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I bought this after becoming very disappointed with the original Acqua Di Gio fragrance (which I'm convinced is a formula change) but anyway; Product arrived promptly & in good condition. First spray I will admit had me doubtful because it did seem very very strong seeing as I only put one squirt on my wrist; but as it started to soften I began to find myself swayed by it's powerful scent:
To describe it I would say you get a deep spicy warmth that hits your nostrils with presence, then as the smell evolves you start to get a cooling freshness, almost like mint or aniseed but not quite so sweet, more herb like. If you've ever been in fields during spring or summer & you get the strong herb smell of wild flowers & fauna then that should give you an idea. You literally only need one firm spray of this because if you overdo it I swear you will be choking yourself & anyone around you because when a fragrance has this much presence you have to be modest in it's use. Basically you hold it chest high & as you spray just waft the bottle downward to your thighs in a single motion (like reaching the end of a fancy signature) I sprayed myself once at 08:00 & I was still detecting the scent at 13:00 ready for a top up. You get a lot of product for your money in that sense.
It's excellent if you like a masculine scent that lasts ages, is cost effective & states your presence with vigour. Makes the original ADG seem like lightly scented water. I will be keeping a supply of this (as long as the don't change the formula)