reminds me of fishy sea shore. Not what I like to smell like!
Acqua Di Sale by Profumum
Rated #4500 in Fragrances
My ocean scents are this, erolfa and sel marine. Of the 3 this smells the most like the ocean. Imagine you are walking along a rustic beach on a cloudy cool day, and the sea smashes against the rocks with the air having tiny fragments of sea water in it. Take a deep smell of that and you get the essence of aqua di sale. I like it as its quite unique - where sel marine is salty this is briny, there are no sweeting elements here like lemons or sun burnt woods its just ocean with a capital o. It's not a compliment getter but it is very refreshing in heat, you wear this for yourself. Definitely a day scent. The juice itself is quite oily but the longevity is good although it is quite linear after the first 20 mins. The bottle is solid and you get a decant roll on bottle in the box which is a good idea although with longevity like this you won't need to reapply for a good 8 hours. Worth checking out if you want an ocean scent and are not on a tight budget.
This high quality fragrance is the best aquatic summer scent I know. It by far gets the best feedback of all my scents. People ask me all the time what I am wearing. Its olfactory notes are: myrtle, cedar wood and seaweed. It smells like a a summer day at the beach: sweet and dry, salty and fresh. It is simple and complex at the same time and lasts for about 8 hours, which IMO is outstanding for an aquatic scent which is 100% organic - no sythetics! The reason for its longevity is its high percentage of natural essences: 43% (the perfume is quite oily which calls for caution when spraying on while wearing clothes). And it also explains why it does not cost 15 EUR but 180 EUR for100ml. Considering its high percentage of fragrance essences and the resulting longevity and yield, this price is absolutely acceptable and clearly within the price range of high quality perfumes. Those negative Italian reviews below are ridicoulous and appear to only reflect social jealousy. The fragrance comes with a mini roll-on and a funnell which allows you to carry the fragrance with you on travels without having to take the whole bottle. Due to the oily texture and the resulting risk for clothes, I basically only use the roll-on.
I took an afternoon excursion over to The Scent Bar in Los Angeles after a year of salivating over fragrances and samples from the boutiques website. Though the store was a tad bit larger than a walk-in closet, it was a walk-in closet from heaven. I was overwhelmed by and in awe of the selection of niche fragrances, especially as a niche virgin. As anyone reading this can tell I am still coming down from the adrenaline rush of finally making the trip. I rattled off a list of fragrances I wanted to smell when the sa (or, proprietor?) asked me point-blank, What do you like in a perfume and how do you want to feel when you wear it? Way to tactfully get me to focus! I expressed interest in unusual beachy scents. This is one of many scents he had me try. This is the one that stood out among the many beach scents. This starts out with a seemingly intentional artificial orange blossomy scent, which mimics old school Coppertone in my mind. (Peculiar, I get orange blossom though it is clearly not in this, or at least not listed anywhere.) Underlying this is the saltiness of a light sweat in the summers afternoon sun along with the driftwood and seaweed of the oceans air. The screechingly sweet artificiality of the Coppertone note keeps me from absolutely loving it. Yet it is the entire mixincluding the artificial notethat keeps me sniffing compulsively. I love it, then I find myself annoyed by the overwhelming Coppertone note, and then I round back to loving it again. This fragrance truly confuses me! One interesting thing about this fragrance: it has the ability to transport the wearer and others around the wearer to the nearest deserted beach as the fog rolls in, when the smell of the tide is strongest. Love it or hate it, youre going to be transported to the beach; the sillage will be taking others along with you, as this is a sillage monster. With the complex woody drydown I would personally consider this an ozonic chypre (if there is such a thing; if not, this fragrance proves there should be). I do not typically care for chypres but I find them the most interesting of all the scents in the fragrance kingdom. This is among the most interesting of the chypres I have yet smelled. I dont have the $240.00+ for this and if I did I am not so sure I would make the investment in this. I prefer the safety of the waters provided by Lilly Pulitzers Beachy but this is certainly a beach adventure in a bottle.
I find that ADS suits me well. It has great longevity and has what I would describe as a rather cantabile manner. It just flows well, even if some find it a bit linear. I did not like this upon my initial smell - it smelled like pure tanning oil to me. But once I applied it, I realized it was much more than that. It does smell a bit like tanning oil, but also has a sweet and salty smell at the same time (more sweet than salty, although the salt is there, at least in the middlenotes). I'm not for sure what exactly it is that I like about the smell, I can't name you the exact notes, and I'm just not sure what algae smells like (or for that matter why so many people know what algae smells like). I have noticed a common theme in some of the negative reviews. It looks like people who have smelled or worn similar fragrances do not like ADS. This might have something to do with the expensive price. But I have not worn an ocean-like scent before and I find it quite pleasant. Lasts on me around 8-9 hours. The downside to this fragrance is that it's absurdly expensive, over 200$ or so for a bottle. And that may be justice enough to rate this negatively.
