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
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. I´m 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).
I’ve got to hand it to Acqua di Parma: they don’t 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 I’ve 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, it’s 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)