Acqua di Selva is a classic fougere, with a whole lot of things added to it to make it smell as green as possible. There are some good dry herbal notes like basil, thyme and rosemary, as well as geranium, added to the basic lavender-tonka-oakmoss accord to give this an intense green scent. Even the citrus notes in the opening smell green. There's also a shot of pine in here as well, though it's not in your face like it is in scents like Fou d'Absinthe or Quorum. Comparisons to Pino Silvestre are spot on. This is heaven for me.
However, the two smells that define Acqua di Selva for me are oakmoss and vetiver. They are all over this fragrance. The oakmoss is aggressive and rich, to such an extent that if you don't love oakmoss - and I mean love it, not just like it - you probably will not enjoy Acqua di Selva. The vetiver has a soil-like earthiness, as opposed to being sharp and astringent, and it gives the fragrance a leathery smell. In fact, the oakmoss and vetiver are so dominating, Acqua di Selva smells almost like a greener, more stripped down version of Drakkar Noir. I love it!
Though it's not a powerhouse by any means, I find its strength to be very good, considering it's only an acqua di colonia. Reviews I've read complain about poor longevity, but I get about 7 or 8 hours from it, with good sillage. Nothing wrong with that.
I don't care if Europeans scoff at Acqua di Selva, or that it's inexpensive. Laugh all you want - it's still one of the best green fragrances I've ever worn, and is one of my favorite fragrances, period.
MY RATING: 10/10
Fragrance House: Visconti di Modrone