WHAT I SMELL: Aqua Vitae Cologne forte opens with an exuberant bergamot and a fresh and juicy citrus that’s contained in a lushly rounded wrap of the prettiest of florals. The perfume is bright, yet warmed like citrus in the sun, and the citrus is less the actual fruit, but instead is more akin to the waxy peel of orange and lemon. As the perfume develops, the floral sweetness mutes slightly and a sandalwood note brings a bit more warmth and depth to the composition along with layer of clean musks that add a a wrap of light muslin around this incredibly soft, but radiant perfume. Aqua Vitae Cologne forte is a completely rapturous perfume that is gorgeous without being overly formal.
From the Maison Francis Kurkdjian website:
Mandarin from Italy gives bright freshness to the bergamot, leading to a luminous, citrusy and sunny floral scent. Vibrating in unison in a halo of warm light, Aqua Vitae Cologne forte is a pampering eau de parfum whose trail is saturated with sun and sensual musks boosted by sandalwood from India.
Notes: Musks, Bergamot, Mandarin
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Sunshine.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE AQUA VITAE COLOGNE FORTE: easy-to-wear, radiant, comforting
BOTTOM LINE: Aqua Vitae Forte cologne (which is an eau de parfum) is my summer go-to perfume. It is so fantastically refreshing and perfect for beating the heat. And unlike some perfumes worn in the heat, this doesn’t become cloying, nor does it fade away with the sun. I can easily say that Aqua Vitae Forte cologne will always be a part of my summer perfume collection.
- Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Citrus
- Nose: Francis Kurkdjian
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $235 for 70 ml eau de parfum