Like the sun sparkling off one of the Italian lakes, with the faintest smell of mountain herbs in the background. Its classy and gentle enough for the office and summer weekends, and works for evenings too (moonlight reflecting off the Italian lakes). Its such a subtle fragrance that sings different notes in different situations - refreshing during the day and slightly sweeter at night. Its versatile but stands out from the designer crowd like a million dollars. As a spring/summer all-rounder Ive not found anything that beats it. Shame its apparently discontinued now, so Im stocking up!
The listing of notes above seems too simplified and excluding an interesting array of elements within this EdP from Tom Ford...
Fragrance notes for Costa Azzura:
Top notes: seaweed, driftwood, agarwood (oud), ambrette (musk mallow), celery seeds and cardamom
Middle notes: juniper, myrtle, lavender, lemon, yellow mandarin and artemisia
Base notes: mastic (lentisque), olibanum, incense, vanilla, vetiver and oak
Part of the mesmerizing collection of clear blue colored bottled scents from Tom Ford, Costa Azzura evokes visions of the northwest part of the Sicilian island (the "Saracen Coast") with its aromatic woody green construction.
It is at once spicy, then aquatic and earthy, then full of citrus juiciness set with contrasting elements of bitterness, smoky incense, sweetness, woods, and mossy dryness. Oud is barely discernible, an interesting choice in what would be a marine scent.
Costa Azzurra touches on several perceived qualities that make it more than an aquatic: It's in motion, exploring the environs of the exotic Sicilian isle and taking note of several aspects - the woods, the flowers, the earth - not just the beaches per se. So the blue bottle shouldn't convince you that this is nothing but a watery scent...that is NOT the case.
It is ultimately a light, airy experience that is reminiscent of Bulgari Aqua pour Homme. Very dignified and imaginative, Costa Azzura feels more suited for men, but women can give it a try with some success.