You can find so many fragrances today, often from the same brand. Let’s say that you’ve found a brand, like Nautica, you still have to figure out the best types of perfumes they have. Usually, there are very few clues on the bottles telling you about what the scent contains – and in some cases none at all!
So how do you begin figuring out whether it’s light, would fade away easily, too strong or is the right concentration for you? We’ve taken two of Nautica’s signature scents – the Nautica Classic and the Nautica Voyage – and compared them to give you an idea of how to do that.
Nautica Voyage vs Nautica Classic
First, a little about the brand. Nautica is a name known for its excellent perfumes for women and men. Their unique factor lies in how affordable they are when compared with other top designer perfume brands. The word Nautica comes from the word ‘Nauticus’ which means ship- this is why most of the perfumes are blue, have oceanic names and the bottles always have some kind of nautical design or motifs – a tribute to the yachting lifestyle and to life on the high seas.
Regardless of affordability, their perfumes always manage to deliver the ‘smell of the ocean, with each edition comprising of an array of notes to balance it. They now have over 22 fragrances, with the latest one in 2016.
The Nautica Voyage
Nautica Voyage is one of their classic men’s colognes and is made for those personalities that prefer a masculine, but sweet fragrance. It has an aquatic, cool smell that has been balanced out by a crisp, green and leaf notes.
The cologne gradually comes down or changes to a smell that reminds us a lot about a mimosa, complemented by gentle lotus and linen. The main, base notes are a blend of musk, moss, amber and cedar wood.
One amazing thing about the Nautica Voyage is that it really suits all purposes and can even be worn daily. It even suitable for summer and is a great fit for men who are energetic, love sports and have fun outdoors.
The bottle and packaging design are as simple as the scent itself. The box is a shiny, duo-toned light and dark blue accent. As for the glass bottle; it’s neat, minimalist rectangle shape with a silver cap that has a blue emblem on it.
Fresh Top notes, Summer Classic, Beautiful cucumber heart notes.
Sillage and Longevity could be better.
The Nautica Classic
This was one of Nautica’s first fragrances, launched in 1992 and is a more musky, masculine smell. Although it was released a while ago and carries those notes that were trendy at the time, it’s still a good qualifier for one of those scents that are fresh and light.
It’s also one of those scents that you can’t go wrong with or if you need something that you aren’t sure of. Voyage has a woodsy smell with additional notes of lemon and sage so the result you get is a musky, crisp and just rich enough without being overpowering.
This is to be worn by grownups as it has a mature smell and during warmer weather, as the cologne is light. You can even wear it for the office or a casual afternoon out.
As for the bottle, its also clear glass with a silver cap; but the only difference is that it’s shaped like a sail. The box is fully white, and also depicts an image of a yacht sail.
Good woodsy profiles, good aquatic notes, subtle enough for the summers.
Pretty ordinary and lacks the sophistication of the later editions does have an old fashioned smell.
Which fragrance has better base notes
It’s tough to decide on this one the as both are very different scents. The Nautica Voyage is engaging, clean and has great sillage and longevity.
It starts with a water blast filled with green leaves, apple while the lout’s flower and mimosa create a more dewy, cucumber accord. The apple accord fades away quickly and eventually what’s left is a mix of cedar, musk, oakwood that makes the green cucumber more masculine.
An affordable take on fresh ocean vibes and when applied, it reminded of Calvin Klein’s Eternity Aqua, Chrome Sport from Azzaro, Reaction from Kenneth Cole and even a bit of Voyage N-83 from Nautica! If we had to choose, we’d settle for the N-83 and Eternity Aqua. It is, however, a toned down version of N-83 that’s aquatic, salty and very musky.
Now onto the Nautica Classic. This is another old school scent that all about the nineties too! It is woody chypre fragrance made for men and has spicy- citrusy top notes comprising of cinnamon, coriander, cypress, lemon, bergamot. The middle notes are more floral like jasmine, rose, geranium, caraway, and cyclamen. On the dry down, you’re left with musk, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, cedar, and oakmoss.
Which fragrance has better longevity
The biggest downside of Nautica Voyage is its projection and longevity. If you would like to wear this for the entire day, then you need to carry it with you! The same goes for the Nautica Classic as well, that also has a lighter sillage and disappears after a few hours.
This might have something to do with it being reformulated. The Classic has better performance and is obviously much stronger than the Voyage, that is more fruity and fresh. Classic is a floral-aquatic version, with a little bit of an ocean breeze. It’s the biggest plus point is that it’s refreshing, soft and easy on the olfactory senses.
Some people might consider it to be a weak fragrance but, we think that it’s got just the right amount of sillage for summers when you need to smell refreshed without really being offensive to others! The lightness of sillage means that it’s a good alternative for daily use, it also means that you have to carry the bottle with you if you want it to last the entire day!
Our pick for the day!
We think the Nautica Voyage is a refreshing change for those that are tired of citrus blasts that one normally finds for the summer. It might be mild, but the performance is good and gives you a comfortable, clean and relaxed feeling. And, because of this factor, this cologne can be worn by men across all ages. So we give it a thumbs up when it comes to price, scent, longevity, and suitability for warm weather.
The only downside is that we felt that Voyage wasn’t unique or challenging and is pretty retro in some ways and one might even typecast it as a ‘stereotypical’ cologne. So, it clearly not for the discerning nose!
What’s even more interesting is that if you don’t like how the Nautica Voyage smells on you, you can settle for any of its variants released in years following the launch of the original.