Fragrance Of The Week


Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Absolu

My fragrance of the week is Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Absolu. There is no doubt that the original Acqua di Gio is one of the all time great mens fragrances. Perfumer Alberto Morillas created one of the landmark aquatic perfumes in 1996. Unlike many brands Giorgio Armani has been protective of overexposing the brand; Acqua di Gio Absolu is only the third flanker released. Another good thing about these flankers is they are distinctly different fragrances which capture pieces of the original formula without just replicating it with a new ingredient or two. Alberto is again at the helm and he starts with the “acqua”, as a marine accord of sea and sand opens things up. It is then deepened with not the typical citrus notes but something sweeter. It then takes a very woody turn over the latter stages to become a mainly woody aquatic. For anyone who wanted a woodier version of Acqua di Gio, without the jasmine, Absolu will hot the spot. You’ll find this new fragrance at Brown Thomas for around €80 (75ml). 

Patrick McLoughney