WHAT I SMELL: Aqua Sextius opens with a warm and rich bergamot and citrus which feels like it’s sprinkled with brown sugar. It’s rather deep in its initial form which was a surprise to me as I was expecting something light and airy instead of this comfortable hug. After a few minutes, a slight saltiness comes forward which at first seems a bit discordant with the other notes, but you quickly get used to it as it’s refreshingly different. After a few more minutes, a minty herbal accord layers on top of the salt. At this point, Aqua Sextius is a bit balmy, like a luxurious rendition of Ben Gay. After around the 15 minute mark, the fragrance begins to radiate this wonderfully warm labdanum and amber highlighted with a kick of semi-sweet Guaiac wood. After some more time, the fig becomes noticeable and it stays in this realm until after an hour when Aqua Sextius moves into an even-tempered, light woody and salty dry down.
From the Jul et Mad website:
A sensation of absolute well-being, celebrating the joy of life. This extraordinarily fresh perfume astonishes by its superb composition and by its longevity. Named after the original Latin name of Aix-en-Provence, known as “the city of 100 fountains”, this exclusive fragrance perfectly describes this most beautiful summer retreat, where the time flows in the rhythm of its legendary thermal sources…
Head : Bergamot, Lime, Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Green Notes
Heart : Mint/Eucalyptus, Marines Notes, Mimosa, White Flowers, Fig
Bottom : Labdanum, Ambergris, Cedarwood, Guaiac Wood, Oakmoss, Musk
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The earthen beauty surrounding the warm mineral springs.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE AQUA SEXTIUS: comforting, salty, embracing
BOTTOM LINE: Around 7 years ago, we travelled around France and rented a villa with friends for a week in the small village of Vaugines. We had such a wonderful time exploring the countryside, including Aix-en-Provence which was only around an hour away from Vaugines. Aqua Sextius perfectly captures the essence of that region of France and its magic and beauty.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Green Chypre – Citrus Amber
- Nose: Cecile Zarokian
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $280 for 50ml or $110 for 20ml parfum extrait
Sample courtesy of Indigo Perfumery