I absolutely loved this fragrance when I was in my mid-20s. I used to spray some on every trip to Sephora but never bought my own bottle. Now at 38, I thought of it again and ordered a small decant just to be sure. And glad I did because this fragrance doesn't suit me anymore.
I appreciate the fresh, citrusy, watery notes, but I found the whole presentation too sharp, one-dimensional, and lacking in complexity. What you get when you spray it on is how this scent stays until it fades away, which on me was about three hours, not very good longevity.
My overall emotional impressions were that this smelled cheap (which it is not) and too young. And that made me ponder and realize: I loved this when I was 25—at that time, the only thing I cared about fragrances what that they not smell "old lady." The dreaded Old Lady Perfume. Now Acqua di Gio smells like a Little Girl Body Spray to me. Thus, I'm sure the current crop of 25-year-olds get a whiff of me wearing a beautiful, complex, layered fragrance like 24 Faubourg and write it off as Old Lady. And guess what? I don't care!
The rating really should be 4.5. Took .5 off because it doesn't last long on me. Lovely light aquatic/floral fragrance. I detect a bit of sweet pea and freesia, but definetly has more of an acquatic vibe.
It is not a perfume that will impress you the first time. When I first get it I think it is okay, fresh and kind of "my cup of tea." But after having it quite a while, I think it is more than just fresh. I can just tell you that it smell so gorgeous, and you have to give some time to know the amazing depth it gives. I will say I feel like I am a sexy wise woman who wear professional outfit in the daytime.
I don't know why I didn't try this before, because this is a really unique, pleasant scent. It reminds me of a pending thunderstorm on a warm summer day. Watery, but warm, and soothing. I prefer this to the Acqua Di Gioia, as I find that one too sharp, and not as long lasting. I would buy this for the summer to have on hand. It is lovely and the lasting power is amazing on me, over 8 hours. I can see why this got a good review in Luca Turin's book. It's very well done.
Not impressed. This really does smell like an air freshener. It's a "crisp" scent, but smells like someone sprayed too much Renuzit. Way too overpowering.
I love this fragrance, kind of fruity, light. Stays with you. I usually gravitate towards florals, but this has me hooked. I would definately rebuy.
Aquatics at their best, the right amount of vetiver, a touch of sand and a hint of a best quality jasmin sweetness: smelled it on a friend and fell instantly in love. A must for a classy beach holiday, when one spends long hours dining outside on a hotel terrace overlooking an everstretching shore of an ocean, wearing best jewels and best dresses,and simply treating oneself to everything "best" !
I am a perfume addict. And when i say perfume addict, I mean I have owned about thirteen department perfumes at one time. This is by far my favorite. I only use this. I got it for my birthday about a year ago and wear it almost everyday. I get compliments all the time about how good i smell. Definitely a must have!!!!
I wanted to love this fragrance. In the bottle, and on the test strip, it smelled like a sunny day at the ocean. Warm, minty, a little sweet and a little zesty. But on my skin, it smelled nice for about 30 minutes and then smelled like the woods. For me, this is not a unisex scent, but a manly scent. It almost had a shaving cream smell. And that was not my hope for this.