Time stamp: Harper Lee died today (February 19, 2016). Somewhere in the black box of your brain, this led to you thinking about Gregory Peck (Atticus!), and how you once saw a website that claimed "Gregory Peck wore AdP." Most of those sites are crap, right? But you always felt that claims that Gregory Peck wore AdP were credible. Who knows why. He just looked like an AdP guy. Classic. Calm. Respectful?
In a just-a-few-steps-removed way of thinking about Harper Lee today, you wore Colonia Assoluta. It would be a stretch to say it made you feel like Atticus, but you did feel classic. Calm. And kind of respectful. Always iffy on that last point.
Good stuff, though it doesn't seem to last long for you. No need to get a bottle--just enjoy it from time to time.
I absolutely adore this twist on the original Colonia.
The opening is an incredibly accomplished and refined aromatic citrus blast of bergamot and verbena. The florals follow, accentuated by a subtle chilli pepper, all lending a beautifully sophisticated air to proceedings. Everything quietens down to a soft, powdery-floral, woody base with a noticeable musky element and this phase lingers for a good while.
For me, this cologne is reminiscent of the heavy heat of summer, with its subtle spice and jasmine and that almost creamy accord (probably the Ylang Ylang), yet it still provides an invigorating lift.
The original Colonia conjures images of a Hollywood star of a by-gone era strolling along a European riviera in the warmth of the daytime sun. Assoluta has the same 'sunshine in a bottle' character but it's also the sultry evening warmth.
Ultimately, Assoluta reminds me of the 1970's with that creamy, spicy, floral-muskiness, paired with the citrus: It's a warm, slightly sticky, summer evening. The light is fading and the French doors to the living room are open wide. Playing on my father's turntable is Hotel California, or Rumours, or maybe Rose of Cimarron. This scent, for some reason, takes me back to that wonderful time. I will never be without a bottle of this fragrance.
07th February, 2016 (last edited: 27th February, 2016)
A radiant sweet powdery orange heralds the arrival of the capsicum and citrus backbone of Colonia Assoluta. Eventually the powder gathers strength to return as an orange flower and ylang set piece.
Sadly all the fine work on the carefully controlled development is for nothing. When I wear this, everything becomes overpowered by the shrill top note of capsicum which I find intolerable - it makes my teeth ache as though I'm biting an iron bar. Whats more, it's got massive longevity and holds out right through the evolution, only fading away in the deep dry down.
This paprika / chilli note is the prototype of the high pitch sulphur compounds found in todays designer masculine. Credit or execration (depending on your view) should go to Bertrand Duchaufour and Jean-Claude Ellena who used it first in 2003.
12th October, 2015 (last edited: 26th October, 2015)
Assoluta is what a citrus fragrance should be. The opening is sharp and bitter, but not searing, and thus closer to my own experience with the fruit itself. The rose, jasmine and pepper soften the citrus fairly quickly, and then it ventures to the expected Eau de Cologne dry down, yet it's a bit richer than the average for this category. Assoluta is an excellent take on the original, and the much more modern and wearable version IMO. Unlike other reviews, I don't see this as a year round fragrance and would think the performance would greatly diminish in cooler weather. Bright and refreshing on a hot day though. Thumbs Up.
After just trying the original yesterday, I can corroborate much of what's said about Colonia Assoluta: it's more complex than the original, being less citrus and more spicy, sweet, and floral. Whereas the original is mainly citrus and musk with a hint of spicy, Assoluta is sweeter and more floral without notes that I can specifically detect, and is spicier with respect to the pink pepper and cardamom. The dry down of Assoluta is definitely more of a sweet/spicy/musk grouping as the initial citrus has faded. I find the dry down more pleasant than the opening, in this case.
At a similar price to the original, it makes sense that many would lean toward Assoluta in lieu of the original due its complexity and modernness, but the original is definitely a more purely masculine and situationally-versatile take on the cologne concept. Both clearly lean toward use on a summer day, though they're both pleasant enough to wear in most situations throughout the year.
Also, while many tout the superior longevity and projection of Assoluta (and Intensa and Essenza, which I've not yet tried), I don't find this to be clearly the case. Both performed comparably well on my skin, still hanging around after 6+ hours and a shower.
This is, on the whole, another great entry in the Acqua di Parma line and I cannot wait to try more, but as others are saying, try them for yourselves, for sure.
7 out of 10