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Same bottle, different contents...
on 23 March 2016
I've been using Acqua Di Gio since I first discovered it on a Spanish holiday in early 2000's & it was my top fragrance of my entire collection... "Was" being the key word here because I don't know what Georgio Armani is selling these days but it's defintiely not the Acqua Di Gio that I know & love. The scent is drastically different! Noticably different. I've used this product for so long I can pick it out of a lineup without a second guess; & this is definitely not it!! At first I thought this was because I was buying online & it was a fake but I have since also bought a bottle of this fragrance from Boots (in store) & it's exactly the same. What I loved about ADG was it's well rounded & full bodied scent that started of zesty & fresh, then moved to a spicy & woody rush before bringing forward a deep warmth that ever so slowly burned away. I honestly used to get compliments off of women I barely even knew. Then one day I bought a 100ml bottle of this from Amazon & it was like a watered down knock off which had lost all of it's powerful trademark scent.
The zesty fresh was now an aggresive alcoholic twang, the spicy & woody rush was now a faded waft & the deep lasting warmth was now non existent. I used to only have to drop a few squirts of this & it lasted half the day, now I'm having to literally pour it on to get any kind of fragrance at all & even then it's still evaporating within 5 minutes. If this was a cheap fragrance I could maybe forgive it but for the price you pay for Gio compared to other fragrances in it's class I find it shameful! I'm now using Calvin Klein Euphoria Intense which is half the price of this product & has a great scent that lasts for ages.With this I may as well pour vodka over myself with the strong alcohol smell it gives off. I've bought three bottles from 3 different sellers & they are all the same so as far as I'm concerned this fragrance is now consigned to history books for me. I'm not paying this much money for something this poor. I have decided I'm going to buy a bottle of Acqua Di Gio Profumo to see if that is any better but again for the asking price it had better be something special or I'm done with Georgio Armani fragrances for good.