Absolutely love this and wear it all year. It is both enduring, sophisticated, elegant and simple.
A juicy bergamot top note introduces what is essentially a floral eau de Cologne variant ,with a core of citrus notes, clean jasmine, and dry rose. If this is “forte” I wonder at how the plain paper wrapper version plays, since this is still a very mild and understated fragrance. Longevity is pretty impressive for a fragrance of this buoyant, transparent style. The citrus and floral core holds together for a good three or four hours before yielding to a soft, non-descript, but relatively natural-smelling woody drydown. Nothing novel or earthshaking here, but a cheerful, lightweight, and comfortable fragrance that would make a perfectly nice summer refresher.
I get an aromatic tone that is unaccounted for in the pyramid list of notes – unless the aromatic emanation is an ever-present clean musk. Otherwise, except for a short-lived citrus in the beginning, at its core this is a gentle, airy-watery, non-indole clean floral (white floral if it’s a white rose being used).
Pristine… sophisticated white-sillage… subtle but tenacious… and a drydown that is airy-woodsy and airy-musky. Aqua Universalis Forte has good longevity and a debatable price. This is a great-performing, lovely, and unique warm weather fragrance.
This will be my signature summer fragrance for 2013. It has a citrus note that is more clean and natural smelling than Millesime Imperial. A bit on the feminine side but I don't mind. It's very sexy and lasts hours in Florida's heat.
18th October, 2012 (last edited: 26th December, 2012)