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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday scents #2 - Acqua di Parma Colonia.
An extremely smooth and elegant take on a classic eau de cologne. No surprises, no designated notes that aren't there - just a fresh and nicely structured fragrance that is exactly what you think it is going to be. AdPC opens with a brief blast of cirtus. As it develops, the verbena comes to the fore, and this is my least favourite phase, bringing it rather too close to l'Occitane toiletry territory. However, it moves on apace, and the Gestalt effect, obtained through wafting and therefore pretty much unconsciously, brings up enough lavender and vetiver for structure, without overpowering the whole.
The result is something extremely pleasant to wear on a hot day, perhaps rather conventional, and providing the perfect gentlemanly effect for as long as it lasts. This brings me on to two other comments: first, as with the majority of fragrances designated unisex, in my experience, this is really more designed for male use.
Second and last: this is eau de cologne strength and performs accordingly, which means, for me, below average duration but respectable sillage. A definite thumbs-up.