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**Please note: I own the Bvlgari Travel Collection which is a product of its own, however Dooyoo have asked that I simply review each scent on its own and post under the individual categories. As such, some of this review will have elements of my full Travel Collection review posted on Ciao.
===Dvty Free ===
Our recent holiday came with many perks. One such perceived perk was a little jaunt through duty free, loading up on free samples of tequila and "refreshing" ourselves with many a squirt of fragrances. I probably smelled like a harlot's handbag by the end of it, but did I care? Not a jot. Instead of leaving fully free of junk, we actually picked some stuff up this time too and soon discovered that duty free really isn't worth it when travelling to Greece. I really needed to replenish my Bvlgari stocks, however, so I was quite pleased when I saw a collection of five fragrances with two scents I hadn't tried yet included. I picked this set up for £30 and it contains five scents for men from Bvlgari, a couple of them continuing with v-instead-of-u design: Aqva, Aqva Marine, Blv (blue), Man and Man Extreme. The all come packaged in their own individual tiny box and the bottles are all tiny versions of the big ones that are available to buy. In this set you get 5ml of each scent but as a lot of them come in at £30 for 100ml, it's only decent value if you want to test run the fragrances or if you know someone who is a Bvlgari fan.
Bvlgari is pronounced Bulgari. The V comes from a latin letter that is pronounced as a U and causes me plenty of confusion when trying to find their scents online. Sometimes they are listed with a V and others with a U. The company was founded by Sotirios Voulgaris in 1884 in his hometown of Paramythia in Greece before (over the years) ending up in Rome with a completely bvggerised version of his name now heading the company. Bvlgari was originally known for jewelry before diversifying into other luxury goods (clothes, handbags, perfumes, aftershaves etc). They are currently owned by LVMH (Louis Vuitton, Moet Hennessy), only half of which I recognise.
Made in 2005, this was the second EDT I tried as a result of my Dad basically buying the wrong thing. This was a good thing though as it smelled lovely. The bottle is a really strange shape that makes it quite awkward to store. It's like a big version of those little glass beads you can put in vases to fill them up. Almost a semi circle with a flat back. The bottle is very dark green that almost looks black when viewed in the right light, with a strip of silver at the top where the lid sits. The big version looks like it has fallen over if you try and store it out of the box and the same can be said of the mini one. It does, however, look and smell a lot more grown up than previous scents from Bvlgari (I have Blv in mind here).
Top notes: Mandarin, orange, petit grain
Middle/Heart notes: santolina lavender, cotton, posidonia, seaweed
Base notes: mineral amber, woody notes, clary sage
When I think of the smell it leaves I think dark, sexy, rough, unshaven and manly. It really is a great smell that would totally suit night time wear. It's warm enough without becoming sweaty and dirty and it leaves a little bit of a trail. It also sticks around very well throughout the day and is still noticeable when I get home at night meaning it really has good staying power. It's still not quite as strong as Joop or Crave, but definitely stronger than the Blv scent from Bvlgari. My Dad always notices this one when I wear it, as do a couple of my friends and I don't even need to get that close before people become complimentary on how good I smell.
This is currently coming in between £25-£35 for a 100ml bottle in most places so depending on where you go you could get a brilliant deal. It certainly works out cheaper to buy a bottle of this stuff rather than getting the tester set in most places. As it has good staying power, you won't find yourself running through this stuff either meaning if you get it at the lower end of the price range, you've got a great bargain
For those who wish to know what's in the stuff, here's the ingredients list. Feel free to do your own research on anything that bothers you!
Alcohol Denat., Water, Fragrance, Limonene, Octyl Methoxycinnamate (Ethyhexyl Methoxycinnamate), Octyl Salicylate (Ethylhexyl Salicylate), Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohex
It smells nice, it gets compliments, it lasts well and it leaves a slight trail. The only thing I would say could be better is just how much of a trail it leaves. It could do with being a touch stronger for this to get a whole five stars out of five. Over all, though, it's a really good scent to have in your collection especially if you are looking for something a little more grown up and sexy. Four stars out of five from me.
Well, when you just look at this brand, you know that you are going to get quality and when I received this fragrance, my thoughts remained the same. This is one of 2 fragrances that i now own from Bvlgari and i am hoping to buy more, knowing that they should smell good too.
To start with, I am happy to say that this is quite an inexpensive scent to buy, considering the brand you are getting with it, at £30 for a 100ml bottle.
The actual bottle of this fragrance just oozes with class, though i do get scared when i put it on my table, as i don't want it fall (it has qutie an unusual shape). However this shape makes it very easier to hold and the button does not feel out of place, unlike some other fragrance bottles i have tried before.
Now to the scent itself. The Aqva has qutie a fruity, yet quite a manly smell and is a smell that lasts through the working day. It is really a scent for anytime or occasion and one that needs to be on your fragrance list.
Please read my other reviews to see what i think of other fragrances.
Bulgari, the contemporary Italian Jeweller is a company I always associate with quality beyond comparison. Not only are their watches second to none (and with price tags to match) but they also produce a wide range of fragrances for males and females that I have been in love with since my early twenties and have indeed purchased every fragrance released.
While in Detroit recently I became aware that a new fragrance, Aqva Pour Homme had been released and after some subtle hints it was purchased as a surprise by my wife for $54 for a 100ml bottle from a duty free shop. When searching online this product can be purchased from www.escentual.co.uk, however a 100ml bottle will set you back £47.00. Prices can range from £32 upwards at other retailers.
From the box to the bottle to the actual fragrance this oozes quality and style. The box is fairly flat and the glass bottle itself is shaped like a smooth flat pebble (similar to a paperweight) which is black in appearance but shimmers green in the light. A chrome atomiser sits at the top and is built into the round shape making it very easy to hold in the hand and spray, even with moist or wet hands. It fits neatly into the palm of the hand.
Bulgari Aqva is marketed as an aromatic fragrance with top notes that include mandarin and orange tree leaves with additional notes of santolina and the accord posidonia (a type of aquatic plant). The fragrance after application should dry down to give a warm mineral amber scent that oozes masculinity. I have to say that after a quick spray in the shop my first impressions were of none of the above however it was exceptionally pleasant and I couldn't wait to wear this for a prolonged period to smell how it would change, how long it would last and whether it would be the runt of the Bulgari litter.
Application as stated earlier is a breeze, and only three or four sprays are required to fill a room with the fragrance. First impressions are of a clinical strong citrus aroma produced from the top notes and once it has soaked into the skin and settled for around 5 minutes the fragrance alters dramatically. The strong aroma is replaced by a subtle citrus aroma with undertones of lavender which is very easy on the nose. Again after around an hour the citrus aroma seems to disappear completely and the fragrance gives a feel and smell of warm yet subtle lavender and reminds me of open fields and running streams. All in all very dramatic and wonderful all the same.
Not only is the fragrance heavenly, the staying power is awesome. After Aqva first thing in the morning the fragrance still goes strong 12-14 hours later and the subtle warm lavender is still evident.
In addition to the wonderful fragrance, great staying power and cool design of the bottle I have received numerous compliments when wearing Aqva. Personally I use this on a day to day basis and would recommend this for office wear, casual nights out and those special romantic evenings in.
After a month of use I have only used a fifth of the bottle, so that although it is a touch on the expensive side it does last for well over 5-6 months.
Aqva is not my favourite Bulgari fragrance, that crown is still held by Bulgari Extreme but it is certainly better than any fragrance produced by any of the other fashion houses and designers on the market that I have had the pleasure to own.
Cool bottle with easy application
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