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Acqua Essenziale Blu (2014)
by Salvatore Ferragamo


Acqua Essenziale Blu information

Year of Launch2014
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 25 votes)

People and companies

HouseSalvatore Ferragamo
PerfumerAlberto Morillas
Parent CompanyFerragamo Group

About Acqua Essenziale Blu

Acqua Essenziale Blu is the follow up fragrance to 2013's Acqua Essenziale, which was also created by Firmenich's Alberto Morillas (and also blue in colour). The masculine fragrance is described as a fougère-oriental and features notes of cardamom, bergamot, lavender, cedarwood, benzoin, ambroz and cascalone – a Firmenich molecule that smells of cold water.

The bottle was created by designers, Fanny Le Bonniec and Oscar Del Cerro of Sotano Studio.

The fragrance launched in April 2014.

Salvatore Ferragamo say:

Colour has always been a distinctive element in Salvatore Ferragamo’s aesthetics. In the creative palette of the maison, blue is an unlimited source of inspiration, a symbol of masculinity and intriguing modernity. Acqua Essenziale Blu generates from this philosophy. A decisive and seductive new olfactive creation. A fresh and intense perfume that celebrates the energy and the charismatic virility of the contemporary man. 

Acqua Essenziale Blu fragrance notes

Reviews of Acqua Essenziale Blu

Another rock-solid scent by master perfumer Alberto Morillas and a great hidden gem from Ferragamo. A fresh, spicy with a true "Blue" (no pun intended) vibe. It has similarities to its Blue rivals such as Dior Sauvage, Bleu De Chanel and Dylan Blue, but still manages to be its own thing.

The opening of cardamon, lemon, and bergamot work well with the lavender. The cedarwood in the heart gives off a decent warmness. The ambroxan, patchouli, and Tonka Bean in the base note give it a similarity to Dylan Blue, but the benzoin adds something different. Overall, a well-mixed scent.

The projection on this is good but not cloying. Performance is also good. Lasts about 6-8 hours on my skin. Can definitely be an all-season fragrance. Works well as an office and day scent, but can transition into a decent night fragrance. A Swiss Army Knife cologne if you will. Has a crowd-pleaser smell that garners compliments. Not niche quality, but still a solid addition for those looking for a good blue scent. 8/10.
29th September, 2020 (last edited: 31st October, 2020)
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The top notes consist of fresh citrus notes; lemon and bergamot with hints of ripe grapefruits.

In the drydown some magnolia is present, with a strong aquatic undertone. Additionally, a wood note develops with herbal green touches in the background.

The base is noteworthy due to an amber impression that combines with a tonka that add some sweetness towards the end.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and five hours of longevity on my skin.

Not unpleasant as a scent for cooler summer days, it is marred by being quite thin and anaemic for most of its development, rather generic and painfully predictably synthetic. Not bad, just mediocre. 2.5/5.
07th August, 2019
Wet, okay "blue" follow-up to the original AE, the Blu version is an oriental fougere that is fresh and citrusy, but a bit weighed down overall. Lavender dominates in this one, and the final result is a spicy concoction with Cascalone aldehydic stabs that take it just up to a watery dimension.

IMO, this one is overhyped. The bottle design and color are great, but the liquid within is...okay. Wow, I wanted this one to knock me off my feet, but not really.

Comparisons to Giorgio Armani's Dylan Blue and Chanel's Bleu are appropriate, yet those seem more special.

18th October, 2018
I wanted to thumbs this neutral because the lavender ruins it, at least for me. Everything else works beautifully, surrounding the wearer with an air of synthetic blueness, the king you cannot help but like though you know it is generic.
Think Bleu de Chanel without the patchouly essence to dirty things up, which drive this towards Versace's Dylan Blue.
Dylan Blue contains patchouli, however violet leaves play the role of lavender here, making it smell oh so un-natural.

For the price point, it delivers on the mystical blue theme as done by the 2 mentioned above, even rewarding the wearer with its own magic. Worth a sniff, but be patient and let it settle.
04th January, 2018
Acqua Essenziale Blu is a fresh start to a brand new day. I wear it every time I need a pick me up. The lavender is soothing and uplifting with the citrus notes mixed in. Nice summer/spring fragrance. It is perfect for the office or a casual night out.
21st August, 2017
Eh. Smells generic to me, but doesn't smell bad. As Aquila said, it does smell reminiscent of a rainy summer day.
21st June, 2016

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