Mediocre scent despite the caos that in Italy turns it as a cult among the ignorant members of the middle class guided by the great joystick. This is the expensive version of Fiore dell'onda by l'Erbolario (about 15 for a 100 ml). This fragrance is nothing but seaweeds, ozonic elements and salt couteracted by a sweet soft ingredient in order to play the game of contrasts end exalt the unsteady salt of the wake. No trace of texture. The note of myrtle adds its particular kind of woodsy and fruity sweet-bitter taste of the coast and the role of the salt in the game of opposites produces a sort of animal or human whiff. The seaweeds combined with some obscure element produce that sort of licorice-cucumber effect many talk about and which turns out as a sort of rubbery and synthetic candy smell. The astringent cedarwood exalts the roar of the salt. It's exaggerated to talk about scrubbing off immediately but this is boring and shallow in my opinion.
In italy this is a cult scent for all the snob-ish ladies without class but with a biiiiiig credit card. A scent that litterally makes me laughing so hard I cant' breathe. You can easly buy Demeter's Rain for 10 bucks and tell everybody it's acqua di sale, no one will notice. Actually they're not really similar, but no one will notice, anyway! ahahahahahah, sorry I was talking about acqua di sale and couldn't stop laughing... if you really like acquatic scents go for Tirrenico by I Profumi Del Forte, here follows I review I just made: I had a sample of Tirrenico a few monthes ago and, as I'm generally not into aquatic scents, I forgot it in a box. One day I was removing a few books from a shelf and I found the decant again so I gave it a try and I totally got suprised. Tirrenico is litterally amazing and stunning. No ozone bull***t here, but a real oceanic fragrance. IMO the only one really recalling the wet sand, marine wet woods and shells giving you the feeling of an exclusive, paradisiac beach. Longevity is super, great sillage and last but not least, lasting power is absolutely unique for an aquatic fragrance (10-12 hours). Another good point is the drydown as most of the marine scents often turn into something else that is sometimes soapy, sometimes fruity etc etc...this one stays fresh, vibratin and aquatic...It's like to have a fresh water fountain followiong you for the whole day! Amazing! Obviously I immediately decided I had to have a bottle...and I got it!
I can not say why I like it, but I do. It is not your typical "marine" scent as it is a little "dirty" but it does smell like the ocean as you approach it from the inland valleys. It is pleasant to smell, have decent projection and lasts a good while. I know it has gotten poor reviews but I give it a thumbs up.
Another fragrance I'm surprised doesn't go down better with the basenotes crowd! I thought I was spending a lot of money for 100 ml of basically very concentrated seawater and wondered whether I might try to part with some of it to mitigate the expenditure. After strapping her on awhile, though, it's camphor that I get as the main event with a realistic marine thing sort dancing about on the periphery like the monkeys around the black door thing in 2001. This fragrance is strange - decidedly magical in its strange way. In "feeling" (not in scent) has an affinity, I think, with patchouli in its overtones of something not terribly clean (which is an interesting take on "ocean" "ozone" etc, antithetical to the usual conceptions) if not downright unsanitary down by the water. A freshly varnished pier or ... the floor of a sauna with the steam off (saying this I reveal to myself a certain connection to Tann Roka is it Shisu, only the Tann Roka has the steam on, leans towards the feminine whereas this fragrance is leaning if not to the masculine side than to the ascetic/conceptual side that says anything but girly ladylike matronly or dread "old lady". Thinking about how there is fundamentally a comme des garcons aesthetic to this creation also brings to mind Hinok - a not too terribly distant relative (I should sniff Hinoki again to feel sure this is correct though). I went to dinner with a friend tonight who appeared to be quite allergic to it though, he was sneezing the entire time. We were separated for a time towards the end of the visit and I do think he stopped sneezing when he got away from me. I'd give it two thumbs up if we were allowed to use both hands!
Seaweed, ozonics, and a little salt. Id say its a pretty accurate presentation of a natural beach if that matters at all Acqua di Sale gives me the seaweed smell that I neither like nor dislike. This seaweed green smell combines with a nice ozonics and cedar wood accord. Although the opening itself is rather harsh, it soon lowers its intensity quite a bit to present this soft ocean accord. It performs linearly on my skin: It is more natural than not; its accurate; I dont find it very dramatic or even interesting.
Acqua Di Sale by Profumum
|Notes||Myrtle, Cedarwood, Marine Algae|
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