Very helpful Review
Dupe or no Dupe? That is the question!
There is no fragrance that has stayed in my memory and that I love as much as Armani's Acqua dio gio edt. For me, it still embodies the ultimate, a timeless, ever-walking aquarium. I associate so many memories with this fragrance that I could write a book about it. For many years it was a faithful companion and was always bought later. The last batch I owned was from 2015 and still shone with good durability. Unfortunately, this ingenious fragrance has undergone some reforms and is now only a shadow of its former self. Therefore I looked for an alternative for Acqua di gio and found it quite fast. Perry Ellis was not known to me until then and I was curious what to expect here. I have to admit that at first it was not easy for me to buy it blind, because I was deterred by the ridiculous and cheap looking bottle. But the positive reviews and curiosity won out in the end. When it arrived last weekend, I was really curious what to expect when I found it for the first time. By the way, I ordered the complete set consisting of shower gel, deodorant, 7,5ml and 100ml bottle. Now to the fragrance, when I first tracked it down I was pleasantly surprised how similar it is to its role model! But wait, in the background there is also something moving in the top note, which doesn't match the original. The prelude is accompanied by a fine, mild, sweet and spicy component that distinguishes it from Acd edt. Cinnamon and nutmeg give it a little bit of sweetness and the nutmeg a distinctive spiciness. This interaction makes it a little more independent and stronger than Acd and I find the prelude to kneel down. The more the scent develops towards the middle, the more it changes from Dupe to a unique scent that carries a touch of Acd DNA with it. I find the middle very exciting, because here a nice spice develops, which I have never smelled before. Bravo! The base is relatively difficult to describe, as it remains quite linear for me after the citrus fruits have died down and the cinnamon and nutmeg have set in. Parsley, lavender and the woods are too minimal for me to notice them? The fact is that this is a very beautiful and favourable scent, which shows a clear relationship to its model. Nevertheless, I find that in a certain way it is different. Of course in a positive sense! The durability is great measured by the price and four sprayers are rewarded with 6-8h durability. Fits! I can warmly recommend the fragrance and am happy that it is now part of my collection