There’s more to the aquatic 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.
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. It is the best of our happiest beach memories; generous, easy to love, and undemanding. 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 – beginning to transform a familiar category into something powerful and impressive – demonstrating that the best aquatics lean on other styles. Towards realism, Heeley’s Sel Marin offers the most naturalistic rendition from amongst the aquatic category, and offers the miracle of pristine ocean water – a languid and salty seaside fantasy in scent.
Tauer's Phtaloblue is the thinker's aquatic, adding a clever blend of tonka bean, sweet fennel, and lavender to ambery marine effects, which adds a plush texture to the fragrance, with a faint suggestion of the gourmand. Fougeres Marine (Montale) relies on the crisp freshness of geranium to construct a fragrance in two worlds: a classically masculine aromatic, with an especially mossy-woody base, surging with a uniquely glacial, minty freshness. 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 and musk.
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