I lived in Phoenix for three years, where the first half of summer (June to mid-July) would be not only extremely hot, but also bone dry. Aqua Amara from start to end is characterised by a "baked earth" dryness that reminds me of those Phoenix days. There's some orange-neroli notes here, with all juice and pulp removed to render everything dry, then fused with a base of patchouli and incense. Strangely, the dry-down appears even more expansive thanks to the incense, as the dry texture of the scent is further exaggerated. Duration is good, and sillage is impressive for a perfume of this style.
Aqua Amara is very cleverly executed by Jacques Cavallier, who has signed many landmark releases (particularly for men). The citrus notes used are quite unique for their texture, and work very well with the dry-down here to create a distinctive and innovative perfume.
Love, love, love this scent; especially in the summer.
The orange vibe is so fresh, its well, refreshing. Combined with either the patchouli, or I suspect the Frankincense, the neroli and mandarin hovers lightly, but also solidly settles on my skin for over 10 hours in a way that very few fragrances can.
Not sure I get the aquatic angle, unless it the "slightly Salty" influence.
Aqua Amara was a blind buy of based on some of your reviews, following a sample of Bulgari (I'm not European; I'm going to use the U), Garanat. While I found that one too OOUDY - which spells like pee on my skin - Aqua Amara is among my best blind buys.
When a fragrance is built out of a a simple combination of notes with one key note as throughline, that note needs to have some richness and complexity unto itself to carry the fragrance. The dominating mandarin orange note, which announces itself in the opening here and then slowly fades into the salty background over the course of the scent's lifetime, is tinny, and it's a bit grating when it's at its loudest.
But I do enjoy that saltwater dry-down. It's not revolutionary, but it has a nice, earthy feel. So once the opening citrus burst has calmed down a bit, the fragrance becomes quite pleasant.
It lasted a long time on my skin, though sillage, as you'd expect for this kind of citrusy aquatic fragrance, wasn't very strong.