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Acqua di Gioia (30 ml) by Giorgio Armani
One of other favourite brands of perfume is Giorgio Armani, and have tried a selection of the fragrances over the years.
I brought myself this last year at Duty Free, and I had the 30ml bottle, I paid about £25 for it.
Upon spraying the tester, I could tell immediately that I was going to like the perfume, it immediately hit me as a strong perfume, not to heavy, but a good strong mix of tones, so from this I had a good spray, and treated myself to a bottle.
The top notes included, crushed mint and lemon, this produces quite a deep intense smell and has a good mix, for me the top notes lasted about an hour.
The middle notes of the perfume brought a new element to the perfume, one of exotic locations, I almost felt like I could smell an ocean, the notes included pink pepper, jasmine, peony and aquatic green accord, I felt it was the green accord that reminded me of the ocean. This mellowed the perfume from the initial strong smell, but held well and I found that after about 5 hours, I was beginning to lose the middle notes and was then feeling the base notes.
The base notes included Cedar, brown sugar and labdanum, to me I found the cedar to be the holding body of the perfume, and I felt that the base notes held for about an hour.
Overall I found that the perfume was a strong base, and had a good fruity mix but also the depth of a woody feel, I tend to use this as an evening perfume, as for daytime I find it too over powering. The perfume looks like it is one that goes far, I use it about twice a week, and have used about 1/4 of the bottle, I really feel that it is value for money.
=The design of the bottle=
I found this to be a simple design to the bottle, it wants you to concentrate on the perfume that is inside, the bottle lets the perfume do the talking, it is a clear glass bottle, it reminds me of water droplet, the lid is a beautiful emerald shade and fits perfectly in the simple design of the bottle.
It is said that the perfume was created in the mid 1990s and was inspired by the scenic beauty of Pentellerie, where he spent a summer vacation.
=Would I buy again=
I would buy this perfume again, although I would shop around for a better price, as they do vary.
This is a review of Acqua di Gioia eau de toilette by Giorgio Armani. The sales assistant in Debenhams must have felt sorry for me because she threw in a handful of perfume samples for me a few weeks ago and this was included in the goody haul. That never usually happens to me so I walked off with a little bounce in my step hoping that they would be nice. I love perfume samples as they don't turn out to be expensive mistakes. If you don't like them, nothing is lost.
This sample was carded and a glass vial, sized 1.5ml. Inside the card, the write up promises "A glimmer of the Mediterranean, an escape between earth and sea, (sounds wonderful so far!) a thrill of crushed mint and Calabrian lemon warmed by a sensual fusion of brown sugar and Sicilian Cedar." So far, this is not a typical perfume I would gravitate towards but I like the whimsical nature of the description and cautiously applied one spray.
I really did get the whole sea thing from this perfume. Not a weekend at Blackpool but a more exotic and dreamlike Med fragrance. I went for another spray and this was enough for a pleasant waft but not overpowering fragrance. It is not a feminine and girly perfume either, but not masculine, somewhere in the middle. I could honestly say that I would be happy to receive this fragrance to wear as a gift or if prompted may ask for it in the future.
Price and packaging
The packaging is pictured on the sample card and I have to say it looks like a man's aftershave with a squ-oval bottle (square/ oval) and a round stopper top. It is tinted blue as is the lid which I think is quite manly. On Amazon, 30ml is £34 so it is fairly expensive but this is to be expected from a top brand like GA.
I really liked this fragrance. It was long lasting and the sample was enough for me to know that I liked it a lot and would see myself owning a full sized bottle at some point in the future. I do have a few to work through first though so I won't be buying any more perfume for a while. I am glad I got the sample as it introduced me to a lovely fragrance that I probably wouldn't have even sampled for example in Duty Free as the packaging would have put me off. I would recommend a trial of this for people who like a squirt of something new as they 'pass through' a perfume hall. Thumbs up from me.
Top notes: Mint, limone primo fiore femminello
Heart notes: Aquatic green, jasmine sambac, peony, pink pepper
Base notes: Brown sugar, labdanum and cedar
I love this. When I first spray it, the mint and lemony notes are very fresh. This mixed with the aqua and sugar conjure up thoughts of cocktails on the beach, though the perfume definitely does not actually smell like a sugary fruit cocktail itself! It is definitely suitable for daytime wear. It smells clean and not overly "sexy". It is an ideal summer scent for any age and because it is so light and fresh it will even suit people who don't like anything too "perfumy".
