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Acqua di Giò Profumo (2015)
by Giorgio Armani

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Acqua di Giò Profumo information

Year of Launch2015
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 309 votes)

People and companies

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

About Acqua di Giò Profumo

Acqua di Giò Profumo is a masculine fragrance by Giorgio Armani. The scent was launched in 2015 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Alberto Morillas

Acqua di Giò Profumo fragrance notes

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

Reviews of Acqua di Giò Profumo

Very very good. Regular Gio, vintage strength, plus a touch of incense. That is what this smells like to me. It reminds me of the original when the original first came out. It seems to have lost something through the years. This is the one to have, if you are going to only have one.
06th February, 2019
A must have for any cologne aficionado !!!!
31st January, 2019
Acqua di Giò Profumo (2015) answers the age-old question that some of you may not have known needed asking: What happens if you take an aquatic fragrance and give it the heft of an oriental and would it work? Well apparently, if you are the house of Giorgio Armani, and that aquatic is Acqua di Giò Pour Homme (1996), then the answer is yes, it works and is something truly magical. I'm not the biggest fan of hype surrounding fragrances, as some of you may have realized. I've seen affordable discounter darlings become exorbitantly-priced "unicorn" that become the subject of raging cults of worship in just a few months time, rather than let the natural supply/demand price creep take effect. Likewise, I've seen everyone run out and buy X niche or designer fragrance because folks like Jeremy Fragrance and Luca Turin, which exist at opposite ends of the community swimming pool, call it amazing; I then watch that same fragrance flood eBay a year later. Finally, I've been beholden to the awe of an entire community totally trashing a given designer release with most not having smelled it, all because a few fixture members said it sucked. Then of course, there's stuff like Acqua di Giò Profumo: everyone's wearing it, everyone's saying it's great, and there's no single person or group hyping it, but it just pops up all over and has almost unanimous praise. Well guess what? This is one rare hype train that actually deserves the tracks it's rolling on, and to see this maintain success (and placement in stores) gives some small modicum of hope that creativity in this designer segment isn't dead due to accountant and marketing strangulation of the perfumers. Alberto Morillas took up the challenge of making a parfum version based on Jacques Cavallier's work done on the original Acqua di Giò Pour Homme, and I think he knocked this out of the park. Mr. Morillas releases a lot of commercial duds, but when he nails it, he really nails it.

Acqua di Giò Profumo takes the basic aesthetic of the original Acqua di Giò Pour Homme, but removing the persimmon, cistus, synthetic "hesperides" and jasmine, to be replaced with some key barbershop notes like geranium and a more-natural citrus note from bergamot, underpinning the creation with incense and a heavier patchouli. The white musk remains, as does the oakmoss, but both are toned down to make room for a larger hit of cedar in the base alongside the incense. The result of this tweaking is a deeper, richer, and fuller Acqua di Giò experience that still has the aquatic top but dries down into something which grafts that aquatic ambiance to something warmer, yet not sweeter. The opening dihydromyrcenol is there, so people who hate the aquatic vibe will find no increased fortune with Acqua di Giò Profumo, but for those who dug the original classic, the opening salvo stays familiar, just a tad less like fruity dryer sheets, which is sadly what the original sometimes reminds me of thanks to commercial products aping the smell. From the aquatic bergamot rush comes the aforementioned geranium, which holds hands with the rosemary from the original, moved down from the top into the heart for longer detection, and mixed with clary sage to set up that barbershop feel. This middle section is my favorite part of the fragrance, because I love the way the traditional geranium and clary sage tones interact with the rest of the "screaming beige 90's" composition that is the core of Acqua di Giò Pour Homme, and sort of "completes" it in my mind's eye. The base of patchouli, cedar, musk, oakmoss, and a synthetic incense note probably derived from norlimbanol finishes off the wear, and despite that last note being somewhat notorious to higher-brow Colognoisseurs, it's used judiciously here as to not overbear like it does in Dior Sauvage (2015). Wear time is excellent, with over 8 hours of good sillage, and this can pull duty in work or casual environments, and all climates except the coldest days, with a bit more versatility than the rather light original Acqua di Giò Pour Homme.

Overall, this doesn't feel redundant in a collection stocked with Acqua di Giò Pour Homme because Acqua di Giò Profumo presents itself as a real eau de parfum version of the original, which is something the previous EdP release Acqua di Giò Essenza (2012) failed to do (although it has its fans). The way this is used best is to actually chase applications of the standard Acqua di Giò Pour Homme as you move from day into night, since they are similar enough to layer effectively, but Acqua di Giò Profumo gives the added heft missing from the original to cruise into the nightlife. Granted, this can be very romantic but not very flirtatious, so I'd keep myself from trying to go clubbing in this if I were you, but that doesn't mean it won't serve well in a classy cocktail lounge or fancy dinner date otherwise. I also think Acqua di Giò Profumo is an amazing choice for stalwart users of the original who bemoan its lack of winter time power. Some people have been using Acqua di Giò Pour Homme as a signature for years and don't like having to switch fragrances in the cooler months. Well guess what? Now you don't have to! Sometimes the core qualities of a fragrance are lost in translation when upgraded from eau de toilette to eau de parfum, but in this case, we find a perfectly-balanced augmentation that still feels like Acqua di Giò Pour Homme, yet is also different enough in development and dry down to even replace it, and not just supplement it. I've never seen an aquatic translate this well into a semi-oriental form, and I am sort of curious to what a Cool Water (1988) parfum would be like, although I think Ralph Lauren already took heed of the success this had and made their Polo Blue Eau de Parfum (2016) based on the same concept. Two thumbs up from me, and definitely worth checking out for anyone displeased with the 2010's ambroxan trend and wishing to have something more contemporary in their collection.
13th January, 2019
I love how Armani man fragrances always have a common blue note but are still very different from one another and from other mainstream fragrances. It’s got spices to warm the water up. Good performances.
04th November, 2018
Acqua di Gio Profumo is fantastic, one of the best mainstream releases in recent years. I don't care much for aquatics, and 90% of modern mainstream releases are a pass for me. However, Acqua di Gio Profumo is certainly an exception. It does have the DNA of the original Acqua di Gio which I like but don't love; however, it's a dark, spicy twist on that idea. There is a patchouli-incense accord here which achieves that. This results in something that is fresh but dark, and lots of depth. The other good thing here is lack of sweetness. I find sillage to be good, and duration excellent at over six hours.

Acqua di Gio Profumo, to me, is perhaps the best exhibit of the modern mainstream fresh-clean masculine genre. It has revived my interest in fresh fragrances, and more so in mainstream releases. It has also increased my respect for the prolific Alberto Morillas; I think this is his best work apart from Mugler Cologne. I find it to be quite different from Bleu de Chanel, and in my books this is what Bleu de Chanel could've been, but failed.

It's good in hot weather, but I find it even better on slightly cooler days (and nights).


4/5
05th October, 2018
While not much of a fan of original ADG, the profumo is quite good.

I put this in the same bucket as Sauvage, BDC, and Versace's Dylan Blue. But of this group, ADG Profumo is the clear winner.

First off, the atomizer on this bottle is high-tech. It is a strong blast and very easy to control.

The brightness at the onset is brilliant, the musk underneath is prominent but not overpowering. A bit more refined than BDC, more mature and sophisticated than Sauvage.

I get a solid eight hours on the skin. 10-12 on clothes. It has no problem performing.

I don't see this as an office fragrance. Rather I see it as a night out, a few buttons undone, something that attracts and then when encounters get close isn't cloying or distracting.

Scent: 9/10

Longevity: 9/10

Sillage: 9/10
18th July, 2018

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