Name: Acqua Di Gioia
Brand: Giorgio Armani
What I liked:
– if you like sweet floral fruity scents, you will like this
– pretty bottle
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– unoriginal and not very complex
– lasts only four hours on the skin
– can be too sweet for some women
I don’t know about you, but when I spray on an aquatic fragrance, I don’t really expect to smell like I’ve just fallen into a candy store. Armani claims Acqua Di Gioia was inspired by his visits to the Mediterranean isle of Pantelleria, and that the scent is supposed to smell like it “is rooted in nature and in water”, but there must have been a child’s birthday party or something on the beach that day, which got the perfumer confused, making him add a very generous dose of sugar in the fragrance.
And brown sugar is the only thing my nose detects for the first 40 minutes. Lemon and mint accents are supposed to be present too, but my nose can’t pick them up at all. The sugar is so strong that it overpowers all the other notes and, after 5 minutes, it has already made me nauseous. As time wears on, the fragrance doesn’t really evolve, but simply softens. The sugar note is so tenacious to hang around till the end, but is now subtler, allowing you to smell a touch of jasmine in the heart. The drydown is composed of sugary amber and clean, soapy musks.
And like that wasn’t enough, Aqua Di Gioia completely fades after 4 hours of wear. That’s really disappointing for an eau de perfume. But then, everything about this scent, save the pretty translucent bottle is disappointing. Acqua Di Gioia is a very linear and commercial fragrance that you would expect from some celebrity or some cheap drugstore brand, but it’s totally unacceptable from an elegant and luxurious designer brand like Armani.
Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia is a very sweet, almost nauseatingly so, floral fruity scent. The scent is very linear, not complex at all and, instead than evolving, it simply softens as time wears on. And it disappears after only four hours too.