I have waited a long time before try any Acqua di Parma Colonia. I first tried every single Blu Mediterraneo. So I adventured to this "Assoluta" version, thinking it would a less risk version of the AdP Colonias. Iīm not an expert, so one more experienced nose could tell this is a superb classy fragrance. I only can think about what smells good or doesn't to me, and for me every single Blue Mediterraneo smells better (more pleasant and interesting) than this. I don't find anything really strong here, not even in the begining; what I most get is some smell which remembers a common lavanda, one that smells kinda rancid, that could come from some very inexpensive fragrance that would make no big difference. Atkinsons English Lavender smells nicer at this point. Well, time pass and than a mild smell rest for a good time, like a smell of a soap bar, with just some fragrance for not being completely a neutral smell. At this point, does smell better, but still lingering the "meh smell" territory. Could be worse: Hermes Gentiane manages to smell much more like a neutral smell bar soap (for laundry and kitchen).
30th March, 2015 (last edited: 31st March, 2015)
Fantastic summer fragrance, with outstanding citrus notes. The dry down happens all too soon for me, which is a shame, as this scent is not cheap. 4 hours is the most i get out of this scent. However, it is a quality addition
I suspect the idea here was to modernise the original Colonia offering, to appeal to those who might find the latter a mite dated. To wit, the sharp citrus notes and herbs have been dialled down and the soft woody/musk base bolstered. This seems to me to make the scent more approachable, rounded, diffuse, easy-going and probably more appealing to a wider constituency. The price to be paid is that is not as arresting or head-turning as the striking original. Longevity is comparable to Colonia (about 5 hours from 5 sprays).
Iíve got to hand it to Acqua di Parma: they donít release all that many fragrances, but those they do are darn consistent. The original Colonia is one of the most agreeable eaux de Cologne around, the reintroduced Profumo is one of the three or four finest modern chypres Iíve tried, and Iris Nobile is outright magisterial. Colonia Assoluta is right up there with the best of these: a sunshine laden lemon opening followed by a rich and brilliantly balanced jasmine and orange flower heart over a clean, yet luxurious mossy-woody base. Granted, itís neither novel nor terribly persistent, but it oozes quality and sophistication. A contender for best of breed among colognes.
Every time you see a well-done citrus based fragrances, you can find "Jean-Claude Ellena's" footprint there!
This fragrance opens up with fresh and bitter citrusy smell, a little mossy feeling, some sweetness and some floral notes.
The citrusy note is fresh and a little tart, but bitter and a little sweet at the same time that feels very natural and high quality.
There is a little powdery floral note beside this freshness that give the scent a beautiful elegant and sensual aroma.
As time goes by the scent didn't change that much. it gets only less fresh and a little more powdery floral which increases the elegant and classy feeling of the scent.
Projection is soft and longevity is unfortunately bad on my skin. I'm getting around 2-3 hours which is very poor, but it doesn't mean that this fragrance looses it's high mark.
22nd May, 2014 (last edited: 24th May, 2014)
I guess you have to be a fan of calabrian bergamote and verbena. These note do not resonate with me at all. What I get is a turbo version of Acqua di Parma Colonia. This fragrance doesn't play well with my nose.