Akro Awake Eau de Parfum opens with photorealistic darkish espresso, virtually bitter earlier than caramelizing, and being blended with inexperienced cardamom and a touch of lemon citrus. For the primary two hours, the cardamom ended up overwhelming the espresso, however then the espresso again as a comfortable diffusion of caramelized, nutty espresso and lingered for the rest of the damage.
It’s described as a have a look at “espresso by means of a focus of unstable power that finds its energy in bitter scents.” It’s listed as having the next notes: Balkans Santos espresso, inexperienced cardamom, Italian lemon, Haitian vetiver.
It opened with darkish, virtually bitter, espresso that quickly caramelized and have become nuttier, extra roasted, and fragrant. It was precisely as you’d count on from finely-ground espresso beans. The inexperienced cardamom added a delicate chunk with out distracting or pulling away from the espresso. A couple of minutes in, the lemon appeared with a barely sweet-sour undercurrent that complemented the cardamom however once more was calibrated sufficient to permit the espresso to be the star.
After a half hour, the inexperienced cardamom strengthened, which weakened the general sense of roasted, nutty espresso, whereas the lemon was largely gone. The espresso was extra within the background, including a haze of nuttiness however was much less distinctive in comparison with the opening.
The nice and cozy, nuttiness of the espresso be aware grew to become stronger and extra assertive in opposition to the cardamom after 90 minutes of wear and tear, which was a pleasing shock. All of the notes had dropped nearer to my pores and skin and had been much less intense than the opening, however the caramelized, nutty espresso now was a subtle haze over my pores and skin with a contact of cardamom, which lasted by means of the drydown.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml pattern vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist space . I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as I discovered scent didn’t maintain nicely right here in any other case.
I bought my pattern in January 2022; fragrances are identified to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be conscious of when a overview was made, e.g. a overview from 2010 might not mirror what the same-named fragrance smells like in 2022.
It lasted for 5 hours till it was a skin-scent and about eight hours earlier than it was fairly tough to detect on my pores and skin. The sillage and projection had been average with the sillage dropping sooner than the projection throughout the first hour of wear and tear.
It jogged my memory of a much less caramelized, much less milky Kilian Black Phantom; the espresso in Awake is greener, extra natural, in a approach. Awake didn’t have the identical longevity on me as Black Phantom, and I loved the milky high quality of Black Phantom in order that one wins out for me.
- 100ml for $160
- 0.7ml pattern for $4