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Voyage (2006)
by Nautica

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Voyage information

Year of Launch2006
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 542 votes)

People and companies

HouseNautica
PerfumerMaurice Roucel
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Beauty

About Voyage

Voyage is a masculine fragrance by Nautica. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Maurice Roucel

Voyage fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Voyage

Nautica Voyage (2006) is a fragrance that receives an unprecedented and unexpected amount of hype to the house of Nautica, which is something that seemingly defies all logic considering how loathed the house overall is among men in the online fragrance community, especially trend-conscious ones obsessed with optics and peer validation. All the toxic online popularity-chasing "FragBro" nonsense aside, Nautica Voyage also gets a ton of recommendations from just about anyone with a passing knowledge of fragrance in the online community, particularly as a cheap one-size-fits-all starter fragrance to get new blood "in the game". Now I don't know if I can heartily make the same recommendation as others do, because I see things my own way (take it or leave it), but I can say that Nautica Voyage is among the finer and more versatile aquatic options from the 2000's decade. You might think otherwise, but that really isn't saying much considering how many aquatics littered perfume counters by the end of the 2000's. Additionally, the sour candy fruit profile really dates this fragrance in my eyes as having been someone who lived that decade as a 20-something, yet it still seems relevant with young buyers. With that being said though, if you were going to pick only one aquatic to add a bit of dumb reach freshness to an otherwise diverse collection, Nautica Voyage wouldn't be the worst one you could choose, thanks to the somewhat novel approach perfumer Maurice Roucel took when making it.

Nautica Voyage is one of two fragrances Roucel made for the brand the year it launched, with the other one being Nautica Blue (2006), but the latter was a fairly rote exercise in fruity musky 90's aquatic style, while Voyage was clearly of its own time. The biggest thing you'll notice is a really sharp ozonic green apple note. I mean come on, this was the 2000's, and the ozonic "radioactive" top note was everywhere in men's fragrance, so it was only a matter of time before an aquatic got saddled with it too. Being a sort of "ozonic aquatic" like the earlier Acqua di Giò pour Homme by Giorgio Armani (1996), Voyage operates without the benefit of white florals and lots of hedione to soften the landing into something a bit more classic in execution, so it stays very bombastic into the base. This tart green apple ozone is paired with a soft cucumber and herbal garrigue notes, but the important part is the sci-fi beta and gamma ionones, acetates, calone 1951, and dihydromyrcenol treatment of the heart. This time we see unabashed aromachemicals shaped into sunny warm forms of lotus (like a sweeter violet) and mimosa (pasty and dewy), but offering a similar fruity backdrop as Nautica Blue minus any powder. The real kicker here is the geranium that adds metallic sheen, plus a sharp tonka and oakmoss near-fougère base combined with fruity galaxolide musks and some Iso E Super "cedar". Performance here is amazing for a Nautica scent, but just above average for pretty much anything else, lasting eight hours on skin with strong projection in the first 45 minutes, then moderate projection to mild as you run through those eight hours. Best use is summer causal day wear or anytime after a shower.

The craziness of people calling this a great all-season starter is beyond me, or even as an office fragrance, because of how fruity and deliberately youthful it smells to me. Maybe it's the mild blue color of the juice and the rather heavy monolithic bottle that gives people the impression this is meant to be more serious than it really is, perhaps proving how marketing determines the "smell" nearly to the same degree as the perfumer. The thing that makes Nautica Voyage shine in my eyes is that brash fruitiness, combined with a rather surprisingly gender-neutral execution of tones, and the sharp in-it-to-win-it aromatic base, even if traces of the same old laundry musk song and dance still clearly provide the foundation. Maybe the appeal here among the online perfume cognoscenti is the seemingly ageless mass appeal and performance of Nautica Voyage because of all the Nautica scents out there, Voyage is both the most-projecting and people-pleasing. Since that social proof and ego stroking seem to be of so much importance to the clout-checking "FragBro" segment, it may make sense to recommend a scent that pound-for-pound offers big "returns" on investment for its price, even if when worn for enjoyment Voyage is only marginally better than other mainstream aquatics of its class. For a stronger cucumber vibe, Kenneth Cole Reaction (2004) will serve better, and if you want the most-essential Nautica scent for collectors, the eponymous Nautica (1992) is for you. Maurice Roucel made a good, fun, and performing aquatic, but to claim more is overstating the value of this bargain bon voyage. Thumbs up
06th February, 2021
The opening of this one prevents me from getting within 3 inches of where I applied the fragrance. Very synthetic, ozonic, overall headache-inducing. Dries down to something passable, but I regret wearing it every single time I spray it on. It was given to me as a gift by a family member as I usually test fragrances before purchasing. No, no, no! Hard pass. The only redeeming quality about this fragrance is the price and the longevity, things that are at the bottom of my personal list of what's important.
04th May, 2020
Like everyone has said: Classic "ozonic" aquatic, which I really enjoy. Not too sweet, which I really appreciate.

But just a little on the weak-side performance wise - not as strong as Cool Water. Never have to worry about over-spraying - it's made for that.

Very affordable, great versatility for summer days or the gym. Great for the high school kid in your life.
03rd May, 2020
This is my emergency blue juice in the office drawer for hot weather. The nature of my work means that I will often have to head outdoors for a few hours, then return to the office and have a sit down meeting with a client or senior management.

Mister surgery's review is bang on, it's simple, has a nice aquatic burst and fruity lift. It's unchallenging, fresh as fork and you'd be hard pressed to find someone who actively dislikes these notes. If your skin scent and sweat are anything like mine, this will also take the hard edge off them very effectively in the height of summer.

Definitely a good cheapy to keep in the utility belt. Thumbs up.
28th October, 2019 (last edited: 05th November, 2019)
The opening of Voyage is the same citrus aquatic that you find in so many other "blue juice" aquatics. Citrus fresh aquatic tones with a green apple note. This is fresh but can be harsh however Voyage blends the crystal clear aquatic note with a gentle, friendly and natural flowing floral of mimosa and lotus. The florals in Voyage adds a sunny aspect to the ocean air tone of the blue juice and this is the brilliance of the composition of Voyage by Maurice Roucel. It is a great anytime warm weather scent and is an absolute steal at the price it is sold for almost everywhere. There are many nice aquatic scents on the market but most of them lay flat in an extension of the opening coldness. Voyage has this middle sunny gentle warmth from light florals that lifts the fragrance into a zone of excellence which adds a three dimensional awareness to the fragrance that takes place over its unfolding. Highly recommended.
31st August, 2019 (last edited: 04th September, 2019)
This stuff smells absolutley incredible and its mind blowing how cheap it is. It is super fresh and crisp and the opener almost comes off like fresh cucumber to me. This is a must have, good in any situation and for the price i use it without worry.
04th July, 2019

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