Not a simple variation on a classic theme, not just a flanker and a new addition in a rich portfolio of masculine perfumes, Aqua Fahrenheit is a major introduction for Dior and a creation of an outstanding character, volume and tenacity on skin.
In the previous version called Fahrenheit Absolute, a woody-oudh-ambery note was suggesting the magma, the burning lava of an exotic volcano where earth and spices were melted into an original accord, depicted only as a facet of the perfume and not its main theme. But now, Aqua Fahrenheit is actually an explosion, the moment when heat and cold water meet. This volcano burns under the ocean and the idea is depicted with accuracy. The fragrance starts with an explosion of cold citrus notes dominated by the bitterness of grapefruit in a very long lasting fresh sequence that lasts until the rich spicy woody bouquet arrives at the surface of a musky light ambery wave. In a less poetic version, Fahrenheit Aqua is not exactly related to the original Fahrenheit, except maybe the green violet top note set in a new context, but evokes the sparkling spicy contrasts of ginger and cardamom from Dior Homme Sport. It also suggests the mood and original note found in Cartier Roadster and the fresh aldehydic muskiness combined with a green violet element from the latest masculine of Bulgari. Many things inside Aqua Fahrenheit are new and they are expressed with their force and primitive power. The lavender combined with a new marine molecule, the violet-green tea-musky aspect reminiscent of CKOne on its drydown and, of course, the Burberry touch. Maybe the most beautiful facet of the perfume is located in the higher layers of stratosphere where the illusion of Eau Sauvage, with its remarkable aromatic herbal notes, floats in the Hedione cloud just above the crispy citruses (lemon and very bitter grapefruit) underlined by the mint. Unlike Fahrenheit Absolute, where the perfume goes into the depths of several raw materials very important in the drydown, Fahrenheit Aqua ends in a serene smoothness with limpid vetiver, transparent cedar and white moss plus a light, very soft modern leather / suede note.
The perfume is sequential, built like a succession of different strong impressions on the evaporation scale with an accent put on the sparkling freshness. It is less a new olfactory shape like other Dior creations used to be but it shows the desire to reinvent a genre extremely rich in excellent watery/oceanic interpretations since the 80's. It clearly belongs to the "new deep waters" trend built on a very modern mossy "coral reef" accord, but unlike several other recent launches, Aqua Fahrenheit has a strong personality.
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