August 28 2014

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Armani’s Water Works Continue


Giorgio Armani’s original Acqua di Gio was my first grown-up fragrance. After graduating from years spent wearing drugstore eaux (Exclamation! et al.) followed by an extensive, and devoted, patchouli period, I was ready, come college, for a more sophisticated scent. And Armani’s fresh blend of jasmine, rose, lily, sandalwood, and pear was it. Though I had stopped spritzing Acqua di Gio by the time the millennium rolled around, I can’t help but feel nostalgic for its sweet, watery scent—which is why I fell hard for Acqua di Gioia when it launched last year. As crisp, woodsy, and appealingly aquatic as its forebearer, the new variety also incorporated peony, cedar, pink pepper, and water jasmine for a slightly more complex, floral effect. Next month, fresh off the success of his ocean-inspired Spring collection, Mr. Armani will release a special limited-edition version of the perfume, complete with gussied-up silver packaging that harks back to the look Carmen Kass wore on the runway just yesterday. For fans of the fragrance, it’ll be as coveted a purchase, too.

$80, available October 2011 at while supplies last.

Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty



  1. Citygirlinred says:

    I wear this too! Love!!

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