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Pure Nautica Discovery by Nautica is a Woody Spicy fragrance for men. Pure Nautica Discovery was launched in 2011. Top notes are amalfi lemon, mandarin orange and clary sage; middle notes are lavender, ginger and coriander; base notes are sandalwood and virginia cedar.

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Top Notes
Amalfi Lemon Mandarin Orange Clary Sage

Middle Notes
Lavender Ginger Coriander

Base Notes
Sandalwood Virginia Cedar

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Pure Nautica Discovery Fragrance Reviews

Dirt Dog
Dirt Dog

Nautica Pure Discovery is Tang. Not one of the fruity ones but rather the original orange Tang that the astronauts drank. It is obviously a very synthetic if not wholly synthetic fragrance and the orange seems a bit crystallized rather than juicy without quite the sharp bitter or sugary feel of regular orange juice.

NPD starts out with a gentled orange and then a synthetic note comes into play. Now I probably lost many of you readers at the word synthetic; and many there be that would drive their Lamborghinis at top speed to the nearest emergency room, claim toxicosis, induce vomiting, and would happily watch their little watercress sandwiches egress their bodies at just the hint of a synthetic note in a fragrance but its not always as bad as the over serious do suggest. In NPD, the synthetic note that I get reminds me of spray starch and that sizzle you get nosed when the hot iron hits the shirt. Back in the day, I used to wear my fair share of ironed and starched shirts and I felt confident and sharp doing so. Some will just hate this scent but it is one that I enjoy. After a good long while, woods come into play. There is a bit of floral which must be the lavender but it is in the blend and stays well in the background.

NPD is a very difficult scent for me to review. I like to open new bottles only when a special event is happening and the first time I wore this was one of the best days of my life; and so I therefore have many memories attached which will not matter to you and have nothing to do whether you might enjoy this scent or will not. But its hard not to be influenced. Most wont have a day like I did but I hope that all of you do and that I will find another one again someday.

Lets kick a paragraph in the pants and talk about the scent. It has that gentled chalky orange, with the synthetic linen scent that I believe comes from the ginger. NPD does not really develop and transition from opening to mid but the orange and linen seem to co-exist together and vie for your notice. Sometimes you might get soft orange and some times crisp linen and other times both. The floral is there as a gentling presence but never tries to forefront the stage. And after hours, you start to notice the woods creeping into the play. There are going to be people that absolutely hate this because of the synthetic. But I truly wonder if their lives are synthetic free. Maybe they do fill their irons with Creed Windsor and iron with niche. Maybe they buy scent free detergents and squirt a quarter ounce of guerlain into their maytags. Still, there are a lot of synthetic smells in the world and they aren't always bad such as from bar soap, shampoo, spray starch, and laundry detergent. NPD does have a synthetic vibe but it is pleasant and I like it. As a synthetic it has the rare combination of having very slight sillage and yet impressive performance. You might even consider this a gentleman's scent as it is inoffensive, wont offend anyone, and sillage seems to be handshake or hug distant and then quickly recedes into more of a personal scent within an hour or two. Still, I do not rate this as a skin scent that you have to sniff your wrist to notice. For me, it lasts basically as long as I want it to last. I put it on yesterday, could still smell it in the morning, and it only receded into skin scent territory after I took a shower. And it still was faintly there. You just dont get that kind of longevity without the use of synthetics. I almost find this unique among all the fragrances that I own for being so light and yet long lasting.

My personal experiences with this fragrance are smiles and tears but I will try to encapsulate them for you. NPD was my most worn fragrance in 2013. I did not consider it my signature scent and still do not but I wore it a good bit. My bottle is maybe a tick over 60% empty. I wear it exclusively for myself. For personal reasons, there are only 2 people that I want to smell it on me and today they are out of state. I have not a large body of reference about whether this gets compliments. I do wear it on days that I am home alone. I also wear it on days with shoe leather. Last night, I put 4 miles on my shoes. NPD did fine; it lived overnight and I could smell it in the morning when I awoke. I certainly didn't need a bedtime scent yesterday. I own a backup bottle of this just because and not because I actually do like the fragrance. Pure Discovery used to be my favorite Nautica fragrance and I own 10 of the line. Still, if not for history and memory, should the bottle run dry, I would buy a different Nautica that I have not owned or tried rather than a backup or replacement of Pure Discovery. Maybe a fragrance named discovery would forgive this flaw of adventure. When I drain this down to the 25% level, I plan to "retire" it and put it in the memory shelf where I might pull it out and wear it once or twice a year just to remember events that were special. Less is more with NPD and it is a scent that I recommend people use 5 sprays or less. Synthetic scents like this one do not do well when over sprayed though I admit failure and often over spray it and reach for the orange trying to grasp that which seems beyond my reach. But overall, I think most people would be happy with lighter sprays just as they would not want their shirts over starched or smelling too much of fresh chemicals. Truly it wears like starch and has firmness of wrinkle, and over spraying would bring many people to the brink of dislike. I have done it. I know. And I still do it. But 5 sprays or less works. This is a summer scent that works best when you need something light. I've worn it fall and winter and spring and summer was by far the best season. It can be versatile; It could be a signature scent. But I don't really see it as either other than the fact that if sprayed lightly, its not going to bother anybody, and you might find that you like it yourself.

