Holiday scents #3 - Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza
Compared to the original, just reviewed, Essenza has distinct petitgrain and neroli notes which push it away from masculine and into unisex territory to this nose. More knowledgeable folks than me have written here that these notes make Essenza closer to the original idea of the eau de cologne; I dare say, but not closer to my personal conception of it.
In terms of fragrance details, the original Colonia is better to my way of thinking. Despite the claim on my sample card that Essenza "enhances the emblematic notes of the famous Colonia", the performance is lesser than the original and easily within the realms of the irksomely low-powered both in terms of sillage and duration. I am underwhelmed by Essenza compared to the original, and it does little for me in any sense, so it receives a neutral rating.
The original Colonia is one of my absolute favorite fragrances of all time. There is none better when it comes to a citrus cologne. With that being said, this Essenza version comes in a close second and resembles the great citrus found in the original, but with a very woody vibe. The most prominent notes I detect are neroli, lemon/grapefruit/orange and dry wood.
A common problem with most Acqua di Parma scents is their longevity. Colonia usually lasts about 3 hours before becoming a skin-only scent. This Essenza formula averages about 6 hours which isn't the best, but definitely an improvement.
The citrus mixture found in here is about an 80% match to what's found in Colonia. There is a very noticeable neroli note in addition to the dry wood that isn't present in the original. Longevity is about 6 hours and projection is between 2 to 3 feet. My overall score for this would be an 8/10.
This to me is the best citrus cologne available to mankind.. It's heavenly to smell.. I've never been to Italy but I imagine handsome Italians in suits, riding vespas, Hollywood stars on yachts.. It's a masterpiece.. My girlfriend loves it.. Heck even the dog licks it off my wrist.. If I had one gripe it would be longevity but I just reapply and off I go again in heaven, I won't describe the notes as previous reviews have already done so I just wanted to enthuse how much I love it. Closest cologne that comes anywhere near this is obviously the other adp colognes and trumpers gft.. I haven't tried Tom Fords portofino yet tho.
*I had the pleasure of wearing this on a week long Mediterranean holiday recently and this fragrance completely enhanced my whole holiday..I couldn't wait to spray it after my evening shower before going out*
*also tried Tom ford's offering and it's nice but certainly not as good as adp essenza*
09th June, 2016 (last edited: 02nd February, 2017)
A superb flanker to the original cologne.
As others have said, Essenza is a deeper, richer version of the original Colonia. It is built largely around a Neroli note and features in its heart a green Lily Of The Valley, ably supported by its classic bedfellow, Jasmine. The Patchouli, Amber and White Musk in the base provide a beautiful smooth and extremely sophisticated dry down.
Essenza maintains that traditional old school refinement, achieved in no small part by the soapy effect of the Neroli and also the Rosemary from the original, whilst adding a touch of modernity that feels totally congruous. Longevity, projection and sillage are substantial for a cologne.
Essenza is a brilliantly executed cologne and will certainly become a mainstay of my wardrobe.
EDIT: I may be starting to slightly prefer this to my beloved Assoluta, it is that good. I really do get that 1970's vibe with it as well for some reason.
02nd April, 2016 (last edited: 08th May, 2016)
This is how a man should smell after getting a haircut, a shave, and a nice, hot, soapy shower. It's the scent of a clean well-groomed man. It reminds me of my dad shaving when I was young. Perhaps that's why I think of it as being somewhat old-fashioned, but also for that reason, I find it very comforting. If I were to wear a fragrance to bed, it would be this. Performance for me is excellent. It lasts all day and has good projection. My only regret is I only bought a 50ml bottle.