This is a very simple, and pleasant lemon/pine splash. The only problem is how light it is. It really should be labeled as an aftershave, lo. It's so ephemeral. You can literally bathe in this stuff in the morning, and by noon it's completely vanished. There is literally no bottom end. It's all mid-top, and not much of that. That said, it is what it is. Very similar to Pino, but a little darker. And that's not a bad thing.
Acqua Di Selva by Visconti di Modrone, 1949
Rated #1206 in Fragrances
I really like the green lemon/orange blossom in this. But it is so fugitive. The drydown is a very subtle lineny skin scent, which encouraged me to apply it to my shirt, with better results.
Thumbs Up for the Rich, Green, Oily Original Configuration. (by Victor) I still have a bottle stored safely from decades ago that smells terrific. Yes, it is powerful, Yes it is Green and Yes it is Masculine-that's what I like about it. It's unapologetic in it's projection. But... Big Neutral for the New Formulation. It's light and a skimpy shadow of it's former self. Poof! Within minutes it's gone. It is Watered Down, Transparent and cheap. So sad Really. Find an original bottle produced by Victor for the best formulation of a classic.
A lovely fresh pine based scent. One of my first ever fragrances. Love this to bits
Only if you really like green fragrances. A bit too much pine for my taste.
This is my first post on BN. Thanks to all for their insightful reviews and comments. This one was a blind buy based on my desire to find a classic, refreshing cologne that is not your run of the mill fragrance and a bit unusual and something you don't find everywhere. My first impressions of ADS were not all favorable, but it finally grew on me. At first, I was hoping for a more citrus base as that is my preferred scent, but it was initially more of a minty note with a powdery dry down. After a week or so it continued to grow on me and I now can appreciate ADS for what it is...a clean, simple fragrance that does not stick with me to long and that is the way I like it. My cologne collection: Borsari Aqua Classica Geoffrey Beene Bowling Green G Trumper Wellington Penhaligons Blenheim Bouquet Hermes D'Lorange Hermes Equipage Floris Elite Floris Gentlemen's cologne Davidoff Zeno (use very sparingly but enjoy for evenings)
Wonderful and i underline it. It's a bracing, clean, conservative and old-school woodsy cologne. This is a jump back in the tradition. What can i say? I tested it from a decrepit and dusty tobacconist's shop and i was at once teleported back in the time of my childwood when i used to walk for the streets of the town with my grandfather and the brother of him. This is an astringent and conservative fougere with its citrus-oakmoss-lavender central chord. There is a piney note not so dominant, bergamot and lemon, the main aromatic and edible greens (basil, clary sage, rosemary and thyme) that on the side of aromatic conifers produce the illusion of mint and finally a very woodsy dry down without amber. I don't detect soapiness while i catch the note of vetiver since the first minute on the side of bergamot and pine. A touch of floral sweetness coming from the most astringent carnation and geranium is counterbalanced by bitter tonka. The balance is stiff and the craftsmanship is old school. May be i was lucky to smell an old bottle but i did't inhale a synthetic smell. I'm thinking to come back nearby that old shop to buy a bottle for the upcoming moments i will be in the mood to wear it at morning. The bottle is wonderful, the smell is close to the skin and the longevity is proper of a cologne. Inexpensive.
Fresh, clean and pleasant notes when opening and drying; smooth and reasonable lasting fragance.
Acqua di Selva is a very special fragrance, only for poets, lovers, nostalgics. I love it!
Acqua di Selva is a quintessential old guard fragrance. "Dated" doesn't apply: it is not at all modern yet I don't find it anachronistic either. Timeless may be a better term. It opens with a blast of lemon oil (see YSL Pour Homme) which shouts above the crowd like Mario Savio at a '60s rally. Shortly thereafter the moss blankets the proceedings like Bay Area fog. I can't verify that AdS is faithful to the original 1949 aroma, but this mossiness seems period-correct. I can imagine Porfirio Rubirosa or David Niven sporting this. The moss and the herbs give it a very green and very Italian character. This is still available Stateside and at a bargain to boot. Recommended to any man looking for a nostalgic dose of midcentury perfumery.
Acqua Di Selva by Visconti di Modrone, 1949
|Top Notes||Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Rosemary, Basil|
|Middle Notes||Thyme, Pine, Carnation, Clary Sage, Geranium|
|Base Notes||Moss, Cedarwood, Musk, Vetiver, Tonkabean|
|By||Visconti di Modrone|
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