Giorgio Armani has always loved the Mediterranean, and drew his inspiration from the rock-strewn landscape of Pantelleria to create Acqua di Giò in 1996. An irresistible combination of the sea's salty accents, sparkling citrusy notes, musk and woody cedar, this exceptional scent embodied masculinity in harmony with nature/
Acqua di Giò Essenza opens a new chapter with an Eau de Parfum, a more intense interpretation of Acqua di Giò. Composed by Alberto Morillas, the new fragrance evolved out of its predecessor but differs from it in many ways.
The top note is different: in Acqua di Giò, the famous Calone, that once immersed us in the salt water of the sea, has given way to a new ingredient, used here for the very first time, Cascalone. We are no longer in an iodized wave but in the coolness of fresh water, in the invigorating purity of a flowing spring. A profound freshness, sustained by accents of Cologne, Sicilian bergamot essence and delicious grapefruit zest.
The heart note: Hedione, a founding product of contemporary perfumery created around 1960, is replaced by one of its descendents, still new to the perfumer’s palette, aptly named Paradisone. Like its ancestor, it has the amazing ability to brighten everything around it without overshadowing any other ingredient, to last in the long run and anchor the molecules in the aura. Paradisone also adds a floral and vaporous scent, rather intriguing and delicate, that reveals the beauties of jasmine absolute from Grasse and the vegetal facets of basil and sage.
Almost every one of the original elements is present but totally revised. Patchouli is obtained by a new distillation method, becoming a “heart of patchouli” that sweeps away the usual hints of camphor and banishes the earthy heaviness to focus on the vibration and play around notes of leather. The cedar is Atlas cedar, very pure, almost milky. Vetiver from Haiti unveils soft, peppery/smoky hints of tropical wood, far from the expected Mediterranean notes. As for Ambrox, hovering between animalic ambergris and clary sage, there is ten times more of it than in Acqua di Giò Eau de Toilette. The result is an incomparable sensuality, the tantalizing lure of the skin.
ACQUA DI GIO ESSENZA 75ml EDP - £66
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