Samples Review: SI, ACQUA DI GIOIA ESSENZA by GIORGIO ARMANI

     Hi everyone! This week I’ve got another samples review for you. I know, I know – when are you going to get full-size reviews? Trust me, there’s many products sitting around my room waiting to be abused reviewed for your pleasure, but we just need to get through all of my samples first. I think what I’ll do is alternate between full- and sample-size products – what do you think?

     Anyway, this week I’m talking about my Giorgio Armani’s. I’ve got nothing to say about the man nor the brand other than I think it’s cute that he calls himself a ‘stable boy’ (and I mean cute as in WHAT DO YOU MEAN STABLE BOY, YOU OWN A HOTEL IN DUBAI).

     Here are my quick thoughts about each of the fragrances:

Giorgio Armani Si sample

Giorgio Armani Si sample

1.) Giorgio Armani Si: I’ve read that this was Armani’s response to Lancome’s La vie en Belle, which has supposedly taken well to the market in the year+ that it’s been available. Whether or not that’s true remains to be determined, but I’ve got my own opinion about Si; for starters, what in the world does the ‘fragrance film’ mean? I apologize profoundly to the great perfume gods, but I don’t speak a hint of Italian. Si this, si that – I felt lost and excluded. Hmph.

     This is a 2013 release, with a top note of cassis, a heart of May rose and freesia, and woodsy notes, ambroxan, vanilla, and patchouli for the base. Before I get into what this smells like, can we talk about ambroxan for a moment? It’s found in ambergris, which “is a metabolic product of the sperm whale“. This is slightly alarming to me, but I shall sniff anyway, for the sake of fumeheads everywhere. I would describe this as floral bubblegum, which is unconventional for sure, but pleasant nonetheless. There’s an underlying vanilla and rose, but it still comes off rather candy-like. A possible future purchase, maybe if it were the last fragrance at the drugstore (besides an Avril Lavigne, perhaps).

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia Essenza sample

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia Essenza sample

2.) Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia Essenza: looking at Fragrantica’s perfume pyramid for this perfume, I have to ask myself why. Why make a perfume, even if it is a spin-off of a successful one, if all you’re going to do is change the order of the notes and change a few minor ones? Anyway, at least the colour of the perfume is pretty.

     This is a 2011 release, with top notes of mint, pink pepper, and Amalfi lemon. To me this opens with a feminine floral mint, with a sugary undertone. It’s almost sensual in that it is so gentle, like silk, without being soapy. Underlying woodsy notes. This is beautiful, I would love a full-size of this.

Collective thoughts about what I’ve sniffed today: not bad at all! My eyes have been opened to the world of Armani fragrances. I will be returning to it soon, hungry for more.

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You can check out Giorgio Armani at www.Armani.com or follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/Armani

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