Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Aqva Divina description
Bvlgari’s Aqva Divina is an aquatic floral the likes of which you won’t have smelled before. Although it is fresh and salty, the scent is also delicate and feminine – more like the pearlescent insides of a seashell than marine algae.
Close your eyes for a moment and visualize Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. Aqva Divina conjures up a bouquet of pink and white flowers growing on the craggy rocks beside the sea, brushed with salt crystals, honey, and the memory of exotic island fruit.
First, there is a joyful burst of fresh sea air. This is the God of Wind, Zephyr, who is blowing gently in the direction of Venus, the breeze kissing her warm, naked flesh with sparkling sea salt. A peppery, biting ginger note adds to the feeling of brightness and liveliness. It effervesces up from below, driving the salt and citrus to the surface like bubbles in a glass of champagne.
Aqva Divina becomes creamy and sensual in the heart, the sharper citrus, salt, and woody spice notes melting smoothly into a honeyed floral cream of magnolia and quince. The musky quince gives off a ghostly impression of baked apples sprinkled with lemon zest and rose petals.
The creamy fruits and flowers are the influence of the Hora of Spring, who in the Botticelli painting tries to cover Venus’ nakedness with a cloth dotted with berries, herbs, and flower petals. But Zephyr prevails, and the perfume never loses the salty, fresh touch that makes it so distinctive.
Then at last we turn our attention to the quivering figure of Venus herself. A beeswax note develops, suggestive of the delicate aroma of warm female skin with its faint, golden muskiness. The translucent mélange of woods and white amber mimic the shimmer of the pink and white insides of her seashell. A sensual back and forth between sweet and salty notes, Aqva Divina is Venus personified.
Aqva Divina is an unusual entry into the aquatic field. It deftly manages to take a salty, marine floral theme – typically a male-dominated domain – and twist it into something delicate, creamy, and fresh that women will adore wearing.
Anoint yourself with this scent, and no matter if you’re stuck in traffic or the boardroom, you will be transported to the wooded shores of your favorite beach, your toes sinking gratefully into the cool, clean sand, and your fingers grasping at the sea flowers dotted along the shoreline.