Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Eau de Parfum is a polarizing release. You would be hard-pressed to find somebody who didn’t like at least one version of the timeless fragrance. But, members of the community believe that the scent is not much more different than other flankers. Recently, the eco-friendly bottle landed in my local Hudson’s Bay, and I just had to find out the answers for myself.
To begin with the packaging, there weren’t any glaring negatives or overwhelming positives. It sat in a turnstile with all of the other Acqua di Gio releases, looking a bit like a black sheep as it sat between Profondo and Profumo. On display was the 125ml, which was quite menacing in size. Its slightly yellow reflection was easy to look at amidst the classic livery on the bottle.
Before I left my house to smell the scent, I familiarized myself with the note breakdown. At the top sits Sea Botes and Green Mandarin, which transitions into Clary Sage, Lavender, and Geranium. Acqua di Gio Eau de Parfum concludes with Vetiver, Patchouli, and Mineral Notes.
With previous Acqua di Gio releases, I always dialled in on the citrus and aquatic features. They produce such a warm and inviting aroma for me. The pair also reminds me of a distinguished gentleman who just wants to let loose a little bit.
Acqua di Gio Eau de Parfum gives me that exact scent profile! It was highly citrusy with loads of sweet Mandarin and even a tinge of sour zest, which reminded me of refreshing lemonade.
The Sea Notes and Mineral Notes played very well together, eventually becoming indistinguishable. The duo produced a terrific salty water accord which reminded me of my vacation to Greece when I was growing up.
However, I found that the fragrance was awfully close to Acqua di Gio Profondo. The only noticeable difference after testing, on my nose at least, was the Amber accord in Profondo and the Vetiver and Patchouli combination in the Eau de Parfum.
Both fragrances balance out citrus and aquatic accords very well. Although, Profondo finishes with a more dense feel that is more reminiscent of woods like Oud, Oak, and possibly darker Cedarwoods. The Eau de Parfum, on the other hand, had a considerably more light woody finish. Patchouli and Vetiver gave a slightly grassy effect to the conclusion, pairing very well with the inherent syrupy wood accord.
What I would say about this release, in conclusion, is that it’s a very, very good fragrance overall. However, the opening and most of its life can be found in most other releases in the line. The unique characteristic of this release is its beguiling and friendly woods.
It’s the ultimate Acqua di Gio for that distinguished gentleman who is a bit tired of letting loose and wants to reign it in a little. They enjoy getting their coffee to go on occasion and enjoying it with a good read. Hopefully Ifragrance!
Overall, I would place Acqua di Gio Eau de Parfum above the middle of the pack when it comes to Armani’s flagship line. It is a very easy scent to get your nose on and should be available somewhere near you if you live in North America.
For everyone else, Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Eau de Parfum is available on the company’s website in three different sizes. The fragrance is available in 40ml and 75ml atomized spray bottles. Or, you can opt for the 125ml refillable bottle designed similar to the ones we have seen from Christian Dior. The 40ml bottle retails for $80 USD, the 75ml will run you around $111 USD, and the 125ml refillable costs $145 USD.