Dolce Gabbana Light Blue vs Acqua di Gio

Choosing the right perfume that suits very well to a person could be very tricky. The characteristics of each perfume may be too different with someone’s life clock. With the abundant products to choose from, picking one from many would be troublesome. Unless, you have a certain preference.

Previously, we talked about how the Bvlgari Atlantiqve compares to the Marine. Within the same brand, we could find pretty big differences. But now it’s different. We’re gonna take a look at the Dolce Gabbana Light Blue, and the legendary Acqua di Gio. Do remember that this is the original 1996 Acqua di Gio. The older brother of Profumo. With its classic age, can it actually survive the newer competitor?

Both of the two have pretty interesting history in the lifestyle industry, especially in the perfume production. They are also the famous ideas from the giant companies, and became high selling products for over a decade. But still, which one of them that’s actually worth buying? Is one actually surpass another? Or both of them are just the same menu on the plate?

Dolce Gabbana Light Blue

The company was founded in Milan by the year of 1985 with the crafty hands from known designers from Italy, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Their first fashion collection was launched in “Real Women” mode followed by the subsidiary brand of D&G which was launched in 1994. Read also: Bvlgari Aqva Atlantiqve vs Marine.

The D&G fashion house quickly gained fame and high loyalty from celebrity customers like Madonna who wore their stage clothes and also rented a house to design their costumes.

Until now, the D & G brand is now selling throughout the world, starting from Beverly Hills to New Delhi, through boutiques and kiosks in department stores.

Dolce & Gabbana offers clothing that focuses on luxury, eyewear, accessories and perfume. All of which are quickly known via the use of the  “D&G” logo on many of their products. In 1992, Dolce & Gabbana launched their first perfume product “Dolce & Gabbana for Women”, which was later followed by men’s perfume in 1994.

 Within the same year, they also launched a series of other fragrances, such as perfume “Light Blue” for men and women, was and still the most successful among others.

 Dolce Gabbana Light BlueAcqua di Gio
Product Dimensions5 x 7 x 9 inches2 x 6 x 2 inches
Shipping Weight3.52 ounces3.36 ounces
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This perfume comes in a velvety blue box that looks attractive. The appearance of this perfume bottle is really simple but still elegant in the form of a rectangle made of glass with a blue lid. There is a layer of steel under the bottle cap that gives the impression like a glowing mirror. Really elegant appearance.

It has an amazing and irresistible aroma coming from the scent of Sicilian citron, bluebell, granny smith apple, jasmine, bamboo tree, white rose, cedarwood, amber, and musk. The extraordinary aroma of Dolce & Gabbana perfume can give a surprising impression like the joy of life. Where the joy lies in the activeness of the scent of Sicily’s citron and the spontaneity that comes from the scent of bluebells.

The designer Olivier Cresp got his inspiration from the Mediterranean, especially from the City of Sicily where it is the actual home of Dolce and Gabbana. With the idea, he was able to produce a perfume that has a modern style with the freshness of the scent that is light and does not too stingy.

Acqua di Gio

Anybody remember this? This is like a gem from Armani. Many would even call this as a masterpiece, at that time of course. For those who don’t know, Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion designer who is very famous for his male clothing. Armani began his career as a designer in a department store.

From 1960 to 1972 he worked as a designer for famous houses like Nino Cerutti and later worked as an independent designer for several fashion houses before establishing his own brand. Under Armani, Emporio Armani appeared targeting young adults with fashion accessories and fragrances.

After establishing himself in the world of fashion, Giorgio Armani began to enter the perfume market to create male and female perfumes. And he succeeded. Giorgio Armani Beauty introduced the Armani perfume for Women in 1982, followed by Armani for Men in 1984. Both of these scents are part of a long and successful series of fragrances issued by this brand, up to the 21st century.

Several years later, Acqua di Gio was born. In 1996 to be exact, with the skillful mastery by Alberto Morillas. He didn’t create this out of the blue. There was an inspiration, a beautiful Pantellerie. A beautiful place, where he spent his time vacationing. The perfume was highly builts under the impression of the calming sea water and the cool breeze of Mediterrania. The salty nuances combined with the fruity citrus and rosemary, and ended with a hint of spice.

Looking at the design, Acua di Gio’s overall appearance shows the old classic design. The cap is designed in gray color, so do the letters on the bottle. It’s like they want to build a persona of an old elegant style. And it does work under Gio’s name. A classic that is relevant to use over and over again.

The aroma is less oceanic than the newer Profumo. But it still has its value. The balancing is really well done on this product. The users will not feel the strong and stingy scent from this perfume. Calming aroma that sticks to the body is highly suitable for Summer days. It’s praised for its longevity. Based on the reviews, the smell can last from 8 to 11 hours on average.

It’s a perfume that is usable in one condition only, a bright day light. It works a bit worse during winter or night, due to its similar scent with the dark/cold condition. Its refreshing smell would be less noticeable during those times.

Dolce Gabbana Light Blue vs Acqua di Gio

- This product is made of high quality material
- It is recommended for romantic wear
- This Product Is Manufactured In United Kingdom
- Packaging for this product may vary from that shown in the image above
- Designer House: Giorgio Armani
- Launch Year: 1996
- Notes: Orange, Lime, Mandarin Orange, Jasmine, Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli
- Type: Eau de Toilette for Men; Size: 100 ml. Recommended for daytime or evening casual

But still, would the 100 dollars price tag be too much for this classic perfume?


The level of spicy and clean citrus scent can be felt better on Acqua di Gio. Light Blue is overall a good perfume, but still couldn’t match this classic. The famous aquatic aroma inspired from Mediterranean sea surely brings a lot of memories. Brought through generations, and somehow still relevant and good to use in the newer era. Its special nostalgic fresh aroma and better performance in longevity make Acqua di Gio the winner. 


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