The Sweet Scent of Aquolina
Many perfumes attempt to be sensuous and seductive, which
makes the innocent sweetness of Aquolina fragrances all the more refreshing.
They made a big stir in 2003 when they released their first creation, Pink
Sugar. That success was followed in 2006 by a men’s scent, Blue Sugar. Since
then, they have branched out, even offering a perfume for more mature patrons,
but Aquolina has never lost the sweetness at its heart.
What is Aquolina?
There’s no epic story about one lone perfumer struggling
upward to international acclaim, when it comes to Aquolina. This little
perfumer is a daughter company of the Italian cosmetics firm, Selectiva, which
in turn is part of the Paglieri group.
Paglieri is a name familiar to many Italians, known since
1876 for its creation of high quality goods. Many of their products are now
mainstays in the field of body care, so they know what customers want. Paglieri
was once a small perfumer, but over the past century and more, they have grown
into something much greater than that, encompassing a number of smaller, more
focused interests, like Aquolina.
Before the arrival of Pink Sugar, Aquolina was mostly known
for creating body care products based on yogurt, and cosmetics for younger
girls. It was only logical that they would produce their own fragrances for the
same people, making their body care portfolio complete. Keeping their primary
audience in mind, Aquolina went for something a little different than many
perfumers – they wanted to appeal to the youth of their primary customer base
in a way only a company like Aquolina could.
Sugar and (a Little) Spice
Aquolina drew on scents that younger people love, like
cotton candy, to create their first fragrances, and hit on the perfect blend.
Young girls will love its sweet scent, while those a bit more mature will be
reminded of all those things they loved in their childhoods. A good scent
evokes certain feelings and memories – many of these perfumes inspire those
happy nostalgic feelings of carefree days.
The first fragrance to come from Aquolina was Pink Sugar,
directed specifically at young girls who like sweet smells. This perfume
certainly fits that criteria, smelling of fruit and candy. It opens with
Sicilian orange, bergamot, and green notes from fig leaves. A touch of lily of
the valley infuses the red fruits and licorice blossoms at its heart, which all
rests on a base of caramel and vanilla, with the barest musky and woodsy tones.
This base, specifically the vanilla and caramel, are what give it its happy
playful tone, touched with a bit of mischief, as well.
Blue Sugar, being a fragrance for men, was a bit of a
departure from the Pink Sugar. It was still sweet at its heart, but a bit more
aromatic and woody in its overall tone. Like its predecessor, it opens with
fruits, like bergamot and mandarin orange, but there are some slightly bolder
tones in the middle of coriander and patchouli, along with the sweeter hints of
licorice and cotton candy. It has cedar at its base, with tonka bean, and star
anise. For men, it is a different sort of scent than most of those offered, but
like all of Aquolina’s unique offerings it certainly has its following.
Chocolovers was created and launched in 2006 to appeal to
men and women alike. The love of chocolate is nigh universal, after all. This
singular fragrance has a nutty sweet vanilla aroma. It is rounded out by notes
of coriander, musk, orange, hazelnut, lily-of-the-valley, lemon, and bergamot.
Gold Sugar departs from innocence, and enters the realm of
sweet luxury. It retains the smooth aura of vanilla, but mixes it with white
flowers and musk for something entirely unique. This fragrance is easy to find,
whether in perfume, shower gel, or Body Butter, due to its opulent gold
packaging. Upon smelling the contents, it’s easy to see this is an entirely new
product that nonetheless still retains the sweetness Aquolina is known for.
Familiar scents of orange mix with new aromas like crème brule accord, coconut,
cream, and other lavish notes.
Aquolina took the pink bottle used in Pink Sugar and dressed
it up in black lace to create a fragrance decidedly for the more mature set in
Pink Sugar Sensual. It’s still got those soft and sugary undertones, but adds
black currant and tangerine for a certain tartness in its top notes. It has a
flowery heart of pink jasmine petals, orange blossoms, and tiare flowers, with
seductive woody tones of sandalwood at its base, mixed with smooth vanilla and
a darkly sweet hint of black sugar.
The Young and the Young at Heart
There is something definitely unique in the products of
Aquolina. It’s a perfume line that grows up with the wearer. From the sweet and
playful innocence of Pink Sugar, to the creamy bliss of Chocolover, to the
sugary seductiveness of Pink Sugar Sensual, there is surely something for