If you read my blog, you’ve probably read that I’m not into “fresh” fragrances. I tend to like things that are completely on the other end of the “fresh” spectrum. But, there’s always an exception to every rule we make for ourselves. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Forte is a fresh fragrance and I don’t just like it, I love it. I’m so rebellious that I even rebel the stupid rules that I make for myself
Aqua Universalis Forte opens as a fresh floral citrus. The tart citron is very prominent. The lemon is creamy at times, almost like a lemon meringue pie, but sheer. I swear that I pick up on a hint of cumin. It’s a perfect addition to the coastal flowers. From a distance I get sea breeze neroli and lemon blossoms.
Aqua Universalis Forte reminds me of the world’s most luxurious laundry detergent lingering on a white cotton button up worn by a slightly sweaty, sun-kissed person on holiday.
Notes listed include bergamot, Sicilian citron, bouquet of white flowers, Egyptian jasmine, Moroccan roses and light wood. Launch date 2011. PERFUMER – Francis Kukdjian
Give Aqua Universalis Forte a try if you like fresh fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Malle Outrageous!, Chanel 1932, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Her, Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur de Male and/or Elie Saab Le Parfum. Aqua Universalis Forte is unisex and a great choice for warm climates.
Aqua Universalis Forte does have more sillage and does appear more concentrated. I give it above average projection and longevity, especially for something like this.
The 2.4 oz bottle retails for $275 at Parfumerie Nasreen.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – The world’s most luxurious laundry detergent turned personal fragrance. That may sound like a snarky jab but it isn’t. This is what the Turkish bath towels of royalty smells like. I don’t live in a hot climate that requires many “clean” scents in my collection. But if I did, you better believe I’d eat lentils for a month just so I could buy a bottle of this.
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