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Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR BEAUTY -

Take an­drog­yny be­yond tai­lored shirts and pixie cuts by ex­per­i­ment­ing with a spritz of a men’s per­fume. Mas­cu­line scents are cleaner and sharper, and if you’re a girl who hates flowery notes, then you’re in the good com­pany of Kiera Knight­ley, Alia Bhatt, and Jerry Hall, all of whom love boyfriend scents. This sea­son, there’s good rea­son to make the switch, with Bul­gari’s new of­fer­ing for men, which is chang­ing the way aquatic per­fumes are for­mu­lated. While most wa­tery fra­grances con­sist of fresh notes such as cu­cum­ber and sea­weed, per­fumer Jac­ques Caval­lier en­riches the new Aqva Amara (`5,350) with rich and lux­u­ri­ous notes. In­spired by the deep sea, where the wa­ter is richer with min­er­als, the per­fume smells darkly mys­te­ri­ous with the smokey notes of frank­in­cense and patchouli, which are also used in mak­ing in­cense. Still, it re­tains its aquatic char­ac­ter with fresh notes of spring wa­ter, neroli, and raw Si­cil­ian man­darin. Caval­lier has taken in­spi­ra­tion for the fra­grance notes from Greco-Ro­man mythol­ogy—bit­ter or­ange from the mag­i­cal Gar­den of Hes­perides (where it was grown) and spring wa­ter from the Mediter­ranean Sea where the Greek god Her­cules re­couped his strength.

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