Originally Posted by PWJ
I regularly see a distinction between marine (or oceanic) and aquatic fragrances on this board. Usually, the marine fragrance is referenced in a positive way, while aquatics are generally disliked. Is it just that aquatics has such a bad rep that reviewers tend to call aquatics they like marines? Or is there an olfactory distinction between the two - if so, what is the difference?
You raise an interesting question.
I've never seen any classification system differentiate between marine and aquatic scents.
Which is weird to me, as they are plainly different, and the manufacturers often distinguish between them by sticking something "Marine"-like in the name. Or in their descriptions/ads mention that some are marine scents or contain marine notes.
To my mind, aquatic/watery scents include the following scents, which don't contain any hint of the ocean or of something oceanic -
Aqua di Gio, Halston Unbound, Paris Hilton Just Me, Jill Sander Pure Man, Bvlgari Aqua, L'Eau Par Kenzo, Aqua di Roma, the various Eternity Summer editions.
The marine/oceanic scents which smell something like part of the ocean include,
Erolfa, Nautica original, Nautica Voyage, Insense UltraMarine, Del Mar, Nautilus Aqua, Agua Brava Sea Power, Bvlgari Aqua Marine, Aqua Motu and lastly Kenzo Homme (with the glorious smell of seaweed).
Then there are scents with fairly prominent marine notes, but where there is too much else going on to label them marine scents - Laguna, Escape and Michael Jordan come to mind. Technically, most of the Creed scents, with their healthy doses of ambergris (whale ejecta), could be thrown into this group too.
Finally, there is the weird one - Aramis New West, the first scent full of calone, which I really really like, but which doesn't seem much like either an aquatic or a marine scent to me.
When people attack aquatics around here, it transpires they are usually attacking what I think of as aquatics, and sometimes what I think of as marine scents, and sometimes what they think are aquatic scents but are actually fougeres - eg. Cool Water (mainly because it has "Water" in the name) and Horizon. And they are attacking them because they don't meet their high standards of artisan workmanship, or are too synthetic, or are supposed clones.
The only aquatics I'm not too fond of are Aqua di Gio and Bvlgari Aqua because they don't have much impact on my nose. But I like most of the other aqautic and marine scents. I only attack scents that don't last long enough, and hence don't do their jobs.