This is a floral fragrance in a concentrated eau de cologne style that comes across as more musky than woody in the dry down. Any citrus note is hard to spot as right off the start one perceives a wall of white flowers with jasmine being discernible. Initially it's a bit screechy, but is more rounded after about thirty minutes as it settles on the skin. Thereafter the rose becomes a bit more perceptible. The floral accord continues till the musks with hint of sheer woods creep in. Still, even in the far dry down - the floral accord is prominent, with the addition of the musky facet.
Overall this is on par, summery, and respectable. However, it is also quite monotonous, lacking in nuances, dull, and somewhat derivative. On the wrong day, the white floral - musk accord here can come across as jarring. Sillage is good initially and thereafter discreet but persistent, and excellent duration on skin.
Right from the start do I the core notes of a delicious jasmin with rose. Initially there is a touch if background freshness, the result of bergamot and whiffs of lemon, but these are shaken off soon to lay bare the floral heart of this creation.
It is the jasmin that is most impressive. Intensive, full of natural richness and smooth. It is combined skillfully with a fairly bright rose, not the dark and velvety type bit more of an elegant and optimistic rose impression, with the slightly woodsy hints of rose stems further down in the development of the middle notes.
The other component is a basket of white flowers, and I am getting an especially prominent muguet. It is fairly sweet, grows to merge with the other florals and takes over in the base. This whole floral mix is sweet, but never intrusive or cloying; it is an elegant sweetness.
I get moderate sillage, very good projection and a splendid longevity of twelve hours.
This spring scent is unashamedly floral, pleasantly sweet and lovely. It is a bit linear and not supremely creative, but very well blended of excellent ingredients. The great performance is one of its fortes. 3.5/5
I agree with the 'aromatic' label here rather than a 'citrus'. The rose and jasmine create a wonderful accord which surprisingly lasts a very long time. Slightly veers towards a 'feminine' but not enough for me to worry about it. The EDP is much better than the original imo.
Versatile and gorgeous.
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.