You may recall my earlier review of Aqua Manda here on this blog- I want to link to it but my site seems to disapprove of narcissism and weird stuff has happened when I do that, but you can find it if you type Aqua Manda into the little search box over there on your right.
Aqua Citra is not quite as well remembered by me, although I definitely recall its sister scent, Aqua Manda in the early 70s, albeit vaguely, as I am so young (*cough*).
Aqua Citra makes a welcome return and I was delighted to receive a sample from those nice people at Aqua Manda, along with a bottle of Aqua Manda and sample of Goya Black Rose, which by the way is superb- review to follow.
Aqua Citra is fairly simple to review because here’s what it smells like: you know the sherbet out of the middle of a sherbet lemon? It smells exactly like that. It’s zingy and sparkling and sweet without ever veering into that sticky feeling. It claims to have a woody and musky base, but on me this is a marvellous soliflore which pops like lemonade bubbles and beats off all competitors when it comes to finding “something cooling for hot weather”. I applaud its classic simplicity. Its lemon, lemon and more lemon and sometimes that, my friends, is exactly what you need. If you really want to wake yourself up, keep it in the fridge. Longevity is pleasing, better than cologne although it could do with a top up at lunchtime.
Aqua Citra comes in a big bottle, a purse spray or a refreshing soap.
Stockists: You can buy Aqua Citra from Harvey Nichols, Fenwick’s, Burgin’s of York and delightful one off perfumery I stumbled across one New Year in Blackpool – Cosmetic World Duty Free where I found all sorts of hard to get treats.
PS As an off-topic aside-I also recommend Bassetts Sherbet Lemons. Great for long car journeys.