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In the world of fashion having the image is something that is supremely important and so is having a reputable name so when Hugo Boss decided to do fragrance it seemed the perfect move which is why when I am out and about and looking at getting a new fragrance I will often look into the new offerings from them and a few years ago was over the moon to find a fragrance which really stood out from the crowd.
Hugo Boss Elements was a fragrance I spotted a number of years ago on a display stand with the information on it vague other than that it was a limited edition and one that needed to be smelt to understand it which is exactly what I did and ever since then it has been one of my favourite going out fragrances.
Elements Aqua comes in is a small and stylish glass bottle that reminded me of a small block of ice when I first saw it and with the liquid inside the bottle having a slightly blue hue to it just adding to this feel. The packaging is not something that normally has any bearing on my purchase of fragrance but this package really stood out to me and did get me over to try out the fragrance and what I found I liked.
Elements Aqua has a sharp hit to it and is best described as an oriental fragrance and is one that is for those looking to stand out from the crowd.
If you are a modern man who likes to stand out from the crowd then this is a fragrance which may well be suited to you and would be worth adding to your evening wear collection. Don't overly apply this as it really is so strong that too much will simply overpower all other efforts you make. One of my favourites thanks to being so different, crisp and clean and it truly goes brilliantly with a nice pair of blue jeans and a white shirt as it keeps the entire outfit feeling fresh and new.
Launched in 1996 by Hugo Boss, Element Aqua was a fragrance I never had any intention of buying and therefore I was a little disappointed when I opened a gift from my mother to find this instead of the Bvlagri aftershave she knows I love.
Whilst my bottle of Element Aqua was a gift it can be found in most high street shops and can be purchased online at numerous retailers however I would add a note of caution. The price of Elements Aqua can vary wildly and I would always recommend that you shop around should you wish to buy this. Actual prices range from £15 for 50ml of the EDT up to a whopping £30.
Marketed as a classic fragrance I was very apprehensive about using this as I personally hate Hugo Boss Dark Blue and am not a big fan of sharp and woody fragrances. Despite my reservations I did eventually use Elements Aqua (the name itself suggests a clean and light fragrance) and all in all I wasn't overly disappointed although I will reserve complete judgement until the end of this review.
The bottle to Elements Aqua is plain glass, moulded in a wavy design with a pale blue colouring it looks more like a stylish bottle of coloured water rather than an aftershave. Granted, the wavy bottle design does make it exceptionally easy to grip, and the atomiser does give very good coverage without using much of the fragrance.
The notes to Elements Aqua are surprising:
Head Notes: Lavender, pineapple, spearmint, wormwood
Heart: Coriander, freesia, pepper, tea
Dry-Down: Vetiver, patchouli, sandal and vanilla
Reading the notes to Elements Aqua left me feeling rather upbeat and less apprehensive about using the fragrance. From the notes I expected a heavy, cool spicy fragrance that dried down to a woody yet fresh undertone. I also expected the lavender and pineapple to be overbearing notes leading me to believe that it would have a citrus tang if nothing else.
As stated above, a few squirts of the atomiser were all that was needed to get a liberal spread of the fragrance. Despite not shaving prior to using this did on first application sting a bit, and it is clear that alcohol is a major ingredient within the fragrance. Indeed, as expected when I first applied Elements Aqua the lavender and pineapple were evident, as was the spearmint giving this a very strong fresh smell that was more oriental than actual citrus. The head notes only remained for around 10 minutes before they started to alter and the freesia and tea started to become the overriding fragrance making the overall fragrance heavier and warmer. Gone was the fresh sensation and I would describe this as more of a manly masculine fragrance on a par with Fahrenheit.
The heart notes were the strongest of the fragrance, remaining evident for well over an hour and I was surprised by the delay in the emergence of the dry down notes. When they did start to become clear, the freesia was still clear however in the same way as nutmeg as a note brings out woody notes, the patchouli and sandal combined wonderfully to make this a very light almost woodland fragrance. It was clean and crisp yet still warm and the dry down notes were still noticeable well over 12 hours after application.
Despite the fact that I don't tend to like woody or heavy fragrances Elements Aqua was something of a new sensation and a very unique fragrance that I really did like much more than any other that fall into the same category. Personally I use Elements Aqua for office wear due to it's excellent staying power and clear defined smell, however I wouldn't say this is something you would want to wear on a date or at a special occasion.
All in all, only a small amount of the fragrance was needed on a daily basis, and due to the affordable price tag I would say that Elements Aqua is very good value for money. It is not my favourite and will never replace the lighter fragrances in my collection, but it is one that is handy to have around for a change. I wouldn't go out and buy another bottle, but I also wouldn't be disappointed if I received this as a gift again in the future.
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