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Acqua di Parma Colonia (1916)
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Acqua di Parma Colonia information

Year of Launch1916
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 692 votes)

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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

You get what is written on the bottle: the definition of "eau de cologne". Fresh citruses, with an aromatic heart, and a musky/ambery base.
As expected for an EDC, it quickly falls to a skin scent, and longevity is poor (2-3 hours at most). This has been designed to be sprayed on handkerchief, so that make sense.

That said, the pricing is not ok. Indeed, and EDC - especially a typical very light one like this one - should not cost more than $40-50 for a 100ml bottle.
For this reason, it will only get a neutral rating from me.
10th July, 2019
If it would've lasted longer I would give it a Neutral rating, but for the price, Colonia is at the very bottom of my buy list.

My wife said I smell like Campho-Phenique, so a clear Neutral rating at best even though I actually like the opening blend.
07th July, 2019
Tried it with nose set to "favourable". Nice start, but soon becomes powdery-sweet, I guess due to amber/musk. Not as cloying as Cool Water drydown, but still sweet to my nose. Disclaimer: I've got a thing about "fresh" fragrances that go sugary, so feel free to ignore me. Meanwhile, I'm sticking with L'Eau Boisée, no sugary stuff there.
01st July, 2019
A classic fragrance and with good reason. It makes me feel incredibly confident when I wear this and adds a sense of glamour and sophistication. I probably can't add much to what has been said a million times already, only that this is THE fragrance which marks me out from the generic mainstream fragrances which are worn everyday. I know, that when I wear this, that I am walking in a sophisticated tradition going back over a hundred years and no one around me will have this on. Probably my all-time favourite.
09th June, 2019
Acqua di Parma Colonia (1916) is a scent often discussed in the online fragrance community and one steeped in history. This is the stuff most Creed perfumes wish they were in regards to pedigree and prestige, as the documented number of celebrities who adored it in both the pre and post WWII period is rather large. Created as something to scent men's handkerchiefs in 1916, this stuff was made in a little factory in Parma for years until worldwide distribution came when the house of Acqua di Parma was formed from the success of Colonia. Everyone from Cary Grant to Audrey Hepburn was nuts for Colonia, and many permutations have arrived in the century plus timeframe since introduction. Very rarely does a men's fragrance transcend to become unisex in time (although it happens to feminine fragrances semi-regularly), such has been the appeal of Colonia throughout the years. Many will say the original of any line is the best but in this case, the original is just the original.

The unknown perfumer behind the scent created it on behalf of Baron Carlo Magnani, who funded and ultimately fascilitated launching the brand after visiting London and France. Colonia is an eau de cologne as the name suggests, but tugs the traditional neroli, citrus, and herbs style into a woodsier and muskier direction that behooved men's style at that time. Bergamot, lemon, orange blossom, and rosemary all come out upon application. The bouquet quickly moves through dry lavender, rose, verbena, and a smidgen of a soapy orris note before the woods and musk show up. From there, sandalwood, vetiver, and a peck of oakmoss finish Colonia. There are traces of Colonia's finish in later fragrances like Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (1973) and Clinique Chemistry (1994), as the dry down of Colonia is very similarly clean minus the fougère accord. Wear time is gentle and brief because this is a cologne, but it has more heft than a traditional eau like something from Farina, and use is best in warm weather.

Acqua di Parma Colonia is a really nice cologne with a teeny bit more wearability for a man but easily enjoyable by anyone. My only issue with it is the upmarket placement and price point, which much like Creed, banks on the past history of celebrity usage and pedigree. Admittedly Acqua di Parma's papers check out, unlike the Creed backstory which is completley unverifiable hogwash, and the prices are easily half of Creed's too, but do you really want to spend upwards of $150-$200 for a traditional eau de cologne when there are literally hundreds of options including Guerlain? The whole "we're niche now because we say so" money grab tactic is also played by Penhaligon's these days too so Acqua di Parma is doing nothing surprising, and Colonia gets a huge nod of respect for the history and culture, but it would not be my first choice unless heavily discounted. Still, other things ranging from toilettes to parfums exist in the line and are worth checking out. Solid neutral.
31st May, 2019
In its present-day form, Colonia is more than a little underwhelming. The essential structure may have been borrowed from the original classic but the current formulation lacks the freshness to give its individual components sufficient character and clarity. It's not stodgy, but there also isn't much intrigue.
07th May, 2019

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