In 2010, Giorgio Armani debuted their “floral aquatic” fragrance Acqua di Gioia (via Parfumo). Retailing between $61 to $124 depending on the size, the fragrance is a part of Armani’s di Gioia range, which includes a Light, Ocean, and Sky version. But it’s the Acqua di Gioia that fully encapsulates the essence of the Mediterranean Sea. As the fashion brand describes, this perfume is a “singular blend of serenity and exhilaration,” with notes of citrus, jasmine, and cedar wood.

Created by Loc Dong, Anne Filpo, and Dominique Ropion (via Fragrantica), Acqua di Gioia has top notes of Amalfi lemon and mint; middle notes of jasmine, peony, and pink pepper, and base notes of Virginia cedar, French labdanum, and brown sugar. Fragrantica also notes that this particular Armani fragrance was inspired by “several summer holidays spent on the islands of Pantelleria and Antigua,” where the fashion designer owns villas.

But is Acqua di Gioia for women actually worth it, and better yet, will it make you feel like you’re lounging on a beach somewhere in the Mediterranean?

There’s nothing else quite like Acqua di Gioia, according to reviews for the fragrance

It seems like Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia is well worth the hype. One customer wrote on the fashion brand’s site that it’s been their go-to scent for over a decade, and they “still receive plenty of compliments” as the perfume “grabs attention but is not overpowering and strong.” Another shared that they bought the perfume for their daughter, and the compliments she’s received were “just what she needed to build up her social confidence.” Someone else said they’d finally found their “go-to scent” with Acqua di Gioia, and that it “skyrockets” over the men’s version of the fragrance.

As for how the scent lasts throughout the day, one customer wrote on Fragrantica that it has an “aromatic opening” and a “floral dry down”, making for a very “uplifting scent.” Another wrote that the scent “sits close to the skin but warms up so much throughout the day,” and that they haven’t come across anything “even remotely similar.”

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