whole year. It is a pleasing scent that refreshes well and clings to my skin without feeling too sticky. In hot weather the aftershave comes alive presumably down to its Neroli content, ocean like plants and fruity over tones and dies down well without becoming too flowery. Throughout the process of application however it always remains light and airy and compared to what I usually squirt, Aqua Marine is a refreshing experience suitable for any man including the distinguished gentleman. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2009