Price is fabulous. You can find this at many brick and mortar stores for $15 and a wealth of online retailers if you cannot. Even though it retails for $15 for 3.4 ounce, Id say this is about a $1 per ounce scent. You can get away with spraying half as much compared with most other fragrances and it seems to perform 2x as well as them. A single bottle used even 10 times a summer might last one a lifetime. 30-40 sprays a year would last a very long time. So its basically dirt cheap unless someone has a reason to wear it often.

My grade for this is 86. Im going to give it a 73 for scent because it is synthetic. Personally, I would grade it higher because I like it but more in the 80 range. I am not fussed by smelling a bit like a starched shirt. It will get near perfect scores of 98 based on price and longevity. Again, I am not grading sillage because some might like projection and others not so much. But properly used this is on the very light side. I am leaving other mitigating factors out of it such as bottle design and other intangibles. They do not seem to apply. I dont see it as versatile but it could be ... etc ... etc. You would have a different experience than me and its cheap enough it wouldnt cost you a fortune to discover it. It balances out to 85.5 and I am rounding it up to 86. And I almost want to give it a brownie point or two and go to 87 or 88 but this is your review and NPD might not have the same history for you. But overall, I find it to be a very solid scent for the money and well worth my purchase.

I began this review by saying that Nautica Pure Discovery was Orange Tang. And I like my synthetics to be synthetic. I like orange juice. And I like Tang. But I do not like something that tries to be natural and fails. For instance, I do not like Orange Crush, and Orange Sodas and orange drinks that try to give you an orange juice feel but just really dont and are basically sugar water. In perfumery, I do not like many florals that try to smell like a flower Ive put nose to petal a thousand times and just fail. There are good rose scents and bad rose scents and the bad ones that use synthetics and just do not get there just fail. I really do not know how anyone could make a "natural" smell of faultess magic sizing finish starch without it smelling "synthetic". Now this is a scent that millions experience daily and is generally considered pleasant. If starch made everyones shirts stink then people would not buy the product. Sometimes scents and fragrances encapsulate worlds beyond perfume bottles. Whether or not you like NPD probably will revolve around three things. Whether you like synthetics or do not. Whether you can be light on the trigger so it lives in the background. And whether or not, you can look past the price point. There are people that like $15 fragrances like the Nautica line. And there are people that make decants of Clive Christian and go to the zoo and try to spray the skunks. To each their own and if you are happy then Im glad for you. I like NPD and have worn it a good many days in my life. For me it has become a history scent of memory. But for you, you might find it good for hot days outside or cool days inside where you want low sillage. Its affordable and it might just last you all day. I like the orange ozonic crisp feel of the scent and there are sour apple scents by Nautica that leave me a bit less impressed. I like that this one is different than the many "Aquatics" and that it gives me a sharp laundered feel in the day. There are people that go through life and never taste tang. Im not one of them. We didnt always have funds for fresh squeezed, and my dear mother would hand us a cool glass of tang and smile to the heavens, "if its good enough for the astronauts, its good enough for you". And I grew to like it. I'd take that smile and Tang today over a thousand smiling waitresses bringing me fresh squeezed. Sometimes, Astronauts find their way back home, and are filled with Tang when they do. The homefires of tang find happiness with a splash. And we always are filled with joy at their return.

Jul
08
2015
Ryanmmas26
Ryanmmas26

To me this 1 really surprised me ! I say this because I thought it smelled nice but nothing that would stand out. Surprisingly enough this garnered a lot of compliments.

This smells similar to Ed hardys love and luck but its a little heavier of a scent with a little more florals,spice and woody background and more citrucy(bitter type of orange) and less fruit.

