Jul et Mad is a perfume brand founded by a young married couple. The “themes” of the perfume deal with romance and love. Aqua Sextius is the newest perfume from the line and it’s inspired by Aix-en-Provence as an autobiographical fragrance. This is where the couple were wed and where they reside. This place is known as “The City of 100 Fountains”. You can pick this up in Aqua Sextius. This perfume is a mineral, green aquatic floral.
Aqua Sextius is a bitter, tart fragrance with realistic citrus and green tea. It’s so bright and effervescent reminding me of mojitos (mint), mineral water and ice cubes. There’s a dewy, ozonic coolness to Aqua Sextius that is the theme throughout the wear. The heart is a cool, bitter and green fig with tea and an astringent cedar. Florals are in the background and because of the bitterness and citrus, they remind me of linden and magnolia. Longevity is sort of crazy with this fragrance. The dry-down doesn’t really occur until 8 hours later. It dries down to this mineral musk with damp woods and stones covered with moss.
I haven’t really decided how I feel about Aqua Sextius. In theory, I shouldn’t really like it. It’s a refreshing citrus/tea/mineral scent. In a sense, it’s like those Bvlgari “thé” fragrances on steroids. But, I wear it and I like wearing it because it’s done very nicely. And honestly, I’m ready for a rebirth of mineral, sophisticated ozonic scents because I feel there is more to be done, more to add to that genre. Also, I think the perfume fits exactly what the founders were going for. It’s like water fountains, greenery, sunshine. I do applaud how well the perfume is executed and I think the perfumer did an excellent job telling this story.
Notes listed include bergamot, mandarin, orange, grapefruit, green notes, tea, mint, eucalyptus, marine notes, mimosa, white flowers, fig, labadanum, ambergris, cedarwood, guaiac wood, oakmoss and musk. Launched 2014. PERFUMER – Cécile Zarokian.
Give Aqua Sextius a try if you like bitter, green yet fresh scents. Or perfumes like any of the Bvlgari “Thé” scents, Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi, By Kilian Bamboo Harmony, The Scent of Departure ICN Seoul, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl, Diptyque Oyedo and/or L’Artisan Parfumeur Fleur de Liane. I’ve mentioned a lot of perfumes but I feel this one is like the “upgrade” to all of those. However, I think this perfume will remind many people of perfumes like this (which is going to be an issue at this price point). I mean, David asked if I was wearing Elizabeth Arden Green Tea while wearing this and I completely see why he thought that.
Projection and longevity are above average. It has sillage too.
The 1.7 oz spray is $280 at Indigo Perfumery. A travel size ($110) and samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Mojitos, bitter figs and iced green tea. It’s crisp, fresh and cool. I’m still debating how I feel about this one. I think it’s nice (I love mineral scents) but I have to be in the mood for it (and this mood is rare for me). Also, the price points with this line are frankly out of my range of comfort.
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