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    Question Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    I tend to like the Bvlgari series of Aqvas, and opinions vary on which is the best, so let's leave Bvlgari out of the mix here.

    Are there any others that seem to be more loved by basenotes members?
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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    As far as quality aquatics go:

    Kenzo Pour Homme
    New West by Aramis (preferably in the old blue bottle)
    Sel de Vetiver
    Horizon (Guy Laroche)
    Millesime Imperial (go vintage if you can)
    Dirty (Lush)
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    Aramis New West (preferably old bottle)
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    Azzaro Aqua
    Gloria by Cacharel

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Very subjective. However, Sel de Vetiver IMO is a pretty good one.

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Horizon is the only one that intrigued me. And +1 Dirty - I don't perceive it as aquatic, luckily, but I like the mineralic mint a lot.

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    If they cost at least $150 or are almost impossible to find they are liked
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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    If they cost at least $150 or are almost impossible to find they are liked
    That goes without saying! LOL!!!
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    2. Dior Leather Oud
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    4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Byredo Bullion
    7. Masque Milano Russian Tea


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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    If you like the seawater / algae side of aquatics (as opposed to the fruity /melon side), two good ones to check out are Laura Tonatto Oltre and Comptoir Sud Pacifique Aqua Motu. Kenzo pour Homme is somewhat similar, and very good.

    L'Eau Par Kenzo is quite different, with much more citrus, but also excellent.
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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Not sure what I will like. I have Aqva Marine and like it so maybe that is too close in scent profile? Just want to sample some I have not tried for summer.
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    2. Dior Leather Oud
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    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Byredo Bullion
    7. Masque Milano Russian Tea


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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    +1 Kenzo PH

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    I tend to like the Bvlgari series of Aqvas, and opinions vary on which is the best, so let's leave Bvlgari out of the mix here.

    Are there any others that seem to be more loved by basenotes members?
    Since you are a venerable and respected member here, I'm sure you are quite familiar with Creed MI, which is usually considered the king of the Aquatic scents. What's your opinion of MI? While a few don't like it, I think it fits the bill as being "more loved by basenotes members" than any other aquatic. Other aquatics are going to have much more varying opinions, with lots of members touting specific aquatics and lots more not being familiar with the recommended scents.
    Current Top Five:

    1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    5. Creed Original Vetiver

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Honestly, I have never even tried a single Creed... I have purposely shied away because of so many reported batch variations. Would love to sample MI or especially Aventus, but am afraid that I might like it, order it and get a bad bottle... I know, silly me!
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    2. Dior Leather Oud
    3. Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black
    4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Byredo Bullion
    7. Masque Milano Russian Tea


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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Aqua Bulgari is pretty damn good and totally unique.

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    If they cost at least $150 or are almost impossible to find they are liked
    Guy Laroche Horizon
    Aramis New West
    Bulgari Aqua
    Kenzo Pour Homme
    L'Eau Par Kenzo
    Cool Water
    Nautica Voyage

    All very highly regarded, all easy to find online if not at a mall, all less than (some far less than) $50.
    My top 5: Sea Mist; Minnow; Crab, tiger, and almonds; Semprini; Rancid Polecat N° 2

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Quote Originally Posted by vbs View Post
    Guy Laroche Horizon
    Aramis New West
    Bulgari Aqua
    Kenzo Pour Homme
    L'Eau Par Kenzo
    Cool Water
    Nautica Voyage

    All very highly regarded, all easy to find online if not at a mall, all less than (some far less than) $50.
    See, I told you....
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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Honestly, I have never even tried a single Creed... I have purposely shied away because of so many reported batch variations. Would love to sample MI or especially Aventus, but am afraid that I might like it, order it and get a bad bottle... I know, silly me!
    You should at least try those two. The batch variations are overblown and pretty much cleared up by now.
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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Honestly, I have never even tried a single Creed... I have purposely shied away because of so many reported batch variations. Would love to sample MI or especially Aventus, but am afraid that I might like it, order it and get a bad bottle... I know, silly me!
    You bring up a really good and frustrating point about Creed and their infamous batch variations, but I think they might have what exactly what you are looking for. Essentially all of their Millesime scents are transparent/refreshing and really hard to find fault with.

    Go for it and try them out! You won't regret it, that's for sure.

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    My choice: Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

    Currently wearing: Kenzoair by Kenzo

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    The best aquatic is the Kenzo Pour Homme!

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    You have to try Creed MI, it's really good. I recently sampled Liz Zorn's Transcendental Musc and will probably pick up an 11 mL spray. It's not primarily an aquatic, but the ozone accord is noticeable.