Performance on this is decent but not great. It surprisngly lasts 6-8 hours and for the first 2 hours projects above average but after that you will only have about a foot bubble of fragrance surrounding you

Overall id rate this a 7 out of 10 ! Its a really good,overlooked fragrance that smells great and gets compliments but its nothing that really stands out in any way which keeps it from getting a higher score.

I could deffinitly see this being someones signature scent though if you have a really chill,laid back personality

May
21
2015
bwcw81
bwcw81

This is a very nice light and gentle scent for hot summer - smooth and slight bitter citrusy orange scent wt hints of floral scent laying background - make it a perfect scent in hot summer weather. The scent is pretty flat, but it linger quite long , about 3-4 hours on me. Projection is moderate, stay closed to skin. I like it a lot. This should be just renamed: Pure Nautica Extreme Sport in stead. 7/10 from me.

Apr
04
2015
Rockdj
Rockdj

I really enjoy this cheap fragrance, maybe for the aromatic side i detect by this one. Cheap but enjoyable. :D perfect for summer weather or those hot days at thje beach!

Feb
19
2015
Casper112
Casper112

It has a very smooth O R A N G E smell to it! It smells nice but I would not bother wearing it on any occasion.
It shares this "cheap" quality smell with all the other Nautica fragrances.

Jan
08
2015
marenanne6
marenanne6

I smelled this on a friend of mine today. The bottle is pretty nice and the scent is very aqua-ish, I was surprised that water wasn't an ingredient. I would say that it's a smell for 18 to young 20 year-olds.

Dec
22
2014
kenney77
kenney77

Love this cologne I bought it not to long ago very sweet and spicy clean and fresh all at once love the top notes

Apr
27
2014
dizzyfun
dizzyfun

Tried this perfume today for the first time. I immediately thought it smelled like Ed Hardy Luck & Love for Men but with a little citrus in it. Middle smells even more like it with the addition of fresh sea water. 4 hours after first spray it really smells exactly like Luck & Love.

Mar
13
2014
wesleyhclark
wesleyhclark

Pfew, scrubber!

In the past decades I have gotten good at being able to judge whether or not I'd like a film just by the cast, plot, advertising, etc. I'm beginning to attain that ability with fragrances. I put off trying Nautica scents because I suspected I wouldn't like them. I couldn't be more accurate with this one! On me it smells pissy and cheap. (My daughter agrees: cheap.)

I can't imagine any man that this would smell good on.

And the usual law applies: Because I hate it, longevity seems to be excellent.

Feb
10
2014
DJPaulsGimpArm
DJPaulsGimpArm

ORANGE! That's about all there is to say about this one. You know the smell you get on your hands after peeling an orange by hand? This is basically that in a bottle. After a fresh and decent, if completely generic, initial scent that lasts for mere seconds, the mandarin kicks in and lasts and lasts. It is very powerful, almost overwhelming. If you like that scent, though, you will love this as the sillage and longevity are incredible. I find it cloying and incredibly one-note myself. I feel like, for Nautica, this was a stepping stone towards the scent they better perfected with Aqua Rush. Oh, and, in case you forgot, ORANGE!!!!

Jan
14
2014
scentedkub
scentedkub

Found a one ounce bottle for 2.50 after Christmas...I basically was buying now asking questions later. LOL I'd look up the fragrance on here with my phone, then buy it if the reviews weren't too bad. I wore this to work today. I was really surprised I could actually smell the mandarin in the opening, and that the citrus actually smelled pleasant on me. Citrus can go a touch coarse and stank on me sometimes so I just avoid it usually. A little over three hours in the scent is close to the skin, kind of spicy in a non-aggressive way. Decent for work or running errands. Nothing controversial or jaw dropping about it. Wish it lasted longer, but for 2.50, I think I'll live.

Jan
06
2014
hsuru4u
hsuru4u

very feminine...and cloying! Voyage is way better...this smells unappealing to me.

Jun
03
2013
blueribbonbullies
blueribbonbullies

After five hours there's a smell that I don't like..Nautica VOYAGE is waaaaaaay better all the way around..if anyone wants to purchase this scent I have 95% left and you can get it for $25 shipped.

May
30
2013
blueribbonbullies
blueribbonbullies

I just received this fragrance today after smelling it on paper last week..this smell good..I live in Florida and the orange burst and lemon fade with the ginger smell very nice together..after five hours and only three sprays a lady smelled it after trailing me after walking in front of her..she said it is strong and smelled good..only paid $27 for 100ml..doesn't get any better..I can tell you that Nautica is doing a goo work on their scents..I also have voyage and like it better an it lasts just as long..SATISFIED.

