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Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gio brand is no stranger to sophisticated fragrance wearers and collectors. Inspired by vacations on the Pantelleria island, each release of the Acqua fragrance has intangible essences from the freshness and warmth of the Mediterranean Sea.

By far the best-selling collection from Armani, it’s hard to decide an absolute favorite. So what’s the difference between the original Acqua di Gio, Acqua Di Gio Profumo, and the Acqua di Gio Absolu?  If you’re new to the collection, we’re here to provide all you need to know about the three top Armani fragrances.  Read on as we compare and review:

Armani Acqua di Gio

Originally released in 1996, Acqua di Gio is the staple fragrance to collection. Compositions of the cologne are built heavily on sweet and salty notes of the sea water and the warmth from the Sun. Acqua di Gio is full of bitter citrus (green tangerine, persimmon), nuances of rosemary, mignonette, and has long-lasting base notes of wood and musk.

Our review: Armani’s Acqua di Gio is by far for mature audiences.  While the scent-maker describes the cologne as fresh and relaxed, it is powerful– meaning that a little goes along way! Being that it’s the predecessor of the other fragrances, compared to the others, it may be the most subtle of the pack.

Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani (3.3 oz), $77

Acqua di Gio Profumo

Birthed from the original DNA, Profumo is a more intense (and adventurous) evolution of Acqua di Gio. The cologne is more dense with intense notes of earthy and minty patchouli. From volcanic rock and deep ocean waters, Acqua di Gio Profumo radiates with fresh bergamot and marine accords that are paired with the deep, captivating radiance of incense.

Our review:  The cologne is woody, zesty, and fresh with “sweetness’ that separates it from the original. Though not as fresh as Versace’s Dylan Blue, the updated Profumo opens up to be mature — but not old or outdated. Fair warning: this cologne is very dense. Since it’s made with incense, too much fragrance can be annoying – especially in the heat, which tends to warm up fragrances. Two sprays will go a long way…

Acqua di Gio Profumo (1.4 oz), $77

Acqua di Gio Absolu

The newest release is yet another creation from Alberto Morillas. This time around, the Absolu variation is built on the harmony of marine notes and woodsy interpretations. The juxtaposition provides strong heart and base notes that are reminiscent of the fresh, crisp, wintry mix of the Alpines. Acqua di Gio Absolu is sharp but not deep or dense, like Profumo.

Our review: Absolu has been reviewed by others as reminiscent of the “businessman- who-works-in-finance” vibes. The fragrance is well established for those who know who to handle fragrance (it’s not quite the new kid of the block). For occasion, Absolu is perfect for an exclusive night out on the town, not for an everyday wear. For wear, this fragrance can qualify as a revolving seasonal cologne, however, we think it would fare well during warmer seasons.

Acqua di Gio Absolu (2.5 oz), $86

photo credit: Sephora.com

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