The top notes are quite strong but some people have said it "wears off" after an hour. On me this is not the case at all. The lemony top note disappears but the scent is still on my skin. Lasting power is important to me and when I spray it my neck and each wrist I can still smell it by the end of the day, especially if worn with the matching body lotion.
I love the bottle design - I like the simplicity and the colour. I also find it very handy that you can easily see how much is left. Sometimes I can't resist taking the lid off to smell it when I see it on my dressing table!
Also I have to say that I love the advert. If you haven't seen it, look it up on youtube to hear the gorgeous music "Arrival of the Birds" by Cinematic Orchestra. Lovely.
Having my eldest daughter living with us has its advantages, one of them being that I can borrow her make up and perfumes if I want to. She turns twenty-one on Friday and is much more bothered about how she looks than I am, but I do like to try to be presentable! I have only got into wearing perfume over the last couple of years, but I have stuck to the kinds of fragrances launched by celebrities (Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne to date) which cost around £20 a bottle. When I noticed my daughter had a Giorgio Armani fragrance, I knew I had to borrow it to give it a try and see if such a brand was really worth its high price tag.
She bought it from an airport to take advantage of the duty free. She bought it back in April and after six months' use, there is still half a bottle left. She thinks it is the 100ml bottle (though there is no indicator of this on the bottle) and she recalls paying around £40 for it. She says it was a bit of an impulse buy and she tried it on at the airport and liked it. She still likes it, but doesn't think it is "seductive" but more like "fresh". She thinks it is better for wearing when she is out with friends, rather than on a date.
Looking online for some idea of what the Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia is about, I came across this rather exaggerated description of its wonder. "Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia - the bottle is a crystal clear drop of water - simple and elegant. The shape expresses the sensual curves of a woman's body and the movement of the waves. The green emerald cap is a continuation of the flowing shape of the water droplet. At its heart, a deep blue-green colours the perfume."
Oh dear! What a load of hyperbole! To me, the bottle is incredibly plain looking. It is shaped in a kind of square with rounded edges and it is just clear glass. This means you can easily tell how much perfume is left, but it is hardly an inspiring or exciting design. The font is similarly dull and the fragrance itself isn't far off looking like plain water, just with a slight pale green tint. I can personally see nothing in this design which would suggest women's curves or the sea, but there we go, maybe I'm just cynical.
But of course, the main attraction of any perfume is its smell, so how does Acqua di Gioia perform here? Spraying it on my wrists, my first impressions are that it smells blue-green, quite like the sea in some way and it is a fresh, almost sporty smell. It is rather pleasant, though not amazing and doesn't smell at all floral or really very feminine at all. I don't think it is just a fragrance for young people either; it would be fine for any age in my opinion.
Another website suggests this perfume has "seductive sea aromas" and this is much more accurate a description. Acqua di Gioia was Giorgio Armani's new fragrance in 2010. Its official smells are described as "a blend of refreshing notes of crushed mint leaves and lemon Limone Primo Fiore Femminello from Calabria" along with "fresh citruses to a floral heart which encompasses aquatic jasmine, dewy peony and pink pepper, while a base closes with cedar, yellow sugar and labdanum." I can't really discern any of these individual smells myself though, but maybe the odd hint of citrus and mint at a push. I have no idea what labdanum is and I certainly don't think there is anything floral about it.
To check how long this lasts, I applied some on my left wrist. An hour later, it is quite faint; you can smell it if you sniff hard, but I doubt anyone else would notice it. Two hours later and you can't smell it at all. So for staying power, I would rate this quite low - and especially for the price of it.
So, on the subject of cost, how much does Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia cost then? Well, The Fragrance Shop website lists it for these prices - 30ml Eau de Parfum Spray £34.50, 50ml £44.99 and 100ml £61.50. The Fragrance Direct website is a bit cheaper, selling it for these prices - 30ml £29.99 (RRP £35), 50ml £38.99 (RRP £46) and 100ml £53.99 (RRP £62). They also sell the 150ml body lotion for £21.99 and Acqua di Gioia Gift sets for £32.50 and £39.99.
While I admit it is quite a nice fragrance, I definitely wouldn't buy this myself. I think it is overpriced and although Giorgio Armani is a prestigious brand, the bottle is so plain, it wouldn't look anything special on your dressing table. My daughter doesn't plan to buy it again either, so overall, this is quite disappointing, though not terrible.