Fragrance Sample Pack: Aquatics - Salt, Sea and Sand, 6 x 1ml
Not all aquatics are built equally, and many brands have taken up the challenge of constructing an aquatic fragrance that straddles the line between realism and fantasy, recreating its source material and magically improving it at the same time. There’s more to this category than Cool Water (Davidoff 1988), Acqua di Gio (Armani 1996), or Polo Blue (Ralph Lauren 2003). In fact, the aquatic has made a comeback in a big way, and we’re happy to see its many manifestations.
Includes (1ml each):
Start with the familiar via Creed's Millesime Imperial, a sunny evocation of the seaside, injecting firm French class into the category, proving that exceptional fragrances are only achievable with exceptional ingredients. If you find yourself appreciating the salty breezy facets of citrus, then Acqua di Parma's Colonia Pura capitalises on this very quality, washing the entire fragrance in a blanket of shimmering white musks. If crunchy green herbs and spicy florals are more to your taste, Cap d'Antibes (Eight and Bob) is a tenacious blend of salty vetiver, and sizzling green violet leaf.
Montale's Aoud Forest makes the aquatic serious, as the forest meets the shoreline, and the coniferous note of rosemary and the biting freshness of ginger meets salty warm ambergris, white musk, clinical pure oud, and marine notes. Tauer's Phtaloblue is the thinker’s aquatic, adding a clever blend of tonka bean, sweet fennel, and lavender to hyperreal marine effects. Finally, Megamare by Orto Parisi is best described as a sublime thunderstorm: an intense aquatic of crushing waves and enveloping sea mist with a turbulent core of amber.