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Acqua Fiorentina (2009)
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Acqua Fiorentina information

Year of Launch2009
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 53 votes)

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HouseCreed
Parent CompanyCreed

About Acqua Fiorentina

Acqua Fiorentina is a feminine perfume by Creed. The scent was launched in 2009

Reviews of Acqua Fiorentina

Acqua Fiorentina (2009) is one of the few exclusive feminine scents to the modern lineup of Creed, a house that seemingly focuses on clout-chasing upwardly-mobile males looking to upgrade their strut with the biggest peacock feathers, but they do know how to play a tune in the key of relevant tastes for mainstream women. Acqua Fiorintina is a fruity floral, which puts it right in the running with the modern offerings of houses like Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lancôme, and Chanel, but seeks to feel more opulent than most things like a bottle of J'Adore (1999). I'm not the biggest fan of this genre, but I'll admit when something oozes quality enough to pass muster. The smell of Acqua Fiorintina feels effortless, bright, happy, and simple compared to some Creed blends, and comes across as more casual than many feminine-market Creeds I've encountered. Creed seems to know their way around citric floral accords and this is no different, but the sheer amount of fruit present distances this from the classic floral vibe most of such scents they make tend to have.

Acqua Fiorintina opens with zingy apple and pear notes woven in with bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, and plum. It's a veritable fruit fest at this point, and so luscious you almost wish you had a pear to bite into, thanks to the transparency of the fruit salad opening delivering a convincing freshness. Rose, geranium, and carnation bring in the floral charge of the heart, and the geraniol theme of the flower selection helps tamp down the sweeter elements of that fruit into something a bit crisper. A light dusting of sandalwood and cedar follow in next, with the famous Creed ambergris note being the final destination of the scent, providing warmth on skin without getting in the way of what's playing out above. Execution is simple, balanced, and effective even if also a bit boring and nondescript. Wear time is appreciable at 8+ hours with median projection, and in case it wasn't obvious, this is very much a summer day fragrance through and through. I'd even venture that warmer evenings could also make appropriate use of Acqua Fiorintina as well.

There isn't much unisex appeal in Acqua Fiorintina unless you're a lover of fruity florals overall, but ladies used to this genre will find good material quality, performance, and affable character in Acqua Fiorintina, but they'll have to address the elephant in the room that is Creed's typical MSRP. If the price feels too unjustifiably high, Calvin Klein would put out a remarkably similar unisex perfume in the cK One (1994) range called cK One Gold (2016), which uses fig in place of plum, guaiac wood replacing the higher-quality sandalwood, and a faux peach accord flittering between violet and sage to keep more of a unisex balance. Performance is a bit weaker and the more obviously-synthetic ambrox base reminds you it is a Calvin Klein and not a Creed, but there you have it. Props for effortless quality and execution, I'll have to sway towards neutral for Acqua Fiorintina because it does little for me and fails to really stand out otherwise, especially when you can smell virtually just like this for a quarter of the cost from any number of competing designer fruity florals with a negligible downgrade in quality.
30th April, 2019
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening combines apple and pear notes very nicely, fruity and with an added restrained freshness owing to a lemony bergamot in the background.

The drydown gives it a floral turn, with a light rose notes and whiffs of carnation and muguet moving in, but the fruitiness remains into the base. The rose is simple and neither rich nor heavy.

The base loses the fruity parts, and sees the emergence of a woodsy layer that is mainly cedar in nature, but I get again touches bergamot interwoven with the wood and the florals.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin.

A pleasant spring scent for days and warmer evening, which is classic in the selection of its good-quality ingredients. It is blended very well. 3.25/5.
19th April, 2018

It’s a pleasant fragrance. What I get out of the top accord is a very clean, clear, rich-ish version of D&G’s Light blue. It’s almost as if this is not a Creed but a Bond No. 9 version of Light Blue. Acqua Fiorentina has the same effect on me that most Bond No. 9s do: I appreciate the mechanical precision of making a smoothened version of a another perfumer’s creation, but it lacks poignancy because of its lack of originality.

