An interesting marriage is at work in Aqaba Spring. One partner is juicy and bubbly, a seamless blend of peachy-apricot tones with sweet floral notes, which end up suggesting a fantasy scent like one would expect cherry blossom to smell like based on the qualities of the fruit they turn into. The other partner is smudgy crushed lipstick mixed with beeswax and hints of the house signature note of chamomile. At first a bit odd, but when it begins to settle one appreciates the rightness of this union these two were made for each other after all. In the drydown its the second partner going it alone with just traces of the other left behind no matter, life still looks rosy.
The seemingly endless assembly line of fragrance flankers, poised to sell because of a previously successful name, made me apprehensive about trying Aqaba Spring. I was afraid it would be some nasty "light:", "fresh", "summer", "purple", "pure", "white", or who-knows-what version of Aqaba. It is, indeed, a version of Aqaba, but it's brilliant! Anyone who knows Aqaba would recognize it in this heady, spicy blend. The addition of bright, flowery notes makes this a Spring fragrance...at first. As it dries down, it's sultry Aqaba, maybe a little less potent. I prefer the drama of Aqaba, but this is a thoroughly beautiful, enjoyable, fine perfume.