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Aqua Amara (2014)
by Bulgari


Aqua Amara information

Year of Launch2014
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 132 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerJacques Cavallier
Parent CompanyBulgari

About Aqua Amara

Aqua Amara is a masculine fragrance by Bulgari. The scent was launched in 2014 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jacques Cavallier

Aqua Amara fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Aqua Amara

This aquatic is somehow linear and complex. On my skin it does not change from the first spray until I smell it on my clothes the next day. It has such a prominent orange blossom accord, but there's more to it. In addition to this bitter citrus, there is salt and a touch of musk at the bottom. But all three notes are there from the start.

This smells like the bottle looks. It is a drop of saltwater on the tongue at sunset.

Pair this with a linen shirt, short sleeves, buttoned up halfway. It will last all day, and you will be glad it did.

Wear it to the beach, to the pool, to a casual patio brunch.

Scent: 8/10

Longevity: 9/10

Sillage: 8/10
02nd July, 2018
I love the original Bvlgari Aqva pour Homme, which in my opinion is the best marine/aquatic fragrance out there, having the essence of actual seaweed in it. The other flankers I don't like so much compared to the original. However, this one - titled Aqva Amara meaning 'bitter water' in Italian - is fantastic as well, but unfortunately discontinued by Bvlgari apparently. It opens with a bitter dry salty mandarin note with a heavy note of saltwater as in the original Bvlgari Aqva. It's extremely pleasant at least to my nose and smells like an orange sprinkled with salt. As it dries down I basically get heavy neroli (orange blossom) on my skin (and neroli is one of my favourite aromas ever). The neroli note in this is bitter and slightly green in character (in fact I think I detect petitgrain as well - the leaves/twigs of an orange tree). It is similar in a sense to Bond No. 9's Eau de New York (my favourite neroli fragrance ever) but is far more bitter and salty and not as sweet (though Eau de New York isn't sweet to begin with except for the late drydown with indolic white flowers). On the drydown I also get hints of the typical seaweed accord as in the original Bvlgari Aqva. On the late drydown I also get patchouli and a bit of incense. But the great thing about this fragrance is that the orange note lasts throughout the whole time, which is pretty fantastic for a citrus fragrance - though personally, due to the pervasiveness of the neroli note, I would say this is more of a neroli fragrance than an orange citrus one, akin to Ferrari's Bright Neroli but more bitter and aquatic with saltwater and seaweed. Sillage is strong while longevity is also strong, at over 8 hours. The longevity far exceeds the regular Bvlgari Aqva (which lasts about 4-5 hours on my skin) and is one of the strongest for a citrus based cologne, period. Overall this is a wonderful iteration of the orange and neroli note, mixed with an aquatic ambience that is rare (think Terre d'Hermes but with seawater instead of dirt and pepper). Bvlgari never should have discontinued this gem.

20th May, 2018
I've really enjoyed wearing this during the summer ..makes for a really good summer evening scent in my opinion. I get a bright bitterish orange, a bit of neroli and some patchouli to keep it slightly darkened with a pinch of seaweed odour, This stays very much this way from start to finish. Performance is fantastic 8hrs+, (4hrs strong projection) for a citrus thats great and so is the price point. The presentation and sprayer are equally great. I've had a couple of people say I smell nice which is reassuring so it projects well too. Fans of citrus and aquatics should give this a around tho as this isn't expensive and you get an awful lot for your money. Full Credit to bvlgari for releasing some very original aquatics.
05th August, 2017 (last edited: 06th August, 2017)
This is a summer go-to for me, especially if I'm enjoying a day at the pool or beach. Very unique for a summer scent as it has lots of freshness and sweetness but also a bold, orangey-floral mixed with some spice or incense.

The only scent I have worn that can withstand ocean or pool water and stays on, still projecting for hours.

Performance is all day and projects so that you will get noticed.
02nd August, 2017
This is a must have summer fragrance. Bvlgari's 'Aqva Amara' is a powerful, strong and long lasting citrus bomb with enough patchouli and neroli notes to create an unmistakably masculine scent that cuts through heat, humidity and even pool and ocean water.

The initial blast is completely mandarin orange, full and fresh citrus with a light neroli and patchouli base. It is very strong, with somewhat of an ocean and watery accord, but its not an aquatic. More like a fresh saltwater drenched in citrus and white sands vibe. Amazing and energetic.

The middle and base are all neroli and patchouli, with an incense and slight musk note towards the end.The citrus and orange are heavy and dominate the fragrance throughout the entire life of the scent. The incense in the base really balances the oceanic citrus extremely well.

With a liberal application of a dozen sprays (neck, shoulders, chest and wrists), I am getting 10-12+ hours of longevity, with several days and possibly a week or more on clothes and fabrics.

The projection and sillage are outstanding, people will smell this clearly and it is definitely one of the finest summer and citrus fragrances I have ever come across. Definitely one of the strongest fresh scents I have ever owned.

I wore this in thick summer heat with high humidity at a hotel pool party and this scent projected extremely well and stayed on me for six hours. It stayed on the skin while swimming, under the misters, splashing water and everything.

I can definitely highly recommend this scent as a must have for your spring and summer collections. There is nothing out there that has this specific blend of notes or performs as well as this. This stuff is powerful and magnificent.

28th May, 2017 (last edited: 29th May, 2017)
I really didn't expect to love this, but I do. It's not unique or bold, but it does what it does extremely well. Have you ever peeled an orange and accidentally squirted the skin's zest on yourself? It's like that, but spicier. Nothing about it is harsh or synthetic. It projects politely for around five hours and then is almost invisible, so the longevity isn't ideal.

All elements of the scent are present from the beginning, and as it dries down it showcases different elements, avoiding that Neapolitan ice cream effect some scents have where they pull a three-in-one. It starts bright with a hint of patchouli, dries a little more bitter and almost rum reminiscent, and then at its base it's a mellow, spicy-sweet warmth.

It's not complex or unusual, so maybe it'll bore you. But I like how straightforward and unpretentious it is; it makes it versatile and wearable. It's hard to imagine this offending anyone--it's one of those bury-your-nose-in-your-wrist scents.
22nd February, 2017

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