The first aquatic I've smelled that smells properly of the sea to me, and I live on the coast. Another winner from land locked Switzerland! Most 'aquatics' seem to just smell over the top and chemically.
Dries down, for me, to a primarily vanilla sweetness with peppery ginger overtones. Not bad, but quite simple. It does last OK on my skin. At the start, smells better than it ends up really. It's a pity the start is not prolonged.
This is somewhat different from the other Aramis colognes that I own. I'm so far not 100% sure about it. Probably because it's quite close to what I think of as the 'barbershop' scent that I remember from my childhood. In this respect it seems quite close to Creed's Baie de Genevre. A little gentler than that possibly, so maybe it will grow on me
Someone gave a friend of mine a sample of this. It has that same artificial and overstrong musk odour at it's base that is common to some Creeds: the ones I reject. It's very strong and unfortunately lasts a LONG time. I hope no one I know starts using it!
Simply the best of all, most complex, unique and beautiful. See the photos below of my first and last bottle... Dark label, early 1970s Harrods, now just dregs. The light label, early 2000s. The 1970s bottles are not the same as the later ones, presumably because of insane EU ingredient regulations. The rear of the 1970s bottle is labelled 'aftershave'.
I don't dislike this one. Every time I wear it, it bangs me right back to the time when the barber used to have a board to put across the seat so he could get you high enough to cut! I'm quite surprised to find it's as late as the 1980s, to me it's more 50s. It's the smell that pervaded that barbers long ago. Lasts a long time on me.