Acqua di Giò pour Homme 
Giorgio Armani (1996)

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Acqua di Giò pour Homme by Giorgio Armani

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A light fresh fragrance. The male counterpart to Acqua di Gio for ladies. Ideal for the summer. This fragrance in recent years has been the number one best men's seller in the USA.

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There are 339 reviews of Acqua di Giò pour Homme by Giorgio Armani.


Acqua di Gio is pleasant enough. It produces a cloud of lightly sweet, synthetic watermelon and cucumber. But I personally have no wish to live inside that cloud. I do not understand why anyone would pay the ridiculous price for something so banal. Btw the only marine connection I can think of is the whiff you sometimes get from a sunbather who has applied cheap sunscreen.


What an easy to like, easy to wear scent. Clean, fresh, and light. Like a sea breeze on open water. The way the fruit and marine notes blend together is masterful. Great for summer or the office. I do understand how this held it's popularity. Having smelled Profumo I would easily prefer that but the original is still very nice. I think this makes a great starter fragrance gift for a young man that doesn't have a clue what to get himself. Every time I smell this I realize it would smell good accompanied by a leather jacket. I'm grateful I wasn't overexposed to this in it's first decade so I have no bias. I feel like this is really tough to dislike unless it's from some Fragrance Overexposure Stress Disorder, which is a real thing, apparently. I understand that like A&F Fierce, for some this is the scent equivalent of hearing the song "Jack and Diane" for the god awful millionth and a half time. Luckily for me I'm still naive enough to enjoy this. I think this is magnitudes better than Eternity when it comes to reference fresh scents of the 1990's . Thumbs up.






I feel like this has went through reformulations because it has poor performance. I've only smelled batches onwards from 2016. I'll opt for Profumo or even Perry Ellis 360 Red. My review is from a 2020 sample.


I'm always surprised that AdG is so popular, given that it's so subtle. Quiet melon mixed with the smell of a beach, salty and subtly herbal.

There was a point around 2008 where it was considered a sign of perfume snob credibility to hate melon perfumes, because they were so common (and because Abercrombie piped Fierce into every mall, so melon perfumes were literally forced upon us against our will). Even so, I've always liked AdG. Somehow, its melon is understated and, dare I say, classy. And the salty sea air smell is pleasant.

Sure, the melon smells dated these days, but the real focus is on the beachfront atmosphere, so it doesn't matter. Thumbs up!


Acqua di Giò was nothing but 'Cool Water lite'.
It's a fruity-mossy aquatic where citrus takes the lead instead of crab apple.
The texture is smoother, and it's less bitter; it has less impact than the more grinchy Cool Water.
Despite - or because of - being more bland, Acqua di Giò was a big success - like its role model.

Pre-allergen sample of Acqua di Gio V Lancaster Cool Water mini


The first fragrance I ever bought a second bottle of. I was 19 and pretty uninformed. I was looking for an alternative to the Hugo I'd been wearing and the Polo/CKone everyone else was. I was lucky and picked this up duty-free in Italy the month it was released so I wasn't aware yet of how stupidly popular it would become.

I still like the scent, but for me, it's become a little stale. It became sooo ubiquitous. Even now, 15-20 years after it's height in popularity, it's instantly recognizable, which is good for Armani, bad for those who want a signature scent.

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