Navigating the Acqua di Parma line is a challenge. The original Colonia (Cologne) is a straightforward, enjoyable eau de Cologne, distinguished by a big green jasmine note and a healthy dose of Mediterranean herbs. Then come at least three flankers: Colonia Intensa, Colonia Assoluta, and Colonia Essenza. All sound like higher-concentration bottlings of the basic Colonia, but each is in fact an alteration or thematic variant on the traditional citrus eau de Cologne.
Colonia Intensa attempts to wring more staying power from the original formula by adding lots of cedar and a soapy musk, both of which smell as if they strayed in from some other, altogether different, fragrance. Colonia Assoluta, which retools the whole structure from the bottom up, works much better, and ultimately strides in the direction of herbaceous citrus chypres like Cristalle, Chanel pour Monsieur, Iskander, and Vie de Chateau.
Colonia Essenza hews more closely to the original eau de Cologne style, but takes a different tack toward depth and tenacity than Intensa. Rather than cedar and soap, Colonia Essenza adds a delicious orange note and plenty of incisive petitgrain to the top notes, while bolstering the drydown with an accord of luxuriously creamy, warm musk and clean patchouli. The result is at once bolder, more substantial, and more enduring than a conventional eau de Cologne, yet retains the cheerful insouciance that makes this ancient fragrance style so perennially appealing. Very, very nice.
i am sitting here with one wrist sprayed from a bottle one year old and one sprayed with a new bottle. the new bottle is nothing like the older one. my nose finds it tragic and aerosol like. what happened i wondered. what i learned is it was reformulated to comply with IFRA new regulations on ingredients. the world of citrus in fragrance is gone via regulation and thus the top notes that are the breath of thisAdP are vapid and synthetic now....worse though ...authentic jasmine...gone!. the fantastic accomplishment of the base notes, musk and amber (often obnoxious in similarly priced products) is still there for the appreciation but the depth of their introduction has been destroyed without the entangling lead in of the jasmine. for myself jasmines gift is how it tends to lend towards a seductive confusion. always seeming to make the full comprehension of the fragrance impossible, its warm dirty floral quality creates an amnesia and i get lost and forgetful that i was trying to pinpoint something in the fragrance . the "what are you wearing?" aspect of this cologne is clearly gone. this is the first of my fragrances to have met with this death. i thought the effects of this regulation were only going to happen to other people, never me. so sad. i never enjoyed the plastic "brand" fragrances. i am distraught that all my Creed favorites and Armani privet Pierre de Lune are doomed also.
So fresh, so clean....so very classy.
Michael Corleone would have approved!
One of my favourite fragrances. Classy, fresh, complex....all the positive traits of a winner. On me it shows off the unbeatable combination of fresh/citrus-floral-woody in an Italian way. Classical and traditional, yes, but at the same time modern and elegant.
On me it is as long lasting as any other EDT.
A favorite scent - perfect for warm weather everyday
This is a wonderful scent. It's lemony without smelling chemically or like disinfectant.
Hits all the right notes for me.
I was a bit surprised that it didn't last longer....
Pros: Sophisticated scent
Cons: Longevity weak for EdP strength"
To me, it smells like those Tuscan soaps one sees wrapped in fancy paper. I purchased this two years ago at Neiman Marcus in Chicago, and have worn it very infrequently, but I suppose it would be best to wear this to some sort of summertime outdoor wedding or picnic. It would be hard to wear this fragrance every day.