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Acqua di Parma Colonia (1916)
by Acqua di Parma

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Acqua di Parma Colonia information

Year of Launch1916
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 617 votes)

People and companies

HouseAcqua di Parma
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Parent Company at launchAcqua di Parma

About Acqua di Parma Colonia

Starts off with a snappy citrus bite then dries down into a more mellow lemony odor with a slight floral undertone. [AN]

Acqua di Parma Colonia fragrance notes

Reviews of Acqua di Parma Colonia

A beautiful, fresh and classy fragrance. Nice citrus opening, followed by the barbershop clean vibe. There is a nuttiness I smell in Colonia that I also smell in Penhaligons Bayolea. Since Colonia is the grandaddy of them all, it seems to me that everyone else is trying to be like Colonia. Very happy to have this in my collection. Trying to decide if it's worth having Essenza in my collection as well, or if I'm good with just having Colonia (Original). This is very enjoyable. As everyone else has already indicated, the only issue I have with it is the short duration of the fragrance. It is a cologne after all though, so no one should go into this thinking they're going to get a powerhouse performer. What you will get is a wonderful fragrance that brings good feelings and then dissapears sooner than you wish it would. Still, an excellent addition to the rotation.
22nd May, 2017
Great citrus scent! Love the opening and the overall feeling of summertime happiness this scent delivers. Not really a projection powerhouse. The scent alone is a 5, but the longevity holds it back. That said, it is a great work scent.
Update:
Ok, I've tried this a bit more and if sprayed on clothes, it lasts a little longer. I am going to think of this as a great 60 minute scent that turns into an excellent skin scent after that. Still, what a great hour.
20th March, 2017 (last edited: 17th May, 2017)
It's nice, but I opted for the assoluta because of the better performance and nicer dry down. That being said the assoluta's performance isn't great either.
12th March, 2017
Bought my first bottle of Aqua di Parma on my first trip to Venice. It was spring and sunny and will always associate this smell with the uniqueness of Venetian canals and streets.

It is a fragrance with a concept a bit difficult to pin down, in the sense that it is very clean, powdery, crisp (yet innocuous) and citric, but one can't really understand the message this scent sends. It can easily be worn be people of both genders. It is not particularly masculine (like Blenheim Bouquet is, for instance) and it is not a power scent too. It is subtle, but for subtle fragrances there are more characteristic scents out there. It does not last long - about 1 to two hours on my skin (colonia assoluta, on the other hand, lasts for about 3-4 hours, tops).

It is really nice and invokes very good memories. But if it were not for those memories, I would probably dismiss the hype about this scent.
05th March, 2017
This was once a well kept secret that only those in the know were aware of. A wonderful surge of refreshing citrus, herbs and soft woods to awaken the senses are contained inside a lovely minimalist bottle. The sunny yellow packaging is handmade and adds to the luxury experience. This original Colonia never gets tiresome and considering its approaching its 101st Birthday, it's truly a must have in any fragrance wardrobe.
08th February, 2017
I love its top notes, but I’ve only ever held test samples of this. Why? Because on my skin, after the top notes fade 15 minutes in, all that remains is musk. Pure musk. Like running into an old warehouse basked in sunlight where the floor is coated with 6” of dust. The same problem as with Lancome’s La Collection Balafre.

Not much else to say about it in this case; I bought the Colonia Assoluta though and couldn’t be happier with it. They’re similar yet very, very different.
06th November, 2016

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