May
22
2013
RyBayBayMPLS
RyBayBayMPLS

jusssst picked this up today, though i have tested it out a few times before.

i like it a lot, my cousin has the Nautica Voyage which i was originally gonna get but i dont wanna smell the same as him.. hes like my lil bro lol.

but i am very satisfied with this one, infact i may even like it more than Voyage.. i think it is very under rated.

NOTE: if you spray too much it can get synthetic.
i usually go 3-4 sprays.

overall, very solid summer time frag. i give it a 7/10

Apr
28
2013
Cedeadrick
Cedeadrick

Very soft smell not to much!!

Mar
07
2013
eric.cius
eric.cius

What a nice little fragrance. Starts off with a burst of lemon but then turns into a yummy orange creamsicle smell. Not a projection or longevity monster but a well done scent. Perfect for something like an afternoon summer bbq. Best of nautica imo.

Jan
26
2013
scentualMan
scentualMan

I'm surprised no one else has made the association, but I definitely get a feeling of "Bond No. 9 Wall Street" from this. The difference being that this doesn't come off as "fresh", as it does not contain the cucumber/melon note but rather a tropical orange/citrus combo, and the overall feel is a little more synthetic/thinner. But in general, they smell similar and provide a common take on the fresh, spicy, beachy scent. I've always thought "Wall Street" was a improper name for that scent as it definitely bears an oily note, much like suntan lotion. I'm a fan of both and see this as a good, cheap alternate ($30-35 for a 50mL).

Jun
26
2012
andy
andy

nautica makes good aquatic fresh smelling scents

Jan
12
2012
nyssa
nyssa

love this on a man

Jul
09
2011
urobian
urobian

And i choose this version, nautica added new colors to the boring " pure" with some ginger, a nice fruity undertune and a more direct acuatic tunes hidden by a soft flowery angle in the last phase, the aroma is colored, shiny and more energetic than before and thats the big diference, finally a really pleasing aroma.

Jul
07
2011
nattonline
nattonline

Well, personally I choose the original Pure over this version. I think that if I wanna go boring, then go all out! Even though the original Pure is so musky and boring, but it can be worn whenever you want. Pure Discovery has the same general feel, but it adds some zesty powdery orange, which I don't care for. It's like the original flanker with added vitamin C tablet. It's still easy to wear, great for summer, but definitely not worth paying a retail price (for both flankers)

Jun
24
2011
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

While passing my favorite fragrance counter yesterday, I looked quickly at the men's testers (my regular "girl" was off for the holiday) I saw a neat colored blue square bottle and thought "ooh, we got PI Neo Tropical!"...I swerved quickly and picked up the bottle. PURE NAUTICA DISCOVERY?!! *raises eyebrow* Having been sorely disappointed by PURE NAUTICA, I decided to see just what this so called "Discovery" actually was...

The initial spray on paper was actually quite pleasant! This was a discovery and actually smells good! Did I buy it there on the spot...no. Will I eventually? I do believe so! This opens with clean lemon and sweet orange blended well and not too citrusy due to the sharp clary sage. Clean, not exactly aquatic and a very nice blend of fresh and warm, it settles quickly and gets cooler and drier. Ginger's spiciness is balanced by the cool herbal corriander and the lavender is beautiful, but not too flowery smelling. The drydown of cedar (warm and smooth) and sandalwood (incensey and dry) is not really groundbreaking or anything, but it is quite a bit better than the original. Pro: this smells WAY better than PN did. Con: it smells like a lot of other scents do. PND is a decent alternative to other "marine" or summer scents in that it has some spiciness, but it is not a really a "sport" fragrance nor is it your typical "summery" scent. It IS a safe and inoffensive, woody (somewhat) spicy scent that is not as heavy as most in this genre. Will this "fly" of the shelves? Doubtful...but, it IS a step in the right direction. This is very "Nautica" in that it is comfortable, but not too fancy. It is a good scent for everyday and just about any time of year, a good choice for those days when you want something unoffensive and simple; but not "too perfumey" .

Sillage: average
Longevity: decent
Overall: 3/5

Has Nautica "discovered" something new here? No. Did they "fix" Pure Nautica? Yes, indeed! This lies in that bleak netherworld between skinscent and eau de cologne, as it has little real development but is not exactly linear either. To use a maritime term, this company was "stuck in the doldrums" (no wind in your sails and standing utterly still) and it appears that the breeze is picking up, and perhaps the next gust may take us somewhere exotic...cross your fingers and raise the sails, matey!

Jun
01
2011

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