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Aquatics, on the whole, are a genre I avoid. My reaction to Oltre was all the more surprising given that fact.
I've lived by or near the sea for more of my life than not, on both of Canada's coasts and in the UK.
Oltre, to my nose, isn't the sea itself, but rather a cold, stormy day beside it. The aquatic note is rain-soaked rather than pure salt spray, and the botanical notes place its olfactory world firmly on terra firma.
It's a fairly linear fragrance, based on a quartet of the aquatic notes, pine, seaweed and muguet. It goes on cold and a fresh with the pine prominent and gradually softens and fades to allow the muguet to shyly peak through. This is never a floral fragrance though, and seaweed is always the biggest green note in the composition.
The sillage is good and the longevity is excellent. This lasts well over twenty-four hours on me.
31st October, 2008