The watery note: A touch of freshness and water as if to create transparent flowers!
There was a time when perfumes did not have a season and we wore the same fragrances without necessarily paying attention in winter as in summer. In recent years, perfumers, seeing that the summer season led consumers to purchase lighter eau de toilette, created more vaporous and summery versions of their original fragrances. As a result, new notes have appeared such as the aqueous note in order to provide the lightness and the sensation of freshness to summer perfumes.
The aqueous note in perfumery for fresh and light fragrances
In fact, for a few years now, we haven't used perfume in the middle of summer as we do in winter. The great perfume houses we learned to decline their fragrances and their agreements in order to provide their customers with fresh and more delicate waters to wear during hot weather which would inevitably lead to more heady perfumes. Before, you didn't wear perfume when it was 30 °, now you buy one! So finally you buy two!
Of course, summer perfumes must be light, vaporous, and above all refreshing. This is how the watery note was created in the nose labs. It is aquatic without being marine, water flower, without being flowery. Its fragrance is very discreet and above all aims to highlight the other main notes of the perfume. You may even have never felt the watery note in a fragrance, yet it is there!
A drop of fresh water for an aqueous note in our perfumes
The watery note is particularly present in the perfumes of our flowery and citrus summers. It appeared for one of the first time in the top note in Ralph Lauren's Ralph Cool in 2004. Attached to cucumber and kiwi, the watery note highlights the armfuls of white flowers and vetiver which gives this pretty scent a beautiful floral freshness. The same year L'Eau de Ryokuei by Menard also offered a green floral where the aqueous top note was counterbalanced by the floral notes but also the amber and sandalwood bases.
Subsequently, the watery note will even become a heart note to bring its softness and its transparent and clear freshness to beautiful citrus as to delicate florals, mainly feminine but also masculine. Today for these ladies, many florals offer watery notes such as the recent CK2 by Calvin Klein, Muguet Porcelaine by Hermès, Aqua Vitae Forte by Maison Francis Kurkdjian and many others. .
As for the citrus family, it rather uses the watery note in the middle note to highlight the citrus fruits while giving them an aquatic and lighter tone. As for feminine perfumes, we will find the aqueous note at Aqua Allegoria - Limon Verde by Guerlain for example. For these gentlemen, the aqueous note develops around aromatic citrus fruits, as in the beautiful A garden after the monsoon by Hermès or even in L'Eau by Kenzo Mirror Edition for Men.
The aqueous note therefore provides a fresh, thirst-quenching and transparent tone to juices seeking the shade of hot summers Particularly associated with florals and hesperids, the aqueous note also develops in other types of olfactory families such as in aromatic woods such as Jangala from Parfumerie Générale or even in a spicy wood like Black Cedarwood & Juniper by Jo Malone. The aqueous note therefore has great possibilities of novelty to offer to our fragrances!