Aqua Vitae (2013)
by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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Aqua Vitae information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 47 votes)

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HouseMaison Francis Kurkdjian
PerfumerFrancis Kurkdjian

About Aqua Vitae

Aqua Vitae is a shared / unisex perfume by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

Reviews of Aqua Vitae

MFK’s promotional guff for this one claims it is ‘carnal by nature and delicate by essence’. This leads me to expect the perfume equivalent of a pinky lightly brushing a nipple.
But I am greeted instead by light, gently sweetened gusts of lemon and petit-grain and all such thoughts cease – this is much more a wake-up-and-go-to-work fragrance than a ‘delicate’ doodah fiddler. Kurkdjian does these breezy, fluffed-up, cologne-style jobs well; indeed one thinks he could turn them out standing on his head. Everything is shiny and safe and fresh and familiar. A slight metallic sheen to the composition lands it close to numerous designer freshies and in the drydown a faux herbal-woody accord offers further confirmation. On the whole Aqua Vitae is pretty reliant on synthetics and, barring that convincing citrus opening, it shows. Nothing wrong with that had the results stood out from the crowd just a teensy bit.
16th May, 2020
What starts with bitter citrus turns rapidly very sweet with vanilla and tonka, still maintaining a bit of the freshness from the opening. There is something dirty and floral, like jasmine, but at the same time the combination starts to feel synthetic. It doesn't do much for me, it's average at best.
13th September, 2019
Smells like a more modern, less harsh, less animalic take on Lalique pour Homme.

What some describe as metallic is the hedione that's in here in its racemic form. To me it smells like a synthetic citrus with a clean muskiness, florals that don't come from actual flowers, some rubbing alcohol, and a slight metallicness.

Thanks to Aqua Vitae I now recognize that it's also hedione that's in Lalique pour Homme even though that one doesn't explicitly list it but lists jasmine and citrus in stead. Which hedione can all mimic.

The ingredients are all very subtle and smooth as only Kurkdjian does it. Only disappointment once again is that he's so keen on classical perfumery for his own house, disregarding contemporary except to tweak classical into something that's easier to wear. At least for as far as I've sampled his MFK line.



26th July, 2019
Metallic citrus and woody florals. Has a similar feel to a toned-down Dior Homme Sport. It's nice and bright into the drydown but the soft florals really start to push this past unisex and into fem for me. Has an almost hairspray vibe the deeper into the drydown you go.

Projection is average and longevity is very good, 8-9 hours.
12th January, 2019
I love the opening of Aqua Vitae. It is a very fresh and clean from lemon and mandarine that wanes quickly to take on the IsoE woodiness with some tonka. I enjoyed this more than I did Aqua Universalis, and would probably consider getting a decant of this one.
06th August, 2018
I love to wear this perfume ,most at the morning when I need something fresh for the morning. The lasting is very good :)
27th November, 2017

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