It's my fave from the house. Very, very soapy, but very pleasant. Decent lasting power, albeit a bit on the mature side.
Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta by Acqua di Parma, 2003
Rated #442 in Fragrances
Citrus and amber. The opening is a powdery citrus, slowly giving way to amber, which is the predominant note in the dry down. Still qualifies as a barbershop cologne even though it was supposedly meant to be a departure from the classic ADP Colonia.
It took me a few wears to completely understand and love this scent. On first wearing, I immediately fell in love with the top notes that are a beautiful classic smelling orange and lemon citrus blast that is quite similar to the original AdP Colonia and must be the JC Ellena part of the scent. They are his best work outside of his masterpiece, TdH in my opinion, and are absolutely incredible. The problem I originally had with Assoluta was the Duchaufour amber and musk base that came off as a bit too feminine for my tastes initially. After a few more wearings (and after exploring other Duchaufour scents like Amouage Jubilation XXV) I have come to appreciate the dry-down almost as well as the opening and the scent is now in my top 10. I still prefer the top notes and wish they lasted longer, but the whole package is a very strong overall work. Longevity for an EdC is incredible as I get about 10 hours. So, I guess the real question remaining is did these two top tier noses improve on the classic AdP Colonia scent? I think the answer is "yes" in many ways and "no" in others. The opening and longevity are improved but I still prefer the original dry-down to some extent. I think I prefer the original by a slight margin, but both scents are so strong in the EdC category and different enough from each other that I feel they are both deserving of strong consideration for anyone's scent wardrobe. I own and will wear both with great enjoyment and pride. 4 out of 5 stars.
Great option for summer. Classy and elegant. It reminds me a bit of Guerlain's Cologne Du 68 when dries down (a little powdery). Great sillage and projection for a cologne. Definetely worth it.
Citrus and lemon verbena with lots of ylang ylang, its a little bit powdery but not as much as the original. A very nice and natural smelling scent I think I will purchase this after my original colonia runs out.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta epitomises a traditional, high quality (perhaps even Italian-style) eau de cologne. It manages to pull out several surprises in the course of its development, which isn't something that could be taken for granted in this fragrance category, in my opinion. There´s a pleasant citrusy-soapy overture, followed by a subtle flowery-woody heart with a spicy undertone. The base is a mellow combination of musk and patchouli. The only caveat I have against this scent is that on my skin it sometimes ends up smelling a little harsh (especially in its heart). I'm not sure which particular note I should blame for this (could it be the ylang-ylang?), but it's this aspect of Colonia Assoluta which makes me "like" it rather than "love" it. Like a typical eau de cologne, Colonia Assoluta is a unisex fragrance even though I'd argue its head and heart lean a tad more towards the masculine side. Since its longevity is way above average, the fragrance does not require frequent reapplications. All in all, Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta is a very likeable scent, capable of making the heat of the summer more bearable.
This took me to never-before territory. I found myself falling at first spritz for a down-the-line cologne citrus, florals, herbs and woods (in that order of prominence). I swear theres even lavender in there (a note I usually find a bit common), though it doesnt figure in the official list. I should shrink from this stuff; instead I bought a bottle. This is a cologne polished to the nth degree invigorating yet smooth as marble, light as a cloud yet with a glorious trail, all the elements seem somehow elevated to greatness. The citrus has bite and doesnt fade; in fact the whole thing doesnt fade, an all-dayer, no doubt supported by steel girder synthetics. (This is the only negative: repeated wear makes the nose more familiar with the synthetic smelling notes and they jump out of the mix sooner.) My favourite cooling scent on hot days.
Colonia Assoluta by Acqua di Parma - Upon application, one is treated to a deluge of citrus. Orangey and slightly peppery bergamot, sweet and bitter orange, as well as lemon-scented verbena, all interplay in a sparkling, citric accord. This invigorating accord is showered by various spices, namely, a somewhat spicy and aromatic cardamom, a fruity and creamy, pink pepper, as well as a smooth and spicy, chili pepper. This diffusive brew percolates a bit, and meanders to the heart. Here, florals infuse the stimulating opening. A tutti-frutti jasmine, a sweet rose, a dusty orchid, and a sweetly balsamic and exotic ylang-ylang immerse the citrus mix. A faint undercurrent of spicy cedarwood carries the morphed melange to the base. Here, the cedarwood comes into its own, imparting its cypress-ish facets with their woody and piney aura. Patchouli adds its earthy and slightly musty aspects, while white musk imbues its faint soapiness. Magical amber supplies a somewhat dark and sweetish shading of resins and woods as well. The confluence of the forgoing leads to a comforting drydown. A truly unisex composition, it is higly versatile, and will accommodate a suit and tie as well as gentlemanly casual attire. This high-quality and elegant Eau de Cologne has good projection, a 2-3 hour, scent cloud before passing to a skin scent, and good longevity, at least 7 hours, and will shine in spring, summer, and fall.
Bitter orange essence and peppers explode at the top of this successfully sweet AND spicy warm masculine fragrance that is both bold and inoffensive (a tough little tap dance for fragrance!) Dries down to an even warmer and smoky cedarwood base that crackles and pops with sprightly citrus and green notes that engage and hold the interest throughout a longevity of 8+ hours. Worth the premium price for special occasions day or night.
Classy eau de cologne kind of structure, with a good balance between the various elements and with a standout, austere and characterizing basic chord of pepper and cedar. The final issue is distinguished for sure, masculine, delicately citrusy, averagely aromatic, sophisticated by flowers (smooth rose-jasmine) and confortable by moss and slightly powdery woods. In my opinion there is some bergamot in the blend which, on the side of aromatics, oakmoss, patchouli, ylang-ylang and rose, produces a subtle old style vibe that is perfectly complementary to the peppery-cedary olfactory backbone. Colonia Assoluta, despite its classical severity, manages to be averagely bright and radiant by citrus and flowers, mainly before to be shadowed by the influence of oakmoss, fluidy vetiver and patchouli with a touch of dusty-masculine ambergris. Something finally soft, elegant and smooth whirls in the woodsy and orangy-rosey-lemony air. Another winner from the brand, on the side of Iris Nobile, Colonia Intensa and Il Profumo. The longevity is consistent for this medially projecting gentleman's scent.
Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta by Acqua di Parma, 2003
By: Acqua di Parma
|Top Notes||Calabrian bergamot, verbena|
|Middle Notes||jasmine, rose, chilli pepper|
|Base Notes||blond woods, cedar, amber, patchouli|
|Perfumer||Jean-Claude Ellena / Bertrand Duchaufour|
|By||Acqua di Parma|
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