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Acqua di Parma Colonia (1916)
by Acqua di Parma


Acqua di Parma Colonia information

Year of Launch1916
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 639 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

Colonia is a perfume classic by an Italian niche house Acqua di Parma. There aren’t that many perfumes that have their own history and are part of perfume industry’s history. Acqua di Parma Colonia is one of those perfumes, ever since it was created in 1916 in a small factory of essential oils in old town of Parma. Very soon it became the status symbol of Hollywood, decadent and exuberating like Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby” who was played in the lastest film adaptation by Leonardo di Caprio, also a huge fan of Acqua di Parma perfumes. Its cult Hollywood status Colonia won by being a favorite of movie icons like Audrie Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant. In a way, Colonia was their perfume signature. They didn’t need a perfume that would shout from the top of its lungs that the star has entered the room. No. They needed a perfume that will emanate naturalness, luxury, success, charm, unpretentious seductive. All the things Acqua di Parma Colonia is – then, at the beginning of XX century and now, a century later. Because art, make no mistake about it – perfumes are art – is timeless.

Colonia’s perfume composition is simple. As all great men are simple, that goes in most cases the same with perfumes. It opens with lemon and orange notes, wrapped in aromatic herbs and mild floral tones. You always have to test Colonia on skin because the musk that lingers in the back blends beautifully with the velvety scent of skin. Classic simplicity but the effect is overwhelming and intoxicating.

Colonia takes us into another world that lingers inside us and if we are lucky, once a year, for 10 days we live in it. In the world od Mediterranean sea, when the blue of the sky in the cities is traded for the blue of the seacoast, in the place where ancient gods were born and died and human destinies were forged since the beginning of time. Modern man falls sick near the sea, Bela Hamvash said. Indeed, a modern man almost always gets sick when spending a few day at the coast. The name of the disease: boredom. Because the man loses the things that make his or her personality. Gets deprived of the city, phone, computer all the glittery and dazzling sensations. He gets face to face with himself. And what happened then isn’t life but being. The one who is truly capable of being with himself and within himself experiences a rebirth on the seaside and the one who doesn’t get sick of boredom and can’t wait to return to civilization.

Colonia has the same effect. The one who “caries the sea in him” will be reborn with this perfume. The dry and always hungry for sensations, intoxication and noise will find Colonia like the seaside, empty and dull. That man can’t be helped. The only therapy: burying your ego deep in the sand the moment you reach the sea and daily take of fish, olives and red wine in the shade of Mediterranean trees, looking at the sea. After ten days of intensive therapy, he can dig up his ego and return to the city and try on Acqua di Parma Colonia again – it has been the tester of naturalism and how we see ourselves for thousands of years. If the therapy worked, that man will not need the glittering sensations but will sail the world with class, every port will be his home and the name of the ship: Colonia.
22nd February, 2018
It is not just the greatest Eau de Cologne, but also one of the greatest fragrances ever.

In the drydown its quite similar to vintage Crabtree Extract of Mysore Sandalwood. I can detect Ylang and high quality Mysore Sandalwood.

This review is for the vintage version.
17th February, 2018
TeeEm Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I never understood the hype about this perfume ... for me buying it was an expensive mistake.
It smells like 4711 cologne or the cheap perfume a barber shop would offer to splash on your face.
My great grandmother might like this perfume
It is a big NO from me.
06th January, 2018
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.
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

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