Aqua Universalis (2009)
by Maison Francis Kurkdjian


Aqua Universalis information

Year of Launch2009
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 108 votes)

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HouseMaison Francis Kurkdjian
PerfumerFrancis Kurkdjian

About Aqua Universalis

Aqua Universalis is a shared / unisex perfume by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

Reviews of Aqua Universalis

Laundry fresh cleanliness (aka white musks) underneath a fresh burst of citrus and white florals. Good duration and reasonable sillage.

It's so boring, it puts me to sleep. Maybe this works better on women.

The 'Forte' version is more grating.

13th October, 2017
Not terrible, fine even, but on the boring side, fresh and summery. The listed note of musky woods sounds right, something to hang the citrus on, but uninspiring, maybe even slightly cloying.
18th August, 2017
This is a summer frag. Light, Limited projection, Aquatic-floral. There is little unique here, marine and lily of the valley. Not my style, but good quality.
12th July, 2017
Fresh and sweet in the same time, but also very soapy and cloying. On the citrus side. Very average in my opinion. Nothing special. Longevity is great though. Sillage is average as well.
29th April, 2017
The first words that came to mind when sampling AU was "Clean and Fresh". I usually don't care for fragrances with a strong Lily of the Valley note, but this one is on point. The longevity is crazy on my skin with this one (12 hours easy). As much as I like this as a Summer gem, it's a winner in cooler weather as well.

The citrus and orange notes are definitely a bonus, with just a touch of white musk. 8/10
28th March, 2017

Maybe people were initially disappointed with Aqua Universalis due to its price versus the relatively subdued delivery with which it performs. But I think it performs exactly as it should--to create a subtle aura of laundry-fresh cleanliness around its subject; almost to the point where you may not even think that its subject is wearing a fragrance, but instead is freshly showered and wearing recently laundered clothes that were cleaned with a nice detergent. They say Mugler Cologne is the king of the freshly-laundered arena, but I think Aqua Universalis is superior. It makes Mugler Cologne seem a little clod-like in comparison. Universalis is crisper, more ethereal and deft and I think it smells better too. AU is light, but not so light as to be unnoticeable. And it doesn't feel weak or insubstantial as "light" perfumes often do. Another thing about it is that it's surprisingly tenacious. It will stay with you throughout the day. Even though you won't notice it, it will be there, and suddenly you will notice it and realize how clean and composed you smell. It will have the same effect on your audience. Those around you might not notice it explicitly, but there will be an awareness of well-groomed cleanliness occurring on a more subconscious level. As far as masculine or feminine goes, this is right in the middle. What are clean clothes? What's the smell of a fresh shower? Unisex, no? Yes, it's a little expensive, but you'll get a lot of use out of it since it's versatile as can be, and other than New Musk Man by Dame Perfumery Scottsdale, I haven't found anything else as well suited for the job as Aqua Universalis. As far as sampling this one, try wearing it for a week. It's not going to work its magic if you throw it on for an hour and that's it. It's not the kind of scent that's going to wow you and knock your socks off. Wear it over the course of a week and allow its subtlety to unfold. You may find that you really like the effect that it creates around you. As for its notes, it comes across to me as about 30% lily of the valley, 30% soft white musk and light woods, 25% citrus (lemon, bergamot), and 15% orange blossom (neroli). As usual, the citrus is most prominent in the opening. Projection is about 1 to 2 feet but light and diffusive. Longevity is about 6 hours, more if worn under clothing. Thumbs up and recommended for sampling.
07th December, 2016

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