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    Default Burr gives Aqva Pour Homme Marine by Bulgari two stars

    '...Bulgari asked for a Cavallier supermarine, and with Aqva Pour Homme Marine, Cavallier gave it to them. Bulgari’s press releases scatter language about ocean breezes and uses words like “grapefruit” and “neroli” (bitter orange flower), but really what you have here is a fragrance that makes no reference whatsoever to the natural world. Aqva is the blandly handsome son of l’Eau d’Issey, a scent of Coast deodorant soap in an expensive executive gym with powerful central air conditioning...'

    For the full review on the NYT blog click here
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    I would like to say this scent was a dissapointment but that would not be true. I did not have high expectations for it. As the article says the presense of a Calone note makes it smell a lot like many other fragrances out there: Echo, Eternity summer, Leau dIssey, 1805 etc, etc, etc. Bvlgari Aqva was good for one thing: it took the aquatic theme and gave it a twist making something different. Aqva Marine is a step back. It takes the topnotes of Aqva and returns to the generic aquatics. About the packaging, I am not sure if I like it or not.
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    I haven' t tried this one but the original is one of the best aquatic fragrances on the market - a refreshing mandarin/neroli opening followed by a pleasant non-plasticky seaweed like aquatic/posidinia note which rests on a herbal-amber base. Cavallier was the perfumer and imo its more accomplished and refined than both AdG and IdM.
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    Interesting article; cheers for the link.

    I remember receiving a sample of Bulgari Aqua a few years back. My initial reaction upon smelling it was, "Oh, give me a break!" and tossing it into the garbage. The sheer banality of the fragrance was not enough to incense me, rather the fact that it carried the name Bulgari.

    Honestly, what has happened to Bulgari? Really. Bulgari Black and Pour Homme are excellent scents, as are Eau Parfumée au Thé Verte, both original and "extreme" versions, but I have not been impressed at all with any of their other offerings. They seem to get worse and worse with time.

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    Default Re: Burr gives Aqva Pour Homme Marine by Bulgari two stars

    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post
    About the packaging, I am not sure if I like it or not.
    I actually like the packaging and don't like the fragrance. I think it looks like a sci-fi underwater compass or magic timepiece. Very Aquaman-meets-The-Golden-Compass.

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    Default Re: Burr gives Aqva Pour Homme Marine by Bulgari two stars

    Well I like the round design of it, the color and how it feels on my hand. I especially like the fact that I cannot really call it a bottle (same goes for Black) as the width if considerably bigger than the height. However, functionally, I dislike it because it never 'sits' on the table. I feel like it is going to fall/roll to the floor. A base (like unforgivable) would be perfect to compliment the packaging.
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    It smells like it ought to. A true "marine" scent, citrus aquatic but with a subtle ocean seaweed undertone. Very well done! Sadly, I find on me that it does not project at all. If not even the person sitting next to you can smell it what is the point? I won't ever buy it again.

    Just my 2 cents ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post
    Well I like the round design of it, the color and how it feels on my hand. I especially like the fact that I cannot really call it a bottle (same goes for Black) as the width if considerably bigger than the height. However, functionally, I dislike it because it never 'sits' on the table. I feel like it is going to fall/roll to the floor. A base (like unforgivable) would be perfect to compliment the packaging.
    That's so funny, there is no base included in the original packaging? All tester packagings of the original Bulgari Aqua have a plastic transparant base that fits the pebble perfectly.

    -edit- I meant to save the unpackaging of my Bulgari Aqua Marine till this weekend, but couldn't resist. Indeed, the original packaging actually contains one item LESS than the tester packaging, namely the transparant plastic base! What a shame, that base really matched the pebble bottle perfectly.

    Here it is with the base:

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    I love the new Aqva Marine. The original to me was just too woody and spicy and took a funny camphore effect on my skin.

    While Marine is very rich in calone granted it has the very artifical early 90's air fresher scent of the ocean.

    Just a great scent - I've been gushing over it since I bought it two weeks ago - this will get heavy rotation for the spring.

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    I dunno yet. I've sprayed some on my left hand an hour ago and it smells really generic to me, and I don't seem to smell the posidonia note that was in the original and should be in the Marine as well.

    I think I may have said it before, but Aqua Marine is quite similar to Herrera 212 Men to me. So, I guess it will make a fine spring/summer scent.
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    Default Re: Burr gives Aqva Pour Homme Marine by Bulgari two stars

    I wore it today from a sample I got earlier this week at Macy's.
    I think it's terrible. A total scrubber by noon. I do like the packaging, but if I want packaging I'll pick up a new CdG. This really disappointed me. I was hoping for something wearable from the house that has produced a couple of my favorite fragrances. It does feel totally synthetic, like salty water and melted plastic in a Tupperware bowl.

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    Default Re: Burr gives Aqva Pour Homme Marine by Bulgari two stars

    To me the original Avqva Bvlgari was a great aqua fragrance, far surpassing AdG (again, my opinion) - particularly in the drydown! I have no desire to try the new Marine... I have all I want from Avqva!
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    Default Re: Burr gives Aqva Pour Homme Marine by Bulgari two stars

    I love the original, but this new Marine version leaves me cold. The "fresh" note that's added really makes like it every other "Aquatic" out there.
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    Default Re: Burr gives Aqva Pour Homme Marine by Bulgari two stars

    If you guys really want a nice aquatic fragrance, you should get Lanvin's Oxygene PH.

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    I'm with scentimus. There is something in it, which makes it to my nose special in its category.
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    Default Re: Burr gives Aqva Pour Homme Marine by Bulgari two stars

    Nowsmellthis reviews both the original Aqua and the new Aqua Marine:

    http://nowsmellthis.blogharbor.com/b...6/3563997.html

    Original:

    Aqva Pour Homme has an aquatic character, but it does not smell like ocean water. When I wear this fragrance, my imagination, once again, takes over and I’m at the shore where one smells damp, barnacled pilings and moorings; tarred wharves; seaweed; and warm oceanic breezes that are scented with the aromas of hot boat engines and their sweet-smelling exhaust fumes. In fact, the scent of Aqva Pour Homme reminds me of the Seattle Ferry Terminal! If you dislike the “gasoline,” or “dried tar” fragrance note in Christian Dior Fahrenheit, I wager you will NOT like Aqva Pour Homme. The santolina/posidonia accord starts off rather smoothly but quickly intensifies. At the very end of Aqva Pour Homme’s development I smell faint, dry/chalky amber. Aqva Pour Homme is a rather stark fragrance and it lasts on my skin for three hours or so (which is a good thing; I like the santolina/fuel oil note but don’t think I would want to smell it for much longer than three hours).
    Aqua Marine:

    A Bvlgari rep’s quote in Cosmetics International regarding Aqva Pour Homme Marine made me frown: It will definitely appeal to younger men and women, especially in Asia" (11/2/07).
    lol.

    My 2007 winner for blandest men’s fragrance release went to Kenzo Tokyo; so far in 2008 (the year IS young) Aqva Pour Homme Marine takes that prize.
    I guess they don't particulary like it.
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