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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 606 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

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
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
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.
07th August, 2016

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