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Valentino Uomo Acqua (2017)
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Valentino Uomo Acqua information

Year of Launch2017
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 11 votes)

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HouseValentino
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About Valentino Uomo Acqua

Valentino Uomo Acqua is a masculine fragrance by Valentino. The scent was launched in 2017

Valentino Uomo Acqua fragrance notes

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Reviews of Valentino Uomo Acqua

This is very light to my nose. I actually can't smell anything much except a bit of woodiness. Not for me I'm afraid; I prefer something with a lot more substance and strength. Therefore, I can't give this anything except a thumbs down. Disappointing.
11th January, 2019
This was a creative and daring idea from Valentino and has largely gone under-appreciated since it's release in 2017. It smells fantastic. Before we go into its construction or discuss its performance or whether or not it's a true summer fragrance or masculine enough, let's just make this clear--it's a pleasure to smell. Uomo Acqua tones down the gourmand elements of the original until they're simmering just below the lines of perceptibility, while leaving its recognizable iris accord largely intact. Without the chocolate and hazelnut upfront as they are in the original the iris takes on more of an airy, higher pitch, and here it's met with a vivid, juicy, clear mandarin note and slightly bitter-green tomato leaf. The combination works beautifully, and the resulting smell is almost along the lines of a barely ripe pear--fruity and refreshing with a trace of vegetal bitterness to keep it all in check. This is the dominant accord, backed by a discreet, but oh-so-smooth suede, that plays out for the first couple of hours while wearing Uomo Acqua. It's completely enjoyable and has an interesting effect, as these notes manage to convey a fresh, unique approach that balances a casual springtime, summer appeal with a bit of a dressy, semi-formal character due to the leather and iris. Hues of pale yellows and greens swirl gracefully among whites, and soft, translucent beiges.

This is a different kind of scent--void of sharp citrus notes and white musks, not too swept away into the ambery depths of its sturdy iris accord or over-concerned with its leathery base--it masterfully creates a relatable "Acqua" out of its original elements. Performance is where this one falters, perhaps, but to what extent? I think there have been a lot of snap judgments in this regard, both over-exaggerating its lack of performance and also forgetting the category into which this scent ultimately falls, and that being a warm weather "aquatic." To begin, I get a reliable 4 to 6 hours from this. With at least 2 or 3 hours of solid, above average projection. If I spray more heavily than usual, I'll get 6 to 8 hours of longevity without a problem. So it really doesn't disappoint me in this area considering the majority of summer citrus fragrances last no longer than it, and usually even less. Another gripe about this is that it's not masculine enough. Well, those are probably complaints coming from the same kind of people who wrote off Dior Homme when it was first released, or who believe that men's fragrances have to feature sharp citruses, bold leathers, and traditional aromatics in order to feel masculine. Who cares? I mean of course, if you feel that way, than indeed this one might not be masculine enough for you, but if you've been enjoying men's fragrances in the 21st century, then you've probably gotten over this.

To conclude, Uomo Acqua's combination of green, slightly bitter, fruity-fresh notes over Dior's lipstick-like, cosmetic iris and soft, designer suede is a success not only because it's sort of daring, but also because it works. The fragrance smells great on a warm spring day, and it really begins to shine just when the temperature goes above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. While it might feel too heavy in really hot, humid climates, that's not really a knock against, as I find 90% of my fragrances don't work in that kind of environment, and I usually just opt for something very light anyway. Overall, I'd give this a very solid 8.5/10 rating, as it brings something quite new and unique to the table while also providing a fragrance that's easy to wear and that smells good. Props to Valentino for taking a chance on this one--you should too, as you may be surprised by this mostly overlooked gem.
02nd January, 2019
This is actually quite good. A brilliant concept that just falls short in performance.

A Summery/warm weather take on the original, or let's just say Dior Homme knock off. This adds some interesting elements. The note choices are real, not just marketing ploys. It does in fact smell like tomato leaf and mandarin. I know mandarin is not that unusual, but how it's done here, mixed with the tomato leaf, creating this sort of vegetal accord. It's sort of like V8 in a way. I get not only tomato, but celery too.

Again it would be wayyy better if only it performed better. Not sure the perfumer on this, but I think he/she/they did a great job, probably executing notes like this to make a fragrance like so, for the first time. It's different, it's groundbreaking, it has all sorts of facets.. vegetal, nutty, creamy, gourmand, citrusy, dark, yet also very bright.

Wait til it goes on sale. Longevity is lackluster, so for a sale price it'll be worth it. Then when Valentino figures out why it flopped so bad, they can come to reviews like this, and make an "Intense" version.

For now, a very reluctant thumbs up, I don't often give a seal of approval for such poor performance, but since the blend is great, and we know the price will go down before it's discontinued and prices soar (you know the usual) I think it warrants it.
05th December, 2018
Wow! I didn't believe that any other variants of my favorite Valentino Uomo set of fragrances could be credibly made. But then here come Uomo Acqua...

Whereas the original Valentino Uomo scents were sweet, tangy, and powdery, the Acqua flanker is inherently very aromatic and citrus. I agree with Speedracer that there is a resemblance to Polo Red, which makes it perfect for warmer weather occasions. There is a dry citrus peel accord that I find really pleasant; this is balanced with the smooth leathery note, accented ever so lightly by powdery iris.

I find it to be masculine overall, a fresh experience that has a slight bit of the Valentino Uomo dna in it, but it has a friendly character all its own.
29th September, 2018
Just barely a thumbs up for me because it still has plenty of the original Uomo in the drydown. The opening is orangey/citrus/fruity sweet, reminds me of polo red minus the chocolate, and then add the iris. I wouldn't call it "Acqua", more like Uomo Black or Red.

Projection is average. Longevity in the 4-5 hour range.
31st December, 2017 (last edited: 01st January, 2018)
Aaaah...where to start.

SWEET. Sticky, fruity sweet...yet somehow I LOVE it.
Juicy orange mango (sunshine in a bottle!) combo layered on patch and leather. The iris provides a cosmetic quality and together with the darker notes allow this to be masculine. Otherwise that sweetness can be overbearing!
30th November, 2017

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