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Reviews of Acqua Essenziale by Salvatore Ferragamo

Total Reviews: 13
Generic, synthetic and screechy - this is precisely the type of 'mall scent' that one should avoid at all times. Acqua Essenziale recycles 'fresh masculine designer' olfactory clichés using what it seems like bottom shelf materials, and is absolutely inessential and inconsequential. I would not be surprised if this perfume was conceived of, blended and bottled in less than a week, just to fill shelf space.

In this style go for Nautica Voyage (for something fun), CK One (interesting androgyny) or Acqua di Gio (more sophisticated and seamless).

25th January, 2018
Initially, It was fresh and clean - like soap. So, it didn't suck, but smells like nice soap.

I do like it and found a deal where it wasn't too expensive so I bought a bottle. After wearing for a few days though I am sad to say that it does not have lasting power and quickly fades requiring frequent reapplication. I think when the bottle is done, I am also.
26th December, 2017
More fresh and less rich than Bleu de Chanel. Another one to skip and save your money for Bleu de Chanel EDP.

Whatever you decide to do, don't buy this at a department store for $80! I've seen it for under $20.
31st May, 2016
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Lots of alcohol and synthetic at the beginning, then fades away quickly into a Nautica Voyage drydown, but weaker. I don't feel like this resembles Bleu de Chanel at all except that they are both "blue" and fresh.

Update: Just tried this one again and I do get the Bleu de Chanel comparison now. Not as good as BdC but but still decent enough to be above average.
26th December, 2015 (last edited: 06th March, 2016)
Nothing to like about this except the price. It is a smell that exists, that is all.
21st August, 2014
Acqua Essenziale is, as others have noted, a typical acquatic. The opening notes are lemon and basil and smell virtually indistinguishable from Ermenegildo Zegna's Acqua d'Estate Essenza 2007 version, with perhaps a bit more lavendar.

The heart of the fragrance is basically lavendar and acquatic notes and it just slowly disappears from here. Sillage and longevity are what you would expect.

I do agree with those who have said this is a bit of white noise, but it's still nice nonetheless. I wouldn't purchase this myself, but it's a nice acquatic if that's something you'd like to have.
16th February, 2014
Boring aquatic

I used a sample today.
As i love Alberts work in CK one, Acqua di Gio and his outstanding Lanvin Homme i find his later fragrances pretty generic and dull for example this one.
Its fresh,minty,aquatic and sunny, its OK but thats it. It is OK... I dont love OK fragrances they dont give me that motivation to buy it.
The Lavender is pretty tucked away as im not smelling it (blendup with mint)

Pretty safe buy for a present and longer lasting then other aquatic

Pros: Safe
Cons: Generic, boring"

23rd August, 2013
Don't bother

The fresh, aquatic part is nice enough, but it is drowned (no pun intended) out by a wave (no pun intended) of macho, cloying, cologne-y blandness. Acqua Essenziale is being massively marketed at the moment. Hope it doesn't become massively popular, I'd prefer not being surrounded by stuff like this.

28th May, 2013
Really close (especially at the beginning) to the classic and decently appointed Lanvin Pour Homme (citrusy, metallic, slightly ozonic, woody, orangy, minty and vaguely dusty) and yes, to the better blended, more natural and bracing Bleu Chanel. This modern ozonic/fougere is anyway more oriented towards a synthetic musky/marine nature and lacks the distinctive violet leaves presence (in here replaced by a sharp lavender/geranium) we notice in the Lanvin one. The combination of musk, grapefruit, citrus and chemical ozonic ingredients produces a really common and uninspired vibe. Really really boring and useless.
14th May, 2013 (last edited: 03rd November, 2014)
WOW! Citrus, Geranium, and original... NOT.
It is a generic inoffensive aquatic/citrus fragrance that blends in with the millions of others. Kind of like Versace Pour Homme, or any number of others.
09th May, 2013
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Very nice. Did a skin test in Macy's and was pleasantly surprised. Haven't bought it yet but plan on it. Definitely not offensive in the least. Longevity was just ok, about 4 hours, sillage was great on me for the first few hours. I get more of the mandarin off the top and the patchouli is very light and doesn't over power the vetiver at all on drydown. I liked it.
30th April, 2013 (last edited: 01st May, 2013)
There is really nothing more that I can say other than it's just your typical man's cologne (which can sum up most of the Ferragamo house, to be honest). It's your basic generic fresh fragrance, that you've smelled over and over again, with some floral notes. No personality or distinction. This isn't terrible, however, there are dozens of better options out there for men, therefore making this not bottle worthy.

2 out of 5 stars.
26th April, 2013
Cool citrus, slightly green. Mild, fresh, hint of ozone.
SV's version of Chanel Bleu.
An inoffensive white-shirt scent.
Light musk dry-down.
15th April, 2013
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