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I'm a big fan of the Armani fragrances; I find them to be full of refreshing, deep, enduring aromas - and this is no exception. Armani Code is the mainstay of my fragrance collection, and the one I keep coming back to time and again, but this is a twist on that winner that I really like.
The design and branding of the product are great here, because they manage to communicate the appeal of the fragrance - and the perfume itself lives up to those promises. Both design and fragrance are clean, simple, clear and refreshing; in the former's case, the packaging and bottle are all about simple, straightforward, stripped-down design that still delivers on quality - and the same is essentially true of what's inside the bottle.
There are citric notes there, but they're subtle ones, with only hints of limey, grapefruity tones. There's also a musky woodiness that sits behind these up-front fruity flavours, and these two influences work wonderfully together; it's sharp and ever-so-slightly sweet, but there's a down-to-earth muskiness that brings this together and stops the top notes being overpowering. Armani Code is a deeper, darker fragrance, while this - just as the bottle is the off-white sibling to Code's blue-black - is from the same stable, but speaks of airy daytimes rather that dusky nightfall.
Basically, this is a winner. If you've got this and Code, you're pretty much set. It's fresh, it's stylish, it's energetic - but in a pared-back, classy way. A welcome addition to any bathroom cabinet.
Experience intense freshness with the Armani Acqua di Gio Essenza Eau de Parfum; , a refreshing fragrance with a self-assured character / The original Acqua di Gio is a scent that exceeds passing trends. Inspired by the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria off the south coast of Sicily, it is an invigorating and cooling marine fragrance / After more than ten years are the world's number one male fragrance, Giorgio Armani presents the essence of Gio: Acqua di Gio Essenza / Acqua di Gio Essenza is a reinterpretation of the true aquatic spirit of the classic Acqua di Gio scent, with a deeper, woodier character that asserts a sense of ultimate masculinity / The notes are intensified, with added sambac jasmine absolute in the heart, and intensely green vetiver in the base notes / a fragrance steeped in luxury and exclusivity, and the definitive Top Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Neroli, Tangerine Heart Notes: Ozonic Marine Notes, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Rock Rose, Rosemary Base Notes: Vetiver Cedar Wood, Patchouli, Musk.