Smells EXACTLY like Brut.
i must admit that I was quite taken in by the buzz around Acqua Di Parma house and post after post / poll after poll was singing paeans of the various notes the sublime nature of the house of ADP that I ordered their top of the line samples Colonia / Assoluta / Essenza & their Blu Med -Amalfi line ...out of which I sampled Colonia ...with high hopes ...and 3 sprays in total on my arms , the first thing which hit me was the freshness of the smell with a very distinct soapish smell ...I was expecting a much more sophisticated opening like grey vetiver by tom ford ...but it clearly smelled soapy to me ...I couldn't figure out any citrus / floral notes but it was soapy all the way ...so without telling my wife the brand I told her to complete a blind smell and the first thing which came to her mind was a soap and then I told her that its "THE" Colonia !
I am not sure if the buzz around it is due to its ohh so natural ingredients / or past reputation that it plays with a persons objective smelling / judging abilities but for me it didn't really click ...and slowly it turned into a dry kind of powder smell ...I couldn't figure out any notes or the claimed sophistication of the scent ..it was way too linear for my taste ...
I am yet to try the assoluta & Essenza so I am keeping my fingers crossed as this was not really up to the mark in terms of actual performance & expectations as far as colonia is concerned!
29th July, 2015 (last edited: 30th July, 2015)
Acqua di Parma Colonia is definitely as classic as advertised and generally discussed, involving natural soap and citrus smells. Also, it gets credit for being gender-neutral, something I like about Creed's Pure White Cologne, though ADP's comes at a fraction of Creed's cost. I cannot detect any of the floral notes individually, but there is some floral element that complements the neroli and citrus notes that dominate the fragrance, with even an additional of musk as a base note in the dry down.
I intend to try the flankers, hailed as more contemporary, but certainly original Colonia is very agreeable and, while smelling classic and natural, is also not too old to be modern nor too light to be worthwhile using in the winter.
Not surprisingly, projection and longevity are lacking, as to be expected with the concentration, but it still could be worthwhile, especially given the wide availability on FragranceNet.
Definitely a welcome try for those looking for something class or a true cologne type of smell. It's easy to see how this has stood the test of time.
7 out of 10
Not really a cologne because it makes a quick transition from citrus to powdery rose, but it is an elegant and well made summer floral.
All citrus from beginning to end. Softens with time, but still very much the same as the opening notes. While I know this is a classic and there are more modern versions of this theme that I think are done better, I'd still give this a thumbs up. Longevity on me was 5hrs, which is amazing considering the composition is traditionally a very short lasting fragrance.