    TRANSCENDENTAL MUSC - A clean transparent musc, surrounded by a kaleidescope of orange hues.
    Opening Notes: Sweet Orange Oil, Key Lime, Basil, Cantaloupe, Cut Grass, Coriander, Helvetolide
    Heart Notes: Basil Absolute, Petitgrain, Saigon Cinnamon, Allspice Berry, Ozone, Champaca Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Orange Flower Accord, Orange Flower Water Absolute, Genet Absolute, Jasmine Accord, jasmine Absolute,
    Base Notes: Velvione, Ambrettolide, Sandalwood Oil, Amyris Oil, Haitian Vetiver, Labdanum Absolute, Green Moss Accord, Clean Musk Accord, Coumarin/Tonka Accord,Sandalwood Accord

    Fragrance Type: Clean/Floral/Musc
    Note: the floral accord is not sweet, or flowery in the traditionsl sense


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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Profumum Roma - Acqua di sale
    My top 16:

    1. Joop! - Homme 2. Puredistance - M
    3. Tom Ford - Tobacco vanille 4. Tom Ford - Neroli portofino
    5. Tauer - L'air de desert marocaine 6. Armani Privé - Ambre orient
    7. Bond - Harrod's oud 8. Amouage - Jubilation XXV
    9. Parf. Brückner - Aoud 1 10. Clive Christian - X
    11.Xerjoff - Regio 12. Lush - Breath of God
    13. M.Micaleff - Art collec. 102 14. Armani Privé - Figuier eden
    15. Nasomatto - Pardon 16. Heeley - Oranges and lemons ...

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Armani Acqua Di Gio, king of the aquatics. It's the cologne that made aquatics so popular. It's also the cologne that gets me compliments every time I wear it.
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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Michael Storer's Djin. It's way more than just an aquatic though - in fact I'd just say it's a surrealistic take on aquatic. Sort of. I don't know - very hard to describe. Aquatic/rose/animalic.
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    Givenchy Pi Neo tropical paradise

    Givenchy Blue label
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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Heeley Sel Marin


    Period.

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Hugh Parsons Blue
    the ADP Blu Mediterraneo ranges
    Baldessarini del Mar
    Agua de Loewe
    Insense Ultramarine by Givenchy
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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marshmellow View Post
    Heeley Sel Marin
    this one + Tirrenico. I'll also second Dirty by Lush and Horizon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Honestly, I have never even tried a single Creed... I have purposely shied away because of so many reported batch variations. Would love to sample MI or especially Aventus, but am afraid that I might like it, order it and get a bad bottle... I know, silly me!
    I always laugh when people get carried away in regard to batch variation, I mean it's a real geeky issue. Ok so some of the batches vary a little. All the "2011 is miles better than 2010" talk, IMO is silly. I've had both very old bottles of MI (i.e. all gold bottles) and a newer bottles (clear with a gold sticker on) and both are absolutely fantastic.

    It fits the bill of what you are looking for, along with Erolfa but if I was parting with cash it would be MI every time.

    Or......

    You could forget about "aqua" and get some decent Eau de Cologne. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, Cologne Imperiale, Eau de Coq etc. If you had a little more money to spend Acqua di Parma range. The Blu Mediterraneo range from AdP are more modestly priced and also worth checking out.
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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    The best aquatic that I've smelled is Creed's Millesime Imperial. But, Aqui Di Gio is the best seller, and really should be sampled. It smells excellent in the summer heat.

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Sel Marin by Heeley - One is initially treated to a brisk duet of citrus from tart and tangy lemon as well as the fresh sweetness of bergamot. This evanescent opening becomes submerged in the awaiting heart. Here, in the middle, posidonia, with its sea-grass, vegetal highlight and oceanic spiciness, joins with a sprinkling of saltiness to furnish a delightful, seashore apparition. White musk interplays with this briny melange to mimic saltwater drying on the skin. Transitioning to the waiting base, earthy and salty vetiver, birch, with its wintergreen and somewhat medicinal aspects, as well as virginia cedar, with its deep woodiness with a hint of petrol, commingle to create the sensation of algaed, pier pilings exposed to air. A comforting drydown ensues. This singular composition has good, radiating projection, as well as good longevity, 7-9 hours.

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    Gai Mattiolo Uomo by Gai Mattiolo - Upon application, one is treated to an invigorating wave of hesperidic notes, with their citrus highlights of lemon, bergamot, tangerine and orange. A touch of neroli with its spicy, overripe orangey aspect also presents, while star anise imparts its sweetish, smoky licorice and slightly woody facets. This fascinating melange floats on a cloud of perfumed hedione, with its tinge of citrusy jasmine and woods, and wafts to the awaiting middle. Here, in the pleasing heart, the opening mix is subsumed by a somewhat bracing concoction of lively and woody pepper, menthol-ish clary sage and nutty coriander. A sweet rose presents as well. An oceanic fucus provides an undertone of salty, aquatic plant life. Transitioning to the waiting base, the aquatic brew is encased by creamy and delicately balsamic sandalwood as well as honeyed and slightly smoky guaiacwood. A fresh-linen musk, akin to a fabric softener dryer sheet, showers the woods, and leads to a refreshing drydown. This pleasant, masculine composition is ideal for spring and summer, and has average projection and very good longevity. Given its inexpensive price point, it's a must have.

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    Default Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    +1000 Aramis New West for Him
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