Aqua Vitae (2013)
by Maison Francis Kurkdjian


Aqua Vitae information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 31 votes)

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HouseMaison Francis Kurkdjian
PerfumerFrancis Kurkdjian

About Aqua Vitae

Aqua Vitae is a shared / unisex perfume by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

Reviews of Aqua Vitae

Starts out with a citrus (lemon) kick with a metallic side kick. Quickly turns into a lightly woody fragrance. A summer gem. I will be getting a bottle of this soon.7.5/10
29th March, 2017
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United Kingdom
The opening is a fresh, somewhat restrainedly citrusy impression, very much hedione-infused - some jasmine is there - and pleasant, but not in any way special. Nice.

The drydown sees the hedionesque freshness fading and being replaced by a rather generic woodsy note, with the hints of an actual guiac impression being not very convincing.

The base, eventually is a tonka note that, again, is pleasant but about as ordinary as it gets - again, nothing remarkable here either.

The sillage is soft, the projection adequate and the longevity seven hours.

This summery scent is not the Water of Life, but the water that is run-of-the-mill. 2.5/5.
05th August, 2016
Aqua Vitae took my husband and me to Perfumery School last night in the most delightful way. On my smooth lady arms, it is a refreshing bath of Hedione-smoothed lemon and vanilla. On my husband's significantly more hirsute arms, it's much more about tonka and guaiac (probably due to all those little surfaces). Either way, it gives the sensation of cooling the skin while smelling warm.

But how this really works for you may depend on your tolerance, or need for, quiet, cool perfumes. I live in a place where temperatures routinely climb above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and where the air conditioning hovers around 65 inside. Four months out of the year, our bodies take a beating from this, and we're all constantly sweaty, clammy, half sick, and gross. This may be just the thing for consoling oneself in and out of the heat.

MFK offers this in a body lotion and "scented shower cream" (I assume that's soap) and the idea of layering this is appealing. I don't typically gravitate toward vanilla perfumes; but I like strange, inedible vanillas, and this one works. It could be a really nice go-to crisp daytime scent if it just hung around a little longer. I plan on revisiting this review after I get my hands on one or both of the layering products.
06th July, 2016 (last edited: 17th July, 2016)
The ultimate in sweet nothings. Aqua Vitae by Maison Francis Kurkdijan is a fresh, summery fragrance that sparkles with zesty citrus, a green, crisp jasmine, and a whisper of tonka. There are massive amounts of hedione in this – about 50%, according to Kurkdijan himself – and this is what creates that green, crispy effect overlaying the citruses at the start.

Despite the dry, woody flavor contributed by the Iso E Super here, the effect is not overly chemical or harsh, which is to Kurkdijan’s credit. Kurkdijan is nothing if not a skilled perfumer and knows how to dose these synthetics just right. Other perfumers should learn from him. The effect is total radiance and luminosity, kind of like the effect achieved in Timbuktu.

It’s nice, but emphatically not for me. It is far too light to make more than a brief impression, and slides off the skin (and out of mind) in a couple of hours.
01st July, 2015

Aqua vitae is the Latin for "water of life", it is an archaic name for a concentrated aqueous solution of ethanol. The term was in wide use during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, it is a generic name for all types of distillates, prepared by distilling wine. But the spirits about aqua vitae could also be whisky, brandy, acquavite in Italy, eau de vie in France…
Here we have a Coleridge’s quote about this water of life:
"About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night;
The water, like a witch's oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white."
Using this water you can have adverse effects: some result such as an anthropomorphic rabbit, Merrie Melodies listening, alteration in body weight, loss of functions, or as a pathological illness changing opinions singing The Woody Woodpecker Song.

This reviewer may have conflicts of interest

12th May, 2015
A light, semi-sweet citrus opening… I get a slight metallic tinge to it – or maybe it’s the guiac wood wafting up from the base. It’s a nicely refined, sweetish citus – non-sharp, non-screechy. The vanilla provides the sweetness, but it supports without dominating the accord. The first hint of floral is a clean jasmine note – doesn’t smell flowery and it certainly isn’t indolic; rather, it is more of a clear jasmine texture overlaid with a thin veneer of translucent citrus. I don’t know when the woodiness makes its appearance, but after about thirty or forty minutes I notice that the citrus / jasmine has joined with a wood note that the pyramid identifies as guiac, but it seems more to me as a clean, non-creamy sandalwood… regardless, it is a subtle, pleasing citrus / wood accord.

Aqua Vitae is an attractive fragrance. It’s performance is quite light in sillage but it has good longevity. It is not very original, but it doesn’t need to be. The quality of its constituent materials is impeccable, its structure speaks of discretion and sophisticated minimalism. Aqua Vitae has loads of quality and class. It is a must-try for one looking for discretion, quality, and refinement.
03rd May, 2015

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