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Acqua di Giò Essenza (2012)
by Giorgio Armani


Acqua di Giò Essenza information

Year of Launch2012
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 152 votes)

People and companies

HouseGiorgio Armani
PerfumerAlberto Morillas
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > Prestige & Collections

About Acqua di Giò Essenza

Acqua di Giò Essenza is a masculine fragrance by Giorgio Armani. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Alberto Morillas

Acqua di Giò Essenza fragrance notes

Reviews of Acqua di Giò Essenza

Fresh, credible retake on the now legendary Acqua di Gio original scent. Essenza smells SO clean, tangy, and loaded with a healthy assortment of basil and sage spiciness paired up with gorgeous jasmine. It has some of the original's DNA in it, yet it stands out in its own way as a bright, scintillating fragrance that is great for Spring and Summer casual outings.

Essenza lasts for AGES on my skin, easily hanging in there from morning to evening even with bouts of warm-weather perspiration on my part! It really invigorates me and instills confidence throughout the wear cycle.

A great alternative to the original AdG which multiply the freshness and brightness.
05th August, 2018
Feels slightly more fresh than the original but dials down the sweetness and aquatic notes.

The main thing I notice is the improved performance. This seems to really project during the first 4-5 hours and even when it settles, lasts all day.

Personally, I definitely feel like "cologne guy" wearing this, not sure if this still appeals to younger ladies anymore. That said, it nice, pleasant, refined and fresh.
25th May, 2018
To my nose this is Acqua di Gio with more green notes like basil and clary sage, less oceanic/marine saltwater as in the original (that is probably how my nose detects calone), and increased strength of projection and longevity. It retains the beautiful bergamot of the original Acqua di Gio but lacks the strong lime note as in the original. Some say it's better than the regular Acqua di Gio but I feel this is a sidegrade rather than an upgrade to the original. Sillage is moderate leaning strong while longevity is very good. Overall, this is one of the greatest fragrances I've ever smelled (as well as the original Acqua di Gio, which is my preference due to the stronger lime note; original Acqua di Gio performs really well on me as well).

UPDATE: This is definitely better than the original due to the absolutely amazing basil note in this making it smell green and fresh like you're walking in a forest, and having a sort of barbershop vibe to the whole thing. Stock up while you can! This is my second favourite fragrance of all time, period. It just smells spectacular in every way.

05th May, 2018 (last edited: 17th July, 2018)
I was looking forward to it as I heard it's better than the original, but was a bit disappointed. It smells nothing like the original to me and after a while when the base notes kick in, it's kinda boring scent "like any other".
10th January, 2018
It is certain that being among the first to explore an olfactory trend is a risky thing - especially because what we imagine might fall in public taste may be something very innovative at the time it was released. However, if the bet is right you gain the advantage of working in new lands and develop something that will become the model to be followed/ copied. It happened with the scent Acqua di Giò, which although was not the first aquatic fragrance was one that explored the trend early on hit very well the combination of aquatic freshness with a fruity fresh touch and a transparent musky base, a lightness that had a satisfactory performance for the genre and a lot of consistency from the beginning to the end.

After 16 years of success of what become one of the pillars of the aquatic family, the eau de parfum version comes at a time where the masculine market is not only less prejudiced with eau concentrations parfum, previously seen as feminine, but also demanding perfumes that have better duration and projection, thus able to stand out more. There is not much to reinvent or change in the aquatic trend and Essenza is not because of that a paradigm shift or a radical change from the original. Instead it is, as proposed by the brand, a refined and deeper version of the original, lowering the acquatic aspect but without doing it in order to compromise the original identity.

As a long lasting version, Acqua di Giò Essenza decreases the focus on water and fruity aspect of the output to put more emphasis in conveying the oceanic freshness in a mineral and slightly woody base of good duration. Thus, it opens with the aquatic and fruity departure from the original, less evident in the marine and metallic aroma. As it evolves one perceives another fresh aromatic chord, slightly floral, that gradually leads to the aforementioned mineral and woody base. Sometimes you can see flashes after all the evolution of the aquatic aroma of the opening in contact with the mineral aroma of the base, passing a very serene and refreshing feeling.

Essenza shown even without any surprises to be an acquatic more mature and better worked from beginning to end, with a good technical performance of sillage and longevity, which makes it an excellent candidate for daily use or even as a night perfume, with a good performance for summer nights or hot and stuffy night environments.
10th July, 2016
Like this one. Slightly greener with more wood (as compared to the original).Projection and longevity is great.7/10
03rd February, 2016

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