WHAT I SMELL: Aqua Celestia Cologne forte’s first spritz is a very fresh sparkling bergamot that’s fizzy and lightly sweet and tart at the same time. Quickly, a blackberry note joins the bergamot, or I should say, sits on top of the bergamot because it feels layered as if they’re part of a fruit parfait. The perfume is clean and bright, so much so that even if you were a little sweaty and hot from the day, the perfume would make you feel like you just stepped out of the shower. The blackberry note continues to grow as the bergamot begins to fade into the background. As the bergamot recedes, a fruit infused jasmine highlighted by peach comes in to take its place. The fruit is bright and just so slightly juicy, but not enough to add any weight to the perfume. As it continues to develop, a sandalwood pencil shaving note appears adding just the right amount of depth to bring this light and bright beauty back to the earth. In the end, Aqua Celestia Cologne forte rests in a wonderfully light musky floral haze that’s ever so easy to love and easy to wear.
From the Maison Francis Kurkdjian website:
The bergamot becomes tinged with the fruity notes of blackcurrant, mimosa (with its raspberry and blackberry facets), and jasmine (strawberry, apricot and peach accents), before gradually melting into the mellowness of a fruity musky accord. Aqua Celestia Cologne forte releases a bright, crystal-clear aura and offers a flight towards the horizon.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Picking berries in the cool sweet morning air.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE AQUA CELESTIA COLOGNE FORTE: pretty, delightful, refreshing
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT AQUA CELESTIA COLOGNE FORTE: Contents
BOTTOM LINE: The great thing about the Maison Francis Kurkdjian perfumes is that they are so easy to wear and many have this crisp clean finish that is impossible not to like. Aqua Celestia Cologne forte (which is an eau de parfum) is no exception.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Citrus
- Nose: Francis Kurkdjian
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $235 for 70 ml eau de parfum. Available at Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.
Aqua Celstica Cologne forte was released this year along with two other perfumes for a trio of Cologne fortes. The following are my abbreviated impressions of the other two in the collection:
Aqua Vitae Cologne forte: An inviting perfume that is perfectly delightful with the prettiest of florals that are topped with a mandarin orange. I would call this a warm perfume that would be perfect for wearing even in the heat of summer. Another 4 bones from me as it’s really lovely.
Aqua Universalis Cologne forte: To me, this is the least interesting of the three perfumes. Comprised of citrus and white muted flowers, it’s not bright, nor pretty, but rather salty and musky. 3 bones.
Samples courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.
August 9, 2021 at 12:46 pm
Sandalwood pencil shaving note! I am intrigued.
August 9, 2021 at 3:38 pm
Sandalwood does that to my nose. It can smell just like when you used to take a No. 2 pencil and put it in the little cheap box to sharpen it. Is it just me??!
August 9, 2021 at 6:36 pm
I just did the experiment (sandalwood EO and fresh pencil shavings side by side) and suppose I could be convinced, although the pencil smells sharper (ha – couldn’t resist… but it seems more dry and astringent).
August 9, 2021 at 7:10 pm
I salute your efforts!!! 🙂
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August 15, 2021 at 8:20 pm
I stopped trying MFK’s perfumes long time ago: they seem not to work for me anyway, and it’s almost impossible to figure out all those names (all sound too similar).
August 16, 2021 at 6:31 am
LOL. I agree their naming convention is really hard to understand and it’s confusing…and then add “cologne forte” to a EDP. Not sure why they do that. But, I do like their perfumes.
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