This is a pleasant fragrance… the aquatic tenor in it is probably the best “aquatic” accord I’ve smelled. But since I’m not enchanted by aquatic notes, “the best aquatic” doesn’t mean very much to me. The purpose of the rest of the fragrance seems to be that of avoiding anything that interferes with the aquatic note or the cleaned-up Light Blue accord.

In business, imitation isn't flattery - it's cheating, and Creed should know better because they have been stolen from too often. To me, imitation isn’t very exciting… I prefer the vintage Light Blue, so Acqua Fiorentina becomes for me somewhat of a bore… But I do understand anyone’s enjoyment of this fragrance because it’s a very well made and enjoyable; and it is a top-of-its-class aquatic.
07th February, 2016
I've said it in other reviews, but it seems like every luxury line has to have a dumb fruity floral aimed at the "basic" girls who just don't understand what comprises a quality perfume, and Creed's is Acqua Fiorentina.

It's got that dumb strawberry and that dumb peach and some fruity cassis and somehow it all globs together to smell like fake apple. The cedar isn't very literal - instead, it's just sort of a chemical wood smell. This also contains Creed's signature blend of synthetics, which work in some instances and not in others. In the case of Acqua Fiorentina, they just take something that smells cheap and make it smell cheaper. I'll admit that this broadcasts more and is better concentrated than most of its ilk, but that's pretty faint praise. Really, you can smell like this for about $9.99 - I can't imagine paying Creed prices for this. It has all the "class" and misguided faux luxury of a pair of Uggs covered in Swarovski crystals.
22nd November, 2015
Apple and cedar chips. A fairly authentic, nice apple, but still apple. I generally like cedar as a basenote with florals, but the ultimate cedar drydown on this is too dry when combined with the apple. While the top and heart were nice enough, they don't warrant the price, so I had to give this a thumbs down rating.
31st October, 2014
Hybrid vigor
In any hybrid you're looking for the best of both worlds. I have a labradoodle, a dod bred for service. The goal of the breeding is to combine the intelligence and trainability of the poodle with the human affiliation and low-key temperament of the labradors retriever. The risk of the mix is getting the reverse and having a high-strung, stupid dog.
The eponymous perfume hybrids shout their goal to the heavens: Fruity floral. Rose chypre. Floral leather. Aromatic fougère. Floriental. Acqua Fiorentina makes me wonder if there is an antonym to synergy. Is there a word for the whole being less than the sum of the parts?

Tools for self-destruction
The disparity between the reality of the worse Creed perfumes and the particularly vapid style of their marketing hyperbole is a sort of performance piece. The inequality is charged enough that as in a fairy tale, it simply comes to life.

From the Creed Aqua Fiorentina webpage (version, The Encore 2012):

Description - Sixth-generation master perfumer Olivier Creed re-introduces a fresh new blend of the beloved fragrance. He adds a lively touch of Diamond Jubilee Apple to mark sixty years of Queen Elizabeth's reign, along with beautiful Renaissance rose, Calabrian lemon, plum and white carnation. This encore offers a fresh harmonious scent that will delight her for any occasion.

Classification - Fruitful / Fresh

Characteristics - A long-awaited scent richly deserved by Creed’s loyal clientele who lavished praise on the original blend.

Notes:
Top note: Lightly sweet greengage plum, often used in cuisine as a dessert plum, Diamond Jubilee Apples and pruneau are the opening notes.
Middle note: Renaissance roses, white carnations, Florentine pear, Sicilian bergamot and Calabrian lemons are a fine serenade of fruits and blooms.
Base note: Virginia cedar and Indian sandalwood are a heart-charming close, with a lively hint of white grapefruit.

Epilogue:
Creed's own excessive protestations tell you more about the nightmare of Acqua Fiorentina than I could ever hope to.  

I used to think the greatest job in the world would be to be a voice actor for the Simpsons. 20+ years of Hollywood pay coupled with anonymity. What could be better? Now I think sitting around with friends, smoking piles of weed, writing Creed press and pissing yourself laughing would be the greatest job in the world. (I assume that that's how the job must be done.)

I leave you to the serenade of fruits and blooms. Buon appetito. 

from scenthurdle.com
18th June, 2014

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